Eating Disorders Support (Cullen Centre)

The Eating Disorders Service for adults is an out-patient psychotherapy centre which treats people with eating disorders. It was previously known as the Cullen Centre. 

The team is multi-disciplinary and offers both individual and group therapy. Assessment and treatment is provided on an out-patient basis to both males and females aged 18-65. A range of therapies are available, include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – This is a here and now, problem solving approach.  Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to understand eating disorder problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, emotions, behaviour and biology.
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – Is a relational approach that focuses on the here and now.  Eating disorder problems can be a means of coping with interpersonal difficulties.  Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to map current interpersonal relationships and roles, aiming to help to work towards expanding both emotional and practical supports.
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) – Your therapist will work with you to understand why eating disorder problems have developed in the light of early/past experiences.   A joint ‘reformulation’ of relationship patterns and coping strategies will be made, helping you to understand and alter the patterns that maintain difficulties.
  • Psycho-Education – This is used in conjunction, or as a component of all of the approaches above.  It provides information about the effects of eating disorder behaviour.  Through psycho-education you will be helped to find a range of skills and techniques to manage eating disorder problems.
  • Art Therapy (AT) – Art media/materials are used to increase self-reflection, AT draws on the individual’s creative processes for growth and repair.
  • Additional therapies/techniques – As part of a comprehensive treatment package, your therapist may suggest a range of other helpful approaches.
  • Dietetic Input – This is aimed at assisting individuals to gradually re-establish a healthy, well-balanced dietary intake.

Patients are expected to take an active part in their therapy, perhaps engaging in behavioural tasks between sessions, diary keeping or practising certain skills or techniques that they have been taught. Patients are encouraged to have full access to their notes, test results, rating scales and to regard the Cullen Centre records as joint working documents.

Referrals are generally made through the GP to the Referrals Manager.  Other professionals involved in an individual’s care may also make a referral with the agreement of the GP. 

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Other
    • people with eating disorders


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

People resident anywhere in the Lothians


Agency Referral


By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Tipperlinn House
Tipperlinn Road
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
EH10 5HF

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Translation Service
  • Translation service available through council translation service, if organised in advance.
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

all buses to morningside road. 11, 15 16, 23, 38, 45,

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

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