Meeting you where you are.
Orri takes a flexible, stepped approach to treatment so that every person’s programme is appropriate to their individual needs and evolves with them over time. This type of treatment, whilst popular and proven on the continent and in the US, is relatively rare in the UK.
“We work to understand which parts of themselves they want to strengthen and which parts they need help to overcome.” — Kerrie Jones, Clinical Director
Our expert team works together to help clients in their journey whilst supporting families and carers to deliver the highest standards of “wrap-around” care. Our goal is always to heal the whole person by addressing the underlying causes of the eating disorder. We provide an unrivaled range of treatments and work with our patients to select the best options for them. Everyone’s recovery looks different, and our programmes recognise and reflect that.
“The most comprehensive programme I have ever experienced.” – Client
Psychotherapy helps to restore healthy behavioural patterns and regulate the areas that may have suffered trauma and subsequently drive dysfunction.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach, so we combine a number of approaches to address an individual’s needs. Our experienced practitioners offer a variety of evidence-based therapies, including:
- Attachment Based Therapy
- Mentalisation Based Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Expressive & Creative Arts Therapies
- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- MANTRA (Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults)
The next steps for you.
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“I am finding my individual therapy extremely helpful.“ – Client
“I have never had such good therapy.“ – Client
“Because we’ve got an extensive team with lots of different disciplines within it, we offer an unusual level of variety and flexibility which can be really powerful.” — Kerrie Jones, Clinical Director
Every client’s programme is managed by a multi-disciplinary team which includes world-class psychiatrists.
Dr. Eric Johnson-Sabine, our Medical Director, is a Consultant Psychiatrist recognised internationally for effective resolution of eating disorders. He set up and ran a centre of excellence in North London for eating disorders – the St Ann’s NHS Eating Disorders Service – and is an expert advisor for NICE guidelines on Eating Disorders.
Dr. Paul Robinson, Director of Research and Development, is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist best known for his promotion of intensive community treatment to minimise the need for hospital care. He is a founder member and former chair of the eating disorders faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has authored two College Reports and wrote the national guidelines for managing Anorexia Nervosa in general hospital settings, known as MARSIPAN.
“My Psychiatrist has been continuously supportive and positive. I have always felt very listened to during these sessions.” – Client
We do dietetics a little differently at Orri. We do not to talk about calories, nor do we lay down rules. People with eating disorders already have a lot of rules—to the point that these rules dictate how they live their lives. So rather than replace one set of rules with another, our team – led by our Senior Dietitian – prefer to focus on progress and steps forward, rather than food itself.
Every meal is supported by therapists and experienced eating disorder professionals. When clients struggle at mealtimes, the team step in to offer support, new approaches and understanding as clients make sustainable changes.
To strengthen intuitive eating, on arrival each day our clients choose what they’d like to eat from a menu. Everything is home-cooked and served in our beautiful basement kitchen by our resident Head Chef, Scott.
“Talking about food all the time feeds the eating disorder—it’s exactly what it wants and how it controls you” — Paula Tait, Senior Dietitian
Yoga and Body Based Therapy
“I love the relaxation element.” – Client
We offer a unique range of body-based therapies. Our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, Elaine Rutherford, has a decade of experience as a yoga teacher, working primarily with people in recovery. Her approach is to unify body and mind, using a combination of yoga, mindfulness and meditation to help people connect their bodies with their feelings.
“Eating disorders invite disconnection. To prevail, eating disorder behaviours – be it restricting, purging, or binging – require a disconnect from the self, from what the body wants and needs.” – Kerrie Jones, Clinical Director
Elaine runs three different yoga sessions each week: teaching the fundamentals of an embodied practice, introducing flow, and learning to rest and let go. Body-Based Therapy involves both talking and mind-body exercises. This process encourages clients to experience emotional and physical sensations and learn to navigate them by regulating their nervous system with a combination of awareness, mindfulness and self-care.
“Rather than it always being about the head looking at the body, body image works from the inside out, healing those pathways that allow someone to feel at ease in their body.” — Elaine Rutherford, Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist
At the heart of the Orri community is a therapeutic process that incorporates group sessions led by experienced therapists. Orri provides a space that offers containment, consistency and care to support those who are taking the courageous step of exploring and understanding their eating disorder.
For many, eating disorders offer a way of enduring painful experiences, past and present. The eating disorder is therefore felt as central to their survival. The move towards recovery requires understanding, support and time.
Whilst many feel understandably apprehensive at first, the group therapy process offers an invaluable experience from which clients get support, feedback and grow confidence. Clients draw strength from others during group sessions, and also take pleasure in seeing others draw strength from them.
“The act of revealing oneself fully to another and still being accepted may be the major vehicle of therapeutic help.” — Irvin D. Yalom, author of The Gift of Therapy
“I feel it is a collaborative relationship.” – Client
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