Therapy Partners’ Sallie Kemp and Rubie Cousins recently visited Mayfield Grammar School for Girls to deliver an interactive assembly about Eating Disorders and Body Image to 180 girls. It’s main aim; Raise as much awareness as possible about eating disorders, how and why they develop, what role society plays in this and how to get help. Rubie, one of Rewrite Your Story trustees, who shared her story through the video and inspired the charity, spoke to the girls on the day about her own, lived experiences and answered any questions they had. ‘Outside influences including the power of the media & [...]
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The PETS (Psycho-Educational Therapeutic Intervention strategy) project which inspired the launch of Rewrite Your Story, has published an Executive Summary Report and a Full Report of the project’s outcomes, outlining the 3 different areas of three-dimensional multi-faceted support offered to young people and their families throughout the project; TARGETED SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS on a one-to-one basis by providing 20 sessions of solution-focused, evidence-based CBT-E therapy within a week of referral at a convenient location for the young person. Facilitated PEER SUPPORT GROUPS for parents and or carers, and young people based on a psycho-educational approach. Key themes, together with strategies for building [...]
An article in The Guardian has highlighted the issues with the NHS services for eating disorders, the increase in referalls especially in children and young people under the age of 19, and that the system is just not working. The number of admissions to hospital of patients with potentially life-threatening eating disorders has almost doubled over the past six years, amid warnings from experts that NHS services to tackle anorexia and bulimia are failing to help those in need. The number of admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of an eating disorder reached a peak of 13,885 in the [...]
We couldn’t be prouder of our Nutritionist Hannah Burton here at Therapy Partners, Rewrite Your Story! Not least because she never stops tirelessly fundraising for our children and young people! Last Wednesday 21st February, Hannah organised the Meopham Players Jungle Book showing, an exclusive first showing of the fantastic play in Meopham, especially in aid of RWYS. Thank you to all those who made an effort to sell tickets, and to all those who bought one too. We managed to raise almost £300 and hope you had an amazing evening The nutter Nutritionist then went on to do a half [...]
Therapy Partners are pleased to annouce we have a new Therapy Room for rent on a sessional basis at Maidstone Community Support Center, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone. The newly refurbished, tranquil and well equipped room is suitable for talking therapies for couples, small fmailes or individuals and meetings for between 2-4 people. Close to public transport in the center of Maidstone – 5 mins from Maidstone East Train Station, long opening hours, private peaceful space, newly refurbished, free wifi. ammeneties include; Couch/sofa/recliner Table & chairs Tea & coffee facilities on site Receptionist Waiting area WiFi Wheelchair access off peak parking [...]
A Nutritionist is able to consider any medical problems or risk factors in health that are consequential to an eating disorder. It is important to educate those at risk that when the body is malnourished it ‘shuts down’ the body systems that are not vital for survival. The body can go into a state of ‘stress’ which leads to decline in overall health, mood, immune function, growth and development, gastro-intestinal (GI) function, cognitive ability, hair and nail health just to name a few. A nutritionist can support eating disorder recovery by promoting dietary changes that are sustainable and providing positive [...]
Blueberriesandraspberries:highinantioxidantcapacityandimmuneboostingthatare lower in sugar than many other fruits. Pistachios:thesearegreatbecausetheshellingprocesstakestimesoyouendupeating them slower. They contain fiber, biotin, B6, thiamine, folate, unsaturated fats and plant sterols making them nutritionally packed as well as tasty. Broccoli:per100gofbroccolitheyareonly34kcal,0.4gfat,highinpotassium,7gCHO, 2.8g protein, contain vitamins A, D, B12, C, B6, calcium and magnesium. Salmon:highinvitaminD,B12,selenium,omegas3and6(essentialfattyacids),B6, protein, phosphorus, potassium and biotin, is beneficial to heart and brain health and has been found to assist in weight regulation. Quinoa:proteinpackedgraintouseasahealthyalternativetoothergrains,isoneofthe most protein packed foods we can get (high useable protein) Bulgurwheat:richinslowdigesting,complexCHO,lowinfat,highinmagnesiumand dietary fiber and also a protein packed grain. Chiaseeds:topanythingyoucanwiththese.Theyhave6timesmorecalciumthanmilk and high in fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids. Kale:greatforaddingtomealsasasideortoamixture.ZEROFAT,greatforaiding digestion, high in [...]
Ongoing and repetitive dieting - Counting calories, converting to vegetarianism or veganism, skipping meals and cutting out entire food groups, drinking coffee and diet fizzy drinks to feel full. Obsession – obsessed with food. Looking up recipes, always cooking meals for others but not consuming them, rigidity (control) – not letting anyone else cook meals for them, eating at certain/set times, eating with small utensils e.g. tea spoon, taking extensive amounts of time to eat the food, constantly talking about food. Having the same/similar food every day. Avoidance - avoiding certain food groups, social situations where food maybe involved, saying [...]
Many people are subject to the common misconception that calories are made equal, but what they do and the benefit that they provide to the body is not the same. Our bodies need a vast mix of vitamins, minerals and fibre to function, and some foods offer us a higher nutrient density than others. For example, strawberries are a great source of vitamins C and K, fibre, folic acid, manganese, potassium and phytonutrients (which are what makes them bright red). You can therefore say a strawberry is nutrient dense. Bread on the other hand, as a processed product, is not; [...]
‘When a young person is bullied they can be left feeling isolated and not good enough, with low self-esteem. Sometimes the behaviour they develop can be a way of putting control back in to a world that they feel they don’t have any control in. This can manifest itself in disordered eating by overeating or restricting their eating to any unhealthy level.’ – Sallie Kemp, Therapist Unfortunately, bullying in schools is more common than we like to admit. Below are a few statistics from the 2016 annual bullying survey. 1.5 million young people (50%) have been bullied within the past [...]