Authenticity is a core part of Orri’s philosophy. Our blog is a place to share news and updates on Orri, but most importantly, discuss important topics in relation to eating disorders and recovery.
Did you know? We were shortlisted for Mental Health Blog Awards 2022, in Vlogger of the Year category.
November’s theme: “It takes a village.”
A poem written by a client’s experience at an eating disorder inpatient facility, expressing his feelings when his friends visited.
Orri is more than a treatment eating disorder centre – we are a recovery community, comprised of people who genuinely care.
Here, we explore how important it is to recover from an eating disorder as a collective, as shared by those who have been there.
A Guest Blogger’s poem exploring her experience of shame, vulnerability and strength through sharing in her recovery from anorexia.
Max, Orri’s Service Director, talks us through Bounce Theory (Jones, 2005) – a helpful aid for those with bulimia and binge eating disorder to understand their illness and coping behaviours.
Victoria is new to Orri, joining our powerhouse Dietetics team as Dietetics Associate. She shares more about her role so far in this blog.
Our latest Guest Blogger expresses the fears and self doubt his experience of anorexia brought to his life, through his poetry.
Orri’s Director of Research and Development, Dr Paul Robinson, explores the uniqueness of Orri’s intensive day treatment service for eating disorder, and offers his professional insight into the mental health and eating disorders field.
In Black History Month, we celebrate and recognise the contribution and achievements of people of African or Caribbean heritage, as well as reflect on the impact of racism and negative stereotypes. We asked our Orri team members what Black History Month means to them, and what changes they would like to see in the way we treat and understand eating disorders in the UK.
Eating disorders can be extremely isolating illnesses. Often, people can feel a lot of shame or fear when living with an eating disorder, and this can keep people trapped in their experience.
Feeling lonely during this time can be frightening and we can feel helpless in this experience. Here are some ways to reconnect once more.
We recently spoke with Richard, a man who supported his wife throughout her eating disorder recovery. He shares what he learnt along the way, about himself and what was needed for their relationship to thrive, and provides hope for partners and carers also experiencing recovery alongside their loved ones.
The feeling of overwhelm is a disorienting place to find yourself in. When life changes considerably – maybe we’re moved from home or started a new job – it can be hard to find our sense of grounding, to feel our feet on the ground. Here, we’re talking through how to navigate these moments.
Our latest Guest Blogger eloquently shares her experience of anorexia through her poetry.
Sometimes in recovery, it can feel that life is “continuing” without you, that your friends are moving onto the next steps in their lives, and your eating disorder is holding you back– we hear this frustration, and we get it.
Today, we offer a different perspective; to see the ‘hold’ in recovery as a pause to regain the strength you need to live the life you deserve. We explore more in this blog.
Our thoughts for this year’s World Mental Health Day…
A blog on how you can grant yourself compassion and determine your life, in fact, the way you want it to be.
Have you asked our specialist Dietetics team a food question based on your recovery? They may have answered it in our latest blog…
Eating Disorder Recovery, Neurodivergence and Disability, by Emily Nuttall: Blog 3 Autism and Anorexia – Guest Blogger
The third entry of her Guest Blogger series, Emily Nuttall explores how specialised treatment for her anorexia and autism was integral in her sustaining recovery.
Second guest blog from mental health campaigner, Emily Nuttall. Here, she poignantly shares her mental health struggles and lived experience of an eating disorder.
Mental health campaigner, Emily Nuttall, shares her lived experience of an eating disorder in a series of guest blogs. Her first entry explores her birth story and diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
Suffering with depression can be lonely and exhausting. Mental difficulty can draw such mental and physical energy that it can be hard to keep motivation up in recovery. Yet despite what depression may tell you, you are not defined by it – it isn’t your whole self…
There is no one way to have ARFID and symptoms will present differently from person to person. If you have been diagnosed with ARFID or feel you may be struggling with some of the symptoms, here are three things below to keep in mind for your recovery…
Atlanta is an online Eating Disorder Associate, based in Cornwall. In this blog, she describes her role at Orri and how she supports our clients, virtually.
Stacey is Orri’s new (and first) Sport and Exercise Psychologist. We sat her down to learn more about her role and how her work is integral to our clients’ recovery.
Why it’s important, now more than ever, to talk about suicide: a blog for World Suicide Prevention Day
It’s World Suicide Prevention Day, a globally recognised day that aims to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. This year’s theme is “Creating Hope through Action” – a poignant reminder that where there is hope, there is light in recovery.
We believe eating disorder treatment should meet you where you are, in life and in location. Our specialist online treatment is an accessible, flexible, face-to-face programme for recovery. Read on to learn more.
