Bridin McKenna (Principal and Lead Therapist Life Therapies Clinic, Belfast, UKCP Accred & Eating Disorders Clinician)
Highly recommend training, Bernie has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Kim R (Take the food, weight & shape off your mind course)
Speaking from the perspective of someone who has at times struggled with addictive behaviours; that are often based around food (one too many biscuits, several more unnecessary roast potatoes!) Bernie Wright has tackled and unraveled the seemingly mysterious reasons behind the behaviours of unhappy people choosing to get on and off the dieting treadmill, who often see little lasting results and clarified the truth.
This course reaches out to everyone across the board, from therapists, patients, those with seemingly overwhelming issues around food or other addictions and those who just find it helpful and interesting to understand human behaviour a little deeper; and whilst crucially, the content is not overwhelming or difficult to follow it is still entirely absorbing.
This course will help people, either to help themselves or others and in a world where we are often surrounded by negative messages of perfection in glossy mags and the latest fad diets (destined to make us feel like failures) it is a welcome relief to know you can trust someone to tell you what is actually happening whilst showing you how to feel good about yourself again.
Zoe Muller (Behavioural Biologist) (professional training)
I really enjoyed the 2-day course on Eating Disorders. This was my first exploration of this complex field, and Bernie did a wonderful job of making the topic interesting, accessible and easy to understand. The course far exceeded my expectations, and I found it to be incredibly useful and of great value. The other participants were very friendly, and we all benefitted from group discussions and from hearing each other’s knowledge and experience. I have started looking into the Master Practitioner course, and so hopefully I will see you again there next year 🙂 An excellent course, thank you!
Samantha Bloom (Nutritionist) (professional training)
Thank you Bernie, I found you incredibly warm and engaging and inspiring. I totally felt your passion to help people that are struggling with ED’s and would recommend you to all my clients if you had space!!!!
I totally trusted you as a practitioner and felt that you were very clear and sensitive to the needs of the group.
Nicky Callus MBACP Counsellor (professional training)
You delivered your expertise with enthusiasm, warmth and humanity. An inclusive, informative and nourishing experience. Many thanks.
Heather L (Take the Food, Weight and Shape off Your Mind)
The course has helped me break the diet/binge cycle and concentrate on mindful and healthy eating. It gave me an understanding of the physiological and psychological factors influencing my eating behaviour and the tools to help me stop and think before eating. Since taking the course I’ve given up sugar and feel so much healthier and as a bonus lost over 10Ib.
Jackie Barrett BACP Counsellor (professional training)
“This two day course is an absolute must for both counsellors and supervisors. It really is a course which does what it says on the tin: I learnt tools which I used the very next week with my clients. The course gave such a wealth of information about eating disorders and I have gone back to my practice suddenly seeing clients with new eyes and recognising eating issues which had previously gone unnoticed. I have been able to teach my supervisees how to work ethically with eating disorders which I wouldn’t have been able to do before the course. Bernie is a fantastic trainer: highly experienced, extremely generous with hand-outs and able to facilitate such a safe and supportive environment that I found myself asking more questions and making a lot more comments than I have on other courses.”
Andy Spencer Ad Dip Counsellor MBACP (professional training)
Bernie’s 2 day Introduction to Eating Disorders course gave me an excellent understanding of this important subject. Her knowledge, experience and expertise were evident throughout the course. The course offers a good balance of information with practical down to earth interventions you can make during counselling. We had the opportunity to practice and see role modelling of these interventions. I would thoroughly recommend this course to any professional who deals with eating disorders as part of their practice.
Charlotte B (client changed name)
I can’t thank you enough and I really see my time with you as a turning point in my life – a sort of pre-Bernie and post-Bernie. Some of that I know is due to it to being the right time for me to make the change, and to our rapport. But mainly I think to your skill, and patience and pace. So thank you again.
Sue T (Take the food weight and shape off your mind)
This course has made me realize previous weight loss journeys have always been about treating symptoms (weight gain) whereas
now I have tools to address the source (why I’d gained the weight in the 1st place).
This course is not about a short term fix but a long term solution.
Amanda Atkins Ad Dip Counsellor MBACP (professional training)
I loved the course, so informative and interesting. I would be very Interested in the eating disorder's one day clinical interventions course in March and I will make my fellow collegaues aware of Februarys 2 day course.
Sally R (take the food weight and shape off your mind)
I had expected the course to be about the next new ‘faddy’ diet. I thought I would be nagged about the usual things I couldn’t eat and what I should be eating!
Far from it!
The course focused on you, as a person, and whether you were ready to make the necessary adaptations to your life to bring about change. This gave everyone a fascinating insight.
