My name is Dr Lark Peart, and I am a Clinical Psychologist working with patients with disordered eating. To learn more about me, please click on the ‘therapists’ menu above.
Eating disorders are complex and develop from a range of risk factors including environmental triggers, genetic vulnerabilities, gender, personal temperament, and socio-cultural influences. Each person is an individual, and brings a range of skills and strengths to therapy which we can utilise to reach their treatment goals. For every patient, a tailored and collaborative treatment plan is developed to help them get the most out of their sessions. We understand that every patient is different, and we always take preferences and needs into account when deciding on psychological treatment options.
We see a range of eating disorders, including
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
- Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
Eating disorders often co-occur with other psychological disorders. It is common for anxiety disorders, depression and low mood, and trauma and stress disorders to also require treatment. During our sessions, we attempt to understand and treat the underlying cause of the eating disorder, while acknowledging that managing eating behaviours also makes up an important part of therapy.
There are many physical complications which can arise from disordered eating. These include:
- A loss of bone mass (osteopenia or osteoporosis)
- Brittle hair and nails
- Growth of fine hair all over the body (lanugo)
- Anaemia (not enough red blood cells to carry oxygen in the blood) which can result in lethargy, sluggishness, or constantly feeling tired
- Severe constipation
- Low blood pressure, slowed breathing and pulse
- Damage to the structure and function of the heart and brain
- Drop in internal body temperature, causing the person to feel cold all the time
High quality treatment must address the interactions between the psychological, nutritional, and physical aspects of the eating disorder. Due to the complex nature of eating disorders, it is important that treatment be evidence based, individualised, and often integrated between psychologists, dieticians, and General Practitioners.
Some eating disorders can be life threatening. Your health is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, it is vital that patients are medically supervised while engaging in psychological therapy for eating disorders.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss treatment options please feel free to get in touch with me via email. You can find my email address on the ‘contacts’ page.
I look forward to working with you.
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