Our blog.

Authenticity is a core part of Orri’s philosophy. Our blog is a place to share news and updates on Orri, but most importantly, discuss important topics in relation to eating disorders and recovery.

 

May’s theme: Reconnecting in eating disorder recovery

Feeling lonely? Here’s what you can do to feel connected.

Feeling lonely? Here’s what you can do to feel connected.

This years’ Mental Health Awareness Week is looking at loneliness – something pertinent to the experience of living with an eating disorder. We’re joining the UK’s biggest conversation on mental health to ensure no one feels alone in their experience of their illness.
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4 things to hold onto during the exam period

4 things to hold onto during the exam period

If you are in the midst of exam preparation and revising, you more than anyone can understand the pressure that can be felt at this time. These periods of heightened stress can intensify eating disorder thoughts or behaviours, which can affect the progress you have made in your recovery. In effort to prepare for moments where your eating disorder voice may seem loud, here are 4 things to keep in mind...
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Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Layla

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Layla

Layla is a new member of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates (EDAs) team. She supports clients and the clinicians in her day-to-day, for the in person programme. Read our blog on what brought her to work in eating disorders and how she is finding the role so far.
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Orri and Wednesday’s Child, for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week – Guest Blogger

Orri and Wednesday’s Child, for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week – Guest Blogger

For this year's Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to draw attention to the experience of having an eating disorder whilst being pregnant or having just given birth, and the unique complexities associated with this stage of life. In effort to widen this non-judgemental, accepting space in which some of the more unspoken aspects of motherhood can be shared and considered, Orri spoke with Wednesday Child's Perinatal Lead, Abigail Reynolds.
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How to cope when dining out, with calories labelled on menus

How to cope when dining out, with calories labelled on menus

Following last week’s launch of the government’s new legislation to include calorie labelling on menus, we recognise that eating out may come with new anxieties and fears. Will I enjoy eating out in public again? Will I choose what I want to eat or what is the least amount in calories now? Eating out should be fun and this makes it scary and triggering. If these thoughts resonate with you, know that we get it and understand.
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Coping with Easter, with an eating disorder

Coping with Easter, with an eating disorder

The Easter holiday is an opportunity to celebrate the changing of seasons and take the long bank holiday weekend to reconnect with our loved ones. But for those living with an eating disorder, Easter can represent multiple challenges. Here are our tips for the Easter weekend. Today we’re taking a look at those challenges and sharing our tips for ensuring an eating disorder doesn’t hold you back from enjoying the holiday.
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The Girl Who Decided to Go For It – Guest Blogger

The Girl Who Decided to Go For It – Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger, Alice, shares her experience of being stuck with her eating disorder, but finding a way to let go and let more of life in. We hope her honesty, openness and creativity will touch those of you who are in a similar place and need these words of encouragement.
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5 things to keep in mind about stress, for Stress Awareness Month

5 things to keep in mind about stress, for Stress Awareness Month

In our hyper-connected, fast-paced lives - and after two years of a pandemic infused with uncertainty - you’d be forgiven for perceiving stress as a staple of day-to-day life. Stress Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Here are 5 things to keep in mind about stress.
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Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Sam

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Sam

Sam joined our team of Eating Disorder Associates 8 months ago and brings with him a passion for advocating for men to access eating disorder treatment. We sat him down to learn more about what drives him in his role here at Orri.
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Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Nia

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Nia

Nia has been working at Orri for 6 months, bringing passion to her role as an Eating Disorder Associate. We sat her down to find out more about the day in the life of an EDA, her psychology studies and love of cold water swimming!
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Meet the Lead Eating Disorder Associate: Isobel

Meet the Lead Eating Disorder Associate: Isobel

Isobel is Orri's Lead Eating Disorder Associate. She manages her team of passionate EDA's, who come alongside our clients during their days in treatment at Orri. Working in the eating disorder sector is rewarding and challenging at times. Here, Isobel talks us through her role and what led her here.
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Introducing Orri’s Portion Clinic, to aid eating disorder recovery

Introducing Orri’s Portion Clinic, to aid eating disorder recovery

We understand how confusing and frightening portioning can be in recovery, and how the eating disorder distorts are understanding of what a 'normal' portion is.  That is why Zuzanna, Dietetic Assistant, has set up a Portion Clinic for our clients at Orri - to offer non-judgemental guidance and support. We share the latest below.
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For International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day

