Arthur House, a new and innovative eating disorder service in London
Arthur House is an innovative eating disorder service based in Wimbledon, South West London. Providing an alternative to traditional eating disorder treatment in a hospital, this nine-bedded residential treatment centre provides cutting-edge therapies using evidence-based methods.
We can provide help for those looking to address eating disorder challenges which may not yet have reached a level requiring more intensive therapy or to those stepping down from a more intensive hospital stay. We are also able to provide a day care treatment programme for clients along with some outpatient care.
Our experienced team specialise in personalised treatment for the following eating disorders:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder (BED)
- Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), also referred to as ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)’
We understand the impact eating disorders can have on your life. The physical and psychological effects of these conditions can be devastating if left untreated. However, there is help available and with specialist treatment, you can start to move past your symptoms and feel your physical and mental health improve. Our team have worked with many other people facing challenges similar to your own. They take a highly compassionate and patient-centred approach, helping you to work through negative beliefs, begin a healthier relationship with food and plan out your goals for the future. Your treatment programme will be designed around your needs and objectives, with the aim of gaining the best possible outcome for you.
It is important to understand that you are not to blame for what you are going through. Many people struggle to cope with daily life and to process difficult emotions. You shouldn’t feel embarrassment or shame for needing support. We commonly treat people who have issues with low self-esteem which stem from deep-rooted psychological beliefs, helping to restore their confidence and hope for the future. The best thing you can do for yourself is to open up to someone about how you are feeling. Our professional team of psychiatrists, therapists and dieticians are ready to listen; they have the combined knowledge and expertise to help you live the life you have dreamed of and deserve.
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Building a healthy relationship with food
One of the key therapeutic goals is to provide a safe space for individuals to maintain a healthy relationship with food, including full nutritional and dietetic support.
The service consists of residential eating disorder treatment, appealing to both male and female adults (over the age of 18), who have an eating disorder or mixed eating disorder symptoms. We have a team of experienced and talented staff who possess extensive expertise in working with eating disorder clients.
Eating Disorder Treatment in London at Arthur House
The programme helps people to increase their independence and empowers each client to take responsibility for their social and emotional lives, as well as their general health and wellbeing. Each individual will remain physically safe, whilst working towards their personal goals and good health, along with a focus on developing a meaningful life and sense of identity outside of their eating disorder.
A wide range of evidence-based eating disorder treatments are available at Arthur House and we offer discreet therapeutic treatment in a non-hospital setting, supporting the specific needs of recovery from eating disorders. Individuals who may benefit include:
- Clients looking for a preventative approach to worsening relationships with food, aimed at avoiding any acute residential treatment
- Those who are looking for extended support after an initial stage of residential treatment
- Individuals who may not meet criteria for inpatient treatment through the NHS, however would benefit from residential treatment in a community based environment to support their goals, such as: weight stabilisation, physical monitoring, and psychiatric, therapeutic, nutritional and dietetic support
- Those who are looking for ongoing support, including day care, to further enhance a return to everyday living
- Individuals who may be considering a spell of residential treatment and are contemplating their needs
To be suitable for treatment at Arthur House, clients must be:
- Willing to work towards regular and consistent meal planning
- Developing some coping strategies in working towards reducing compensatory behaviours such as purging or bingeing
- Capable of a good level of independence around food preparation portioning and eating
Treatment packages are fully flexible, meaning the programme can suit the individual needs of our clients. Length of stay will depend on the needs of the individual.
A unique eating disorder treatment pathway at Priory
Our eating disorder offering at Arthur House fits into a wider and more comprehensive eating disorder treatment pathway within Priory. We are able to offer support at every stage of the illness, including (if required):
- Physical rehabilitation for the initial stages of treatment
- Intensive residential treatment programmes
- Community-based, reduced therapeutic, and more experiential treatment programmes, including day care
The Arthur House eating disorder treatment programme
Prior to commencing treatment, clients can benefit from a free eating disorder assessment which includes reviewing dietetic and therapeutic needs, to better understand each individual's specific requiremens and suitability for the programme.
Psychotherapy will be delivered by our experienced team, providing a range of options based on full assessment and formulation. Therapies include dialectal behaviour therapy (DBT) themed groups and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) themed groups, which have been found to be hugely effective in driving change for eating disorder clients.
Therapy is provided through a mixture of group work and one-to-one sessions. One-to-one sessions will take place with a registered mental nurse (RMN) or therapist, and progress is constantly tracked against the individual’s treatment goals.
Clients can benefit from:
- Expert eating disorder treatment, including psychiatric, therapeutic and dietetic input
- A comprehensive, residential treatment programme. This usually lasts for 2 months, but can be flexible according to the needs of each individual
- Tried and tested therapeutic approaches, including dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) themed groups, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) themed groups and practical exposure work
- A range of therapy formats, including group work and 1:1 sessions
- Support to make links with the local community and enjoyment of our beautiful surroundings
- Ongoing support for family and loved ones as part of the treatment process
- Treatment and support delivered by a dedicated, multidisciplinary team
- Private bedrooms and welcoming living areas, providing the perfect setting for clients to relax and focus on their wellbeing
As well as comprehensive therapy, clients at Arthur House will also benefit from a range of practical exposure interventions, whereby they are gradually exposed to food-related activities and behaviours in order to reduce the anxiety that they experience during these situations. These may include:
- Shopping for food based on the enjoyable nutritional values of food rather than fear of fat/calorie content
- Building a nutritionally balanced recipe from scratch
- Ordering food in a restaurant, allowing ‘forbidden’ foods to be normalised
- Trying on clothes in a public changing room to challenge dysmorphic body image
The aim of this exposure work is to help clients to develop a range of coping mechanisms and reduce the chances of relapse.
Whilst our experienced team of clinicians and care staff maintain safety in relation to the associated risks of an eating disorder, we take advantage of our beautiful surroundings to support clients to make links with the local community, with a view to building a sense of identity and self-worth outside of that imposed on them by their eating disorder. This, in turn, can increase an individual’s motivation for change and lead to improved outcomes around physical and mental health.
If you would like further information on Arthur House, please contact:
0208 971 9660 or email email@example.com