A Pocklington-based clinical health psychologist and psychotherapist was encouraged by the turn-out to her talks during National Eating Disorders week.
Dr Sharon Croskin, from ‘Mindalot’, set up the talks entitled ‘Eating Disorders’ and ‘Stop Dieting and Lose Weight Anyway’ at Pocklington Arts Centre to raise awareness of the growing number of the population with eating disorders and/or disordered eating.
‘Mindalot’ is an online (www.eatingdisorders.uk.com and www.mindalot.com) and clinic based service that offers help to people affected by eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, emerging anorexia nervosa, as well as help for those with disordered eating.
Dr Croskin, who set up in private practice after 17 years’ experience in South Africa and latterly as the lead clinical psychologist in a UK eating disorder unit, said: “Alarmingly, the UK has the highest rate of eating disorders in Europe and Anorexia kills more people than any other mental health condition. Between 5% and 20% of people with anorexia will die from it and that is why early intervention is crucial.”
Based in her practice within Chiropractic Plus, on Regent Street, Pocklington, Dr Sharon will treat patients using her years of experience in the field and her bespoke psychodynamic model, which she teaches at university level. She will be joined by specialists in diet and exercise to offer a NICE guideline recommended holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to the challenges associated with eating disorders and disordered eating.
Dr Croskin offers free talks about Eating Disorders for groups of six or more, anything from friends’ coffee mornings to WI groups.
Eating Disorders is a subsidiary of Mindalot Psychology and Psychotherapy Practice launched by Dr Sharon in March 2013 to offer support for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, low self-esteem and phobias.