This International Women's Day is calling on all to #BreakTheBias. Here, members of our team share their experiences of gender bias that they would like to - or have had to - break in their lives and careers.
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Supporting University Mental Health Day

Supporting University Mental Health Day

In solidarity with University Mental Health Day this year, we are highlighting the importance of early intervention with eating disorders, and the unique position universities are in to prevent crisis. For, no student should ever feel alone with their mental health. And no student should ever have to suffer with an eating disorder alone.
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How to navigate a GP appointment for an eating disorder

How to navigate a GP appointment for an eating disorder

Seeking help for an eating disorder can be an anxiety-provoking experience, but it's the most important step in recovery. GPs are often the first port of call for when someone has concerns. Here's how to navigate a GP appointment about an eating disorder.
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2022

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2022

This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we are supporting our charity partner, Beat, in calling for all UK medical schools and foundation programmes to introduce proper training on eating disorders.
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We’ve been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

We’ve been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

It’s quite something to receive an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating on the day of your 3rd birthday, but here we are! The Care Quality Commission has rated Orri as ‘outstanding’ following its first full inspection! As well as the overall ‘outstanding’ rating, Orri was recognised as ‘outstanding’ in each of the CQC’s five key lines of enquiry – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
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Eating Disorders and the Black Community

Eating Disorders and the Black Community

Orri’s Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian, Beth, explores eating disorder stereotypes and stigma faced by the Black community, and shares recommendations for challenging the white narrative.
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It’s time to talk.

It’s time to talk.

Disclosing that we have an eating disorder is a big step. In fact, it’s the first step we take in recovery – the first of the many shifts and changes we’ll make that opens up our world and communicates that we’re ready for something different. But how do we talk about it? Where do we begin? Here are our thoughts…
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Being intentional in recovery

Being intentional in recovery

Our theme for January is Being Intentional. But what does it mean to be intentional in eating disorder recovery, and how do we go about setting intentions?
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What are you leaving or taking into 2022?

What are you leaving or taking into 2022?

There’s something very alluring about a new year and the tradition of new year’s resolutions. But the traditional approach tends to lack the compassion, patience and curiosity that many of us nurture throughout recovery from an eating disorder. We invite you to consider an alternative approach and to share your thoughts with us.
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Christmas Tips from our Social Media Recovery Community

Christmas Tips from our Social Media Recovery Community

Recovery wisdom is best sourced from the people who have been through it. So, we asked our Instagram followers for their tips for maintaining recovery over the festive period. So, we turned to our Instagram community to see what tips they could offer to those who may be struggling with their recovery this season.
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Recovering at Christmas Webinar

Recovering at Christmas Webinar

We recently hosted a free webinar about keeping your recovery on track over the festive period. Here is a recap of what we discussed, and you'll find a recording of the webinar at the bottom of the page.
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Reflection and Festivities, with our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist

Reflection and Festivities, with our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist

The festive season can bring mixed feelings for many. It is a time of year where our focus and attention is often pulled outwards – social activities and engagements, seeing friends family, travelling and planning. Pippa, our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, explores how we can reconnect with our bodies and fulfill its needs in recovery.
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10 Practical Tips for your Festive Recovery

10 Practical Tips for your Festive Recovery

The festive season can cause intense stress, anxiety and uncertainty. To help you navigate the festive season, our therapists, Pippa and Linda, have teamed up and share their top tips for keeping your recovery the priority.
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Families and Festivities, from our Consultant Family Therapist

Families and Festivities, from our Consultant Family Therapist

Eating disorders are often coined 'family illnesses' as they don't impact the individual alone, but rather, touch all different family members in different ways. The festive period is an opportunity to come together, but when someone is struggling with an eating disorder, there can be added complexity to this. We spoke to our Consultant Family Therapist, Karen, for her tips.
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Food and Festivities, from our Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian

Food and Festivities, from our Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian

The emphasis on food is greater during the festive season and we know that with this can come greater anxiety, especially for people in recovery for an eating disorder. To support you with this, Beth, Orri’s Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian, shares her guidance for how to cope with food whilst maintaining your eating disorder recovery.
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A workbook for Christmas

A workbook for Christmas

The holidays are on the horizon. Whilst many look forward to this time of year, for people in recovery, the festive period can present unique challenges. We've created a free downloadable workbook for anyone wishing to keep their recovery the priority this Christmas.
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Meet the Online Clinical Manager: Jacqui Finnigan

