What is The Recover Clinic?
The Recover Clinic is a central London-based outpatient clinic, founded by me fifteen years ago. Originally when I started my clinic we worked with eating disorders but today we have broadened our scope. We still treat people with all types of eating disorders but also depression, anxiety and a lot of co-occurring disorders because it’s my belief that trauma (particularly unprocessed trauma) is at the recourse of 99% of all mental health problems.
What makes The Recover Clinic different?
We believe that full recovery from trauma, an eating disorder, body dysmorphia, anxiety and depression is possible and recognise the importance of treating the person, not just the illness. We design treatment programs that don’t simply consider the diagnosis but the individual’s wants and needs. So many sufferers feel powerless when it comes to their illness but we know with faith, compassion and clinical skill, we can get our clients to where they want to be. We don’t see recovery as simply a process of surviving but regard it more as an experience of becoming empowered.
A lot of our work focuses on resolving and healing internal wounds in order to allow people to let go of some of those destructive coping strategies that they have developed – whether that’s around abusing drugs, alcohol, food, sex or relationships. Whatever it is, for me, it’s about getting to the core of somebody, getting to really know who they are as a person and helping them to heal.
As a first step we like to talk to our clients about what it is they want to achieve and then we work with them collaboratively to consider the best approach possible. There is always someone here at the end of the phone or on email to support you to figure out those next steps.
What do you offer at The Recover Clinic?
We offer a holistic program that treats mind, body and soul, not just the physical symptoms. We do this with a combination of one to one therapy, group work and where applicable, family counselling.
- Our one to one therapy is a chance to explore sensitive areas, change destructive behaviours and develop your own tools to recover.
- Our groups focus on different themes to allow you to target the areas in your life that you feel need the most support. The groups you participate in are changed and adapted in line with your progression.
Our family counselling will help you or a loved one to develop new skills such as how to listen to each other, how to speak clearly and how to work through resentments that create problems. We’ll also support you to become closer and learn how to give one another the time and space needed to move forward.
Do you think group therapy is vital for recovery?
Group therapy can be a fantastic resource for recovery but as with all therapy it is entirely dependent on the type(s) you receive, whether the therapist is the right one for you and whether you are ready for that kind of work. I have spoken to so many women who have previously had horrible experiences in group therapy but it is a fundamental part of treatment in our clinic. Eating disorders in particular thrive on secrecy and being in a group with other people who can deeply empathise with your journey can be incredibly healing. I completely understand that group therapy can make you feel anxious and that groups of people can be intimidating.
Why do you do group therapy?
I am a very private person and I’m really shy but what I’ve learned to do is to share information about myself with people that I feel safe with.
So part of what we can learn to do in a group setting is to go into a group where the people in that group are consistent, and you are meeting and spending time with the same people every week, you can start to gain confidence, start to feel comfortable and learn how to share parts of yourself within that setting. It’s almost like a safe space to be able to practice being a little bit more open and that’s one of the reasons why we do it.
Also, what you can find in a group is the dynamics that happen to us in any other area of our lives – whether that’s in a work context or at school. We certainly find ourselves repeating patterns in groups where we play a certain role or behave in a certain way and those things happen in group therapy too. What happens in group therapy is that hopefully you’ve got a therapeutic facilitator and also a community of other members who can help you to identify some of those patterns if they’re not very helpful to you and challenge them. You can’t do that one to one and that’s another reason why we do group therapy because it does facilitate such positive therapeutic shifts for people.
Do you ever use EFT (Tapping)?
We do use EFT and there is a video on my Instagram which will show me talking to the lovely Sarah Tobin about EFT.
Sarah very kindly came in and did a session with our clients in clinic which everybody found helpful and is something that I’ve done personally in my therapy journey.
A lot of different therapy techniques can be super helpful; it’s just about exploring what works for you and having an open mind.
Does The Recover Clinic treat trans women?
Yes, we treat all women regardless of whether you are trans or otherwise.
I want to come to the clinic but don’t feel worthy of treatment.
We get so many people saying that they really feel that something’s wrong; they want help but just feel they are completely undeserving. The thing is, ‘mental’ health is in our minds, not our bodies so it’s not always easy to spot what’s going on with somebody’s mental health.
So if this is you and you are feeling a bit non-deserving or you have maybe reached out for help from a GP or other healthcare professional who hasn’t taken you seriously, then please get in touch.
We have a wonderful team who are able to advise you on all of the options available. Our advice team don’t just give advice on what we offer; they will provide you with anything they believe might be helpful – whether that’s a referral to another therapist, a book you might find useful or a podcast you could do with listening to. They will be completely non-judgemental, sweet and kind to you, and all correspondence is private and confidential.
If you are needing that extra bit of push to get in touch, then just pick up the phone or drop us an email today and we will respond to you within a day.
How can I find out more about The Recover Clinic?
You will find more information on our website: www.therecoverclinic.co.uk. Alternatively, get in touch by email on: email@example.com or call us on 0845 603 6530. Here you can book a visit to our clinic in Soho, London and take advantage of our Assessment Service. This is a chance for you to sit down in a relaxed environment and speak to a professional therapist who will hear, understand and support you. The goal of the assessment is to tailor a treatment program to you. We will also bring in information from other medical and psychological practitioners where we think this will help your recovery.
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