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MBPsS Eating Disorders Specialist (MBPsS MBACP FDAP)

About me

Nicole founded the Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service in July, 2021. The Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service aims to deliver Accessible, Compassionate and Evidence-based treatment that is Dedicated to the service users in our community. 

We offer therapy to those wanting to overcome Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. Therapy is offered face-to-face or online. Our qualified therapy staff offer concession rates.

We offer CBT-E, MANTRA, counselling and psychotherapy to those wanting to overcome with Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. Our dietitians also offer full nutritional assessments, meal plans and overcoming dietary rules. Further to this, we offer support for family and carers. 

Training, qualifications & experience

MBPsS Graduate Basis for Chartership as a Psychology for the British Psychological Society

BACP Registered Counsellor
FDAP Accredited Counsellor

MANTRA - King's College London

CBT-E (enhanced for Eating Disorders) - Oxford University

MSc Health Psychology

MSc Psychology of Education - University of Bristol

BSc (Hons) Addictions Counselling

Masters Certificate in Childhood Eating Disorders and Obesity

BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition                                                                                  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People (Anxiety, OCD and Eating Disorders)

I run my own well-being business which offers professional therapy services alongside nutritional advice. I believe that a combined effort to take care of one’s mental well-being and physical well-being is essential to living a balanced lifestyle.

I am an experienced therapist and hold my own professional indemnity insurance. My range of therapeutic services are offered in, and around, Bournemouth and Southampton.

Over the past ten years, I have worked in the public sector exploring health and illness in society and learned about social influence on human health. I am an experienced counsellor and have spent the last five years working in the field of addiction.

Through out my career I have worked with young children who were picky eaters, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, as well as elderly people. Becoming more experienced in the field, my interests directed me into expanding my therapeutic capacity into both a nutritionist and a counsellor.

I have worked in international treatment centres inside and outside of the UK where I was able to gain experience with both adults and young people with a variety of process addictions and mental health issues. I have worked as a therapist with children, young people and adults in different local charities helping those suffering with drug and alcohol addiction. In recent years I have worked within a private healthcare hospital setting offering therapy to adults experiencing difficulties with anorexia nervosa, binge eating and bulimia nervosa. I have also worked on an CAMHS inpatient unit using CBT and psychotherapy.

My most recent training has been with Bournemouth University on the stage one Health Psychology route which means that I will soon be an accredited Psychologist. I mainly use CBT-E which is the enhanced version of cognitive behavioural therapy which has been adapted for individuals with eating disorders. This choice of treatment can be intensive and requires commitment which is why online therapy is a good option to offer flexibility. Treatment starts intensively and then slows down towards the end of treatment. The treatment can also be complimented by focusing on self-esteem, perfectionism and interpersonal problems. Other therapeutic alternatives to CBT-E can include MANTRA.

I am an accredited member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) and a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means that I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.

I invest in my professional development and have received the following qualifications:

MSc Health Psychology - Bournemouth University (Current); MSc Psychology - University of Bristol (2019); MANTRA through King's College London; CBT-E (Eating Disorders) through CREDO (current); Prevent Training 2016; Abuse within Teenage Relationships Training 2016; Common Assessment Framework (CAF) 2016; Child Sexual Exploitation Level 3 2015; Domestic Violence Level 1; Risk Management 2015; Information Governance 2015; Challenging Behaviour 2015; Safeguarding Adults Awareness 2014; Mental Capacity Act, The Legislation 2014; The Legal Highs Phenomenon 2014; Recording Skills and Report Writing Adult Services 2013; Safeguarding Children Level 3 2013; Health and Safety 2013; Childhood Eating Disorders and Obesity 2011; Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1 2011.

If you want to ask any questions and have a 30 minute conversation call 01202910122 or any further enquiries can be sent to

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

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From £50.00 to £180.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality

Additional information

These sessions take place face-to-face and remotely. 

Those who need concessions due to being under benefits/self-employment/redundancies or other financial difficulties please have a chat with me and we can discuss a further discount to your sessions.

I am able to use a variety of platforms which include WhatsApp, Zoom, FaceTime and Skype. Everyone has their preferences and it will be up to you to choose the appropriate platform for you. If you are unsure we can have a chat to help you make this choice. Further to this, I can try to help you set anything up to the best of my ability. I can offer up to ten minutes so that we can test out your platform with no extra charge.


Information and advice sessions are available for parents who would like some guidance on how to best support their children in overcoming challenges. Home visits can be arranged. Contact for more information.

If you want to ask any questions and have a 30 minute conversation call 01202910122 or any further enquiries can be sent to

When I work

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I am currently available through out the week face-to-face and online. 

Further information

Any further enquiries can be sent to

We are a specialist Eating Disorders Service located in Ashely Cross and Highlcliffe. We offer services that are delivered by psychological therapists, dieticians and a nurse.

Here at 'ACEDS' we are committed to building a service that is client-led and that responds to what we need in the community. We are a network of professionals with experience amongst all age-groups and who have worked in NHS Healthcare, charities, not-for-profits, private treatment and international treatment.

The Ashley Cross location is a five minute walk from Parkstone train station in the heart of Ashely Cross. The Highcliffe location is easily to Christchurch, Ringwood, the New Forest and Southampton. There is ample free parking around the clinics and many cafe's in the area. Our clinics have a reception and ensures your safety by abiding to all the appropriate COVID-19 measures.

One-to-one therapy is offered face-to-face or online. We offer concession rates which are with our qualified counsellors. We offer therapy (CBT-E, MANTRA, counselling, psychotherapy) to those wanting to overcome with Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. We also offer a focus on anxiety, self-esteem, perfectionism and body image.

You will have a chance to discuss your goals for reducing restrictive eating, binging and purging by making individual goals towards normalising your eating. Appointments are available in person and online to support meal plans moving into recovery.

Our overcoming binge-eating program is a self-help group program that will carry individuals through reducing preoccupation around shape and weight, normalising eating patterns and building body confidence. We run a variety of other support groups for those struggling with an eating disorder in the community. We bring weekly topics which are facilitated by our team. Our workshops run throughout the week and vary from mindfulness, shelf help book club, meal planning and emotional regulation. We try to keep these fun so that we can build skills for 'real-life' living.

Get in touch today or download a referral form: 

All referrals need to be made by a GP. This is to ensure that we keep all clients safe whilst working with them in the community so that they are supported using a multi-disciplinary approach. If you have any questions about a referral, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service, 1 Springfield Road, Poole, BH14 0LG

New Horizons Network, 417 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 5EN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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I offer individual and peer group supervision to those who are starting to offer therapy to client struggling with an eating disorder.

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