Meet the Online Clinical Manager: Jacqui Finnigan

Jacqui is Orri’s Online Clinical Manager and oversees every single online client and staff member to ensure the smooth running of our online service. Having worked in eating disorder treatment for 15 years, she brings with her a wealth of experience and passion in helping clients recover.
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Meet the Eating Disorder and Research Associate: Hannah Hickinbotham

Meet the Eating Disorder and Research Associate: Hannah Hickinbotham

Hannah is an Eating Disorder and Research Associate here at Orri. As well as supporting the clients attending our online programme, she also works closely with Dr Paul Robinson, our Director of Research & Development, to collect outcome data and ensure our service is ever-response to the needs and feedback of our clients and their families.
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Meet the Intake Co-ordinator: Greta Rainyte

Meet the Intake Co-ordinator: Greta Rainyte

Greta is our Intake Co-ordinator and joined the team in 2021! She and Admissions Manager, Ivana, work closely together to respond to enquiries about treatment and support people throughout their admission into Orri. We sat Greta down to learn more about her role.
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How do you and your body respond to stress?

How do you and your body respond to stress?

Stress can be an uncomfortable feeling. It can overwhelm our minds and bodies, and when we’re in the midst of that experience it can be hard to view situations objectively and respond with compassionate wisdom. In this blog post we look at Polyvagal Theory, a collection of evolutionary, neuroscientific and psychological thought about how the nervous system responds to stressors.
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Forgiveness in your recovery

Forgiveness in your recovery

To forgive and to let go can be one of the most freeing forms of self-care and a real demonstration of self-compassion and self-love. Yet we know how hard it can be to forgive. Especially when it feels that past experiences, people or even ourselves have let us down. Here are some thoughts to help guide you to a place of forgiveness in your eating disorder recovery…
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Body Acceptance, with Orri’s Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist

Body Acceptance, with Orri’s Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist

This week is NEDA's Body Acceptance Week, a week where individuals and organisations promote body positivity, body acceptance and body liberation for all. Inspired by the week, we sat with Pippa, Orri's Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, to find out how we can return to our bodies.
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Orri’s Kitchen: Seasonal Pumpkin Pie

Orri’s Kitchen: Seasonal Pumpkin Pie

If you are like us and have too many pumpkins leftover from your Halloween antics, then this warming pumpkin pie recipe is a must-bake for your kitchen! Created by Orri's Chef, Ben, our seasonal pumpkin pie is great to make at this time of year when pumpkins are in season.
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4 things to remember before heading off to university

4 things to remember before heading off to university

It's completely normal to struggle during the transition to university. If you're not having a good time "all the time", that is okay! You're not a failure, it just takes time to settle in. Here are 4 things to consider as you prepare for student life in recovery.
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Managing and coping with transitions

Managing and coping with transitions

Experiencing transitions - or change - can bring about challenges or dilemmas that have the potential to overwhelm us and our ability to cope. Here are our top tips for managing and coping with transitions.
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‘Anorexia’ – poem by our Guest Blogger

‘Anorexia’ – poem by our Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger shares her experience of her illness through a poem, "I am learning that shame and secrecy only allow it more control and that being more open takes away some of its power."
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Your checklist for university

Your checklist for university

A big part of recovery involves holding yourself accountable to your goals and taking proactive steps towards creating an environment that fosters your recovery. Here's a checklist for you to consider ahead of the move to university.
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Common fears about online treatment

Common fears about online treatment

It’s normal to be apprehensive about treatment for an eating disorder. You’re asking yourself to be incredibly brave in the face of many unknowns and to hold on tight to that small voice inside that knows you deserve better. Here we respond to the common fears around accessing treatment online.
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Preparing for a day online

Preparing for a day online

Our online day treatment meets clients where they are in their lives, and helps them to break free from their eating disorder. Here's how to prepare for your first day.
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Coping with body image pressures in recovery

Coping with body image pressures in recovery

We know that a lot of people can feel an unprecedented amount of pressure during the summer months. Here, we share our top tips for coping with body image pressures and socialising during the summer months.
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Navigating expectations in eating disorder recovery

Navigating expectations in eating disorder recovery

Eating disorder recovery is full of questions: how did I get here? What is recovery? When will I recover? Here, we discuss the value of having expectations for recovery, but also the importance of staying compassionate and pacing ourselves along the journey.
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4 Ways to Process Exam Results

4 Ways to Process Exam Results

Whilst the exams are over and done with and we cannot control the outcome, we can control how we approach results day and how we process the results themselves.
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Meet the therapist: Linda Swanepoel

Meet the therapist: Linda Swanepoel

Linda joined the clinical team a couple of months ago, whilst still residing in South Africa. With 40 year's experience under her belt, she shares what drew her to work in the mental health field and also what led her to work in Orri's specialist (and unique) eating disorder treatment.
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Setting boundaries in relationships

Setting boundaries in relationships

Boundaries are what we set so that we don't reach our limit. Here, we talk about the importance of boundaries in relationships, and what people living with eating disorders can do to implement them.
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How eating disorders impact relationships

How eating disorders impact relationships

This month we’re talking about Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in Recovery. As social animals, we are all impacted by these things, yet for various reasons the topics are rarely discussed in treatment settings. Here, we look at how eating disorders impact relationships.
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Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Jemina Nkwocha

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Jemina Nkwocha

Jemina joined the team as one of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates. Her past experience working in inpatient settings, along with her passion for supporting those living with eating disorders, makes her a fantastic addition to the team. Read on to learn more about her role at Orri.
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Orri’s Kitchen: Yoghurt Cake Recipe

Orri’s Kitchen: Yoghurt Cake Recipe

On the look-out for a homemade summery snack? Our chef, Ben, shares one of his favourite recipes that he learnt whilst skiing! Not a pro baker? No fear, according to Ben this is impossible to mess up…
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Dietetics and eating disorder recovery

Dietetics and eating disorder recovery

For #DietitiansWeek this year, Orri’s senior clinicians came together to discuss how to heal our relationship to food in eating disorder recovery. Here’s a recap of what was discussed.
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How to break the cycle of binge eating disorder

How to break the cycle of binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder can be extremely distressing and is characterised by eating a larger amount of food than normal in a short space of time. Here, our Senior Dietitian, Paula, shares her tips for breaking the cycle of bingeing.
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Our tips for handling mealtimes this summer

Our tips for handling mealtimes this summer

Summer is finally here, and with the weather warming up, it's likely you'll find yourself at some sort of picnic or BBQ. Whatever the setting, mealtimes in recovery can be hard. Here are our tips for navigating summer socials.
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Meet the therapist: Eve Jones

Meet the therapist: Eve Jones

Eve is an Art Psychotherapist and recently joined the team, bringing with her a splash of colour for our treatment programmes. Read on to hear more about her role and how she supports people in recovery from eating disorders.
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Coping with the exam and assessment period

Coping with the exam and assessment period

The exam and assessment period is often a time of high anxiety. Pressure to revise and to ‘do well’ can exacerbate symptoms of an eating disorder as we attempt to cope with overwhelming emotions and uncertainty. Here are our thoughts.
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Breaking the cycle of bulimia

Breaking the cycle of bulimia

Throughout the month of June we’re talking about food and recovery. Today we’re talking about bulimia, and specifically about how to break out of the cycle of bingeing and purging that many find themselves in.
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Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Haley Justice

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Haley Justice

Haley is one of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates (EDAs) and has been part of the team since Orri reopened its in person service in April. We sat her down to learn more about her role and interest in supporting those living with eating disorders…
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Mindfulness – where to start?

Mindfulness – where to start?

People often come to the practice of mindfulness in response to the realisation that they may not be engaging fully in the present, or having experienced their emotions as overwhelming and sudden. You may be wondering, where do I start?
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3 ways we use mindfulness at Orri

3 ways we use mindfulness at Orri

Throughout the month of May we’re reflecting on the use of mindfulness as a tool for eating disorder recovery. Here are 3 ways we use mindfulness in treatment.
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Black Out, a poem by our client

Black Out, a poem by our client

Forging a space for creative expression is a huge part of our therapeutic approach at Orri. Here, one of our clients kindly shares a poem she wrote and brought to a group therapy session.
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“Braving love and hope…” a poem by our client

“Braving love and hope…” a poem by our client

Poetry “forces us to confront our innermost thoughts and feelings…it provides a comfortable format to be able to share them with others”. Today, we share a poem written by one of our clients for a group therapy session with Senior Occupational Therapist, Kendra.
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Orri’s Kitchen: Yoghurt Cake Recipe

Meet the Chef: Ben

Chef Ben joined the team just a few weeks ago, yet he's already stirred much enthusiasm in the kitchen! We sat him down to discover the inspiration behind the apron. Today, he shares his Asian inspiration, near-dessert disasters, and offers a glimpse into how he works with our Senior Dietitian, Paula.
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Maternal mental health

Maternal mental health

Maternal mental health has traditionally been a challenging area to approach, as it is often surrounded by silence and a reluctance for exploration. People can feel very uncertain about what to say and how to approach it. Here are our thoughts for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week...
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Coping with socialising and social eating

Coping with socialising and social eating

Lockdown has ended and life is beginning to return to “normal”. But for those living with eating disorders, “normal” might feel pretty daunting. Especially with the promise of pubs and restaurants reopening and the return of social eating. We spoke to our Senior Occupational Therapist, Kendra, for her top tips.
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#RecoveringTogether and reopening

#RecoveringTogether and reopening

No one should have to recover from their eating disorder alone. As we prepare the building for Monday’s reopening, we’ll be shining a light on how we have been – and always will be – #RecoveringTogether.
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When does exercise become an addiction?

When does exercise become an addiction?

It can be difficult to spot a harmful relationship to exercise as our culture celebrates activities that are perceived to be contributing to our health and wellbeing. If we’re unable to spot the intention beneath the activity, as well as how it may be negatively impacting areas of a person’s life, important opportunities for intervention can be missed.
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Treatment that keeps you safe after lockdown

Treatment that keeps you safe after lockdown

The pandemic challenged so many aspects of our safety. With lockdown ending, the world is gradually dipping its toe back into “normal” waters. Feeling “safe” in these waters is so important from a psychological perspective. Here's how Orri will keep you safe in treatment...
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Online or in person treatment?

Online or in person treatment?

Our London centre is opening its doors once more on Monday 12th April. Our online treatment, first launched during the first lockdown, will remain alongside. You may be wondering, which treatment is better suited for me? This blog post looks into each one a little deeper!
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What is group therapy and how does it work?

What is group therapy and how does it work?

Group therapy is a daunting prospect. Sitting around in a room filled with (initially) strangers and sharing your feelings? That takes courage! So what is it and how does it work? We sat our Senior Psychotherapist, Romy, down to learn more...
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Body, a poem by our client

Body, a poem by our client

Our client shares a poem she wrote about her relationship to her body during recovery from anorexia. We hope that when you read this you know that you are not alone. There is hope that things can and will get better.
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Reflections on Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Reflections on Eating Disorders Awareness Week

We were in awe watching the response to Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year. So many safe spaces were carved out to facilitate important discussions, and in the process, highlighted key themes around treatment and recovery that we endeavour to explore further as part of our outreach work at Orri.
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The Not so Hungry Caterpillar – Guest Blogger

The Not so Hungry Caterpillar – Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger reflects on her journey of recovery, demonstrating the immense power of being brave and asking someone if they’re ok, “I don’t see myself as having lost 40 years of my life, I feel privileged that I have now been recovered for 5 years and they’ve been great!”.
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Treating black women with eating disorders

Treating black women with eating disorders

For Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the co-editors of the groundbreaking new book, Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinicians Guide, share their reasons for coming together to write the book. "Our hope is that it will encourage increased cultural sensitivity training, further collaboration, research and education for an underrepresented population."
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Binge eating disorder myths and misconceptions

Binge eating disorder myths and misconceptions

It's Eating Disorders Awareness Week and this week we're shining a spotlight on binge eating disorder. We spoke to our Psychotherapist, Lauren, about the myths and misconceptions around the illness that can prevent people from accessing support.
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Understanding emotions and feelings

Understanding emotions and feelings

This month we are talking about the emotional experience of having - and recovering from - an eating disorder. In this blog, we are going to look at how emotions and feelings work and relate that to the emotional experience of an eating disorder.
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How do I start recovery when I’m not ready?

How do I start recovery when I’m not ready?

The truth is that there’ll never feel like a “right time” to recover - there’ll always be a number of excuses for why you could stay in the same situation, and the “voice” of the eating disorder might rail against any suggestion of help and support. But choosing recovery is the right thing to do.
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Transitions and recovery with Orri

Transitions and recovery with Orri

As Eating Disorder Specialists, we recognise the impact that transitions can have on our clients and respond to those experiences through treatment. Our “stepped approach” allows clients to transition through the programme, starting with more intensive treatment in the beginning, and then gradually “stepping down” to less support as they progress in their recovery.
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“I came to you as a real lost soul”

“I came to you as a real lost soul”

Our client shares a poem about her recovery with Orri. We are consistently moved and touched by the creativity and kindness of our clients. They really are what makes Orri what it is – a safe, warm and welcoming space for eating disorder recovery.
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3 things we ask you in an assessment

3 things we ask you in an assessment

We know that it’s a brave and courageous decision to reach out for help with an eating disorder. There can be a lot of fear associated with the thought of letting go of something that, ultimately, helps to you to feel safe and in control of your day-to-day life. Here's how we approach assessments at Orri.
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“In short, Orri has given me my life back”

“In short, Orri has given me my life back”

"Before Orri I was just existing in survival mode, now with their help, support and guidance I am now living in recovery and I can finally see a life without my ED." Our client shares her experience in Orri's online treatment.
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Our CEO’s thoughts on the government’s calorie labelling on menus

A note from Kerrie: welcoming the new year

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to our community here in the middle of what has been another unpredictable month and entry into 2021. If there was ever a test of our ability to ride the waves, and be in the moment, I would say we are all collectively living it.
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Setting Intentions For Eating Disorder Recovery

Setting Intentions For Eating Disorder Recovery

The third Monday of January has been nicknamed Blue Monday because it’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Today we’re sharing our top tip for dealing with difficult Mondays: setting intentions.
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Why Orri is different

Why Orri is different

As a social impact-led business, we exist to make tangible change in the eating disorder community. This means that we prioritise work that consciously serves the community, and solves a community need.
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“My first experience of Orri was one of nervous relief”

“My first experience of Orri was one of nervous relief”

Our client kindly shares her experience of eating disorder recovery with Orri. "My first experience of Orri was one of nervous relief. I had never encountered people who sincerely wanted to know ME and what I wanted from treatment, and ultimately, my life..."
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The Guesthouse – a poem

The Guesthouse – a poem

This beautiful poem about welcoming our full, emotional experience as human beings was shared by one of the Orri team members. We hope that you enjoy it.
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6 ways to boost your mental health this Christmas

6 ways to boost your mental health this Christmas

Over the weekend we received some difficult news about Christmas. A holiday that is all about coming together no longer has that emphasis and many are understandably struggling with the adjustment. If you’re feeling a little (or a lot) exhausted and beaten down by this year, here are 6 ways to improve your mental health.
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Orri’s Response: Fifth of women in England may have an eating disorder (The Times)

Orri’s Response: Fifth of women in England may have an eating disorder (The Times)

There’s been a sharp intake of breath in response to the recent data from the Health Survey for England 2019 Eating Disorders report. As eating disorder specialists, we’ve known that there are many more people suffering with eating disorders than usually reported. Yet, it is still staggering to learn that it’s a fifth of women and 13% of men in the UK who could test positive for an eating disorder.
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Coping with the Festive Season: Tips from our Social Media Community

Coping with the Festive Season: Tips from our Social Media Community

The holidays are almost upon us, and whilst many people are eager to celebrate, we are aware that some people - particularly those living with eating disorders - can struggle at this time of year. We asked our Instagram followers for their tips for coping with Christmas and the festive season...
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Coping with Triggering Conversations in Recovery – Guest Blogger

Coping with Triggering Conversations in Recovery – Guest Blogger

The holidays can be a difficult time of year for people suffering with an eating disorder. An emphasis on reconnecting with loved ones can mean that we see family members or friends we haven’t seen in a while…and this can bring up a lot for someone in recovery. Our latest Guest Blogger shares their tips for coping with triggering conversations...
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Am I holding onto anger?

Am I holding onto anger?

As the saying goes “if you’re not speaking it, you’re storing it - and that gets heavy”, not expressing our true feelings can cause a multitude of issues. These include: not knowing how to communicate our values and needs, a feeling of bitterness, anger that can manifest through depression, anxiety and, most importantly for this audience, ‘acting out’.
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Moving online for the second lockdown

Moving online for the second lockdown

The decision to move online was not an easy one, and we are very aware of the implications the first lockdown had on the wider eating disorder community. However, preserving the safety of our clients has always been at the heart of Orri’s approach.
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How does your body experience stress?

How does your body experience stress?

