“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace” -Albert Schweitzer
I work as a BACP (Accred) Counsellor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor. I qualified in 2005 as a General Practitioner and very quickly recognised a common denominator between the majority of my clients – low self-esteem, poor body image and problems with assertiveness (they tended to use anger as a way of communicating or were easily intimidated and/or bent against their will). So many of my clients were presenting in this way, with self-loathing and a limited ability to be kind to themselves. Furthermore, I was working with a lot of clients who were clinically obese or painfully skinny and learnt very quickly that even the ones presenting with normal body weight were often abusing themselves by self-harming and substance abuse, poor diet – often coupled with difficult and challenging relationships with themselves and others, and were clearly using food/alcohol/nicotine or other mood altering substances to self-medicate, either by overeating or indeed under eating.
When considering all of the above I felt very strongly that I needed to embark on further training and in 2007 I trained as a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity, at The National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED). I am now a Registered Supervisor and currently attending the current year’s training course as an assistant to Deanne Jade, Principal and Founder of the NCFED, in order to ensure my skills remain cutting edge.
Quite simply, I have experienced a lot of success by using Deanne Jade’s up-to-date methods of psychologies that I was taught in my training for all forms of addictive/self-sabotaging behaviour and I have learnt that in order to have sustained change it is vital that self-esteem, poor body image and lack of assertiveness are addressed. Indeed, it is essential to gain an understanding behind the reasons we behave as we do, in order to create sustained change. I believe passionately in what I do, and in order for more people to have access to a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and develop a tool box filled with ‘tools for change’. I believe in the concept that, unless, we change our thoughts and behaviours, the very things that restrict us from reaching our full potential we will continue to limit long-term success.
I have a solid reputation of being a caring and approachable therapist with an ability to very quickly put my clients at ease and yet more importantly an ability to directly get to the heart of the presenting issues and together get the job done, whilst supporting my clients to move into psychological health and in turn helping them to live the life they deserve to live. I am passionate about my work and love what I do and consider myself extremely lucky to be working in a job I have so much energy for.
I am currently running two courses related to this field of work;
1) “Take the food, weight & shape off your mind,” a successful and dynamic course devised for the general public starting again in January 2019 (although I have had therapists on my courses with much success ) details on my course page.
2) Working With Eating Disorders Ethically and With Competence (for professionals working in this world and who would like to be able to support clients presenting with distressed eating issues, courses starting in September 2018, with 3 additional courses going forward throughout this year and into 2019 which accounts for 14 CPD hours) .
3) Skills Workshops for Anyone Caring for Loved Ones with an Eating Disorder. (this one is run by Jennifer Langley and details can be found on my website).
I will be very happy to talk you through any questions you might have about my work and you can also visit The National Centre for Eating Disorder’s website to understand more about my further training and the methodology I use.