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Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service
your voice counts : recovery exists
Welcome to the Talking EDs website and thanks for dropping by! Talking EDs provides therapy, support, training, education and awareness for eating disorders, disordered eating and problems with food/eating.
Please note: Talking EDs is a private practice business (we are not a charity). Talking EDs was founded in Spring 2010 under a different name and structure. In 2017, we changed our name, structure and a few other things to ensure we provide the best service possible.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to access services or have any questions. Thanks!
Our motto is 'your voice counts : recovery exists'. This is the focus and ethos of Talking EDs and underlies everything we do.
We believe recovery is possible. We also believe that everyone with an eating disorder or a difficult relationship with food and eating is entitled to have a voice and express that voice.
Talking EDs offers both personal and professional services associated with eating disorders, food and eating problems, disordered eating, body image issues and other mental health and emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic, emotional distress, relationships, personal development and lots more.
Please see Get Help and Support section if you are looking for help and support for eating disorders or have a difficult relationship with food and eating.
Please see Professional Services section if you are a professional or are looking for training, events, consultancy, referral or other professional services.
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your voice counts : recovery exists
- Alexandra O'Brien -
We started in Spring 2010 as a small support group and quickly grew to become Scotland's leading charity for eating disorders, No Bodies Perfect. We were founded by Alexandra O'Brien in Spring 2010 and received national and international recognition for our innovative work in the field of eating disorders and disordered eating.
We gave up charity status in 2015. We felt restricted by a charity structure which no longer suited our aims and vision. We got a new name and structure and some new people involved with us. Talking EDS is a branch of the private practice business, citizen17.
We are passionate about what we do. We 'get' it. We believe in giving a voice to those affected by eating disorders and disordered eating.
We are concerned with providing therapy, support, training and education. We also aim to raise awareness of eating disorders generally, in Scotland, whenever and wherever we can.
Although we have academic and professional qualifications in psychotherapy and psychology and are qualified clinicians, it's important to note that some of us also have personal experience of eating disorders and have now fully recovered. Some of us also have experience as a carer/supporter of someone living with an eating disorder.
We are qualified and/or accredited Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and Existential/Integrative Therapists/Counsellors. We have specialised clinical qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Existential/Integrative Therapists and Counsellors as well as undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in Psychology, Research Psychology and other fields of Mental Health. We have additional qualifications in other therapies such as Stress Management Therapy, hypnotherapy, ACT and qualifications in training, clinical supervision, self-harm, suicide and much more!
We engage in regular Clinical Supervision and Continuous Professional Development. We hold Professional Membership with various organisations, have our own Professioanl Indemnity Insurance and hold PVG/Disclosure Scotland Membership. We are experienced clinicians working in eating disorders, athough we have lots of experience working with many other issues too, including depression, anxiety, body image, stress, self-esteem and much more!
So, we are priviledged over most service providers in that we not only have professional experience in working with eating disorders in various clinical, academic and support settings: some of us also know what it's actually like to experience and recover from an eating disorder first hand!
This means that we have an understanding of eating disorders and disordered eating that many health professionals do not. Since 2010, we have worked with over 1000 people - male and female - with eating disorders and disordered eating, of all ages and backgrounds, individually, in groups, face-to-face and online.