Whether you are reading this for yourself, or for someone you love, welcome. In my writing, I will say 'you'; this means you as 'the person struggling' and also you as 'the loved one' of someone who is.
You may have been told that you have an eating disorder, such as Anorexia or Bulimia by your GP, or the Community Mental Health Assessment Team. Alternatively, you may not have sought diagnosis. Either way, you know that your eating - the persistent thoughts around food, body shape and weight, and the resulting behaviour- is controlling your life.
It is a huge step to challenge your eating disorder. Your eating disorder, that voice that you hear, wants you to stay away from support. It desperately wants to keep you in its grip. Your eating disorder may feel like your best friend, it has served a very useful purpose; yet it is also your worst enemy. But the 'you' part, the part that is still there, buried deep within the eating disorder trap, wants out. Deserves out. Because you matter, your life matters, and whilst you are stuck in the eating disorder trap, your life will remain static. Your life is on hold- socially, and emotionally.
It's not all doom and gloom though; you are still reading because the you part of you hopes that there is a way out. And there is; I offer Counselling for Eating Disorders in Newton Abbot. I would be lying to you if I said that it isn't going to be tough, because it is. I would be telling an untruth if I said it's going to be a quick fix, because it's not. There will be times when you make progress- physically and emotionally; there will also be times when you become stuck, or begin to fall back into old habits and that is okay, and somewhat expected. Because recovery is a journey- there are no mistakes, there is no blame; your journey towards a life free of eating disordered thoughts and behaviour will be filled with many learning events. And I will be right there, by your side, travelling your journey with you.
How I work
I trained with a well-respected Clinical Psychologist who has more than 30 years experience in working with people with disordered eating, at The National Centre for Eating Disorders. The training that I have completed, and undertake each year to keep up to date with the most recent research, is approved by the British Psychological Society.
NICE guidelines for working with eating disorders describes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as being the most successful. I offer an integrative style of eating disorder therapy, which is tailored to each individual. This means that I merge different styles of therapy to best suit where the client is, on their journey, at any given time:
I am trained to work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- this enables us to explore how your thoughts relate to your behaviour. We will gently challenge your thoughts, and experiment with alternative thoughts, whilst monitoring behavioural changes.
I also work with Behaviour Therapy- which includes nutritional rehabilitation and skills training. Nutritional rehabilitation includes food monitoring and aiming for blood sugar control; skills training includes planing and problem solving, stimulus control, flexibility, self-care and stress-management. A very important aspect of behavioural therapy is you continuing to work on challenging your eating disorder, and associated habits, between our sessions; I will guide you with this.
I bring therapeutic skills from my wider work with me; this means that I will incorporate skills and techniques from Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Transactional Analysis. Essentially, I will work with you in ways that fit with you.
The above five paragraphs explain how I work, theoretically. It tells you very little about who I am as a therapist, and whether you are going to feel as though you could work with me. For this reason, I urge you to make contact so that we can meet, face to face, so that you can decide if I am the person you would like to sit alongside you on your journey. My experience tells me that you will have many questions, concerns and hopes; for this reason, I invite you to make contact, via email or telephone*.
*If I am unable to take your call, or respond immediately to your email, I will get back to you within 48 hours. You can email me by completing the form on the 'home' page, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I welcome clients from all over Devon and so whether you're looking for Counselling for Eating Disorders in Exeter, Torquay, or elsewhere in the area, please do get in touch.