About Imani

What we do

Our programme is for adults suffering with a range of eating disorders and behaviours, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, body dysmorphic disorder, rumination disorder, and disordered eating resulting from psychotropic medications. Many clients also have co-occurring diagnoses of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction and other psychological issues that requires simultaneous treatment.

Imani is one of the only treatment programmes that offers a complete range of holistic care for all stages of recovery. Our hands-on dietary programme includes individualised meal planning and preparation, restaurant and grocery store outings, as well as kitchen skills and nutrition groups. In addition to group work, each client receives individual sessions with our psychiatrist, physician, dietician, case manager and their primary therapist.

The Imani team also strives to keep external professionals and families involved every step of the way, and considers this vital to our programme’s success. Families have numerous opportunities to participate in their loved ones’ treatment including family therapy, visitation, and therapeutic family meals.

” When I first arrived at Imani I felt hopeless and defeated by my eating disorder. Imani turned my life around. “Caroline
Imani Treatment Cape Town
Imani Treatment Cape Town
Imani Treatment Cape Town
Imani Treatment Cape Town

Key elements of our holistic programme include:

  • Schema Therapy based eating disorder interventions
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Individual counselling
  • Individual and group nutritional counselling and guidance
  • Step work groups
  • Focus groups
  • Eating disorder support groups
  • Family programme
  • Monitored exercise including yoga
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Life skills groups
  • Meditation, mindfulness exercises and other spirituality-focused work
  • Dedicated time for creative expression
  • Volunteer Work
  • Attendance of 12-Step Fellowship Meetings
  • Art therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Trauma debriefing
  • Relapse Prevention, discharge planning, aftercare

A message from the Director

I am extremely proud of the work we do at Imani and of my team of professionals, some of whom are in recovery themselves and all of whom are fiercely dedicated to the treatment of this life-threatening illness. Without their passion Imani would never be what it is today.

My dream and goal for Imani is to keep growing and moving forward, both in the way we treat eating disorders and in the amount of people we are able to assist. It is said in our fellowship that the message and goal is that “NO SUFFERER NEED EVER DIE FROM THIS DISEASE” – this is our ultimate aim at Imani.

Nobody afflicted with an eating disorder ever needs to die from this disease, nor do they need to live the desperately dark existence associated with this illness. WE DO RECOVER. It takes courage to change, but it is possible. At Imani we will do everything in our power to show you how.

Meet Our Team

To engage, embrace and enjoy life are the three gifts of recovery which we wish to impart to each client who enters Imani.