CBT-T is a brief and focused therapy. You will be offered four sessions in the first instance, and this can be extended to ten sessions if you are benefitting. Sessions are held at Flinders University in Social Sciences North and are one-on-one, weekly, and 50 minutes in length. Appointment times are flexible and can be negotiated with your assigned therapist. There are also 1- and 3-month follow up appointments.
Sessions 1-4: Learning and changing eating
Learning about the impact of food on your mood, sensations of fullness, and reasons for bulimic behaviours and weight change. Working towards eating regularly and enough. Making predictions about whether dietary changes will impact your weight and/or behaviours and testing these predictions.
Sessions 3-7: Challenging beliefs about eating, food, and weight
Identifying beliefs about eating, weight, and shape. Considering evidence for and against these beliefs. Exploring ‘safe’ and ‘feared’ foods. Reintroducing feared foods and testing whether feared outcomes occurs.
Sessions 6-9: Body image work
Exploring behaviours that maintain body image problems (e.g., avoidance, mind-reading, comparison, and checking). Targeting these behaviours using techniques such as surveys, mirror exposure, and rescripting hurtful body memories.
Sessions 9-10: Relapse prevention
Developing a plan to maintain progress and identify and respond to signs that you are slipping back into eating disorder thoughts and/or behaviours.