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Saint John of God Hospital

Telephone : 01 277 1400

Fax: 01 288 1034

Admissions Office

Tel: 01 277 1450

Fax 01 277 1455

Psychology Services

Tel: 01 277 1440

Fax: 01 288 5107

Adolescent Assessments  

Tel: 01 277 1544

Fax: 01 277 1637

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Tel: 01 639 2958



At the Centre we have 20 years of experience in supporting people towards recovery from Eating Disorders.

We are a multidisciplinary team, experienced in providing evidence-based, effective treatment for Eating Disorders.  We offer treatment across the spectrum of Eating Disorders both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Our programmes involve Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Meal Preparation and Support, Mindfulness Skills, Body Image Work, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Family Work/Support and Art Therapy.

The Eating Disorder Recovery Centre provides a supportive environment that alllows you to address eating disordered behaviours and related issues in a recovery focused manner. Our programmes have been designed to assist you in breaking your dependence on the eating disorder and becoming free of the vicious cycle of behaviours and fears which have taken control of your life.

Our services aim to help you regain your physical and psychological wellbeing and are as follows;

An Intensive Outpatient (Day Patient) group programme

  • A group based programme for one afternoon a week
  • Minimum 8 weeks – Maximum 24 weeks participation.
  • CBT & Art Therapy Groups.
  • Meal Planning, Preparation & Eating Group.
  • Review of Progress Group.
  • Mindfulness Session.
  • A fortnightly Family /Significant Others Support Group.

A twelve week non-residential (Day Hospital) group programme

  • 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) intensive Team & Nursing Support.
  • 5 day group therapy programme as in the residential inpatient group programme.
  • Family / Significant Others Support Group.
  • Individual Family Work.

A twelve week residential (Inpatient) group programme

  • 7 days a week intensive Team & Nursing Support

Therapy groups including :

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Meal planning, preparation and eating
  • Management of body image
  • Exploration of emotions and emotional regulation skills
  • Art Therapy
  • Anxiety & Stress Management.
  • Family /Significant Others Support Group
  • Individual Family Work

An Aftercare Programme

A Weekly Group for one and half hours after discharge from The Inpatient or Day Hospital Programme.

People can and do recover from eating disorders but professional support, alongside that of family and friends, is nearly always required.

Encouraging someone with an Eating Disorder to seek help can be a delicate task. However it is a crucial first step in their recovery.

Be Patient

It can be scary and challenging for people with an eating disorder to take the first step towards recovery. Approach the person you care about in a non-confrontational and open way indicating your concern and wish to help. Speak in a direct and straight-forward way about what you have observed and are concerned about. Offer support and encourage the person to speak about their concerns.

Take a Non-judgemental Stance

Try to avoid having the person feel blamed or guilty. Eating Disorders are not a choice or lifestyle the person is making. Excuses for not attending appointments or follow-up appointments are to be expected as the person may feel quite conflicted about recovery. Discuss openly the challenges of making changes, of letting go of the Eating Disorder and of seeking help.

Be encouraging

Recovery from an eating disorder can have many ups and downs and side roads. The person needs support as they navigate through their unique journey, which sometimes might look like they are going backwards. Focus on feelings and emotions not weight and food. Listen out for the part of them that wants to get well. Remind them of why they want to get well; interests, goals, motivations.

Be knowledgeable

Inform yourself about the nature of eating disorders, how they can take over the person and make it difficult to ask for help. Learn about some of the treatment options available so you can support the person in thinking about ways which might help them when they are ready.

Bodywhys.ie have lots of information and materials about this on their website.

Ensure you get your own support

Holding hope for on-going recovery and continuing to provide support can be stressful for the family member or friend. Make sure that you have someone you can talk to about the challenges of the situation, have regular breaks from your supporting role as needed and engage in enjoyable and satisfying social and leisure activities that replenish your resources.

Families and significant others are routinely involved in our treatment programmes with the participants consent. They are invited to attend the Family Support Groups and Individual Family Sessions.

Eating Disorders not only impact on the person’s well-being but also their relationships and home life. Participants are actively encouraged to involve the key people in their life in their recovery.

Support and education is vital for family and friends at a time of worry, confusion and eagerness for recovery. Providing support to families around ensuring their own self care and wellbeing, and creating a recovery atmosphere in the home and in their interactions has been proven to enhance the person's recovery.

At the Eating Disorder Recovery Centre we recognise that your decision to get help is a major step towards your recovery and reclaiming your life.

Our expert team will initially meet with you and support you in deciding which of our services will best meet your needs.

To meet with us, ask your GP or Consultant Psychiatrist to send us a written referral and we will arrange an outpatient appointment with you.

For further information, contact the Eating Disorder Clinical Nurse Specialist: Imelda Redmond.  01 277 1492.

The Eating Disorder Recovery Centre offers Adults four different treatment options each having different levels of intensity and commitment depending on the severity of the problem.

  • Day Patient Programme (half day a week)
  • Day Hospital Programme (5 days a week)
  • Inpatient Programme (7 days / residential)
  • Aftercare Programme weekly

Each programme provides a comprehensive range of treatment interventions delivered by a Multidisciplinary Team to address both the medical and psychological needs of the patient.

For more details about each Programme see the "Our Services" page on this website.

Referrals must be made by the patient's General Practitioner or Consultant Psychiatrist and can be sent by post or fax (01 277 1639) for the attention of Dr. Maria Romanos, Consultant Psychiatrist.

For more information on our service or to discuss a referral please contact

Imelda Redmond, Clinical Nurse Specialist:  01 277 1492


Dr. Maria Romanos, Consultant Psychiatrist:  01 277 1486