Therapy Partners

Therapy Partners are a fully trained and accredited team of multi–agency professionals offering both online and telephone counselling. They offer a person centred assessment of your needs and advise on a suitable counselling approach.  Therapy Partners therapists can offer the full range of therapies available ranging from short to long term therapy based on your individual needs. They understand people’s anxieties about waiting to see someone for therapy and will take the time to listen to your concerns.  Their service is designed to meet your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders 

Therapy Partners is pleased to offer Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders 

CBT-E uses cognitive and behavioural strategies to overcome eating disorders and to address the underlying mechanisms that keep them in place. The treatment works collaboratively with clients to address limiting behaviours and provides education on the effects of these behaviours. Treatment is a personalised program that fits with all types of eating disorders, it focuses on the client’s individual experience and their personal difficulties. Clients learn to de-centre from their eating disorder and adopt skills and strategies to limit the maintaining mechanisms that keep the eating disorder going. 

Aims for Treatment 

  • To remove the underlying issues around disturbed ways of eating, extreme weight control behaviours and over-concern around shape and weight. 
  • To correct and effectively manage the mechanisms that maintain the eating disorder. 
  • To ensure that changes are lasting. Treatment helps clients learn to respond to set-backs. 

About the Treatment 

It was developed by Christopher Fairburn and the team at the Centre for Eating Disorders Oxford and remains the most effective treatment for eating disorders. 

Treatment lasts for 20 weeks and requires prioritization and regular unbroken attendance to be successful.  Sessions are 50 minutes in duration, twice weekly in Stage One, reverting to weekly from session 8, then in Stage Four they may become 2-weekly, with a final follow up review session some 20 weeks after the full treatment recommended. 


Eating disorders generally start in adolescence and can contribute significantly to mental health issues in this age group.  Adolescents will normally be developing a sense of identity, learning to become independent and developing new and changing inter-personal relationships as well as adjusting to the changes of puberty. 

Having an eating disorder can interrupt normal development and contribute to clients becoming socially withdrawn and dependent.  Prompt treatment is therefore of great importance. 

CBT is well accepted in the younger age groups and can enhance a sense of control which is a typical concern.   Treatment can help with developing autonomy and personal responsibility. 

Although treatment by a multi-disciplinary team is not generally advisable for adults in treatment, collaboration with significant adults will be an important part of the initial treatment assessment for those clients under 18 years of age. 

While treatment is a confidential collaboration between the young person and therapist, it is recommended that parents/care-givers work to facilitate the ongoing goals of treatment, where the young person is agreeable. 

It is therefore recommended that significant adults are kept informed in order to ensure the success of the treatment. 

Care-giver Attendance Recommended:  

  • At initial assessment for 30 minutes at start of treatment 
  • Review Session: End of Session 2 – final 10 minutes 
  • Review Session: End of Stage One (Session 7 – final 10 minutes) 
  • Review Session: Early Stage Three (Session 12 – final 10 minutes) 
  • Review Session: End of Stage Three (Session 17 – final 10 minutes) 
  • End of Treatment Review: Stage Four Session 20   – final 20 minutes 

Criteria for Accepting Adolescent Clients 

  • 15-years old or over 
  • BMI of >17.5 
  • Willing to engage with treatment 
  • Not more than 20% underweight 
  • Absence of severe co-existing psychiatric problems and suicidal risk 
  • Absence of physical risk (e.g. rapid weight loss 
  • Parental consent and support evident