Eating disorders are extremely common, however can be serious and even life threatening if not treated appropriately. Millions of people are affected by eating disorders every year and unfortunately thousands of sufferers die because their disorder has gone unrecognised and thus untreated for too long.

All treatments for eating disorders require psychological treatment with or without inpatient treatment.

The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines ( lay out the evidenced based ‘Core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders’.
ABC has a Directory ( which contains details of counsellors and support groups who are members of ABC and as such is a growing specialist database of those known to us.

All counsellor members of ABC are fully trained and accredited and all have experience (at various levels) of counselling clients with eating disorders.

Please contact us ( or tel: 03000 11 12 13 Option 4) if you wish to become a member of ABC and be included in the help Directory on our website.

Counselling forms a major part of the treatment for eating disorders and we aim to support counsellors in their vital role and offer them resources that are insightful and useful to professional development. ABC has run courses, workshops and seminars to counselling organisations both local and national. We have developed materials (see: and will be developing material here in this site for counsellors with the aim to not only resource you but also to create an exchange of ideas and approaches via a counselling forum on this site.

In the meantime the material below, developed for young people, may help develop your understanding of eating disorders. To access this course material, you need to make a donation and become a Friend of ABC. Please contact or tel: 03000 11 12 13 Option 4 and become a friend. ABC will then provide you with the details you need to access this material, register as a site user and obtain your password.



Introduction to eating disorders.