Welcome to the Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders website! This website provides information about our organisation, some of our services, news, events, updates and some information about eating disorders generally.
This website also provides details of the personal and professional services we currently offer, as well as those which are under development/being revised. Personal services are for individuals with current personal experience of an eating disorder and/or disordered eating. Professional services can be accessed by anyone, although most are suitable for those wishing to learn more about eating disorders, with to engage in training/workshops, are looking for CPD, for other organisations making referrals/contracts, or other groups and organisations wishing to access our training, education and conultation services.
We hope that you can find what you are looking for on this website and that you find it a valuable source of information. We are based in Glasgow, however, the services of Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders can potentially be accessed and used by anyone in Scotland.
Our motto is 'your voice counts:recovery exists'. This is the focus and ethos of the Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders and underlies everything we do. We believe recovery is possible and we also believe that everyone with an eating disorder is entitled to have a voice and express that voice. We are concerned with providing therapy, support, training and education. We also aim to raise awareness of eating disorders generally, in Scotland, whenever and wherever we can.
We provide a range of services, many of which are currently under development or being revised following our re-structure and new name in summer 2015. We will keep this website up-to-date with all our current, new and revised services.
Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders offer both personal and professional services associated with eating disorders, food and eating problems, disordered eating, body image issues and other mental health and emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic, emotional distress, relationships, personal development, and lots more.
We were formerly the leading registered charity in Scotland for eating disorders, No Bodies Perfect (more information below). We gave up charity status in July 2015 as we felt restricted by charity status and charity structure no longer suited our aims and vision. We are currently an unincorporated association, although this structure will change in 2016. We are all currently unpaid volunteers - we do not get paid, we don't make money from this and we provide our free time, skills and professional services on a voluntary, unpaid basis.
This organisation started in Spring 2010 as a very small group. It quickly grew and became Scotland's leading charity for eating disorders, called No Bodies Perfect. The organisation was founded by Alexandra O'Brien in Spring 2010 and has received national and international recognition for our innovative work in the field of eating disorders.
Alexandra's relentless hard work in the field of eating disorders was fuelled by her own 15-year experience of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. She has now been recovered for many years and uses her personal and professional experience to help other people who are struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. Our founder and director, Alexandra, has been involved in the field of eating disorders in a professional capacity since 2001. She started off as an academic psychology researcher working in eating disorders, in particular anorexia nervosa. She has gone on to gain considerable experience in eating disorders in academic, clinical, therapeutic, supportive, mentoring and consultative roles. She has contributed to various pieces of writing, articles, documentaties, reports and consultations associated with eating disorders.
Alexandra has been Chair of Trustees of a leading mental health charity in Scotland, as well as Chair of various other committees. She has also sat on committees as a general member and found these roles rewarding. Our founder and director, Alexandra, has worked tirelessly in the field of eating disorders since 2001 and is passionate about not only helping and supporting those persoanlly affected by eating disorders, but in raising awareness and challenging the stigma and stereotypes often associated with eating disorders and disordered eating.
Alexandra has completed various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology, as well as an undergraduate degree in English. She has also completed professional clinical qualifiying training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (and is a qualified psychotherapist), stress management counselling and training in clinical hypnotherapy, amongst other things. She will begin advanced MSc postgraduate training in Relationship Counselling in 2015. She holds various memberships, including those of the several ethical bodies to which she adheres to as a qualified psychotherapist.
Our founder and director, Alexandra, is privileged in having both personal and professional experience in eating disorders. This means that she has an understanding of eating disorders and disordered eating that many health professionals do not. She experienced her own eating disorder for around 15 years and has now been recovered for many years, now using her own personal (and professional) experience to help and support others. She (and we) believe that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE - we have witnesssed this first-hand! She has provided one-to-one cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, group therapy, group support, online support, email counselling, mentoring, and various other forms of help and support to 1000s of men and women experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating over the years.
Confidentiality, privacy and respect is fundamental to the ethos and culture of Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders. We have strict guidelines, boundary and confidentiality policies in place and abide by the ethical standards of various organisations. The safety, privacy, confidentiality and respect of those who use our services is of paramount importance to us. Unfortunately, we are aware of some eating disorder services out there who are not regulated and have no sound guidelines. We do not agree with that and the safety and confidentiality of those who use our services is extremely important. Please see the Disclaimer and Confidentiality Section for more details.
Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders is passionate about what we do. We 'get' it. We strongly believe in giving a voice to those affected by eating disorders. Our range of services will increase over the next few months following our new name and re-structuring in Summer 2015. So, watch this space for more details and updates! We look forward to meeting you all and helping and supporting you in whatever ways we can!
EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH
Some publications and research we have conducted and taken part in include:
O'Brien, A. (2000). 'Causal Attribution and Group Membership'. University of Strathclyde.
O'Brien, A. (2003). 'An Investigation into the Impairment of Psychosocial Functioning in Anorexia Nervosa'. University of Strathclyde.
O'Brien, A. (2001). 'Development of the Impairment of Psychosocial Functioning Scale-1'. University of Strathclyde.
O'Brien, A. (2001). 'Perspective Taking in Anorexia Nervosa'. Psychology Researcher.
O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2011). 'Development and Distribution of an Eating Disorders News and Support Magazine: Pilot Study'.
O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2011). 'The Voice: News and Support Magazine for Eating Disorders'. September, 2011.
Lloyd, R and O'Brien, A. (2011). 'Supersize vs Superskinny: Helpful or Hindering?'. The Voice, September, 2011.
No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2011). 'Positive Steps'. Strathclyde Telegraph, April 2011.
O'Brien, A. (2010). 'Tips for Recovery: A Guide'. (2010). Re-published in The Voice, September 2011.
Owens, L and O'Brien, A (2010). 'No Body's Perfect: Changing Body Shapes Throughout the Ages'. (2010). Re-published in The Voice, September, 2011.
O'Brien, A. (2010). 'An Investigation into the Effects of Artificial Sweeteners'. Premier Training.
O'Brien, A. (2010). 'Stress Awareness in the Workplace'. Independent Report and Premier Training.
O'Brien, A. (2011). 'Let's Write a Happy Thought Journal'. The Voice: News and Support Magazine for Eating Disorders, September, 2011.
O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2011). 'An International Study of the Value of Support Groups in Eating Disorders'. The Voice, September 2011.
O'Brien, A. (2011). 'Did You Know....Only Young Well-Educated Middle Class Females Get Eating Disorders?'. The Voice, September, 2011 and various re-publications.
O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2011, 2012, 2014). 'Male Eating Disorders'. The Voice, and various.
O'Brien, A. (2012). 'Focus on Purging Disorder'. No Bodies Perfect, Autumn 2012 Newsletter.
O'Brien, A. (2012). 'Tips on Going to an Eating Disorders Support Group'. No Bodies Perfect, Autumn 2012 Newsletter.
O'Brien, A. (2012). 'Eating Disorders and Stereotypes'. No Bodies Perfect, Winter 2012 Newsletter nd various re-publications.
Glasgow School of Art, O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2012). 'Speckled Computing, Eating Disorders and Relationships Project'. Glasgow School of Art Projects and Theses.
Bishopbriggs Academy, O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2012, 2013). 'Development of an Eating Disorders Video for the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Scotland'. Film/MP4 format.
Bale, Karen, O'Brien, A, and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2012). 'Brave Scottish Women Reveal their Personal Struggles Living with an Eating Disorder'. Daily Record, 17th December, 2012.
Fulton, R and O'Brien, A. (2013). 'Extension of No Bodies Perfect Eating Disorder Support Groups in Edinburgh'. STV News article and news item.
O'Brien, A. (2013, 2014). 'Focus on Chew and Spit Disorder'. Various publications.
O'Brien, A. (2013, 2014, 2015). 'Focus on Emotional Eating'. Various publications.
O'Brien, A. (2014). 'The 3 C's of Eating Disorders Recovery'. Write to Recovery: Scottish Recovery Network.
O'Brien, A. (2011, 2015, 2016). 'Book Review: Bodies, by Susie Orbach'. The Voice and various publications.
The Body Love Club (Scotland) and O'Brien, A. (2014). 'A Survey of the Availability and Desirability of Body Image Support and Services in Scotland'.
O'Brien, A, No Bodies Perfect and Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders. (2012, 2015). 'An Investigation and Report into ''What Makes the Ideal Eating Disorders Service?'. Independent.
O'Brien, A and No Bodies Perfect, Scotland's Lead Charity for Eating Disorders. (2014). 'Challenging the Use of Olanzapine in the Treatment of Eating Disorders'. Report and Public Health Consultation Presentation, Linthlithgow Community Council.
O'Brien, A and Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders. (2011, 2016). 'Understanding Eating Disorders 1: Basics and Beyond'. Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders Publications.
O'Brien, A and Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders. (2016). 'Groups and Eating Disorders'. Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders Publications (in review).
O'Brien A et al (2016). 'The Impact of Body Shape in the Context of Psychotherapy and Talking Therapies'. (UO).
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