Nick Leake

Integrative Psychotherapist

Food is like a language that you cannot always understand; a way of pushing down difficult feelings, blocking out unwanted thoughts and finding one’s place in complex relationships.

Hunger, feeding and fullness are at the heart of our earliest communications in childhood and can remain a powerful, and sometimes painful and confusing, form of expression as we grow.

HOW THERAPY CAN HELP

Therapy can be a lot like an act of translation; a process of finding new words, gestures and rituals to understand and replace old habits and behaviours, helping you to identify your needs more clearly, and respond to them healthily and with compassion.

My approach to working therapeutically with disordered eating keeps your relationship with food as its focus. It does not dismiss your eating behaviours as side-effects of unconscious conflict or emotional pain. Instead, I want to tune in to what the food says to you, what thoughts and feelings it evokes, and how you respond to what it communicates. 

WORKING WITH THE BODY, NOT AGAINST IT

I am sensitive to how bewildering and even frightening it can be to think about being in a body and to put your trust in its messages and impulses. 

My journey with my own body has been a story of filling in what often seemed like a blank, having spent much of my life believing that my head and its intellect were all that mattered. By acknowledging my own disregard and neglect of what was going on for me from the neck down, I became aware of the body’s deep capacity to hold shame, and am passionate about addressing this in the way that I work.  

Through my training and experience as a therapist, I am able to understand the body as a resource rather than a problem or a defect, and to introduce you to its unique potential to help you self-soothe, re-energise and feel more secure in your self as a whole. 

DAYS I’M AVAILABLE AT WEIGHTMATTERS

Here are the days I can see you in person or connect with you remotely

Wednesday
Friday

MY FEES

STANDARD SESSION
£120
STANDARD 6-SESSION BLOCK
£630
OFF PEAK
£105
OFF PEAK BLOCK
£540

QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING

  • 2020 – Working With Goals In Psychotherapy And Counselling, nscience
  • 2020 – The Inflammatory Response: Understanding Inflammation And The Immune System In States Of Mind, Confer
  • 2020 – On Loneliness: Therapeutic Growth And The Capacity Of Solitude, nscience
  • 2019 – Being Present With Suffering, Confer
  • 2019 – Working With Gender Diversity, Confer
  • 2019 – The Rewind Technique: The Fast Phobia And Trauma Cure, Human Givens College
  • 2018 – The Psychophysiology Of PTSD & Trauma, nscience
  • 2018 – The Missing Link: Working With The Traumatised Body, nscience
  • 2018 – Insecure Attachment & Unexplained Illness, Confer
  • 2018 – Deconstructing Weight Loss, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2018 – Dangerous Desires, Inanimate Containers: Understanding The Psychodynamics Of Substance Abuse, nscience
  • 2018 – Postnatal Anxiety & Depression, nscience
  • 2018 – Beyond The Label: Borderline Personality And Bipolar Disorder, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2017 – New Approaches To Working With Bodies Today, nscience
  • 2017 – The Gut-Brain Axis And The Hungry Brain, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2017 – Obesity Management And Food Addiction, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2017 – Listening To Transmissions Between Generations: Working With Intergenerational Secrets, Wounds And Strengths, Confer
  • 2016 – Integrating Psychiatric Diagnosis And The Treatment of Eating Disorders
  • 2016 – Working With Anorexia And Restrictive Under-Eating, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2016 – Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Regent’s University, London
  • 2015 – Working With Binge Eating And Food Addiction, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2015 – Essential Nutrition, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2015 – Working With Eating Behaviours – WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2014 – Food Diary Analysis, WeightMatters Training Academy
  • 2014 – Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy And Counselling, Regent’s University, London
  • 2012 – Foundation In Psychotherapy And Counselling, Regent’s University, London

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Accredited)

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

I can offer face-to-face sessions at two locations:

VICTORIA LOCATION

4th Floor, 152 Buckingham Palace Road

London, SW1W 9TR

Face-to-face

Skype

FaceTime

Zoom

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.