Our latest Covid-19 update.
In light of the latest lockdown in England, we have paused our face-to-face treatment, working exclusively online with our clients and their families.
Last updated: 07/01/2021
The decision to move online was, once again, not an easy one. We are very aware of the implications that national lockdowns have on the wider eating disorder community, however, preserving the safety of our clients has always been at the heart of Orri’s approach.
We recognise that the cusp of the new year has not had its usual, vibrant energy. Most of us aren’t returning to buzzing workplaces, reconnecting with friends or engaging in hobbies after a festive break. The new year, to some, may merely feel like an extension of 2020.
And yet, despite our current circumstances, we must continue to remain hopeful and resilient and, above all, prioritise recovery.
Writing this update in this first chapter of January, we can’t help but reflect on the closing chapter of 2020. The resilience we witnessed – and continue to witness – in the eating disorder community has been startling.
Resilience is a skill that can be learned, and is only truly identifiable once we’ve experienced challenge. As this article so aptly put it:
“If you are lucky enough to never experience any sort of adversity, we won’t know how resilient you are. It’s only when you’re faced with obstacles, stress, and other environmental threats that resilience, or the lack of it, emerges: Do you succumb or do you surmount?” (source)
Resilience is our ability to learn and know how to weather the storms that come our way in life. The weariness we may be feeling right now as we enter another lockdown is testament to our familiarity with this challenge. Never have we had so much time to reflect on our values, get curious about our individual experience, and find new means of coping.
At Orri, we’re honouring the resilience that we saw our clients and wider community unearth and nurture in 2020. This resilience will propel recovery forward in 2021, enabling the adaptability and malleability that directly challenges the typical rigidity of an eating disorder.
We often talk of the pandemic has a “crisis”, yet the definition of crisis is actually more hopeful than one would expect: “the turning point, when an important change takes place”, and stems from the Greek word for “decision”. We invite you to join us in viewing this new year and new lockdown as an opportunity to demonstrate the resilience we’ve collectively cultivated and nurtured over the past year.
Orri Online has been a godsend during these uncertain times. With feelings of both physical and emotional isolation so strong, it is for many the perfect environment for an eating disorder to take control. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to remain supported by the team and held accountable for my recovery – despite the change in physical proximity. The delivery of the service may have changed, but I still feel the strength that the team can see in me just as strongly.
We know that it’s a brave decision to enter online treatment and that the anxiety surrounding Covid may exacerbate the need to be brave.
As such, we are more than happy to talk to you in more detail about the measures we have taken to ensure your safety.
We are here to help people overcome eating disorders and deliver the highest standard of care to individuals and their families.
All of our treatment services are compliant with NICE Guidelines and Royal College of Psychiatrists recommendations. Furthermore, each one of our therapists is registered and/or accredited with one or more of the organisations below, which all comply with the individual association standards and undergo strict recruitment and supervision procedures.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Association of Family Therapy