As a therapist, I firmly believe that building a strong therapeutic relationship is key to healing and growth, and this is why I don't subscribe to the idea of being a 'blank screen'. I bring myself to the therapeutic relationship through spontaneity and creativity to offer a warm and supportive environment for my clients. It takes a lot of courage to reach out when you feel that you're struggling, and I strive to help you feel as comfortable as possible.
I specialise in eating disorders and recovery, but I want to stress that this does not limit my work to anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Many people struggle to engage fully in life due to rules about food and exercise or negative thoughts about their bodies. Equally, many individuals struggle with chronic dieting and disordered eating behaviours, but due to the current cultural landscape these behaviours are normalised despite how problematic and invasive they are for people’s lives and well-being. If you're worried or concerned about your relationship with food, exercise, your body, or yourself in any way please don't hesitate to reach out for support -- you are not alone.
My approach to therapy is holistic, which means that I will support you to reflect on how your relationship with your body and food impacts you physically, behaviourally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally and existentially. Eating disorders are not just about food and body image, these are symptoms that result from trying to cope with low self-worth, trauma, relationships, attachment, and other difficult feelings and experiences. I believe in taking a collaborative approach to unpicking what lies beneath - and ultimately fuels - destructive thoughts and behaviours about bodies and food. In doing so, I integrate mindfulness, Intuitive Eating, CBT, ACT, and positive psychology with my relational psychodynamic framework. I also align my approach with the Health at Every Size® (HAES) paradigm and I am a certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor. With time, I've found that a collaborative and holistic approach paired with a solid therapeutic relationship can lead to a full recovery.
I run workshops and groups for women struggling with disordered eating, so please keep an eye out on my website if you’re interested in attending. I also provide support and education to loved ones of individuals who struggle with eating disorders and disordered eating. Your health and well-being is just as important as the person that you're trying to support.
If you're interested in learning more about me, what I offer, and how I work, feel free to browse my blog and my website: www.freedomtobetherapy.com
I'm here whenever you're ready.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health, both in Canada and in the UK. I have experience as a mental health worker, victim support worker, generic counsellor and as an eating disorder therapist. I specialise in eating disorder recovery, and my approach to therapy is holistic and integrative. I draw from CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Relational Psychotherapy, and Intuitive Eating. My practice aligns with a Health at Every Size® paradigm.
My qualifications and training include:
- Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- COSCA Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Doctorate in Psychotherapy
- Registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
- Member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £90/ hr , and each session is a therapeutic hour which lasts 50 minutes.
The fee for an initial consultation session, lasting 60 minutes, is the same.
I also offer virtual sessions via Sylo, providing that we agree in our initial consultation that it's the right choice for you.