OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
Each of us has a unique relationship with food. Some of us may use food to manage difficult emotions and feelings. This was the case for me when I was an adolescent girl – so much was happening around me, within me, and with my body that I found all these things confusing and difficult to cope with. Overeating gave me a sense of control and a temporary relief from the pain and difficulties I was going through. Of course, the next day I regretted it, felt awful about my body, and guilty about eating all these calories. What is your relationship with food and eating? I am here at Weight Matters to hear your story.
Often at times, our relationship with food may result in symptoms and behaviours which are difficult to manage –for example – excess or too little weight, negative body image, and can put our organism out of balance and lead to serious health risks. It can feel like a real vicious cycle! Please do not suffer alone trapped in it! I might be able to help you.
Working together we will explore the possible complexity of the function of food and eating in your life. We will come up with a treatment plan which will serve your body and mind.
How I Work
I am a Gestalt therapist. ‘Gestalt’ means ‘whole’ and in my practice this translates to us working with the whole of you as a person, including your thoughts, feelings, emotions, body sensations and imagination as well as to the possibility of exploring different contexts of your life (your past and current relationships and the wider socio-cultural as well as spiritual contexts).
I provide a non-judgemental, empathetic and safe space in which you are supported to talk about your experience. I believe in your capacity to use your inner strength in service of living a fulfilling life and I support you to trust and build on this capacity.
I believe that via supporting you to raise your awareness and honour what happens for you in the here-and-now, change can happen in your life. With this in mind, I will invite you to become curious about your experience ‘right now’. We might experiment with some new behaviours and ways of being. I may gently challenge you to notice your habitual patterns and in doing so I will bear in mind your preferences, personality, and learning style.
I believe that how clients are and feel in the therapeutic relationship may reflect their style of relating to others, and so we might talk about your feelings in our therapeutic relationship. I may use breathing and other mindfulness-based techniques to support our work.
I am a senior trainee psychotherapist on an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I have experience of working with NHS patients as well as of longer term therapy work in low-cost services. I have worked with clients with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-worth, shame, guilt, trauma as well as relationship and work/study issues. I abide by the code of ethics of the UKCP, BACP as well as this of Metanoia Institute.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in customer service, hospitality, research in linguistics and psychology, and teaching. In my free time I enjoy singing, going for walks, cycling and meditating.
DAYS I’M AVAILABLE AT WEIGHTMATTERS
Here are the days I can see you in person or connect with you remotely
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
- 2020 – Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute
- MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University (in progress)
- MSc in Language Evolution and Cognition from the University of Edinburgh
- BA in Linguistics from Newcastle University
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) -trainee member
- United Kingdom Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (UKAGP)
- The Association of Advancement of Gestalt Psychotherapy (AAGP)
- European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT)
HOW I OFFER PSYCHOTHERAPY
I work with clients across the UK, and around the world, using Skype, FaceTime & Zoom. There is no need to travel, and you can feel comfortable in your own home. It is free to set up and simple to use, so why not give it a try?
I offer sessions in English
LET US EXPLAIN HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOU
Talk with our assessment team, who can listen to your story and needs, and help you find the right practitioner for you, and book you in for a Free 30 Minute session to meet with one of our therapists.