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University Counselling Service

Student Counselling

You can find below a selection of helpful resources.
Please note that whilst we hope that these resources are useful, the Counselling Service does not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.

The Counselling Service suggests that people check the data collecting practices of online tools and apps that track mental health. 





Anorexia and Bulimia Care


Body Gossip

Finding Melissa - A personal account of recovery

National Centre for Eating Disorders

Seed Eating Disorders

The Body Positive



Cambridge Adult Eating Disorder Service
Cambridge & Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
CPFT Eating Disorder Service
Information about the local NHS services for adults with eating disorders.

Personalised Eating Disorder Support

The University has established a partnership with the Cambridge Eating Disorder Charity, PEDS (Personalised Eating Disorder Support). Support is available to students, aimed at reaching those at risk of developing an eating disorder. Students can either be referred or can self-refer to PEDS via their online form.
PEDS works collaboratively with welfare teams situated at the Colleges, as well as with services provided centrally by the Department of Student Support. PEDS works as part of a stepped care approach, alongside the local specialist NHS Eating Disorder Service, run by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) Adult Eating Disorder Service (AEDS).  Where a student meets the criteria for NHS secondary care services ie CPFT Adult Eating Disorder Service (AEDS), PEDS will obtain consent from the student to liaise and refer as required.



Mind - A-Z Mental Health Leaflets

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Self Help Guides
Eating Disorders
Food for Thought

The Centre for Clinical Interventions Workbooks
Overcoming Disordered Eating Parts A & B
Building Body Acceptance

The Royal College of Psychiatrists - A-Z Leaflets




The descriptions given are intended to provide a summary of the contents but should not be taken to imply that the Counselling Service endorses the opinions expressed.

The Time In Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope
Nancy Tucker, 2015

Nancy Tucker is a 20-year-old author and nanny. She suffered from both anorexia and bulimia nervosa throughout her teens, but is now on the road to recovery and has gained a place at Oxford to study Experimental Psychology in 2015.


Understanding Your Eating
Julia Buckroyd, Open University, 2011

Makes sense of how food and eating may be misused and become entangled with emotions.



Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia - How to Help
Marilyn Duker & Robert Slade, Open University Press, 2002

Considers the theories, the issue of control, and perspectives that enable a person to move towards a real sense of self.



Overcoming Bulimia & Binge-Eating: Self-Help Course
Peter J Cooper, Robinson, 2007

A three-part CBT self-help programme to help you overcome your Bulimia and binge-eating.




Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa
Chris Freeman, Robinson, 2012

A CBT self-help book describing techniques to bring this problem under control and help you to work towards eventually overcoming it altogether.



Overcoming Overeating
Hirschmann & Hunter, Ebury Press, 2010

The authors offer an alternative approach to dealing with chronic overeating, placing eating back into its natural place in life so that food becomes something to be enjoyed rather than feared.



The Invisible Man
John F Morgan, Routledge, 2008

A CBT self-help book with information and strategies for men with eating disorders.



Breaking Free from Emotional Eating
Geneen Roth, Plume books, 2004

This book is clever, funny and helpful to anyone who considers food an issue. It is packed with information on your relationship to your body and why dieting doesn't work. Learn to rediscover yourself and your true needs and you won't ever need to diet again!

Anorexia Nervosa: A Survival Guide for Families, Friends, and Sufferers
Janet Treasure, Psychology Press, 2013

A knowledge base and step-by-step guide for anyone dealing with anorexia.