The Surrey Centre for Eating Disorders

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

They are similar in that they both involve talking in a confidential space when you can gain support in dealing with emotional challenges they may be facing. Often counselling is shorter term than psychotherapy and may focus on current specific issues. Psychotherapy is often longer-term and include looking at early life experiences and how they may be unconsciously impacting the present. At The Surrey Centre, both approaches are used to address multiple issues including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, other specified feeding or eating disorders,) anxiety and low self-esteem.

A Few Words about Counselling

Counselling can focus on a ‘single issue’ for example, bereavement or particular addiction. It could be a work related issue or an issue in a relationship. Counselling can sometimes be time limited where goals maybe set as part of the counselling work. It is important to discuss during your assessment whether counselling or psychotherapy is for you.

A Few Words about Psychotherapy

Normally, psychotherapy explores at depth psychological difficulties that are presented in the therapeutic relationship. There is a consistent long term relationship between the therapist and patient which in itself becomes meaningful and can help the patient as part of the psychological work that needs to be done.

How do I get in touch?

You can call us on 01372 377320 or email us at [email protected].

How many sessions will I need?

This varies from person to person and we are flexible to work with you as long as you need.

How much does it cost?

See our Fees page for a full breakdown of costs.

Is it possible to see somebody online?

Yes. Many of our therapists and dietitians see clients in-person and/or online.

What is your referral process?

Many of our clients refer themselves to us. Alternatively, we can take referrals from GPs, Psychiatrists, pastoral care teams in educational establishments, or other counsellors and psychotherapists.

How accessible is your building?

We have ground level rooms which can be accessed by those with mobility difficulties. For people with other accessibility needs we are always happy to make reasonable adjustments to ensure comfortable movements in and around the building.

How does confidentiality work?

We provide a safe and confidential service to all clients and a copy of our confidentiality policy will be given to you during your assessment.

Do you have car park?

Yes, we have a large car park which is free.

The Surrey Centre for Eating Disorders services

Dietetic Services

The Surrey Centre’s Nutrition Philosophy is based on nutrition and a healthy relationship with food thereby promoting a balanced diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.

One to One Therapy

At The Surrey Centre we use an integrated method of therapy, drawing on different therapeutic approaches and adapting them to meet individual clients needs.

Family Therapy

At The Surrey Centre, we are able to work together with partners, parents, siblings and children helping them understand how to help their loved one. When appropriate we invite the whole family to participate in sessions when feelings and experiences can be shared

Family Education And Support Programme

We understand that it is not only the individual with an eating disorder that needs support and that, often, a wider impact is felt by the whole family. We have put together a Family Education Programme offering a range of practical, dietetic help and advice alongside counselling and emotional support.


As a first step we recommend you come for an assessment. You will be guided through the process by one of our therapists. During the assessment you will have a chance to get a feel for how we work, time to tell us your story, to explain to us what you hope to gain from therapy and what your reservations might be.

Referrals to The Surrey Centre

Referrals to The Surrey Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy can be made via self referral, GP, Consultant Psychiatrist/Psychologist, Psychotherapist/Counsellor or other appropriate professional.

Psychiatric Services

If you are referred to The Surrey Centre by a psychiatrist we will, with your agreement, work closely with them to ensure you receive a complete package of care. For some of our clients meeting the team at The Surrey Centre is the first point of contact. If at any point we feel the support of a Psychiatrist would be beneficial we will recommend this to you.