I am a BACP registered psychotherapist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor. I specialise in anti-diet, HAES (Health at any Size) psychotherapy and work with clients to heal their disordered eating, body image, identity and self-esteem issues. I previously practiced in London and now in South Yorkshire.
Intuitive Eating and Psychotherapy is about regaining trust in food and movement, your body and most importantly yourself. You will learn to trust your body, and not to micromange it. We doubt ourselves for many reasons, many of which are due to a culture which champions the control of food and bodies in order to look a certain way, and so we turn to dieting and restrictive eating behaviours. What isn't advertised so much is that 95% of diets fail. We are led to believe that we have failed the diet but the truth is the diet failed us. Dieting and weight cycling have a profound negative effect on our bodies and brains and they impact our emotions enormously.
Intuitive Eating and Psychotherapy challenges and disregards the negative and controlling beliefs about how your diet, body and life "should" be. You will experience mental, emotional and physical freedom once you choose to engage in this effective and authentic way to perceive food, your body and yourself.
I am skilled in working with clients who can't face another diet/ restrictive behaviours but who also aren't at peace with food and with their bodies. They feel stuck, have reached an impasse and are struggling to know how to go forward. Clients enter sessions feeling at war with what to eat and also how they feel and look. As an anti-diet intuitive eating psychotherapist I will guide you through the principles of intuitive eating, challenging all of the toxic beliefs about your body and food that will be blocking you from being able to enjoy life peacefully.
Working together we will uncover and challenge all the beliefs you have around food and your body. You will re-connect with that easy and peaceful relationship to food, exercise and yourself that you were born with and which suits you. Clients have found that this work has an overwhelmingly positive effect on not only their eating and movement but all areas of their lives. Self-confidence, work, anxiety, depression and relationships are alleviated and transformed by the regained sense of calm, peace and re-invigoration that intuitive eating and psychotherapy provides. Intuitive Eating and Psychotherapy is open to everyone - people of all sizes, backgrounds and difficulties with food, diets, body image, self-esteem and identity. You'll no longer feel preoccupied by food or body image in a way that limits your happiness or your life. You will discover the freedom to pursue the things that nourish you not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Eating will become a joyful, satisfying and easy activity and you will feel able to move your body in a way that brings you pleasure, not a sense of foreboding and pain.
Intuitive Eating is the term used to describe the approach to eating that every single person was born knowing. The term 'intuitive eating' was developed as a necessary reaction to the damaging effects diet culture has inflicted on so many people in modern society. Diet messages, along with health and nutrition fear-mongering have caused so many of us to mistrust our own inner wisdom.
Diets and weight loss have been touted as the answer to all our problems and ever-lasting happiness and the fact is that we simply don't need to be sold a diet or to change our bodies to be happy or fulfilled. This is the extremely well-marketed fallacy that the diet industry has expertly sold us all.
Through Intuitive Eating and Psychotherapy you will finally break out of diet culture, tune into your inner wisdom about what and when you need to eat and move. You'll reclaim your mental, physical, emotional and relational well-being. You'll be who you want to be free from restrictive and toxic diet nonsense.
I will guide you through the principles of intuitive eating, helping you to recognise beliefs and thought patterns that are blocking you from feeling free and happy.
As a registered psychotherapist, I am experienced in responding to the underlying issues that have led you to turn to dieting and the pursuit of weight loss in the first place. We explore dieting beliefs but also identity, self-esteem and relationship issues.
I encourage my clients to recognise their own choice and freedom to live fulfilling and happy lives. I remind them of their own autonomy, individuality and strengths which are often muted when trying to embark on restrictive eating and plans.
Where dieting is involved there is little room in our lives for anything else.
The benefits of having Intuitive Eating and Psychotherapy are far-reaching. You may initially come to sessions with the goal of healing your relationship with food and your body image and that will be our primary purpose and wonderful in itself. But you will be surprised at how you see other areas of your life flourish, become clearer and hopeful as a consequence of your new found perspective and freedom.
What I don't provide are eating plans, exercise schedules and rules.
You are the expert of your own body and mind.
We will have an initial scheduled 15 minute telephone consultation free of charge.
The consultation will give you the opportunity to find out whether you would like to arrange further sessions, and whether we can work together.
Full sessions are 50 minutes and will ordinarily be on a weekly basis.
Individual sessions are £40.
Discount packages of 6, 8 and 10 sessions are available. Packages are non-refundable and do not expire.
Contact me via the contact form for more information.
Clients initially commit to between 8 - 12 sessions. This can be negotiated depending on individual requirements.
Clients often decide to continue to work on an ongoing basis after their initial sessions are complete. In line with the philosophy of Intuitive Eating and Psychotherapy there is no obligation, each individual will tune into what is right for them.
Payments are made in cash at each session, or via bank transfer/PayPal 48 hours in advance of each session.
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Middlesex University
Registered member with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
My office is based in the Rotherham borough.
Easily reached by bus routes 221 and 22X. Swinton (South Yorks) trains station is a mile from the practice.
On street parking is available.