Bernie has a warm and generous personality and she quickly made us all feel relaxed and at ease. We felt happy that any issues raised would be treated both confidentially and empathetically.
Lots to think about!
Tom B (Take the food weight& shape off your mind)
Bernie is doing a superb job and is clearly extremely experienced in her area of expertise. This course is extremely useful in many different ways and I would absolutely advise anyone with a variety of anxiety, depression, food, or other related issues to attend the course.
Isaura Manoso Ad Dip Counselling MBACP (professional training)
Introduction to Eating Disorders 2 day training course.
Thank you Bernie for such a brilliant training, and you all were the right bunch to learn from and with.Thank you.
Clare Scudds (Mem Accred NCS)
I really loved your passion for encouraging others to work in the area of eating disorders. So many courses present themselves as an introduction which then requires additional training in order to work with the issues, but you were very encouraging in terms of “You can do this”, while explaining limitations without further training.
In all honesty, I was quite nervous about coming on the course but I felt completely welcomed and accepted as part of the group and I thank you and the rest of the group for that.
Heather Randall Ad Dip Counselling MBACP (Take the weight, shape and food off your mind)
A very clear and concise course which brings into awareness some causes of eating disorders and how they can manifest. With practical steps explained that can be taken to address eating disorders, such as addressing emotions, self nurturing and becoming more assertive.
By developing a better self-esteem, people can choose to eat more healthily and not need to rely on poor food and drink choices to comfort themselves.
For me, this course brought into my awareness, how sometimes my healthier eating habits have been sabotaged by others in the past.
Bernie has a lovely way of making this course a lot of fun, whilst still addressing some very serious issues.
I can thoroughly recommend this course to professionals and non-professionals alike.
Julie A (client)
Bernie is a breath of fresh air and very different from my experiences of therapy in the past, she is honest, caring and swiftly engaged with me as an individual. Amazingly, despite my problems and the seriousness of my Eating Disorder she often made me laugh out loud, she was always confident that I would get well and I did.
I recommend Bernie to everyone looking for a competent and ethical therapist whether they have eating issues or not as she has an amazing ability to get the job done.
Jane & Simon B (client)
Thank you for all your fantastic help and support this year. We have made some great progress since first we met you. And the journey will continue in 2018!
Philippa P (client changed name)
Bernie, for the first time in my life, I look at myself and know I'm an amazing person. It's a lovely feeling to finally feel good about myself. I just wanted to thank you for your help, I know its your job, but I hope you can comprehend the difference you've make to peoples lives, especially mine. Its strange to say, I hope I don't see you again and yet I know if I need you, you're there.
Lisa Fisher MBACP Counsellor
I learnt so much on your course Bernie and would love to recommend to others
Frances Button BACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist (professional training)
Bernie’s training in eating disorders is totally professional and informative. Her passion and expertise made a two-day course incredibly inspiring and enjoyable. A solid beginning for anyone contemplating this field of work and professionally I have benefited greatly from learning more about this subject.
Julie Narcisco MBACP Counsellor (professional training)
Loved the course and loved Bernie’s human presentation of the course.
Amy Watson (Roedean School Brighton (School Counsellor) February 2020
A fantastic course – really engaging and a great mix of theory and practical activities condensed into two days.
Jane Taylor (Qualified Counsellor)
Not only did I find your knowledge and experience a rich source to learn from, but also your own personal style that was so informative. For example, the way you modulated your voice, especially when switching between therapist and trainer in the demonstration of drawing a lifeline with Sophie.
I was also wowed by your generosity, your readiness to share your expertise, resources and time. Thank you (February 2020)
Sally (changed name)
I’m never really that good at saying Thankyou in person. But I just wanted to say that without you I wouldn’t be where I am today and your perseverance with me means the world to me. You’ve been there for me like no one else has. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart.
Love Sally 🙂 Xx
Penny King (student awaiting results)
Thank you kindly for your words of wisdom and for sharing with us your knowledge and skills.
I found the course a real eye opener and hope in the future to do the 8 day course.
Your training style was electric and held everyone’s attention fantastically.
I hope to meet you again in the future.
Your powerful words have stayed with me, lifted me up and are pushing me forward.
Sarah C (Take the Food, Weight & Shape off Your Mind).
A life changing experience. So much knowledge, so many techniques and so much positivity. I felt myself becoming unstuck throughout the two days. Eating disorders have been my reality for what feels like forever but now I know it is only for the moment. I can beat it, I will beat it, I am beating it. Thank you Bernie x
Elizabeth R (Take the food, weight & shape off your mind course)
Bernie thank you so much for the course. I found it really empowering and it helped me a lot.
