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Eating Disorder & Obesity Specialist. MBACP, Dip. TA

About me

Welcome. My name is Nicola and I offer a counselling and psychotherapy service, currently online and over the phone.

I have a diploma in Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders and I work with adults and young people. I am very passionate about working with young people, working largely with adolescents aged 14-25.

I have noticed over time that an over-whelming number of my clients were struggling with their relationship with food and body image. This has only been exaggerated since COVID as people have turned at times to eating more than usual with less opportunity to be active, or other changes in eating behaviours. So many aspects of people’s lives have felt out of control lately and food can be a common way to attempt to rectify this.

I have extensive training in working with people’s relationship with food, which includes supporting those with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and night eating disorder, amongst others. I also work with loved ones of those struggling with an eating disorder as I understand that watching a loved one suffer can be tremendously exhausting, frustrating and traumatising.

I also offer coaching for those who would like to explore their eating patterns or to manage their obesity which involves supporting you to make lifestyle changes as well as promoting healthful behaviours. I am extremely passionate about my work supporting clients with their relationship with food and addressing issues such as body image, self-esteem, self-harm, motivation and assertiveness skills.

I also offer counselling and psychotherapy for adults for reasons such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulty with relationships, feeling under pressure, loss, bereavement or just not feeling yourself.

I am a fully trained couples counsellor and I can work with couples to explore any difficulties in the relationship and support you as you work to repair it.

I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space in which to explore what matters to you. I believe that everybody has the ability to change and by working through any issues you bring I can support you through this transition and help you achieve your goals.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy. I am committed to completing regular training in order to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and I have completed the following:

Specialist Eating Disorder & Obesity Training:

Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (NCFED)

Essential Obesity: Psychological Approaches (NCFED)

Working with Eating Disorders and Obesity

Workshops for Carers of Loves Ones with an Eating Disorder with New Maudsley Carers Kent

Further training in working with young people:

Understanding Adolescence (Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

Training day with Place2be

Young People and the New Porn Landscape

CPD with the Voice Collective who support young people who hear voices and see images

Other CPD includes Working with Dreams, Sandplay, Self-Harm and Depression.

Couples counselling

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

Counselling & psychotherapy for adults and young people aged 12+ including supporting family members of those with an eating disorder:

20 minute consultation       Free

50 minute session              £55

Specialist eating disorder counselling & psychotherapy:

20 minute consultation       Free

Two hour initial session      £110

60 minute session              £65

Specialist obesity coaching:

20 minute consultation       Free

Two hour initial session      £110

60 minute session              £65

Sessions usually take place on a weekly basis unless agreed otherwise.

When I work

I currently offer sessions online or over the phone. 

Hill Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom