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Contact NameShelley Perry
AddressQuayside House,
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Preston | Lancashire | North West
Preston PR2 2YP
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Breathe Therapies are the sister treatment arm of the charity S.E.E.D and are a "not for profit" organisation.

Breathe Therapies have been providing eating disorder help in Lancashire and the North West for many years. We want to ensure that "anyone" in Preston and other parts of Lancashire that are suffering from an Eating Disorder or are experiencing Weight Management, Obesity or Psychological issues can gain access to the best, most appropriate support and help plus sufficient therapy to help them overcome the difficulties they are facing.

Breathe provide excellent professional services covering these areas. Please navigate to the main subject headings of interest using the links below.

Eating Disorder Help & Treatment | Weight Management Programmes | Psychological Therapies | Wellbeing Programmes


At Breathe, we believe that every single person has a plan and particular purpose for their lives. What’s more, with support and encouragement every person can fully release themselves to find their plan and enjoy their life.

Breathe provide a specialist needs led, research based, service for Eating Disorders covering all types of obesity management and eating distress including Failed Dieting, Compulsive Eating, Binge-Eating Disorder, EDNOS, Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa.

Why Breathe Therapies Are Different?

Our clients are able to determine exactly what pre-disposes, precipitates and perpetuates their unhappiness which is manifested in self destructing habits and patterns of behaviour. Breathe treatments enable the individual to explore and better understand themselves as a person and their own needs better.

As a result of this brand new self-awareness, they are able to create new strategies and goals in all areas of their life and most importantly, learn the best ways to work positively towards them.

Breathe acknowledge that anxiety, depression, OCD and other psychiatric co-morbidities are related to Eating Disorders. That is why Breathe prepare tailored individual care and treatment plans tailored to meet their particular needs.

We address deep rooted issued people have in their lives. Then we aim to develop individuals in different aspects of their lives e.g. their social life. This helps people adjust to a life outside of their particular eating disorder by encouraging individuals to engage themselves within their community. In-patient treatment clinics are not usually equipped to do this.

Breathe Strongly Believe That Recovery Is Possible

Recover From An Eating Disorder We really do believe that a full recovery is really achievable. We have been blessed to facilitate recovery in many people brought about by our team’s focus and promotion of improved quality of life, independence and empowerment.

At Breathe, the aim is to ensure relapse prevention and sustain a long term benefit as opposed to the traditional short term treatment solution delivered historically which has a higher possible relapse outcome.

Breathe is very different from other service providers because we wholeheartedly and truly believe that recovery is really possible!

Breathe don’t cover up the problems. Breathe faces them!

Breathe deploy an approach top treatment which is multi-disciplinary in nature. We have a multi-disciplinary team which includes psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, dieticians, qualified nurses and counsellors.

Our team work in tandem with Consultant Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Community Mental Health Trusts and Social Workers. Moreover, when appropriate, families are invited to be involved in the treatment as well.

Eating Disorder Treatment PackagesBreathe are proud of its “stepped care approach” which is based on guidelines provided by Kings College, London and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

This “stepped care” utilises five different levels of treatment from complex and intense needs, all the way through to aftercare and ongoing recovery maintenance.

A client’s progression through the different phases of therapy is overseen by a collaborative team of clinicians who undertake regular risk assessments based on a client’s emotional, physical and mental health.

Our service provision is in line with CQC regulations and we are currently working towards accreditation for the QIPP programme (Quality – Innovation – Productivity – Prevention).

In addition, Breathe hold The Social Enterprise APPROVED Mark. This mark is conferred by the only organisation of its kind in the UK to independently prove that a business or organisation invests at least 50% of its profits towards environmental or environmental good.

Operation within the guidelines these standards enable Breathe to deliver cost effective and efficient services. We offer and provide the best possible care for our clients. In addition, our treatment standards are further evidenced by updated ongoing clinical outcomes.Anorexia Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa accounts for about 10% of all Eating Disorders.

Anorexia is enigmatic. Its name is derived from the Greek language equivalent to “loss of appetite from a nervous origin”. Anorexia is completely different from the appetite loss caused by other issues like illness and brain damage.