A Guest Blogger uses her lived experience of an eating disorder to write a compassionate blog to those supporting their loved ones.
“I hope that this can be a voice for them too, letting you know what they need from you right now…”
As the final entry of their Student Blog Series, Durham University Beat Society shares their advice on how to keep your eating disorder recovery on track at university, so you can revel in this time as much as you can, as your authentic self…
Our latest Guest Blogger bravely shares her learnings and rediscovery along her eating disorder journey.
This is a question clients often ask us when in eating disorder recovery, and it’s important to note that not one person’s relationship to exercise is the same. What could work for some may not align with another individuals’ eating disorder recovery or needs.
This is why it is crucial to honour your boundaries and pace, and to take your introduction back into exercise one step at a time. Orri’s Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Stacey, offers her specialist advice.
Experiencing symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders can be all consuming and extremely frightening, especially if they catch you off guard in your day. To support with these unpredictable moments, we offer our easy and practical tips to help alleviate anxiety – so you can return to a calmer state of peace.
It is possible for an anxious individual to develop an eating disorder, as their way of coping with anxious feelings and experiences their anxiety may bring. If this resonates with your experience, you may be wondering how you can sustain eating disorder recovery when your anxiety feels overwhelming? We explore in this blog.
The Dietetics team are back in our online space and share their latest answers for your food recovery questions.
Feeling anxious? We have a gentle breathing exercise for you, led by Vicky, Orri’s Yoga Therapist.
10 ways on how to cope when your body changes in eating disorder recovery, with Cara Lisette – Guest Blogger
Practising self-compassion and self-acceptance can be tricky, when navigating body changes in eating disorder recovery.
Our Guest Blogger, Cara Lisette, shares her tips on what she found helpful in her experience of recovery and weight restoration.
Despite how it may seem, orthorexia is much more than a concern for – or awareness of – the nutritional content of food. If you are living with orthorexia (or think that you could be), here are 4 things to hold in mind as you navigate your relationship to food.
Exam Results Week is here and so brings with it many life-changes and decisions for the next few years, for students, families and friends. If you are in the exciting position to start preparing for university, this blog is for you.
Orri joins a discussion with leading UK mental health organisations, Wednesday’s Child and Beyond, on how to prepare for university and sustain eating disorder recovery.
Yesterday, NHS England published its quarterly data on the waiting times for children and young people with eating disorders. The numbers are saddening and reflective of how urgent the need is for early intervention and access to specialist care.
Orri is running a research project in collaboration with University College London (UCL) titled, “Measures of mentalizing in patients with eating disorders”. It is a study of differing groups of participants with a range of social, physical and mental conditions, and an exploration of these elements and their roles in mentalizing and eating disorders.
We sat down with Liam, Eating Disorder Associate here at Orri, to learn more about his role and why he chose to work in mental health services.
With Exam Results Week underway and a new school term starting next month, we’ve been thinking about students and how best to support them in their eating disorder recovery during these pivotal moments in their lives.
We spoke with Durham University Beat Society for their tips on how students can prepare for university with their wellbeing in mind.
“When I turned 60 this year, I started for the first time to come to terms with my weight and my binge eating.” – Guest Blogger
Our recent Guest Blogger candidly shares her experience with binge eating and offers her learnings of self-love and compassion. She hopes it resonates with others and aids them along their eating disorder recovery journeys.
Self-love and eating disorder recovery go hand in hand, as when we talk about self-love, we talk about self-acceptance.
Anorexia is a complex mental illness, but it is treatable and recovery is possible. We share four key messages that we want you to hold onto, particularly during any moments of doubt. You can do this.
Yoga is a body-based therapy that we offer, here at Orri. A yoga practise can help our clients reconnect with their bodies again as they navigate eating disorder recovery – which can be a difficult process when they have felt disconnected for a long time. We explore what yoga is and how this discipline can aid eating disorder recovery.
Are you wondering how best to support a friend or a loved one in eating disorder recovery?
For people providing support and care this can be a confusing time. Our specialist guidance in this blog is set out to support you to offer helpful support and to deepen your awareness of this period.
Arianna joined Orri’s London eating disorder clinic, coming from an eating disorder department based in Italy. She works as an Eating Disorder Associate and supports clients daily with their recovery. Read more about her role in our blog.
Our online community share their favourite eating disorder recovery affirmations, to bring hope into your recovery today.
For International Day of Yoga, we invite you to participate in a breathing practice with Vicky, Orri’s Yoga Therapist.