When we talk about stress, we have to talk about the nervous system. Initially, it was understood that there were two parts of the nervous system: the para-sympathetic and the sympathetic, however an update to our understanding of the nervous system introduced the poly-vagal theory with the introduction of a third strand of the nervous system. Here’s how stress plays a role in poly-vagal theory...
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6 ways to create a routine for winter

6 ways to create a routine for winter

We're writing to you today on a crisp, grey afternoon, where the autumn season feels more and more like winter. Does it feel like this for you, too? When seasons change, our routine changes. Just as the trees let go of their leaves in order to turn inward and conserve energy, we may let go of activities that we no longer have the - mental or physical - energy for, in order to rest and restore in winter months.
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Recovery inspiration from our clients

Recovery inspiration from our clients

Perhaps people have told you that recovery isn’t possible, or, that recovery is years and years and years away…we don’t blame you if that mindset has made you feel disempowered and discouraged (we would feel this way to). We believe that recovery is possible, particularly because we see it happen every day at Orri...
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Black History Month: Eating Disorders and Body Image

Black History Month: Eating Disorders and Body Image

Orri's Consultant Family Therapist, Karen Carberry, shares her thoughts for Black History Month "...we are reminded that eating disorders occur across race, cultures and genders, and therefore when treating Black people in this field - who are an underrepresented group in our services - inclusivity of body images and representation across client, staff groups, and educational literature is key to enhance self-worth."
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Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Alice Pegram

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Alice Pegram

Alice is one of Orri's Eating Disorder Associates and joined the team in September upon the reopening of our face-to-face service in London! We sat her down to learn more about her role and interest in treating eating disorders...
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Menopause and Eating Disorders

Menopause and Eating Disorders

Today is World Menopause Day and we are taking the day to reflect on eating disorders and menopause. At Orri, part of our social impact initiative is to raise awareness of the multitude of ways people can experience having an eating disorder. In this way, we attempt to tackle the stigma and stereotypes that surround the illness...
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Reflections on World Mental Health Day

Reflections on World Mental Health Day

This weekend we celebrated World Mental Health Day, reflecting on how, in light of the pandemic, mental health has been an urgent and consistent talking point over the past 6-7 months.
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Our Dietitian’s tips for recovering at university

Our Senior Dietitian’s Tips for University

We’re going through unprecedented, uncertain times. When suffering with an eating disorder, often during uncertain times we can search for certainty in things such as food, our weight or body shape. Paula is our Senior Dietitian at Orri. Here, she shares her top tips for how to keep your recovery on track whilst making the transition to university.
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Student Tips from the Orri Team

Student Tips from the Orri Team

Our Eating Disorder Associates share their mental health tips for new or returning university students - or for anyone else going through a pivotal change or transition right now! We hope these words of support help you navigate your new chapters, safely, and with the reminder that you really are not alone.
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Contemplating Recovery: the stages of change

Contemplating Recovery: the stages of change

We know that people who reach out for eating disorder treatment have often thought about the decision a lot. In fact, a whole lot of recovery work takes place before even entering treatment as it takes a lot of courage to admit that there’s a problem and then to take steps towards reaching out...
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Handling mealtimes as a student.

Handling mealtimes as a student.

We are right in the midst of student season. As we type, people are moving away or establishing themselves in an odd, virtual student world that no one quite knows how to navigate. With new environments and new schedules, comes new routines. For those in recovery from an eating disorder, routines are really important as they help individuals feel safe and secure in day-to-day life...
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Heading to university? This blog is for you.

Heading to university? This blog is for you.

The transition from school to university can be a difficult time. It typically comes at a point in life when many individuals are at a higher risk of developing a mental illness, such as an eating disorder, and the integration of new environments, routines and people can have a significant impact on our resilience. “Yes, you’re learning the subject matter for your degree, but you’re also learning about who you are.”
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5 Ways to Keep Your Recovery on Track

5 Ways to Keep Your Recovery on Track

We hold onto the hope that someone doesn't have to "learn to live with" their eating disorder. We believe that with the right type and amount of support, and with dedication and commitment to the work of recovery, everyone can learn to live without the eating disorder. Keeping your recovery on track involves a few small - but really important - things...
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Our CEO’s thoughts on the government’s calorie labelling on menus

A note from Kerrie: Welcoming you back to Orri

"Today I sit, once again at my laptop, 6 months on, older and wiser (naturally!), and I am humbled, excited and relieved to be able to say that we are looking forward to welcoming you all to Orri this week." Kerrie shares her thoughts on reopening our London clinic.
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