Counselling for Eating Disorders

Fees:

Sessions are charged at £60 each*.

A minimum of 48 hours notice is required when cancelling appointment/s, or the full fee would be payable.

I do not offer any concessionary rates.  However, I work hard to keep my fees reasonable when compared to others who are working in this area.

I am registered as a provider with BUPA, AXA and Aviva. 

Availability:

Face-to-face sessions are currently on hold but may be available again next year.

A limited number of online sessions are currently available.

Due to the demands and requirements of my working roles I primarily see counselling clients on weekday mornings or throughout the day on a Saturday. I am unable to offer weekday evening spaces.

I would encourage you to read the below info before making an initial enquiry

A little about my approach:

Embarking on the journey toward recovery from an Eating Disorder is challenging, and having the right support is crucial.  My counselling services are therefore here to assist you in navigating the complexities of that journey.

As Eating Disorders can be triggered and maintained by a wide range of factors, I do not use a fixed, ‘one size fits all’, approach.  I work with you, using my knowledge of these illnesses, combined with my counselling and therapy training, to help you to forge your own pathway towards recovery.  I offer you a safe space to explore the emotional components of your illness and help you make sense of the issues which you are facing: thereby empowering you to make positive changes towards a healthier and happier life.

I work hard to keep up to date with the best practices and current advancements in supporting clients with Eating Disorders, and I consider this, as well as client feedback in the decisions that I make and the way that I work.

I am trained and practice as a Humanistic Integrative Counselling Therapist – if you are familiar with the ‘therapy world’ this expression might be really meaningful to you, but if not, the chances are it doesn’t mean anything to you (at all)! Essentially, for me, working with this approach means that I acknowledge that everyone is unique and so what works for one client may not work for the next; different people need different things, at different times – and I respect this.

Using a Humanistic integrative approach allows for me to be flexible in working together with you on whatever issue/s you may be bringing to therapy; exploring your experiences and needs and finding out what works for you rather than following a strict ‘one size fits all’ plan that is defined at the start of your therapy.

I also believe in including psycho-education within my work; which means providing you not only with support but also with information that might help you better understand aspects of your experience that bring you to therapy.

 

Clients I work with:

I work with a wide variety of clients, from age 16 and upwards.

One way that my approach is different to that of other Eating Disorder provisions therapy providers is that I don’t have any specific referral criteria and I work with clients of all different body shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and from age 16 to 100.  I consider an ‘Eating Disorder’ to be simply any instance in which your relationship to food and weight has become intertwined with your mental health.

Many clients come to me after previously accessing other Eating Disorder services, perhaps because they want additional support or because they have not found the approach provided by local services to be of lasting help to them.  Often these clients have previously been diagnosed with Anorexia or Bulimia.

Additionally, clients might consider working with me because they have not met the referral criteria for their local service, or have found there to be a long wait.  Such clients might have a diagnosis such as ‘Atypical’ Anorexia or OSFED or might be experiencing binge eating, emotional eating or issues with long term dieting.

Essentially, if you feel that a space to discuss any of these types of challenges (or related ones) might be of help to you, then you might be interested in getting in touch.

I am NOT an ‘expert’:

I have been involved in the arena of Eating Disorders for nearly 20 years (which was even before I started offering counselling) and have done everything from assessing services through to training professionals in Eating Disorder awareness. HOWEVER, I do not call myself an expert because Eating Disorders vary from person to person, and although research and knowledge in the field is ever-expanding, there is still a lot we do not know.

I also think that calling myself an ‘expert’ can give you, as a client, the wrong impression and can lead you into believing that you are coming to counselling / therapy for an easy ‘cure’ or to be told how to recover.  Unfortunately this isn’t the case; there is no exact process and no magic wand –  Eating Disorder recovery requires a huge amount from the client – but working with professionals who have a good knowledge of the topic is vital, and that is something that I do definitely have.

 

I don’t weigh clients or give out meal plans:

Recovery from Eating Disorders is far more complex than eating a certain way and weighing a certain amount.  I have spoken with many, many people affected by Eating Disorders who tell me that they found that when treatment or therapy was only focused on their body weight or the food they were eating, that this only made things worse.

However, as your physical health, nutrition and mental health are closely intertwined, it is possible that I would suggest discussions with a dietician to support the therapy process.  I will signpost you towards arranging this if needed.

Physical health monitoring:

Eating Disorders in all their shapes and sizes present with increased physical risks.  It is therefore very important that I take those risks seriously.  This means that I require all clients presenting with Eating Disorders or disordered eating to be in regular contact with their GP (or an appropriate professional). I will support you to arrange this if requested.

How to get started.

If you feel you are ready to arrange your first therapy session, or have some further questions about doing so, your first step is to send me an email including a little bit about yourself and your reason/s for getting in touch.  I can respond to your email, or you can supply your phone number and a few “time windows” in which I might be able to call you during the next week.

If, after this communication, you are happy to proceed, we will find a date and time for your first session.  I will send you an ‘intake sheet’ for you to complete with basic details about yourself.

At your first session, we will review what working together will entail and explore how therapy might be of help to you. In such circumstances that you feel I am not the right therapist for you (for whatever reason) I will gladly support you to find someone more suited to you and your needs. Any good therapist should encourage this, since we know that a good fit with your therapist is very important to the outcomes of the therapy.

After the first session we are likely to ensure your medical needs are being appropriately monitored and we can determine if you might need any additional support from other professionals.

If you choose to continue and book future sessions, these are usually on the same day and time each week.  Sessions typically last for 50 minutes – what we might refer to as ‘the therapy hour’ – and you might attend for short term therapy (up to 12 sessions) or longer term, depending on your wants and needs. You are in control of how many therapy session you have and are free to stop at any point. We will typically review your therapy on a regular basis in order to review how helpful you are finding it, and when the time comes to prepare for the ending.

 

I look forward to the opportunity of supporting you on your journey towards

Eating Disorder recovery.

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