Thank you for everything x
Diana M (Take the food, weight & shape off your mind course)
Bernie is enthusiastic and passionate about this subject and this has enabled me to understand some of the complex thinking that underpins weight gain. She certainly knows her subject and makes learning enjoyable.
Naomi Carter (nutritionist professional training)
Fantastic training, very informative. Bernie made us feel very relaxed to share things openly.
Rhian Gower MBACP Counsellor (professional training)
This training has provided me with huge depth and breadth of knowledge about how to work safely and effectively with people who have eating disorders. It could have been quite overwhelming to realise just how much of the population is in need of therapeutic support for this growing problem. However, rarely have I come away from training with such enthusiasm, interest and confidence to use the skills I have learned. The notes I took and the many resources Bernie provided will be turned to again and again.
Richard N (Take the food, weight & shape off your mind)
Bernie is a tour de force. The course really defined for me on a practical and deep level how everything is interconnected and must be seen as a whole – all thoughts, actions and emotions can be deeply entwined with food decisions. I’m now seeing my choices as either providing energy and clarity or taking it away, whilst also and when appropriate enjoying my love of food without worrying.
Linda Ailles Ad Dip Counselling MBACP (professional training)
I recently attended Bernie's two day training in Eating Disorders and Obesity. Eating Disorders is an area which I personally find to be under resourced in the NHS and this course offered valuable insight into these complicated and distressing disorders. I found this course hugely beneficial and I feel that I am now better placed to offer my clients a deeper understanding and support. Bernie is such an enthusiastic presenter transferred to the client group which was excellent, also the size of the group was perfect. A further follow up course I believe would be advantageous.
Christine King Ad Dip Counselling MBACP (professional training)
I really enjoyed the course Bernie, love your enthusiasm, great group and you made it so enjoyable.
Jane Roberts BACP (Accred) Counsellor/ & Qualified Clinical Supervisor (professional training)
I loved the course, it was brilliant, I found it very personal and I felt held and heard.
Antonia D (Take the food weight and shape off your mind)
"Taking the Weight off my Mind", course.
The course was most interesting and enjoyable and was very enlightening about how our minds respond to different situations in our life. It was presented in a very easy to understand way and it was time well spent and I would join Bernie's course when she has the next interesting subject.
Marilyn Ridgewell (professional training)
What was the feedback I overheard …FIK Factual, Informative/Interesting and Knowledgeable …I would add presented with Passion.
As Sam said …I totally trusted you as a practitioner and felt that you were very clear and sensitive to the needs of the group….I would agree.
Sandra Y (take the food weight and shape off your mind)
An excellent, throughly enjoyable course and extremely helpful.
Belinda S (take the food weight and shape off your mind)
My daughter Elizabeth told me she found your course so useful and we are very grateful. She hardly leaves the house so it was a great achievement for her to come every week and we feel more hopeful for the journey.
Peter H (client changed name)
A belated thank you Bernie I have been meaning to drop you a line. As you may remember my wife Sally and I were on the brink of divorce when we came to see you and I was convinced that counselling was just a box to be ticked. We have just returned from an amazing family holiday in France with our two children and five grandchildren and I looked at them all over lunch one day was so struck by how I had nearly lost all of that. Sally and I are now so happy together again. Thank you.
Jane P (client changed name))
Hi Bernie hope you are well after all these years, just wanted you to know that I have just had a beautiful little girl called Megan and we are incredibly happy. Megan is a dream come true as after so many years of my life suffering from Anorexia I never believed I would conceive. I just wanted to thank you so, so much as I know if I hadn’t had seen you when I did I would still been entrenched in that awful dark world with my Eating Disorder.
Pamela C (client)
I trusted you completely and yet sometimes I was angry with you and when I was angry you were tolerant and kind and allowed me to see humour in my rantings and now my family is thriving and without you that would never have happened. I was angry with you because you paced recovery and when I attempted to bully you into submission, you stood your ground, Thank you Bernie.
Simon T ( client)
I have no words sufficient enough and you know me well. Thank you
Caroline S (client)
Bernie literally saved my life, she was the third therapist I had seen and I had given up on hope of ever feeling better and yet due to her empathy and her confidence in my ability to thrive I am now living the life I only dreamed of.
Sue Weller (Trainee Psychotherapist)
A huge thank you for delivering your comprehensive and insightful training course over the past 2 weeks which I know without doubt will help in my work with clients. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge to my thinking, and deepening my learning – not to mention meeting you and Lisa, and working with Coralyn and the rest of the fab group!
Kim McLaren (Counsellor in training and in final year)
Hi Bernie ,
Thank you so much for a great course. I will spread the word, it was all fabulous.
Kind Regards Kim