Bulimia is often characterised by denial and resistance, so when a person comes to treatment, we have to recognise that they have already taken very important steps in their recovery. If you’re reading this and living with bulimia, here are four things we want you to remember when those days in recovery feel tough…
Eating disorder recovery can be challenging and unpredictable. Week-on-week feelings can change, we may experience unplanned setbacks, but also learn new and important things about ourselves along the way. True healing takes place when you learn to accept what it is, let go of what was and welcome new experiences.
Though, how can we move forward in recovery if we feel “stuck” in unhelpful thinking patterns? What if our thinking style is the obstacle in your journey?
There is no “one way” to have an eating disorder. How they manifest both physically and mentally is unique to each individual, yet stereotypes and myths prevail that create barriers to individuals accessing help. Today we explore why men continue to face unique barriers to eating disorder support.
We explore this more below and identify what Orri does as an organisation to facilitate supportive and compassionate care.
Welcoming Fabian, a new addition to our Marketing team! With a passion for design and social media, he hopes to bring his experience of working in the mental health sector to his creative role, here at Orri.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental illness characterised by periods of bingeing – often in response to emotional distress or triggers – and, for some, compensation for the binge through restrictive eating and exercise.
If you are recovering from BED, here are four things we want you to hold onto…
Adam Fare, expert by experience, kindly shares his thoughts and personal experience of navigating eating disorder treatment as a male.
At Orri, we understand the importance of the role of the caregiver and are aware of the demands this role may have on the carers’ lifestyle. If you find yourself caring for a loved one with an eating disorder, know we are here for you too.
Today we’re getting to know Sofia. After joining us temporarily on the front desk, Sofia has since become a permanent member of Orri’s team, as our Clinical Administrator.
We sat her down to learn more about her new role.
This week, Orri’s Somatic Therapist, Pippa, held a London workshop, in collaboration with Be Well Collective. The event explored body image and how to unlock our authentic selves. It was a heartwarming and tender evening, filled with brave stories, honest conversation and tasty food.
Introducing Sandra, Orri’s Research & Development Associate.
She works closely with Dr Paul Robinson, Director of Research and Development, and shares below what’s involved in her day-to-day role.
Orri’s specialist Occupational Therapy team held a webinar for healthcare professionals earlier this month. The event explored the occupational therapy processes and interventions in eating disorder recovery.
A guided meditation, led by Orri’s Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, Pippa. Specifically for students in the midst of exam season, though anyone who would benefit from a pause or a break is welcome to listen.
Did you have a food recovery question for our specialist Dietetics team? We may have answered it in our latest blog.
Orri’s Director of Research & Development, Dr Paul Robinson, is Clinical Advisor to the newly launched MEED guidance for recognising and managing medical emergencies in eating disorders.
The new MEED guidance is a welcome commitment to preventing deaths from eating disorders and ensuring that recovery becomes possible for all.
This years’ Mental Health Awareness Week is looking at loneliness – something pertinent to the experience of living with an eating disorder. We’re joining the UK’s biggest conversation on mental health to ensure no one feels alone in their experience of their illness.
Inspired by this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, a previous client has written a poem about loneliness and shares her hope for those in eating disorder recovery.
If you are in the midst of exam preparation and revising, you more than anyone can understand the pressure that can be felt at this time. These periods of heightened stress can intensify eating disorder thoughts or behaviours, which can affect the progress you have made in your recovery.
In effort to prepare for moments where your eating disorder voice may seem loud, here are 4 things to keep in mind…
Layla is a new member of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates (EDAs) team. She supports clients and the clinicians in her day-to-day, for the in person programme. Read our blog on what brought her to work in eating disorders and how she is finding the role so far.
Hope Virgo, multi award-winning mental health campaigner and expert by experience in eating disorders, is our latest Guest Blogger.
In this blog, she shares her intentions and her ‘hope’ for the #ChangeTheStory campaign, and discusses what she believes need to change in eating disorder treatment.
For this year’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to draw attention to the experience of having an eating disorder whilst being pregnant or having just given birth, and the unique complexities associated with this stage of life.
In effort to widen this non-judgemental, accepting space in which some of the more unspoken aspects of motherhood can be shared and considered, Orri spoke with Wednesday Child’s Perinatal Lead, Abigail Reynolds.
An Orri Alumni client shares her honest experience of navigating her eating disorder recovery alongside being a mother.
Every Friday since the beginning of 2022, we have asked our Orri Instagram community for their food and recovery questions, to put forward to our specialist dietetics team.
Following last week’s launch of the government’s new legislation to include calorie labelling on menus, we recognise that eating out may come with new anxieties and fears. Will I enjoy eating out in public again? Will I choose what I want to eat or what is the least amount in calories now? Eating out should be fun and this makes it scary and triggering. If these thoughts resonate with you, know that we get it and understand.
The Easter holiday is an opportunity to celebrate the changing of seasons and take the long bank holiday weekend to reconnect with our loved ones. But for those living with an eating disorder, Easter can represent multiple challenges. Here are our tips for the Easter weekend.
Today we’re taking a look at those challenges and sharing our tips for ensuring an eating disorder doesn’t hold you back from enjoying the holiday.
If you are reading this blog in the midst of a relapse, know that your experience is completely valid and that relapse in eating disorder recovery is very normal.
Below, we offer ways on how you can be kind to yourself during these moments, and still honour your recovery.
Our latest Guest Blogger, Alice, shares her experience of being stuck with her eating disorder, but finding a way to let go and let more of life in.
We hope her honesty, openness and creativity will touch those of you who are in a similar place and need these words of encouragement.
We are deeply concerned and disappointed about the government initiative to include calorie labelling on menus, which takes effect from today.
Our CEO and Founder, Kerrie, shares her thoughts on this new legislation.
Our Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Sara Morando, is trained in autism assessment and is a specialist on how ASD can occur alongside eating disorders.
For World Autism Day, we sat her down to learn more about the overlap.
Experiencing a relapse can knock your confidence in eating disorder recovery, but it doesn’t have to undo any of the hard work you’ve already done and the progress you’ve made.
In our hyper-connected, fast-paced lives – and after two years of a pandemic infused with uncertainty – you’d be forgiven for perceiving stress as a staple of day-to-day life. Stress Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Here are 5 things to keep in mind about stress.
Each week, we ask our Orri Instagram community for their food and recovery questions to put to our specialist dietetics team. Here are their latest answers.
A mother shares her journey caring for her daughter and her eating disorder. We are keeping all mothers, parents and carers in our hearts this Mothering Sunday. We hope you find some comfort and hope in reading these words.
Sam joined our team of Eating Disorder Associates 8 months ago and brings with him a passion for advocating for men to access eating disorder treatment. We sat him down to learn more about what drives him in his role here at Orri.
Nia has been working at Orri for 6 months, bringing passion to her role as an Eating Disorder Associate. We sat her down to find out more about the day in the life of an EDA, her psychology studies and love of cold water swimming!
Isobel is Orri’s Lead Eating Disorder Associate. She manages her team of passionate EDA’s, who come alongside our clients during their days in treatment at Orri. Working in the eating disorder sector is rewarding and challenging at times. Here, Isobel talks us through her role and what led her here.
We understand how confusing and frightening portioning can be in recovery, and how the eating disorder distorts are understanding of what a ‘normal’ portion is.
That is why Zuzanna, Dietetic Assistant, has set up a Portion Clinic for our clients at Orri – to offer non-judgemental guidance and support. We share the latest below.
Last week was Eating Disorders Awareness Week – a big week for all of us in the sector who are passionate about changing the way we approach eating disorder treatment and recovery.
Nia is an Eating Disorder Associate at Orri (and our resident poet!). To inspire you in recovery today, she has written a poem on the experience of growth in life and eating disorder recovery.
It’s Nutrition and Hydration Week! Adequate nutrition is central to eating disorder recovery, and therefore an important part of Orri. In this blog, our Dietetics team share how we apply this focus and care into treatment.
Ben, Orri’s Chef, brings a touch of Spanish sun to our kitchen with this latest rice dish. If you are a lover of tomatoes and chickpeas, then you will love this classic dinner recipe – it’s simple to make and delicious to eat!
Each week, over on Instagram, we ask our follower community to share their questions for our dietetics team. Here are their most recent answers…
For University Mental Health Day, we spoke with the executive and a member of Durham University Beat Society, for their thoughts on how to support students’ mental health at university.
Our community member has launched a petition against calorie labelling on restaurant menus and bravely shares what has driven her to speak out about her cause.
Nia is one of our Eating Disorder Associates. Here she shares a poem she wrote for International Women’s Day.
Inspired by spring, a member of Orri’s community shares a blog on the changing of seasons and the symbolism for eating disorder recovery.
This International Women’s Day is calling on all to #BreakTheBias. Here, members of our team share their experiences of gender bias that they would like to – or have had to – break in their lives and careers.
In solidarity with University Mental Health Day this year, we are highlighting the importance of early intervention with eating disorders, and the unique position universities are in to prevent crisis.
For, no student should ever feel alone with their mental health. And no student should ever have to suffer with an eating disorder alone.
