Counselling and psychotherapy at First Steps ED is one of our core services and one which recognises the unique experiences of carers and family members supporting a loved one. Our team provides a safe, non-judgemental and understanding space to give you the time and freedom to talk. You can learn more about our team and therapeutic approaches on our website.
Parents, relatives and carers of those accessing support through First Steps ED are eligible for free counselling or drop-in sessions with our team. Having a family member struggle with disordered eating, body image concerns and/or an eating disorder can put stress on the family too, causing personal stress and mental health concerns for the carer as well.
Our sessions are designed to be a space to support you through your child’s recovery. Together we can explore any thoughts or feelings you have around your experience as a carer of someone with eating difficulties, we can discuss difficult situations which arise through this recovery journey and develop new skills and strategies to maintain self-care.
These sessions can aid your ability to support someone and will be free and flexible, with no need to commit to a certain number of sessions or time for the session.