Treatments offered

  • MANTRA
  • SSCM
  • CBT
  • Family/carer based interventions
  • Art Therapy


  • Mindfulness
  • Body Image Therapy

  • Complementary Therapy
  • Weekly Group workshops
  • Yoga

Your treatment

Multidisciplinary Team
Our experienced Multi Disciplinary Team  will formulate your individual care plan, which will address the physical, psychological and social aspects of the eating disorder. 
Our therapists and care team can then employ the right resources for you.

Treating the Whole Person
The effects of an eating disorder are far reaching and not only impact on you psychologically, but also physically and socially.

Treatment means exploring and addressing each of these aspects, and acknowledging your personal life goals.

If you have had previous treatment, we take this into account, considering what has and has not worked in the past.

Treatment can often be an opportunity for friends and family to provide further support and for them to also learn more about the illness.

At Bramacare we understand that each individuals' recovery journey is entirely unique, but there are inevitably many hurdles and challenges to face along the way, that can be daunting alone. Our team are here to support you every step of the way and we provide treatments which are centered around you, and are adjusted as you progress.   

Treatments

Equine Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which horses are utilized as tools for a man or woman to develop greater self-understanding and assist in emotional growth. 

Today, many eating disorder therapists and professionals recognize the benefits of equine therapy as a method of improving lives and refer patients to riding programs.

Throughout the process of engaging and working with the horse, the our patients will often connect in a therapy session, process emotions, and discuss behaviors and patterns. The fundamental goal of equine therapy is for the patient to build skills such as self-assurance, courage, responsibility, self-control, and improve confidence.

Equine Assisted therapy

Yoga is an ancient practice for both the mind and body. People with eating disorders often report to feel disconnected from their bodies. Regular mindful yoga practice can help sufferers to feel present in their physical form and aware of their bodily signals. Yoga encourages you tostay with the sensations of the stretch, using your breath as a vehicle.This can help with distressing urges to binge/purge/restrict/run and help you to experience that every sensation has a beginning, middle and an end.


For more information, please read the Clinical Trial of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Yoga

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression. 

The art making process and the artwork are used to address difficult or distressing emotional issues within a safe environment. Sometimes it is difficult to talk about emotions and feelings. It can be easier to express yourself and explore your problems through art making. In this context it is not necessary to have ability in art making and although it is not an art class or a recreational activity, sessions can be enjoyable. While there will be opportunity for discussion, It is not necessary to talk during the session. Sometimes making the artwork is enough to begin with.

Art making can help to communicate and mirror the parts of ourselves whichwe are not aware of or we struggle to say. Once expressed in the artwork we can begin to become more self-aware and in touch with our emotions.

Art Therapy

Families of adult patients may be involved in treatment where the patient permits them. This may include information sessions for families and carers on eating disorders or more structured family therapy where relationships can be explored.

Family/carer based interventions

These are used as part of our weekly treatment programme and support regular treatments such as medication. The sessions help to reduce anxiety and can be used to help with physical pain and sleeplessness.
  • CFT
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Mindfulness
  • Exercise Management

Weekly Group workshops

These are used as part of our weekly treatment programme and support regular treatments such as medication. The sessions help to reduce anxiety and can be used to help with physical pain and sleeplessness.

Complementary Therapy

Body Image Therapy

People experiencing eating disorders usually have a negative view of their bodies. This therapy invites you to challenge the way you see your body and helps to explore issues that might be causing this poor view. Patients are encouraged to develop a positive self-awareness by exploring emotional issues, life events and relationships that are related to existing skewed perceptions of the body.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is the NICE guidelines recommended form of psychotherapy that helps with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The aim is to reduce the long lasting effects of distressing memories. The patient recalls locked-in distressing images while at the same time creating bilateral stimulation of the brain with side to side eye movements. This process decreases the power of the emotionally charged memories, helps the client come to terms with the past and to move forward.
This approach can be offered to individuals but also works well for families and couples. SFT focuses upon what you want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that made you seek help. The therapy doesn’t focus heavily on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT can help change how people think ('Cognitive') and what they do ('Behaviour'). Unlike some of the other talking therapies, it focuses on the 'here and now' problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or past symptoms, it looks for ways to improve your current situation and thinking.

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Art therapy
Art therapy

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression.

Art therapy sessions are undertaken with a qualified, Health and Care Professions’ Council (HCPC) registered art psychotherapist. In addition to their experience and knowledge of the creative process art therapists draw on a range of psychological and psychoanalytic theory as well as person centred and cognitive behavioural approaches and mindfulness practice.The art making process and the artwork are used to address difficult or distressing emotional issues within a safe environment. Sometimes it is difficult to talk about emotions and feelings. It can be easier to express yourself and explore your problems through art making. In this context it is not necessary to have ability in art making and although it is not an art class or a recreational activity, sessions can be enjoyable. While there will be opportunity for discussion, It is not necessary to talk during the session. Sometimes making the artwork is enough to begin with. 

Art making can help to communicate and mirror the parts of ourselves whichwe are not aware of or we struggle to say. Once expressed in the artwork we can begin to become more self-aware and in touch with our emotions.



Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice for both the mind and body. People with eating disorders often report to feel disconnected from their bodies. Regular mindful yoga practice can help sufferers to feel present in their physical form and aware of their bodily signals. Yoga encourages you tostay with the sensations of the stretch, using your breath as a vehicle.This can help with distressing urges to binge/purge/restrict/run and help you to experience that every sensation has a beginning, middle and an end.


For more information, please read the Clinical Trial of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders


Equine Assissted Therapy


Equine Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which horses are utilized as tools for a man or woman to develop greater self-understanding and assist in emotional growth. Equine Therapy is a form of animal assisted therapy, an aspect of mental health that acknowledges the bond between animals and humans in addition to the opportunity for emotional healing that can occur when a relationship is initiated between two species, such as human and horse.

Today, many eating disorder therapists and professionals recognize the benefits of equine therapy as a method of improving lives and refer patients to riding programs.

Equine therapy involves horse activities which are set up and facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and the support of a horse professional. Many of these activities are carried out on the ground, as opposed to riding, and encompass such things as feeding, grooming, haltering, and leading the horse. Throughout the process of engaging and working with the horse, the therapist and patient will often connect in a therapy session, process emotions, and discuss behaviors and patters. The fundamental goal of equine therapy is for the patient to build skills such as self-assurance, courage, responsibility, self-control, and improve confidence.


Components of Equine Therapy

The unique bond that evolves between patient and horse involves the following characteristics:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Communication skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Affection
  • Empathy
  • Confidence
  • Self-control
  • Acceptance
  • Mutual trust

Uses of Equine Therapy

There are many specific uses for equine therapy. Men and women suffering from mental health disorders are often able to find healing through programs that offer equine therapy. This therapy is helpful in that it allows patients the possibility of establishing self-awareness; develop better relationships and non-verbal communication skills. Equine therapy is also beneficial in the recovery process from eating disorders as it allows for the unconditional acceptance that many sufferers often long for. Patients in treatment for an eating disorder that are exposed to equine therapy may have the increased potential to process difficult emotions or memories through this healing outlet. A horse can also serve as an influential impression on an individual who has dealt with negative body image and low-self esteem, as the care and nurture of a creature is often an empowering experience. Equine therapy has also shown to be advantageous for patients dealing with other psychosocial issues and mental health needs such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychiatric disorders, behavior difficulties, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Summer sunset yoga on Suffolk beach
Yoga session at The White House
Suffolk countryside in spring