Eating Disorders & Obesity
I am very enthusiastic about working with clients' relationships with food. Each person’s relationship with food is highly individual and my work involves supporting each client to reach a healthy place, both physically and mentally. I do not believe that apportioning blame is healthy when supporting clients with eating disorders and I recognise that family is often a hugely essential resource, particularly for young people.
Work to address eating disorders or obesity will often include targeting other areas as well such as trauma, body image, stress management skills, self-esteem, self-harm, motivation and assertiveness skills.
There are three main types of eating disorder which are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder (BED). I am skilled in working with clients presenting with these disorders as well as Night Eating Disorder, Orthorexia and EDNOS. I understand that an eating disorder can affect every single aspect of your life and I am sympathetic to the disruption and chaos that it can bring.
I also appreciate that eating disorders bring extreme disruption not only to the person suffering, but to their family members and loved ones. It can be extremely distressing watching your child, sibling or loved one struggling and I offer counselling and emotional support to loved ones which also includes teaching you how to manage the eating disorder.
I also offer obesity coaching which includes supporting clients through changing their relationship with food and guiding them through making life long, healthful choices. My focus is on health and the work is tailored to each client and what works for them. No one approach will suit every client because we are all different – which is why diets don’t work!
I have carried out extensive training in working with eating disorders which includes the Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (National Centre For Eating Disorders, or NCFED), Essential Obesity: Psychological Approaches (NCFED), Working with Eating Disorders and Obesity and I have also attended workshops for Carers of Loved Ones with an Eating Disorder with New Maudsley Carers, Kent.