Orri attended the London Eating Disorders Conference 2022, taking part in the conversation and movement to ‘improving access to care and treatment flexibility in a challenging world’.
Seeking help for an eating disorder can be an anxiety-provoking experience, but it’s the most important step in recovery. GPs are often the first port of call for when someone has concerns. Here’s how to navigate a GP appointment about an eating disorder.
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we are supporting our charity partner, Beat, in calling for all UK medical schools and foundation programmes to introduce proper training on eating disorders.
Stephanie is Orri’s Dramatherapist and IFS Therapist. We sat her down to learn more about her role and approach, and her passion for working with those recovering from eating disorders.
Dr Joanna Silver is Orri’s Lead Psychological Therapist and joins the Orri team with an abundance of knowledge and passion for eating disorders. We sat her down to learn more about her role and past experience.
To round off Random Acts of Kindness Week, we’re sharing the acts of kindness that members of our team have done for others.
Dr Paul Robinson is Orri’s Director of Research and Development and a leading Psychiatrist in the treatment of eating disorders. Having been part of the team since day one, he shares his response to our ‘outstanding’ CQC rating.
It’s quite something to receive an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating on the day of your 3rd birthday, but here we are! The Care Quality Commission has rated Orri as ‘outstanding’ following its first full inspection! As well as the overall ‘outstanding’ rating, Orri was recognised as ‘outstanding’ in each of the CQC’s five key lines of enquiry – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
Each week, over on Instagram, we ask our follower community to share their questions for our dietetics team. Here are their most recent answers…
Orri’s Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian, Beth, explores eating disorder stereotypes and stigma faced by the Black community, and shares recommendations for challenging the white narrative.
Disclosing that we have an eating disorder is a big step. In fact, it’s the first step we take in recovery – the first of the many shifts and changes we’ll make that opens up our world and communicates that we’re ready for something different. But how do we talk about it? Where do we begin? Here are our thoughts…
Settling back into a new term at university? Navigating this alongside recovery can be a lot to handle. Our Instagram followers share their tips from lived experience.
“Your recovery voice is cheering you on, today, tomorrow, all the way along” – Orri’s Festive People’s Playlist
Orri’s community rocked their way into the festive period with our ‘Festive People’s Playlist’ on Spotify! Each song was contributed by our wonderful clients to share support and build confidence in recovery. Have a listen!
Our theme for January is Being Intentional. But what does it mean to be intentional in eating disorder recovery, and how do we go about setting intentions?
Nia is an Eating Disorder Associate at Orri and has written a poem to inspire hope and trust in recovery. “For today, giving your best is enough.”
There’s something very alluring about a new year and the tradition of new year’s resolutions. But the traditional approach tends to lack the compassion, patience and curiosity that many of us nurture throughout recovery from an eating disorder. We invite you to consider an alternative approach and to share your thoughts with us.
Our Eating Disorder & Research Associate, Hannah, shares her thoughts and suggestions for New Years Resolutions.
Recovery wisdom is best sourced from the people who have been through it. So, we asked our Instagram followers for their tips for maintaining recovery over the festive period. So, we turned to our Instagram community to see what tips they could offer to those who may be struggling with their recovery this season.
Our Chef, Ben, is back with another recipe! This time, we’re going for sweet over savoury with some gingerbread snowflake cookies. Give them a go and share pictures with us on Instagram!
We recently hosted a free webinar about keeping your recovery on track over the festive period. Here is a recap of what we discussed, and you’ll find a recording of the webinar at the bottom of the page.
We’ve been busy in the kitchen! Orri’s Chef, Ben, shares a recipe for Sage, Onion and Cranberry Biscuit Trees in case you want to give it a go at home!
Jacqui, Orri’s Online Clinical Manager, shares this poem for recovery by Julia Fehrenbacher. We hope it inspires you to breathe.
The festive season can bring mixed feelings for many. It is a time of year where our focus and attention is often pulled outwards – social activities and engagements, seeing friends family, travelling and planning.
Pippa, our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, explores how we can reconnect with our bodies and fulfill its needs in recovery.
In response to the government’s anti-obesity legislation, our community member has launched a petition against calorie labeling on restaurant menus.
The festive season can cause intense stress, anxiety and uncertainty. To help you navigate the festive season, our therapists, Pippa and Linda, have teamed up and share their top tips for keeping your recovery the priority.
Our latest Guest Blogger shares her fundraising initiative for Beat’s 125 Challenge, spreading the message of “strength, solidarity and hope” to the 125 million eating disorder sufferers in the UK.
