Dr Renee Botham
I am an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist and psychotherapist, eating disorders Consultant and co-founder of the national eating disorders charity, B-eat, (see www.b-eat.co.uk). It is my belief that eating disorders is so much more than the symptoms, it signals a much deeper anxiety. This debilitating illness takes over your life; where your thoughts, actions and fears are filled with how to feel 'in control' of your life, it never works of course but on you go, in despair, hating it and yourself. I consider the purpose of the eating disorder is to stop you thinking about anything else, like why you are so unhappy and what really sits beneath your loneliness and difficulty connecting with life. Instead all that matters is what you eat - or don't eat, what shape you are, possibly how much exercise you can do and oh the lists of things that you have to do; these are the things that 'need to be mastered'. And yet, with all the strategies you put in place chances are life remains overwhelmingly lonely; perfectionism is never achieved, an inner sense of emptiness takes over any sense of yourself and from this place perhaps you have difficulty connecting with others as well.
I am interested in you as a person, your illness, your anxieties, whatever is making your life so bleak. What I aim to provide is a safe, confidential space that will enable you to explore what seems to be getting in the way from you being more connected to and secure with yourself and how you relate with others.
You may have had previous experience of therapy or this is your first time; it is always a big step so well done for getting this far. It is my belief that no matter how much you tell yourself or others "I'm fine" your world remains a deeply lonely, unhappy place and working on what makes you unhappy is not something you can do alone. Your identity is more than your illness and I am committed to supporting my clients find a new way to engage with life.
I have a private practice in North West London. I am a visiting tutor and have worked at a London teaching hospital with patients who were struggling with long terms psychological challenges, including trauma, personality disorders, anxiety and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy by Professional Practice (DCPsych)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist, (British Psychological Society)
UKCP registered psychotherapist
International Academy for Eating Disorders
Visiting tutor, London teaching hospital
Guest speaker, Public Policy Exchange
British Psychological Society working party committee, eating disorders guidelines 2019
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Adults: From £70.00
I am available weekdays from 9.00am - 9pm. I also have a clinic on Saturdays from 9am - 4.30pm