Liverpool and Sefton eating disorder service offers psychological support for a range of disorders and weight management and surgery.
What sets it apart?
Liam Jones, psychological therapist explains: "Our approach is to avoid making the person’s experience overly clinical. Rather than solely focusing on weight as the primary criteria for entry to the service, the emphasis is on understanding their difficulties.
We listen to their personal story, and through therapeutic process help them make sense of their experiences while finding a way to move forward with their lives. The eating disorder is one facet of who they are but it does not define them. To assume that it does misses the person entirely".
Liam is the only male therapist. Do men prefer to speak to another man? “We give them the choice and some do; but most are happy to see any therapist. We all adhere to the same client focused approach and adapt as people’s needs change.”
We want men to realise they're not alone
The latest addition to the suite of therapies, Compassion Focused Therapy, teaches the capacity for self soothing and described as ‘physiotherapy for the brain.’
Liam: “The distress of being shamefully alone is horrendous. It becomes all encompassing and has such a profound effect .I hope we’re helping to shape future perspectives so that men realise they’re not alone.”
What to look out for
Men of any age can develop an eating disorder but they are most likely to begin between 14 and 25
NHS Choices: nhs.uk