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Research on the helpful aspects of therapy for those experiencing eating disorders

Background: Tríona McInerney is a final year counselling psychology trainee at the University of Strathclyde/Glasgow Caledonian University. She is conducting doctoral research on what clients who sought psychological therapy to help with their experiences of difficulties with eating regarded as the helpful aspects of their therapy.

Aims: The objective of this research is to gain an insight from the client’s point of view into their experiences of what was helpful when they attended psychological therapy.

Participation: The research is looking to focus on females, from 18-30 years old, who have been either received a diagnosis of anorexia, received a diagnosis of EDNOS with restrictive food behaviours or any participant who feels they have sought help for the experience of disordered eating, (without a formal diagnosis), defined as: An irregular pattern of eating behaviour, due to a distorted body image, focused on the restriction of food and with the overall aim of weight reduction, incorporating such weight-control behaviours as self-starving and exercising obsessively. It is also necessary that the experience of therapy lasted at least 8-12 weeks.

Contact and further information: Contact Tríona by email, or by phone at +44-77-3166-7825.

This research has received ethical approval from The School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde.