Expert will give advice for free on eating disorders

Dr Sharon Croskin
Dr Sharon Croskin

A psychotherapist and clinician who has expanded her clinic in Pocklington to help combat the “growing problem” of eating disorders is offering free advice on the subject as part of national Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Dr Sharon Croskin will be giving two, one-hour talks at Pocklington Arts Centre next Wednesday (February 25) as well as offering free consultations at her town centre clinic the following day.

Dr Croskin launched the private clinic two years ago to offer support for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, low self-esteem and phobias.

Now she is expanding it in order to people with eating disorders which she says is a growing problem. They include conditions such as bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and emerging anorexia nervosa.

Dr Croskin said: “Alarmingly, the UK has the highest rate of eating disorders in Europe and anorexia nervosa kills more people than any other mental health condition. Between five and 20 pert cent of people with anorexia will die from it and that is why early intervention is crucial.”

She added: “Early intervention is vital and for those individuals with emerging eating disorders, sometimes starting out as disordered eating, getting the right help as soon as possible can be life-changing and life-saving.”

The first talk, which takes place at the arts centre at 11am, is entitled ‘Eating Disorders – What are they really about?’ and will provide an opportunity to meet Dr Croskin and her team.

The next talk, at 12.30pm, is entitled ‘Stop Dieting and Lose Weight Anyway,’ and will explore the never-ending cycle of yo-yo dieting.

The following day Dr Croskin will be available at her clinic, The Mindalot practice, at 12 Regent Street for a no-charge 15-minute informal one-to-one consultation from 3pm to 5pm ,and again on Saturday 28 February from 11.30am to 1pm.

To book a place or for more information please call or text Dr Sharon on 07759 313181 or e-mail mindalot@btopenworld.com

If you are unable to attend these talks or free consultation times, please contact Dr Sharon to arrange or find out about future talks. Her website is www.mindalot.co.uk

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs from Monday February 23, is a chance to improve understanding of eating disorders, and to challenge stereotypes and stigmas. For more information visit www.b-eat.co.uk