Our motto is 'your voice counts : recovery exists'. This is the focus and ethos of Talking EDs and underlies everything we do. We believe that recovery is possible. We also believe that everyone with an eating disorder or a difficult relationship with food and eating is entitled to have a voice and express that voice.
Talking EDs offers both personal and professional services associated with eating disorders, food and eating problems, disordered eating, body image issues and other mental health and emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic, emotional distress, relationships, personal development and lots more.
Please see Services and Support section if you are looking for help and support for eating disorders or have a difficult relationship with food and eating.
Please see the Professional and Organisations section if you are a professional or are looking for training, events, consultancy, referral or other professional services.
We started in Spring 2009 as a small support group and quickly grew to become Scotland's leading charity for eating disorders, No Bodies Perfect. We were founded by Alexandra O'Brien in Spring 2009 and received national and international recognition for our innovative work in the field of eating disorders and disordered eating.
We gave up charity status in 2015 as we felt restricted by a charity structure which no longer suited our aims and vision. We got a new name and structure and lots of new people joined the team. Talking EDS is a branch of the private practice business, citizen17. Please note we are not a charity but a private business and service provider.
Talking EDs provides psychotherapy, counselling, mental health support, training, education, consultancy, networking and awareness for eating disorders, disordered eating and problems with food/eating.
We are passionate about what we do. We 'get' it. We believe in giving a voice to those affected by eating disorders and disordered eating.
We are concerned with providing psychotherapy, counselling, mental health and emotional support, support, consultancy, training, education and networking opportunities. We also aim to raise awareness of eating disorders generally, in Scotland (and beyond), whenever and wherever we can.
Although we have academic and professional qualifications in psychotherapy and psychology and are qualified clinicians, it's important to note that some of us also have personal experience of eating disorders and have now fully recovered. Some of us also have experience as a carer/supporter of someone living with an eating disorder.
We are qualified and/or accredited Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Mental Health Practitioners. We have specialised clinical qualifications in psychotherapy, mental health and counselling and some of our team also have undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in Psychology, Research Psychology, other fields of Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and so on. We have additional qualifications in other therapies such as Stress Management Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, ACT, DBT and more, as well as qualifications in training, clinical supervision, group-work and much more!
We engage in regular Clinical Supervision and Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We hold Professional Membership with various organisations, have our own Professional Indemnity Insurance, hold PVG/Disclosure Scotland Membership and ICO Data Protection Membership. We are experienced clinicians working in eating disorders and disordered eating, although we have lots of experience working with many other issues too, including depression, anxiety, body image, stress, self-esteem and much more!
So, we are priviledged over most service providers in that we not only have professional experience of working with eating disorders and disordered eating in various clinical, academic and support settings: some of us also know what it's actually like to experience and recover from an eating disorder first hand!
This means that we have an understanding of eating disorders and disordered eating that many health professionals do not. Since 2009, we have worked with over 1000 people - of all gender identities, age groups and backgrounds with eating disorders and disordered eating. We have worked with then individually, in groups, face-to-face and online.