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.
Managing Covid-19 and Your Recovery

Managing Covid-19 and Your Recovery

If you’re reading this and having a really tough time managing both your eating disorder recovery and quarantine, know that: 1. You are not alone. 2. You are not a “failure” if things are particularly difficult right now. 3. The most important thing is that you’re trying. Remember this.
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Connection is why we’re here.

Connection is why we’re here.

There is probably no other theme more pertinent. A lot has happened in the last few weeks. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Orri made the difficult decision to suspend our face-to-face service and move to an online version of our specialist day treatment to preserve the safety of our clients. Whilst this is certainly an adjustment – for our team, clients and their loved ones – we are so grateful for our community.
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A note from Kerrie: Good Morning Virtual Orri

A note from Kerrie: Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Here at Orri we are marking Eating Disorder Awareness Week with our team and our clients. My reflection for us, and for many who read this - sufferers, carers and professionals – is that every week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. As eating disorder professionals, we work alongside brave and courageous clients and their families and loved ones...
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Perfectionism and balancing the nervous system

Perfectionism and balancing the nervous system

The internet defines a “perfectionist” as “a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection”. Interestingly, a perfectionist trait is listed as one of the symptoms of someone suffering with an eating disorder. But why is this so? And how does the opposite – procrastination - feature alongside this?
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When you’ve been unwell for a while…

When you’ve been unwell for a while…

We asked our Instagram followers to suggest topics they’d like to read about on our blog. A topic that came up at least twice was “how to start recovery when you’ve been unwell for a while”, or, “going from chronic to wellness”. At Orri, we believe that holding onto hope is a crucial aspect of our treatment and approach and that it is possible to recover.
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How to communicate with those we love

How to communicate with those we love

Simply put, we all want to feel seen and heard – sufferer and carer alike - but sometimes the “issue” itself can become a seemingly impenetrable wall and honest conversation feels inferior as a means of breaking it down. Regardless, we believe that communication can happen when we truly meet and see one another.
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How to stop your habit of comparing

How to stop your habit of comparing

Today, we’re drawing attention to the topic of comparison because comparison-checking is often a big feature of our clients’ recovery journey. The act of comparing so often brings more bad feelings than good - but it is possible to stop or reframe this experience.
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5 things to consider when thinking about body image

5 things to consider when thinking about body image

Today we’re discussing all things “body image” with our clients - quite a timely topic considering the pervasiveness of diet culture come the start of a new year. Whether someone is suffering with an eating disorder or not, most people struggle with negative body image to varying degrees throughout their life.
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You don’t need a “new me” in this new year

You don’t need a “new me” in this new year

If you’re reading this at the beginning of January and feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of a new year - and any expectations that may come alongside that – we’d like to firstly reassure you that it’s okay to just be you.
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Meet the therapist: Nikki Thornton

Meet the therapist: Nikki Thornton

Nikki joined the Orri team as an Eating Disorder Associate in April 2019 and now works as our Creative Arts Therapist. We sat her down to learn more about her approach and role within Orri…
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I’m Recovering This Christmas: Attending Social Events

I’m Recovering This Christmas: Attending Social Events

First and foremost, it’s important to highlight that anxieties and fears felt around social events at Christmas are not exclusive to those in recovery from an eating disorder. Rather, a lot of people feel anxiety during these events, particularly when those in attendance are people you haven’t seen in a while.
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I’m Recovering This Christmas: Dealing With Downtime

I’m Recovering This Christmas: Dealing With Downtime

People in recovery often struggle to find meaning during time that has no productive direction. There’s a fear that overwhelming emotions or critical thoughts may sneak in. If this resonates with your experience, that’s okay. Here are some tools to have in your Christmas toolbox.
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Meet the Chef: Scott Fitzgerald

Meet the Chef: Scott Fitzgerald

Being a Head Chef for an eating disorder clinic is quite a unique role! We sat down with Scott to learn more about his work and how he collaborates with our clients and Dietetics team.
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Navigating relationships with an eating disorder

Navigating relationships with an eating disorder

In this blog, we’re focusing on relationships; what it feels like to navigate relationships whilst you’re in recovery from an eating disorder, and how we work with our clients to help them to develop meaningful relationships and heal from past wounds.
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Why you should welcome ambiguity in eating disorder recovery

