The Sanctuary Byron Bay
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Eating Disorders

At The Sanctuary Byron Bay, we provide specialist treatment for eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders and other eating disorders not otherwise specified. We also work with people who are seeking treatment for obesity and general overeating.

As abnormalities in eating and weight control behaviours are potentially dangerous and life-threatening, The Sanctuary Byron Bay will always conduct a thorough assessment to ensure that any client seeking treatment for eating disorders or obesity will be properly supported.

In some cases, a full medical team will work closely with our eating disorder specialists, dieticians and carers to ensure that a coordinated response is always available.

Our approach to eating disorders is person-centred, flexible and supportive. We do not condone a ‘boot camp’ approach, nor do we support forced feeding in the case of anorexia nervosa, unless in a medical emergency. For this reason, a client must be ready to seek treatment and be open to our support. For those clients who are seriously underweight, approval from their treating doctors must be obtained prior to acceptance on the program.

If you are seeking help with an eating disorder, rest assured that we will collaborate with you in treatment. We consider trust and rapport to be crucial elements in the treatment of eating disorders and we will help you ensure that the treatment progresses at a comfortable pace.

Our Holistic Approach to Treating Eating Disorders

In line with our overall treatment philosophy, treatment for eating disorders at The Sanctuary Byron Bay will be individually customised and coordinated with medical care. The care team will be carefully chosen to ensure that the client feels safe, nurtured and respected. We will take care to create a restful, peaceful and comfortable home environment and we will involve family members and significant others in the program as required.

Our treatment approach will be stepped - first to ensure that your health is restored and that medical crises are stabilised (in the case where a client is anorexic); second to engage in multidisciplinary restorative therapies including nutritional rehabilitation, behaviour relearning and supported eating plans and third, to help identify better ways to cope and deal with dysfunctional cognitions and emotions. Often, high anxiety and depression coexist with eating disorders. We will also provide education about your condition and help foster healthier lifestyle choices, keeping in mind the need for continued support when you leave our program.

Testimonials

“… My father had had an alcohol problem for many years and when he retired his alcohol problem escalated dramatically. Being in his sixties, he walked in and walked out of a private alcohol rehab stating that there was no way he was going to sit with young drug addicts and alcoholics and talk about his problems. Thank you for providing a one on one alcohol rehabilitation program, that is both highly respected, and successful. I know my father has dealt with his alcohol problem and was grateful for the privacy offered…. ” Son of 68 year old client