Since qualifying as a counselling psychologist in 2010, I have spent most of my career working with people who are experiencing disordered eating. I am passionate about helping people who are struggling with food, eating, body image and related issues. I aim to help people who are experiencing these difficulties to make positive changes regarding their relationships with food and their bodies and, where appropriate, in their lives more generally.
I believe that every person is unique and has different contributing factors for their difficulties around eating, although there are often some factors in common. For this reason, I work in an integrative way and aim to tailor my work to each individual client. I do this in collaboration with each client, by discussing with them their concerns and what I can offer that may be of use, and by agreeing together how we will move forwards. My aim is that this ensures that my client is always at the centre of their therapy and has plenty of opportunity to shape it.
I have received training in various models of psychological therapy, which means I can draw on different approaches in my work. I feel it is important to state that I do not offer the same type of therapy that someone would likely be offered through statutory services. Although I respect what can be offered for free via statutory services, my experience has shown me that a “gap” is often left, where some people cannot get treatment that suits them, and in some cases can’t get any treatment at all. I hope to go some way towards filling this gap. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can be more flexible in terms of how I work, and to be able to offer this flexibility to clients who feel it may benefit them.
Regardless of whether someone has an eating disorder, or which specific eating behaviours they are experiencing at any given point in time, I believe that there are certain pre-requisites in any therapeutic relationship, if positive change is to be possible. For example, I believe it is essential for clients to feel safe, respected and understood. It is a top priority of mine to develop a genuine, supportive, and confidential therapeutic relationship in which clients can feel this way.
If you think I might be the right person to help you with your food, eating and/or body image related concerns, please get in touch and we can arrange a free exploratory Zoom meeting.