Why you should welcome ambiguity in eating disorder recovery

Change happens everywhere in eating disorder recovery. The illness has an impact on someone’s mind and physical body, meaning that there are many things ‘in flux’ as someone progresses in treatment. Today we discuss why it's important to accept ambiguity in recovery.
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Why boundaries are important in eating disorder recovery

Why boundaries are important in eating disorder recovery

Someone suffering with an eating disorder may find that they have boundaries that are deliberately rigid so to protect the eating disorder. By maintaining rigid boundaries, we keep people at a distance; avoiding intimacy and close relationships and often feeling unwilling to ask for help. So why are healthy boundaries important and how do we develop them?
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Meet the therapist: Kendra

Meet the therapist: Kendra

Kendra is an Occupational Therapist and joined the team in September 2019. We sat her down to learn more about her approach and role within Orri.How long have you been a clinician for and what were you doing before Orri? I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in...

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5 things to keep in mind when in recovery from an eating disorder

5 things to keep in mind when in recovery from an eating disorder

The summer months can be a challenging time for people suffering with eating disorders. Calendars can get busier as people take advantage of the sun, and body image concerns may increase as we require a different wardrobe or feel pressured to join in with summer trends. Here are 5 things to keep in mind as we soak up the last few weeks of summer...
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Meet the therapist: Elaine Rutherford

Meet the therapist: Elaine Rutherford

Elaine is Orri's Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist and has been part of the team since day one! We sat her down to learn more about her approach and role within Orri...How long have you been a clinician for and what were you doing before Orri?   I have been teaching...

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Meet the therapist: Romy Wakil

Meet the therapist: Romy Wakil

Romy is a Psychotherapist and joined the team in April 2019. We sat her down to learn more about her approach and role within OrriHow long have you been a clinician for and what were you doing before Orri?   I qualified in 2015 and have been practicing in the field of...

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Meet the therapist: Katie Kalinowski

Meet the therapist: Katie Kalinowski

Katie is a Clinical Psychologist and joined the team in May 2019. We sat her down to learn more about her approach and role within Orri. How long have you been a clinician for and what were you doing before Orri?  I qualified as a Psychologist in 2014 and have been...

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Men get eating disorders too.

Men get eating disorders too.

Visit an eating disorders clinic today and you’re likely to find that one in ten patients is male. Outside of medical settings, however, that number is thought to be far higher. Anecdotal evidence suggests that, of those living with an eating disorder in the UK, three...

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Why care in the community can save both money and lives.

Why care in the community can save both money and lives.

Anita’s daughter Lucy started showing the signs of Anorexia Nervosa at 16. She sought help from her GP but there was no specialist treatment option available, only cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and Lucy wasn’t deemed “thin enough” for hospitalization. For men...

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Why does specialist day treatment work for eating disorders?

Why does specialist day treatment work for eating disorders?

We get asked a lot, what makes Orri different? Beyond our incredibly dedicated team and the tranquility of 14 Hallam Street, it’s our pioneering model for intensive day treatment that differentiates us from other treatment centres. In case you were wondering, here’s...

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When should you access support for an eating disorder?

When should you access support for an eating disorder?

Eating disorders can be extremely isolating; trapping the sufferer in a cycle of shame and guilt associated with their behaviours. We understand how difficult it is to address concerns with a loved one, however, noticing signs and symptoms and having a conversation...

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Eating disorders are not about the food.

Eating disorders are not about the food.

When someone is suffering from an eating disorder, it’s hard to imagine that it’s not about the food. Here, Orri’s team explain why food is not the problem, rather, it’s a symptom of underlying causes. Follow Orri on Instagram Follow Orri on Twitter Like Orri on...

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What does a Family Therapist do?

What does a Family Therapist do?

Karen Carberry is Orri’s Consultant Family Therapist with over twenty years’ experience. Her job is deeply complex and involves leafing through layers of family history, going back at least three generations to identify events and behaviours that may hold the key to...

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What does a Dietitian do?

What does a Dietitian do?

Paula Tait is a Dietitian but, contrary to what you might expect, her job is not just about food. In fact, during sessions with clients, Paula tries to minimise the amount she talks about food.Everyone at Orri eats three meals a day, plus two snacks, which provides...

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