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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.”

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.

Eating disorder: Friend or Foe? – Guest Blogger

Our Guest Blogger shares her experience of recognising how the eating disorder was holding her back in life and love.

Our Senior Psychotherapist on intimacy and eating disorders

Our Senior Psychotherapist, Romy, talks to us about sex, intimacy and relationships, and discusses how we support clients with these themes in treatment.

A recap of our webinar on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships – Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger, Ileana, shares a roundup of our recent webinar on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in Eating Disorder Recovery.

How your attachment style shows up in sex and intimacy

Throughout July we’re talking about Sex, Intimacy and Relationships in eating disorder recovery. Here, we look at John Bowlby’s attachment styles, and discuss how each attachment style can show up in sexual relationships.

Our client’s experience of intimacy and relationships in recovery

Our alumni client shares her experience of intimacy and relationships in recovery from an eating disorder, demonstrating how recovery is so much more than improving your relationship to food, and in fact reaches into all areas of our lives.

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.

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.

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Jemina Nkwocha

Jemina recently 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.

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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