Self help approaches are implemented by a person with an eating disorder and are often employed in conjunction with other forms of treatment. These treatment approaches are not sufficient to be used on their own nor should they substitute for other treatment approaches which have proven effectiveness. Instead, they should form part of a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan to increase the quality of life of the person with the eating disorder.
Cognitive behavioural therapy guided self-help (with support from health practitioner)
This is a self help approach to cognitive behavioural therapy that is supported and monitored by a therapist in short, weekly sessions. This approach has been found to be effective in the treatment of people with Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.
Cognitive behavioural therapy pure self-help
This is a purely self help approach to cognitive behavioural therapy in which a person follows a step by step program, often from a book, and is responsible for implementing the treatment themselves. This approach has been found to be effective in the treatment of people with Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.