Bolster

Bolster is a coaching service intended to support you towards recovery. Through weekly phone calls with a trained Beat Helpline advisor, you’ll set achievable goals to help build your confidence so you can make positive changes.

We are running a limited trial of Bolster across the UK. Please register your interest by emailing us.

Who is Bolster for?

Bolster is for anyone with an eating disorder who isn’t currently accessing any eating disorder treatment and would like support in their recovery.

What does Bolster involve?

Bolster is a coaching service. The aim isn’t to tell you what to do – coaching is a way of encouraging and supporting you to achieve a goal, change a behaviour, and develop or build on existing skills. You and your advisor will create a supportive, safe, confidential space, where they’ll act as a sounding board and help you to set achievable goals. Bolster isn’t a form of clinical therapy and is not intended as a replacement or stand-in for clinical treatment.

How does it work?

You’ll have an initial call with your advisor so that you can start getting to know them and talk about your expectations for the programme. They will explain more about how it works and gain more of an understanding of your situation. After your first call, you’ll speak to your advisor on the phone at the same time each week. During each call, you and your advisor will discuss the goals you’ve worked on, any new issues that have arisen, and what to work on for next week.

How much time is involved?

The total length of the programme is 24 weeks. You’ll need to be available for a 50-minute phone call in the first week, then a 40-minute call each week.

What if I can’t make one of my Bolster sessions?

Generally, calls will take place at the same time each week. However, we do understand that this isn’t always going to be possible, so you can rearrange a call up to three times.

If you have any further questions, please email bolster@beateatingdisorders.org.uk.