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Prof. Buckroyd works therapeutically with people who are puzzled and distressed by their eating behaviour.
You may be someone who is bulimic, someone who binges or someone who eats compulsively.
You may be an ordinary size or very overweight.
You may be so upset by your appearance (realistically or not) that your life is affected by your worries.
You may self-harm because of your distress.
You may be contemplating bariatric surgery or you may have already undergone it.
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Therapeutic style

Both of Prof. Buckroyd’s initial trainings were psychoanalytic and she remains convinced about the importance of the influence of the past on the present. However, over many years of practising she has learned a great deal about other therapeutic styles and methods. She would now describe herself as an integrative or pluralist therapist. She uses the theories and strategies that seem most likely to work for you. In that mix she includes cognitive therapies.
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Treatment Options

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The initial meeting will be an assessment session which may last up to 90 minutes. This has several purposes:

  • For you to tell Prof. Buckroyd at least some of your story and to share with her how you understand the place you are in now.
  • For her to gauge whether what she can offer you is appropriate for you.
  • For you to discuss together how or whether you should proceed
  • For you to discuss the practicalities of you working together such as dates, times and payment methods.

Five sessions of structured therapy

Prof Buckroyd has learned over many years that people who are distressed about their eating behaviour have difficulties in a number of areas of their lives. She has developed a five session structured therapy which will enable you to address these areas so that you come to a better understanding of exactly what lies behind your problems and make a start on managing those parts of your life in a less damaging way. These five sessions will then help you to understand what else needs to be done (if anything) to free you from your eating distress. They will be active and interactive sessions which will ask you to reflect on your history and experience.

More structured therapy

If it seems appropriate we may then decide to continue by addressing more fully one or more of the areas of concern raised in the initial five sessions. Prof Buckroyd has developed nine x four session courses of therapy which again are active and interactive and will prompt you to consider further the issues that are troublesome. These cover a wide range and include, among others, self esteem, body esteem, motivation, relationships and self soothing.

Time limited focal therapy

It may become clear that there is a particular issue in your life that lies at the root of your eating distress. That could be something to do with your earlier history or it could be current difficulties, for instance in a relationship. It could relate to difficult circumstances in your adult life, for instance accident or bereavement. In that case you can take some time to focus on that one thing. Normally you would expect to work together on it for up to ten sessions before reviewing your progress and discussing whether you need further sessions.

Small group therapy

Some people with disordered eating benefit from working with a few others in a group. Group members offer each other valuable insights and support. Groups will follow the programme of structured therapy as described above.

Intensive one day workshops

You may want to begin your search for a better relationship with food via a one day workshop with up to 10 participants. This will give you a good idea about whether you want to do more work with Prof. Buckroyd.