Dr Sharmaline Attygalle

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BACP (Accred) Eating Disorders Therapist, MBBS, BSc Psycho
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London, W1W
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced  Eating Disorders Therapist with an in-depth expertise and experience in working with people living with Eating Disorders. I have a Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders and a Certificate in Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders both from NCFED.

I run my own private practice called Your Haven Counselling where I support Adults, Young People and Children 12 years and over. I also work for Orri, an Eating Disorders Specialist Centre based on Hallam Street in London, as an Eating Disorders Therapist.

As your therapist, I will provide you with support whether you struggle with disordered eating or with an eating disorder. We will work collaboratively to explore your relationship with food and I will facilitate you to make the changes you wish to make. I will also enable you, as an individual with unique experiences, to process what has brought you to this point in the present. The therapy will involve strengthening your motivation and willingness to engage in the process and exploring the prevalent ambivalence and resistance to change.

The therapeutic work will consider the whole of you and involve both:

The Nutritional Rehabilitation 
which includes the exploration of dietary rules and family scripts,  psycho-education, the stabilisation of the blood sugar, demystifying diet behaviour, establishing regular and balanced nutritional intake and thework on restriction, binge-eating, purging and exercise.    

The Cognitive-Emotional aspects of the eating disorder
which includes work on your ED mindset with its faulty thoughts and rigid routines and habits, regulating your emotions such as anxiety, depression, stress, guilt and shame, gender and body image concerns, your self-esteem and confidence, the presence of perfectionism, learning assertiveness skills, your relationships and trauma work when required.  

Therapy is a journey and it is your journey. The work does not promise to be easy. There will be many ups and downs. The therapeutic work will however be an opportunity for you to gain a better insight, make sense of your experiences and feel empowered to set yourself free and gain autonomy. I hope to gently guide and challenge your exploration and the evolving counselling process.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and I abide by their ethical framework and their code of conduct. In counselling I will at all times put you first and safeguard you.

Please feel free to visit my website www.yourhaven-counselling.co.uk for more information about me and the counselling service I offer.

Training, qualifications & experience

Current Employment:

  • Self-Employed Eating Disorders Therapist running my own "Your Haven Counselling" Private Practice
  • Therapist at Orri - a Specialist Eating Disorders Center, London, W1W 6JG

Past Employment:

  • College Counsellor at Bellerbys College Cambridge - a Private International College for students studying for their GCSEs, A-levels and Foundation year.
  • Centre 33 - charity forchildren and young people ranging from 13-25 years.
  • JHD Counselling Services - therapy for students at Cambridge University Colleges and private clients.
  • Bereavement Therapy in primary and secondary schools
  • Family Play Therapy sessions - families post-domestic violence
  • Workshops and Talks


  • Accredited Member of BACP
  • NCFED Certificate in Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders
  • NCFED Diploma in Practical Skills for Eating Disorders
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in Working with Depression
  • BSc Psychology
  • MBBS Medicine

I have a MBBS in medicine and a BSc in Psychology. I find the knowledge and experience I have received in theses fields extremely valuable in offering the best practice as a therapist for my clients.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a special interest in Eating Disorders and its many multi-faceted aspects such as nutritional rehabilitation primarily consisting of behavioural work and the cognition and emotion work. 

I consider the whole person - the nutrition, ED mindset, habits, perfectionism, self-esteem and self-worth, relationships, assertiveness and boundaries, values, body image, stress management, trauma, co-existing disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PCOS and much more. 


£110.00 per session

Additional information

  • Individual counselling sessions
  • Short-term or long-term therapy
  • In-person and Online sessions
  • 50 minute sessions
  • weekly 

I offer an initial assessment for us to meet and discuss what brought you to counselling and the possible hopes and aspirations you have for counselling. It is also an opportunity for us to get to know a little about each other and to find out if we are happy to continue further sessions together. The therapeutic relationship is crucial and so it is really important to choose a counsellor whom you can relate to and engage with.

We will review the counselling process at regular intervals and assess how the counselling is going.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any questions you may have about starting counselling

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays 14:00-20:00

Fridays 09:00-13:00

Nassau Street, London, W1W

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Dr Sharmaline Attygalle
Dr Sharmaline Attygalle