Restored Eating Disorders Services

About Us

Dorset Mind’s Restored Eating Disorders Services seek to support, empower and restore lives to overcome the effects of eating disorders. We work alongside people with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder as well as un-diagnosed conditions where issues surrounding food get out of control.

With a team made up of professionals and volunteers experienced in eating disorders, whether first hand or through caring for others, we provide a unique, stepped level of care.

Our service is tailored to the individual needs of those who come to us, offering a holistic approach to aid all aspects of recovery. At Restored, we believe that full recovery is not only possible, but also achievable. We have recovered people on our team, who inspire hope for recovery and are living proof that an eating disorder does not have to be a life sentence. The team has had the privilege of seeing lives restored and transformed over the past 6 years.

‘It’s not about food’

We understand that the real problem is not one of food, but of feelings. We have an 8-week mentoring programme to prepare individuals for change, followed by optional counselling/psychotherapy, health & lifestyle coaching, meal and shopping support. Alongside this, we run free weekly group therapy sessions. Our programme is tailor made for each service-user according to his/her individual needs.

Training

Restored also offers bespoke training sessions for professionals who work alongside people with eating disorders.

School Services

Restored provide specialist eating disorders services in schools and colleges. Our school service includes assemblies, PSHE lessons, parent talks, 1:1 mentoring, counselling/psychotherapy and meal support as well as staff training sessions.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling is fundamental to a person’s recovery from an eating disorder. Recovering from an eating disorder can be difficult without addressing the underlying issues. Counselling can help to come to terms with family situations, bullying, anger, loss, trauma or hurt.

Restored offers an in-house counselling service with Counsellors & Psychotherapists affiliated or accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. We have a team of 7 counsellors who are experienced in working with people with eating disorders, including some student counsellors who are trained to Diploma Level. They all use an integrative Humanistic approach and are trained in Person-Centred, TA and Gestalt therapy. This service is available after the initial 8 mentoring sessions, at a point when the service-user feels ready to start to deal with the issues beneath the eating disorder.  We offer a sliding scale of counselling charges in order to accommodate the needs of all our service-users and nobody is refused support for financial reasons.

Recovery Group

Recovery group is a discussion group where each session is based around a different topic each week.  Recovery group is led by Debbie Gamble and Kate Bright.  Kate has recovered from an eating disorder. This is a very safe environment to gain more understanding of eating disorders and to gain support from those who are struggling with similar problems. The group is very motivating because it is coordinated by people who understand the journey of recovery and have experienced it themselves. Recovery group meets on a weekly basis from 7.15pm-8.30pm (Hot Drinks and open chat from 7.15pm) at Lifecentre, 715 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH9 2AU. At present, due to the high volume of people requiring our services we are asking all those who are on waiting lists for on-to-one sessions to commit to attending 4 recovering groups. Please speak to a member of the team if you would like to find out more information. Please note, you will need to book an initial assessment prior to attending Recovery Group.

What to Expect?

When you first make contact with Restored, we will book you in for a 40 minute initial assessment. If we think you will benefit from our services, you will be asked to attend a minimum of 4 group therapy sessions to demonstrate your commitment to recovery. We then allocate you a Mentor, to coach you through our 8 week CBT-based programme to help manage your symptoms, build upon your motivation and prepare you for change. As and when you and your Mentor feel you are ready, we can pair you up with a Counsellor/Psychotherapist to support you in dealing with underlying emotions and equip you to manage all aspects of recovery. Depending on your needs, at this stage, you can also request support for eating in public, food shopping, nutrition and health & lifestyle coaching.

Carer Support

We offer 1:1 counselling for those caring for someone with an eating disorder (family/friends), as well as a Carer’s Group, which meets every week. Carer’s Group provides a safe space for you to meet people who understand the nature of eating disorders, share hopes and fears in confidence and make new friends over a cup of tea or coffee. We also have books and resources to help support you in your role as a carer.

Carers Support Group

We welcome anyone in support of somebody with an eating disorder to come along to our supporters group on a Wednesday evening from 7.30-8.45pm. Come along for an informal chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Meet others in the same boat and receive support, insight and guidance from our experienced Support Workers. No need to book, just pop in to the Life House, 715 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth. BH9 2AU. If you wish to be added to our Carer’s contact list, please contact us and we will keep you up to date with regular emails.

Carers 1:1 Support

We offer 1:1 support for anyone caring for someone with an eating disorder. Please call the office or email us to book an appointment. These appointments are based at the Lifehouse, 715 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH9 2AU.

The NHS Carer Support Group

For carers of young people: From 7pm-8.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month at Kimmeridge Court, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN, tel:01202 492147. For any carers: From 7pm-8:30pm on the last Thursday of every month at Kimmeridge Court Eating Disorder Service. St Ann’s Hospital, 59 Haven Road, Poole, BH13 7LN.

Do I Have an Eating Disorder?

Boys, girls, men and women from all types of background and ethnic groups can suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders are a way of coping with feelings that are making you unhappy or depressed. It may be difficult to face up to and talk about, feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear. An eating disorder is a sign that you need help in coping with life, and sorting personal problems.

Conditions as complex as eating disorders mean that there are variations in the typical signs, and not all symptoms will apply to all people. You may feel that you have a mixture of anorexia and bulimia, or alternate between them. Some people also find they are affected by an urge to harm themselves or abuse alcohol or drugs. Even if you don’t have these symptoms if you are worried and upset by something, anything, it is important you find someone to talk to. Don’t bottle it all up.

Eating Disorders do not include food allergies, selective eating issues or disorders of the digestive system. However, a G.P should be the first point of call for these issues as well as for eating disorders.