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I am passionate about supporting people in distress due to food, weight and body image issues to find freedom and self-acceptance. I recognise the impact of weight stigma and fatphobia which can make it difficult for many to seek support. I take a weight-neutral stance, meaning I make no assumptions about your body size and health. My approach may suit you if you are sick of being stuck in an endless cycle of diets and weight loss attempts, and want to build a healthy relationship with yourself and find body acceptance.

Common issues I work with: 

  • Emotional or compulsive eating
  • Binge eating 
  • Secret eating
  • Stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting
  • Feeling out of control around food
  • The impact of fatphobia and weight stigma
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Body image concerns
  • Low self-esteem
  • Disordered eating and ADHD, Autism or other ND

My approach is informed by evidence-based therapies for eating disorders as I want to offer an ethical service that gives you the tools needed to recover. I also recognise that everyone is individual with different needs and preferences so I work in a personalised collaborative way. 

I am particularly passionate about making eating disorder support accessible; if you have ever been made to feel you ‘aren’t thin enough’ for support, then I want you to know you are welcome here. I work to address my own bias so I can offer you support free from weight stigma.

I am also mindful of adapting my approach to neurodivergent clients. This might mean recognising sensory needs, supporting you with time management, support with planning/executive function skills for shopping and cooking as part of our work together.

I began volunteering at an eating disorder charity in 2014 and since then have volunteered and worked in local and national eating disorder charities in a variety of roles including facilitating support groups for individuals and their loved ones, and training staff and volunteers to understand eating disorders and offer more effective support. I am also a research psychologist and my PhD focused on the psychology of eating behaviour.

To read more about my background, qualifications and experience please:

FAQs about Eating Disorder therapy

Who do you work with?

I offer therapy for eating disorders/disordered eating to adults experiencing distress related to food, body image, exercise etc. At the moment I am only offering therapy to adults aged 18+. If you are looking for a therapist who works with children and young people then please visit the Beat HelpFinder. I have the most experience offering support for people struggling with binge eating disorder, bulimia, compulsive or emotional eating or yo-yo dieting. I also have specialist training and experience adapting therapy to better meet the needs of neurodivergent clients.

Is there anyone you don’t work with?

As a private counsellor, I am not medically trained and may not be able to offer ethical support to people whose eating disorder is seriously compromising their physical health. Some eating disorders like anorexia can require specialist support from a team of professionals to manage the physical effects. If this level of support is needed, I can share information about referral/signposting options available for you and you may decide to come back and work with me later, once your physical health is improved. This is not because I don’t want to support you but because I have a duty of care to you and need to make sure your needs are met safely.

In some cases, I may be able to support you privately alongside other professionals like your GP or a dietician. We can discuss this together if this is likely to be helpful for you.

You can find specialist services and other professionals in your area via the Beat HelpFinder.  

Do I need a diagnosis to work with you?

No. Anyone experiencing disordered eating deserves support so it is not necessary to have a diagnosis to work with me. I would encourage anyone struggling to seek support as early as possible as early intervention is very important.

I’ve been told I’m not thin enough/sick enough for support

Disordered eating affects people of all sizes, shapes, genders, sexualities, colours, religions, ages and abilities. Most people with eating disorders are not underweight and it’s impossible to tell by looking at someone how unwell they are. The NICE guidelines for eating disorders are clear that BMI should never be used as the sole factor to determine whether someone should be offered therapy for an eating disorder. I take a weight-neutral approach to therapy and coaching. This means that I work to tackle weight stigma and anti-fat bias and I reject diet-culture. I appreciate the challenges clients in larger bodies may face trying to access healthcare and I want to assure you that you will be accepted and respected here at any size. There is no such thing as ‘sick enough’ with EDs – if you have found my website because you’re struggling with food, weight, body image, exercise etc. then you deserve support as soon as possible.

What happens if I decide to contact you?

If you contact me to express an interest in therapy, I will offer you a 30-minute exploratory call where you can get a feel for me as a therapist and ask any questions I haven’t answered here. 

If you decide to go ahead I will then invite you to book an assessment session. I will ask you to complete some pre-assessment paperwork before we meet to ensure we can make the most of the time available and have had a chance to read through any important information ahead of this. If reading and writing is difficult for you, I can support you to do this in a different way. Assessment sessions last 50 minutes and are charged at my standard rate of £55.

Will you weigh me during therapy?

As I am not a medical professional, I do not weigh you myself. Some clients find monitoring their own weight helpful for challenging eating disorder beliefs, whilst others find that taking the focus away from weight and appearance is a better approach for them. I will be honest with you about the pros and cons of weighing or not but will respect your beliefs and will work with you to find an approach that suits you best. 

Please note that if your weight is having an impact on your physical health then it may be necessary for this to be monitored by your GP or another suitably qualified professional whilst we work together. For this reason, I can only work with clients who are currently under the care of a GP. I can support you with this if needed.

Will you give me a meal plan?

Again, I am not a medical professional such as a dietician so I do not have the necessary training to give you a meal plan. What I will do is offer information and support to empower you to make your own decisions and set your own goals around meals. If a meal plan is important for your care then I can support you to access this support through your GP or a dietician who specialises in EDs.

Have you ever had an eating disorder?

This is a great question. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about my own relationship with food and my body if you’re interested. I haven’t personally had an eating disorder myself. I try to always be very mindful of this fact and not make assumptions about your experience. My personal belief about this is that even if I had been through an ED myself, I would only have insight in to my own experience as everyone is different. What I have done is listened deeply to those I’ve supported, and learned about common experiences many people with eating disorders share. I am also genuinely curious to learn about your own personal experience and what it’s like for you. I do appreciate that it can be really helpful to hear from people who’ve been through recovery so I can share lots of recovery stories and resources with you created by people who have recovered.