Eating disorders are often coined ‘family illnesses’ as they don’t impact the individual alone, but rather, touch all different family members in different ways. The festive period is an opportunity to come together, but when someone is struggling with an eating disorder, there can be added complexity to this. We spoke to our Consultant Family Therapist, Karen, for her tips.
The emphasis on food is greater during the festive season and we know that with this can come greater anxiety, especially for people in recovery for an eating disorder. To support you with this, Beth, Orri’s Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian, shares her guidance for how to cope with food whilst maintaining your eating disorder recovery.
The holidays are on the horizon. Whilst many look forward to this time of year, for people in recovery, the festive period can present unique challenges. We’ve created a free downloadable workbook for anyone wishing to keep their recovery the priority this Christmas.
Jacqui is Orri’s Online Clinical Manager and oversees every single online client and staff member to ensure the smooth running of our online service. Having worked in eating disorder treatment for 15 years, she brings with her a wealth of experience and passion in helping clients recover.
Hannah is an Eating Disorder and Research Associate here at Orri. As well as supporting the clients attending our online programme, she also works closely with Dr Paul Robinson, our Director of Research & Development, to collect outcome data and ensure our service is ever-response to the needs and feedback of our clients and their families.
Joining the discussion on men and eating disorders for International Men’s Day is Andrew Seed, Orri Psychotherapist and lead of Orri’s Men’s Group for male staff. Below, he discusses how eating disorders can develop in men and woman in relation to a patriarchal system, and what themes we can explore for recovery.
Our latest Guest Blogger is Dr Chuks, a specialist eating disorders doctor. He shares his thoughts for International Men’s Day.
Greta is our Intake Co-ordinator and joined the team in 2021! She and Admissions Manager, Ivana, work closely together to respond to enquiries about treatment and support people throughout their admission into Orri. We sat Greta down to learn more about her role.
Stress can be an uncomfortable feeling. It can overwhelm our minds and bodies, and when we’re in the midst of that experience it can be hard to view situations objectively and respond with compassionate wisdom.
In this blog post we look at Polyvagal Theory, a collection of evolutionary, neuroscientific and psychological thought about how the nervous system responds to stressors.
To forgive and to let go can be one of the most freeing forms of self-care and a real demonstration of self-compassion and self-love. Yet we know how hard it can be to forgive. Especially when it feels that past experiences, people or even ourselves have let us down. Here are some thoughts to help guide you to a place of forgiveness in your eating disorder recovery…
This week is NEDA’s Body Acceptance Week, a week where individuals and organisations promote body positivity, body acceptance and body liberation for all. Inspired by the week, we sat with Pippa, Orri’s Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, to find out how we can return to our bodies.
If you are like us and have too many pumpkins leftover from your Halloween antics, then this warming pumpkin pie recipe is a must-bake for your kitchen! Created by Orri’s Chef, Ben, our seasonal pumpkin pie is great to make at this time of year when pumpkins are in season.
As the days get shorter and darker, our routines and our mindset changes as we’re pulled towards comfort and warmth. Here’s how to navigate that transitional experience.
Autumn is a transitional period. As trees shed their leaves, we too can consider what we want to let go and grow from.
How can the creative arts support eating disorder recovery? Eve, Orri’s Art Psychotherapist, explores in our latest blog, taking inspiration from the autumn season.
It’s completely normal to struggle during the transition to university. If you’re not having a good time “all the time”, that is okay! You’re not a failure, it just takes time to settle in. Here are 4 things to consider as you prepare for student life in recovery.
Experiencing transitions – or change – can bring about challenges or dilemmas that have the potential to overwhelm us and our ability to cope. Here are our top tips for managing and coping with transitions.
Our latest Guest Blogger shares her experience of her illness through a poem, “I am learning that shame and secrecy only allow it more control and that being more open takes away some of its power.”
Transitions have the capacity to illuminate our vulnerabilities, but within that, our opportunities. Here’s our tips for parents supporting a child in the transition to university.
A big part of recovery involves holding yourself accountable to your goals and taking proactive steps towards creating an environment that fosters your recovery. Here’s a checklist for you to consider ahead of the move to university.
Our latest Guest Blogger shares her advice for making the transition to university and prioritising recovery, “Recovery is a mindset, and it’s possible to cultivate it wherever you are.”
Moving to university can be a challenging time because it’s full of change and new experiences. Our Senior Dietitian, Paula, takes us through her top tips for keeping recovery the priority whilst settling into student life.
Our founder and CEO, Kerrie, shares her thoughts about joining an online recovery community.
We asked our Instagram followers for their questions about online treatment.