The special thing about anorexia nervosa is its specific association with behaviours and feelings connected with the fear of being fat or becoming fat.

Phobias about food related to its ability to create fat, intense fear of having “normal body weight” and/or a poor image of their body underpins and drives these feelings and behaviours.

Bulimia NervosaSufferers of anorexia exhibit behaviour designed to minimise food intake or burn calories believed to have been consumed by avoidance of eating, making themselves vomit or over exercising.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is derived from the Greek language equivalent to “ravenous appetite” and is used to describe an illness that exhibits a number of specific types of behaviour. This typically includes regular “binge eating” often in private of food perceived to be fattening.

The “fattening food” aspect is believed to be “forbidden behaviour “ for an individual who is conscious of the need to manage their weight. So called “forbidden” foods that are eaten in a bingeing session can include: chips, tubs of ice cream, biscuits, crisps, large amounts of buttered toast, cakes, bowls of cereal and chocolate etc.

A bulimia sufferer can often continue eating until they are interrupted, their tension is alleviated, they are physically satisfied and their urge to eat more disappears.

On some occasions, a bulimic enjoys the food. However, it is more likely that the sufferer will eat their food quickly and without tasting it. Following the eating activity, the bulimia sufferer will experience feelings of remorse, anxiety or guilt.

After a binge-eating session, a bulimic will rid themselves of the food they have just eaten by taking laxatives, making themselves sick, starving themselves, or subjecting their bodies to excessive exercise.

Binge Eating Disorder

The Binge Eating Disorder affliction has a lot in common with bulimia nervosa.

The major distinction between a binge eater and a bulimic is that the individual that is binge eating, does not make them self sick or compensate for their overeating in other ways.

Ingestion of food helps a binge eater smother their emotions and feelings for a short amount of time because sufferers say that they are using food to escape their feelings or comfort themselves. However, that is often followed by an increased sense of disgust or shame toward them self for their lack of self control.

Binge eating has only recently become a “recognised” eating disorder and is is more prevalent in adults as opposed to children and younger people.

Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified – EDNOS

The term EDNOS or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified is usually given to someone with an eating disorder that exhibits a range of differing symptoms but their collection of symptoms do not strictly coincide with the symptoms presented by sufferers of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

In other words, an individual who may exhibit a mixture of say two of these illnesses either bulimia or anorexia, or alternatively has some but not all of the symptoms of either bulimia or anorexia.

EDNOS is just as serious as bulimia or anorexia and at 50% represents the most common type of eating distress.


Breathe Obesity and Weight Management therapies provide a combination of exercise and diet with other lifestyle/behaviour modifications in conjunction with psychological education e.g. body image, self esteem, dietetics, physiotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to provide clients with an integrated, comprehensive “manage your weight for life” package and not a “quick-fix” diet plan.

Psychological Therapies
Breathe Therapies strongly believe that with therapy and encouragement, people can find a lifestyle plan and release themselves to enjoy a positive purpose for their lives!

To do this, Breathe provide skills and help to remedy anger, stress, abuse, trauma, anxiety and depression in group therapy or on an individual 1 to 1 basis.

We also provide seminars and group work for all sorts of private and public organisations for example: occupational health, stress counselling etc.

Personal Life Issues

Borderline Personality Disorder
Eating Disorders


Integrative Psychotherapy
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Person Centred Therapy
Cognitive Analytical Therapy
Clinical Psychology


The Breathe Wellbeing service is provided by an expert, knowledgeable, friendly and lively team of individuals regularly practising in their chosen field. The team with over 100 combined years experience includes nutritionists, NLP practitioners, dieticians, CBT therapists, mental health nurses and hypnotherapists.

Breathe wellbeing programmes are enjoyable and can subtly change your life! With Breathe, you can gain new understandings, develop positive aspects in your lifestyle, make new friends and really become the very best person that you can be!

Registered Mental Health Nurse Master Practioner, National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED)

Service Categories
Counselling, Dietitian, Nutrition, Psychotherapy

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