Linda Snape

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Preston, Lancashire, PR4
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you are struggling in any way with your relationship with food including anorexia, atypical anorexia (restricting food intake/exercising excessively and concerned with gaining weight but not clinically underweight), bulimia, bingeing etc, I can help. I can also help with body image concerns and low self-esteem.

The way that I work is flexible and collaborative. It involves psychoeducation around the effects of an eating disorder on the body and brain. I also use lifeline work to identify the factors that have made it more likely that someone might develop an eating disorder and the ways that an eating disorder is useful to them. I work side by side with clients to build the skills and strategies needed to be able to manage life without an eating disorder. The work may focus on motivation, self-esteem, values, core beliefs, thinking styles, perfectionism and problem solving for example. Some of the work is cognitive and involves recognising unhelpful thinking styles and some of it is about changing behaviours. The goal is to make the eating disorder redundant by building the client's own resources, resilience, identity and self-esteem. Where there is dietary chaos the first goal is always to establish regular eating which can be difficult and anxiety provoking. To help with this I am able to offer support between sessions via an app. Someone with a restrictive eating disorder may feel unsure about change and that's ok, in fact, it's common and I can work with that.

As a therapist, I also offer a safe, non-judgmental space to focus on what else is going on – I don’t have to follow a rigid structure, it’s about finding out what works for the individual. I have a great deal of empathy, but if an eating disorder needs calling out, I can and will do that.

There is no denying that this work is challenging, for everyone involved, but my aim is to empower my clients by helping them to build resilience and a stronger sense of self - modelling compassion and determination. I firmly believe that clients have all the resources they need and I am committed to helping them to identify and utilise those strengths and resources. Where necessary, I will require liaison with a GP to ensure that physical health is monitored. I will also work with parents, carers, partners and family to ensure that they are able to provide support and feel supported. I often ask clients to keep a record of food and related thoughts and behaviours which can be done via an app. Eating disorders usually require a minimum of 20 weekly sessions. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Eating Disorder Coach as well as a qualified person centred therapist and I have just completed a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy. I have 5+ years experience of working with people with eating disorders including in-patient experience. What that means in plain English is that I have sufficient knowledge, training and experience to work with the complexities of an eating disorder - but not only the eating disorder. I have completed CBT-E and MANTRA training (both are ways of working specifically with eating disorders).

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free initial 20 minute telephone conversation. I can offer support between sessions via an app which has an extra cost.

Preston, Lancashire, PR4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Linda Snape
Linda Snape