It’s normal to be apprehensive about treatment for an eating disorder. You’re asking yourself to be incredibly brave in the face of many unknowns and to hold on tight to that small voice inside that knows you deserve better. Here we respond to the common fears around accessing treatment online.
Our online day treatment meets clients where they are in their lives, and helps them to break free from their eating disorder. Here’s how to prepare for your first day.
What do you think recovery is? If you’re unsure, this blog is for you.
We know that a lot of people can feel an unprecedented amount of pressure during the summer months. Here, we share our top tips for coping with body image pressures and socialising during the summer months.
Eating disorder recovery is full of questions: how did I get here? What is recovery? When will I recover? Here, we discuss the value of having expectations for recovery, but also the importance of staying compassionate and pacing ourselves along the journey.
We know that people living with eating disorders can feel enormous pressure around exams, and that receiving results can be a trigger for intensifying eating disorder behaviours. Our Senior Occupational Therapist discusses the emotions that can arise, and how you can mindfully acknowledge your feelings whilst maintaining eating disorder recovery.
Whilst the exams are over and done with and we cannot control the outcome, we can control how we approach results day and how we process the results themselves.
Linda joined the clinical team a couple of months ago, whilst still residing in South Africa. With 40 year’s experience under her belt, she shares what drew her to work in the mental health field and also what led her to work in Orri’s specialist (and unique) eating disorder treatment.
Our Guest Blogger shares her experience of recognising how the eating disorder was holding her back in life and love.
Our Senior Psychotherapist, Romy, talks to us about sex, intimacy and relationships, and discusses how we support clients with these themes in treatment.
Our latest Guest Blogger, Ileana, shares a roundup of our recent webinar on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in Eating Disorder Recovery.
Throughout July we’re talking about Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in eating disorder recovery. Here, we look at John Bowlby’s attachment styles, and discuss how each attachment style can show up in sexual relationships.
Our alumni client shares her experience of intimacy and relationships in recovery from an eating disorder, demonstrating how recovery is so much more than improving your relationship to food, and in fact reaches into all areas of our lives.
Boundaries are what we set so that we don’t reach our limit. Here, we talk about the importance of boundaries in relationships, and what people living with eating disorders can do to implement them.
This month we’re talking about Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in Recovery. As social animals, we are all impacted by these things, yet for various reasons the topics are rarely discussed in treatment settings. Here, we look at how eating disorders impact relationships.
Jemina joined the team as one of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates. Her past experience working in inpatient settings, along with her passion for supporting those living with eating disorders, makes her a fantastic addition to the team. Read on to learn more about her role at Orri.
On the look-out for a homemade summery snack? Our chef, Ben, shares one of his favourite recipes that he learnt whilst skiing! Not a pro baker? No fear, according to Ben this is impossible to mess up…
“They say patience is a virtue and you certainly need it in spades during eating disorder recovery.” Our latest Guest Blogger shares their thoughts around keeping motivated in recovery.
For #DietitiansWeek this year, Orri’s senior clinicians came together to discuss how to heal our relationship to food in eating disorder recovery. Here’s a recap of what was discussed.
Binge eating disorder can be extremely distressing and is characterised by eating a larger amount of food than normal in a short space of time. Here, our Senior Dietitian, Paula, shares her tips for breaking the cycle of bingeing.
Summer is finally here, and with the weather warming up, it’s likely you’ll find yourself at some sort of picnic or BBQ. Whatever the setting, mealtimes in recovery can be hard. Here are our tips for navigating summer socials.
The myth that “men don’t get eating disorders” is harmful and outdated. Here are our thoughts for Men’s Health Week.
Eve is an Art Psychotherapist and recently joined the team, bringing with her a splash of colour for our treatment programmes. Read on to hear more about her role and how she supports people in recovery from eating disorders.
June is Pride Month. Many LGBTQ+ individuals face unique challenges that put them at greater risk of developing an eating disorder.
The exam and assessment period is often a time of high anxiety. Pressure to revise and to ‘do well’ can exacerbate symptoms of an eating disorder as we attempt to cope with overwhelming emotions and uncertainty. Here are our thoughts.
We know just how daunting it can be to consider treatment for an eating disorder. Our CEO and founder, Kerrie, shares all you need to know about food and recovery at Orri. Together, we take things step by step and at your pace.
Throughout the month of June we’re talking about food and recovery. Today we’re talking about bulimia, and specifically about how to break out of the cycle of bingeing and purging that many find themselves in.
Karen is Orri’s Consultant Family Therapist and has been with the team since day one! We sat her down to learn more about her role and specialist work with our clients.
