Bulimia Outpatient Treatment for Adults


Bulimia is an eating disorder characterised by a cycle of bingeing (consuming a large intake of food in a single sitting) followed by purging (which may be in the form of vomiting, taking laxatives and over-exercising). Bulimia typically begins to develop in late adolescence and early adulthood, although it can affect people of all ages. One per cent of the UK population (443,000 people) have bulimia nervosa, according to a 2017 report by NICE. *

Bulimia outpatient treatment for adults is well established and effective – it involves the patient coming to see a psychologist every week to follow a programme of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Individuals visit an eating disorder unit, or other services, once a week for one-to-one sessions with a psychologist who will take you through a structured, evidence-based treatment programme.

Main symptoms of bulimia nervosa

  • Regular pattern of bingeing, which involves eating a large amount of food (typically more than 2,000 calories) in a single episode, accompanied by feelings of loss of control
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor body image
  • Compensatory behaviours: self-induced vomiting, taking laxatives, over-exercising

If you want help to overcome bulimia, please contact us.

About bulimia treatment

What does treatment involve?

The bulimia outpatient treatment programme involve you meeting a psychologist. Together you will explore the links between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, considering any triggers which may cause a binge and through this understanding, you will develop different mechanisms for coping.

Your psychologist will ask you to keep a thorough record of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and you may be asked to undertake practical work to support your therapy. Sometimes, people also attend a support group with other people who have bulimia to share their experiences and support each other. This can be very valuable, but should not be a replacement for the psychologist-led treatment programme itself.

How long are the sessions?

Each bulimia outpatient treatment for adults session usually takes one hour.

How long is the programme of treatment?

Bulimia outpatient treatment for adults typically consists of about 20 sessions, taking place each week, although there will be some individual variation.

Who is the psychologist I would see for bulimia treatment in Birmingham?

You would see Dr Matt Hutt who is a consultant clinical psychologist. Dr Hutt is a highly experienced clinical psychologist who has worked with the Eating Disorders Research group at the University of Oxford and undertook his Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. He has managed clinical services and delivered university training programmes in CBT.

What are the benefits and goals of treatment?

Bulimia outpatient treatment for adults has a history of good, proven outcomes. The goal of treatment is to end the harmful cycle of bingeing and purging by enabling the individual to develop alternative ways of coping with difficult feelings, thus avoiding triggers for the binge-purge cycle. Successful treatment often results in improvements to self-esteem and the patient’s overall well-being.

How to reach us

Car: Newbridge House is conveniently located close to a number of the main motorway networks, including the M6, M5 toll and the M42. Our unit is therefore easily reached from Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire as well as Birmingham and the West Midland conurbation.

Train: If you come by train to Birmingham New Street, Newbridge House is a 30-minute taxi drive from New Street (but please note this may take a lot longer during rush hour periods). Alternatively, you can get a train from New Street to Sutton Coldfield or Four Oaks train station (Four Oaks being closest) for a shorter taxi journey on to Newbridge.

*Eating disorders: recognition and treatment. Published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in May 2017