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Allie will share some of her story, explore the why behind the what of eating disorders and bring many rich examples in a candid way.

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Working with clients who present with eating disorders can cause anxiety for even the most experienced practitioner. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate and worst prognosis of any mental illness claiming precious, promising lives ever year. Allie doesn’t just know about eating disorders via training, research and qualifications, she knows them personally through lived experience. Having overcome a life-threatening eating disorder herself she now aims to inspire other sufferers and give insight into the complexities of this tenacious and notoriously difficult to treat illness. As Allie understands eating disorders from the inside out, she is well placed to help therapists learn how to align with their clients while challenging the illness.

In this workshop, Allie will share some of her story, expose learners to definitions, explore the why behind the what of eating disorders, present some key facts and shocking figures and bring many rich examples from practice in a candid way to help provide material for discussion. As an athlete, Allie ran for Great Britain for over 10 years and explains how the demands of sport, performance and fitness can, and does, lead to eating disorders. She also looks at what treatments work in terms of therapy.

Allie Outram is an Integrative BACP Accredited Psychotherapist who has worked in a wide range of settings including the NHS (IAPT), mental health services, the charity sector, and is now in private practice. She is also an ex-International athlete, author and advocate in the field of eating disorders. She is a Beat media volunteer, on the BACP expert panel for eating disorders and has made many media appearances, given presentations, published a book ‘Running on Empty’, and written several newspaper and magazine articles about this subject. She is passionate about challenging the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face, campaigns for better services and treatment, and provides information, support and encouragement to those seeking to work in this area.

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