Dorset Mind Restored Eating Disorders Services
Dorset Mind’s ‘Restored’ Eating Disorder Services aim to empower and instil hope that recovery from eating disorders and eating-related issues is possible and achievable. Staff provide support and empowerment to help people to overcome the effects of eating disorders and eating-related issues. Many people continue to experience stigma and self-stigma, which is gently challenged by encouraging people to talk openly about eating related issues in a safe, accepting and non-judgemental environment.
Restored also seeks to challenge stigma by raising awareness of eating-related wellbeing challenges and educating people, including professionals, about the some of the signs and symptoms people may experience, whilst also identifying helpful coping strategies and ways of developing positive mental health.
‘Restored’ work alongside people who are experiencing Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder as well as un-diagnosed conditions where issues surrounding food get out of control.
Our team consists of professionals and volunteers who have experience of eating disorders, whether through lived experience or as result of caring for or supporting others. We provide a unique, stepped level of care in order to meet the individual needs of people seeking our support. We offer a holistic approach to aid all aspects of recovery and believe that full recovery is not only possible, but also achievable. Our services are highly motivating because they are facilitated by people that understand the journey of recovery.
‘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 which prepares individuals for change, followed by optional counselling/psychotherapy. We also provide a weekly peer-support discussion group.
Do I Have an Eating Disorder?
People of any gender, age, ethnicity, background or sexual-orientation experience eating disorders. Eating disorders are a way of coping with feelings and experiences that are making you feel unhappy, anxious, numb or depressed. It may be difficult to face up to and talk about, feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear. Having an eating disorder is a sign that you need help and support to cope with life and address personal challenges and getting help quickly may help to reduce the overall impact on an individuals life.
Eating disorders are complex which means people’s experiences of them vary and not all signs and symptoms of any condition will be relevant for every person experiencing them. You may feel that you have a mixture of anorexia and bulimia or alternate between the two. Some people also go on to experience urges to harm themselves or avoid and numb painful feelings by abusing alcohol or drugs. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, it is important you talk to someone as getting help quickly can greatly reduce the negative longer-term consequences involved. Don’t bottle it all up.
Eating Disorders do not include food allergies, selective eating issues or disorders of the digestive system. However, a GP should be the first point of call to identify or rule out any medical issues including eating disorders.
Support Services for people experiencing eating disorders
What to Expect?
When you first make contact with Restored, we will book you in for a free 40-minute initial assessment. If we think you will benefit from our services, you will be offered the opportunity to attend recovery group sessions, access one to one mentoring or counselling or support sessions.
Recovery group is a peer-support discussion group which helps people to gain support from others who are experiencing similar challenges. The group is a safe, non-judgemental environment which focuses on different topics each week which aim to educate people about how to recognise the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, increase self-awareness and identify alternative helpful ways of coping with challenges.
*Please note, you will need to book an initial assessment prior to attending Recovery Group so please speak to a member of the team if you would like more information about the Recovery Group.
Mentors will coach you through our 8-week CBT-based programme which helps identify ways to manage your symptoms, build upon your motivation and help to prepare you for change.
When you and your Mentor feel you are ready you may be offered a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. They will support you to deal with underlying emotions and equip you to manage all aspects of your recovery.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling is fundamental to recovery because recovery is difficult or impossible to sustain without addressing the underlying issues which have led to someone developing an eating disorder. This could include coming to terms with distressing life events and family situations including bullying, anger, loss and trauma.
Restored offers an in-house counselling service with Counsellors & Psychotherapists who are registered or accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and have experience of working with people with eating disorders. We use a Humanistic Integrative model which incorporates Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapeutic skills and tools.
We offer a sliding scale of counselling charges in order to accommodate the needs of all our service-users. Nobody is refused support for financial reasons.
Restored – Other Services
Carers 1:1 Counselling
We offer 1:1 counselling for those caring for someone with an eating disorder (family/friends). This provides a safe space for you to address your concerns with someone who understands the nature of eating disorders and with whom you can share your hopes and fears in confidence. We also have books and resources to help support you in your role as a carer.
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.
Restored also offers training sessions for professionals who work alongside people experiencing eating disorders (e.g. schools and other statutory and third-sector organisations)
Restored provide specialist eating disorders services in schools and colleges which includes providing: assemblies, PSHE lessons, parent talks, 1:1 mentoring, counselling and psychotherapy.
For more information:
Other Support Services
NHS Carer Support Group
For carers of young people: From 7-8.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month. It takes place at Kimmeridge Court, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN.
For any carers: From 7-8:30pm on the last Thursday of every month at Kimmeridge Court Eating Disorder Service. St Ann’s Hospital, 59 Haven Road, Poole, BH13 7LN.
Contact: 01202 492147.
Feedback from Restored clients…
“Having an eating disorder is a lonely experience. Restored and the people who work there make you realise you do not have to fight on your own. Their compassion and support offer hope where you thought there was none. Recovery becomes more than an impossible dream; something that can be reached for, one step at a time, knowing there are people who care walking with you every step of the way.”
“…I had never spoke to another person that had an eating disorder before so going to Restored was so good for my recovery, knowing that there were other people just like me. Restored has helped me so much with coming to terms with my eating disorder and helping me to overcome it. They never pushed me further than I wanted, and allowed me to take baby steps. They were so supportive and offered a great deal of options, which were tailored to my personality and physical/emotional needs.”
“Using Restored helped me to recognise that my behaviour around food was not only unhelpful but also damaging. I was encouraged to seek further help and supported through the early stages of weight restoration. Have recommended Restored to a couple of friends and will continue to do so. Services like this are invaluable when treatment on the NHS is so limited.”
“I think Restored is an amazing place. For the first time I feel that I am surrounded by a group of people that are not judging me and have given up their time to help me recover. Also having a recovery group run by people that have recovered from eating disorders is inspirational. I finally feel that there are people to help me on my recovery journey and that I am not fighting this battle on my own.”
“I am now recovered from my eating disorder. I have no doubt that I would not have been able to achieve this without the support and services Restored offered me. The people I met there supported and inspired me to get well and stay well. During some of my darkest and most challenging times in recovery accessing the Restored support quiet simply kept me alive. I have been able to go back to university and I am able to work now. I have a life I never thought I would be able to achieve. I am grateful for every single person I met at Restored.”