Haley is one of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates (EDAs) and has been part of the team since Orri reopened its in person service in April. We sat her down to learn more about her role and interest in supporting those living with eating disorders…
Do you have 9 minutes to spare? Our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, Pippa, guides us through a mindful practice and shares how mindfulness can support eating disorder recovery.
People often come to the practice of mindfulness in response to the realisation that they may not be engaging fully in the present, or having experienced their emotions as overwhelming and sudden. You may be wondering, where do I start?
Throughout the month of May we’re reflecting on the use of mindfulness as a tool for eating disorder recovery. Here are 3 ways we use mindfulness in treatment.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is #ConnectWithNature. Here are our thoughts…
The path of recovery asks us to become aware of our internal experience; our thoughts, our beliefs, our emotions and how these inform our actions, behaviours and relationships.
Forging a space for creative expression is a huge part of our therapeutic approach at Orri. Here, one of our clients kindly shares a poem she wrote and brought to a group therapy session.
Poetry “forces us to confront our innermost thoughts and feelings…it provides a comfortable format to be able to share them with others”. Today, we share a poem written by one of our clients for a group therapy session with Senior Occupational Therapist, Kendra.
Chef Ben joined the team just a few weeks ago, yet he’s already stirred much enthusiasm in the kitchen! We sat him down to discover the inspiration behind the apron. Today, he shares his Asian inspiration, near-dessert disasters, and offers a glimpse into how he works with our Senior Dietitian, Paula.
Maternal mental health has traditionally been a challenging area to approach, as it is often surrounded by silence and a reluctance for exploration. People can feel very uncertain about what to say and how to approach it. Here are our thoughts for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week…
Lockdown has ended and life is beginning to return to “normal”. But for those living with eating disorders, “normal” might feel pretty daunting. Especially with the promise of pubs and restaurants reopening and the return of social eating. We spoke to our Senior Occupational Therapist, Kendra, for her top tips.
MANTRA stands for the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults and is one of the modalities we use at Orri to support our clients with their eating disorder recovery. Click here for a deep-dive into the approach.
Our client shares a poem she wrote for her 27th birthday, “My body is now stronger, I am starting to find my voice.”
Following the tragic and untimely death of Nikki Grahame, Kerrie Jones, CEO & Founder, spoke with Naga Munchetty from BBC Radio 5 Live about the impact of lockdown on eating disorders, and how to support loved ones who are struggling.
We’re gradually dipping our toe back into a semblance of “normality” here in England. But what if you found lockdown life actually peaceful and helpful for your recovery? What if the prospect of returning to “normality” is really daunting?
As is often the case with milestones in the year, sadly there has been a lot of negative talk around food in light of lockdown ending. We spoke to our Senior Occupational Therapist about how to cope with negative food talk whilst in recovery.
No one should have to recover from their eating disorder alone. As we prepare the building for Monday’s reopening, we’ll be shining a light on how we have been – and always will be – #RecoveringTogether.
A client shares her heart-warming experience of Orri’s online treatment programme, “The approach everyone takes is so different to any other treatment I have had before.”
It can be difficult to spot a harmful relationship to exercise as our culture celebrates activities that are perceived to be contributing to our health and wellbeing. If we’re unable to spot the intention beneath the activity, as well as how it may be negatively impacting areas of a person’s life, important opportunities for intervention can be missed.
The pandemic challenged so many aspects of our safety. With lockdown ending, the world is gradually dipping its toe back into “normal” waters. Feeling “safe” in these waters is so important from a psychological perspective. Here’s how Orri will keep you safe in treatment…
Our London centre is opening its doors once more on Monday 12th April. Our online treatment, first launched during the first lockdown, will remain alongside. You may be wondering, which treatment is better suited for me? This blog post looks into each one a little deeper!
If you’re struggling with the idea of being seen again once lockdown ends, here are some things we want you to know and some tips from our Senior Occupational Therapist, Kendra…
Group therapy is a daunting prospect. Sitting around in a room filled with (initially) strangers and sharing your feelings? That takes courage! So what is it and how does it work? We sat our Senior Psychotherapist, Romy, down to learn more…
Our client shares a poem she wrote about her relationship to her body during recovery from anorexia. We hope that when you read this you know that you are not alone. There is hope that things can and will get better.
Getting to know Orri’s Registered Mental Health Nurse, Victoria. Here, she shares her inspiration for her role and what destiny had in store for her career.
We were in awe watching the response to Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year. So many safe spaces were carved out to facilitate important discussions, and in the process, highlighted key themes around treatment and recovery that we endeavour to explore further as part of our outreach work at Orri.