Our in person treatment will be reopening on Monday 12th April and we will continue to offer online programmes. Click here to learn more.

A space for you.

At Orri, we believe that recovery is possible. However, we know that it is often hard for individuals to hold onto this hope and believe that it is possible for themselves, too.

Here, we’ve created a collaborative space for individuals (and their families) to share their stories and experiences, providing a space to nurture hope in recovery.

If you have something to say about eating disorder recovery, here is your place to say it. Our moderators will read your submission and, if it follows our guidelines, we will publish it on our blog.

Pen at the ready? Read through our FAQ below and find the submission form further below.

Writing for our blog.

Can I submit a blog post?

Anyone who has been impacted by an eating disorder may submit a piece of writing. It may be that you yourself are recovered or recovering, or, you may have cared for a loved one who had an eating disorder. This is a space to tell your story.

What should I write about?

At Orri, we believe that holding onto hope and nurturing hope in eating disorder recovery is extremely important.

As such, we would encourage you to share thoughts and experiences that shine a positive light on recovery.

Is there anything else I should know?

This is your space, so write from the heart.

All submissions are monitored by our Social Impact Manager, Ellie, not our clinical team.

Is there anything I shouldn't write about?

We want to keep Orri’s website and blog as a safe refuge for those who are struggling. As such, we will not share any posts that include triggering content. Please avoid mentioning specific numbers around weight, diets, exercise or purging habits, or graphic descriptions.

Why would you not share my blog post?

We will not share your writing if it includes any of the triggering content mentioned above, or, if there is any clearly identifiable information about yourself or others.

What if I want to share an image?

Please email the image and the blog post to: askOrri@orri-uk.com

We ask that submissions don’t include photographs that may be triggering such as before/after pictures. All photographs will be reviewed by our team.

If you are struggling and in need of immediate support, please note that submissions are monitored on a weekly basis so we would recommend you reach out to our Admissions Manager, Ivana, to discuss treatment, or, reach out to our charity partner, Beat.

A note from Nikki, our Creative Arts Therapist.

“I often hear our clients say things like, ‘I’m really in my own head’, ‘I don’t really know how I’m feeling’ and ‘I’ve just got so many thoughts’. Finding a starting place to begin to unravel these can feel understandably overwhelming, yet there is something powerful in the physical act of ‘showing up’, pen in hand and getting some of those thoughts OUT of our heads and ONTO the page. We can begin to slowly untangle the web, to get enough distance from the thoughts that we can observe and bear witness to them in the hope that maybe, by the end of the page, we might have a clearer sense of how the answer the question, ‘how am I feeling?’.

 

As humans, we are beautifully imperfect, and we are walking-talking contradictions. When our clients are feeling particularly consumed by the voice of the eating disorder, other parts can quickly get lost. The part that may be considering recovery, or the part that may be feeling hopeful. Journaling has the potential to make space for these parts and hold them. It can physically hold them and be available for us on the days where we may needing to hear a message of hope or read an encouragement, whilst we can also ‘close the book’ on the more painful feelings that may be burdensome to carry around, and take comfort that they have been seen, that they are valid, that they matter.”

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.”

Redefining your relationship to food when suffering from Binge Eating Disorder

For our Senior Dietitian, Paula, thinking about food differently and redefining our relationship with food is an essential piece of work in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. Here are some ways she supports our clients in treatment.

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.

The emotional experience of having and recovering from an eating disorder – Guest Blogger

Ileana is a Psychology Master’s student at the University of Bristol. Here, she reflects on the emotional experience of anorexia and how far she has journeyed in her recovery.

Meet the therapist: Lauren Aron

Lauren is a Psychotherapist with Orri and joined the team in January this year. We’ve asked her about her approach and role within Orri!

Our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist on making friends with your emotions

This month we are talking about the emotional experience of having – and recovering from – an eating disorder. In this blog, Orri’s Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist, Pippa, shares her wisdom around making friends with your emotions.

“To anyone with an eating disorder, remember you can recover.”

This month we are talking about the emotional experience of having – and recovering from – an eating disorder. In this blog, one of our clients generously shares her experience of her eating disorder and recovery within treatment.

Our Senior Psychologist on why emotions are important

This month we are talking about the emotional experience of having – and recovering from – an eating disorder. In this blog, Orri’s Senior Eating Disorder Psychologist, Katie, shares her thoughts on why emotions are important.

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.

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.

Share your thoughts.