I am a motivated and committed individual with a passion for working with sufferers of eating disorders. I have a strong belief that these disorders can be treated and that people can achieve their own recovery.
I offer assessment, short term and long term treatment, monitoring advice and support to those suffering with an eating disorder, body image difficulties and/or low self esteem aged 16 and over. I am happy to work with those 14 - 16 where the primary struggle is low self esteem.
I offer holistic interventions working in partnership with clients to achieve their goals utilising a range of different therapy modalities. I believe that the most helpful and meaningful progress is made within the context of a trusting equal relationship.
I am a qualified yoga teacher and some sessions can include yoga practise as appropriate and when requested. I can also offer MANTRA.
I am able to offer family skills interventions and do offer joint sessions for couples.
I am happy to liaise with GP's where physical health needs requiring assessing and/or monitoring and where perhaps medication, vitamins and supplements may be beneficial.
Based in central Northampton, I have a studio in my garden with private access which is comfortable and relaxing. There is parking available directly outside.
I am able to offer home visits if appropriate.
An assessment will include a full and detailed summary report and does not mean an individual is obliged to take up for further sessions.
Confidentiality will be discussed at this assessment appointment.
individuals can self refer by telephone or sending an e mail.
I am a qualified mental health nurse. I spent the first three years of my career working within acute inpatient services and community mental health assessing and treating individuals with a range of acute and severe and enduring mental health problems. I always had an interest in eating disorders and was privileged to be offered the opportunity to join The Northampton NHS Psychology Service in 1999, which was focused on supporting individuals who had been in inpatient until away from home for long periods because of an absence of outpatient and community treatment. I worked alongside my two psychologist colleagues and built and developed an outpatient service and intensive home treatment service which spanned the whole of Northamptonshire.
I worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Northamptonshire for 14 years. I have experience of offering one to one, group interventions and intensive home treatment to adults experiencing a range of eating disorders. I was fully involved in supporting the transition from child to adolescent services and feel I have grasped an understanding the difficulties that are faced for both the young person and family members during this difficult time.
I went on to manage an specialist inpatient unit which also hosted a day patient service in an exclusive hospital in Central London and helped to review and develop their group programme as well as supported the development of an adolescent inpatient treatment programme within the context of an acute adolescent ward.
I was the Clinical Lead for a residential service that supported young woman with a severe and enduring eating disorder to regain their confidence and self esteem by promoting engagement in meaningful academia and occupational actives whilst managing their eating disorder.
I rejoined the NHS in January 2016 and took on the role of Clinical Lead for The Milton Keynes Lifespan Eating Disorder Service. I resigned and left this post in October 2017 and I continue to offer clinical time to the team, holding a small caseload.I am involved in the assessing and treating of adults with eating disorders.
I have a special interest in transitions from child to adult. I also have a special interest in pregnancy and eating disorders and have been involved in supporting the development of journal articles on the subject, speaking at conferences and have offered teaching and training to health visitors and midwifes. I am actively involved in the MK perinatal service.
I have a special interest in diabetes and its link with eating disorders and have written an article on this.
I also have a passion for working with those with a severe and enduring eating disorder where improving quality of life is the focus whilst managing the eating disorder.
I have provided teaching and training throughout my career on various topics related to eating disorders. I became an associate trainer for Beat in 2004 and helped develop their creating expertise package. I have provided teaching and training both within my employed roles and privately.
I continue to offer training, consultancy and supervision.
My colleague and I were recognised by our local NHS trust and awarded Nursing Team of Year in 2012 due to our innovative approach to working with individuals with acute anorexia nervosa.
I also work for a GP surgery as a Healthy Minds Practitioner. Within this role I assess any patient of the surgery requiring an urgent appointment that is related to any form of psychiatric or psychological struggle. I offer solution focused therapy,advise on prescribing and monitor medication as well as sign post/refer to secondary care services.
I teach three yoga classes per week
I have engaged in both formal and informal training.
2000 - Working with Suicide and Self Harm
2004 - BSc Mental Health Nursing
2004 - Specialist Nurse Practitioner Award - Eating Disorders
2013 - MA - Working with Eating Disorders and Body Image Difficulties
2016 - Health Coaching
2017 - Yoga Teacher Training - I have done a training course on yoga for eating disorders and trauma.
I have completed training courses in;
*CBT - E (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Eating)
*IPT (Interpersonal Therapy)
*DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy)
*MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy)
* Skills Training for Carers and Loved Ones of an Eating Disorder
*Solution Focused Therapy
*Supportive Clinical Management
recently completed MANTRA training (Nov 2017)
I have attended various seminars, workshops and conferences over the years on various aspects of treating and supporting those suffering with an eating disorder.
I host a special interest group for professionals working or interested in eating disorders quarterly.
I am a member of The Royal College of Nursing and attend their quarterly special interest group on eating disorders.
I engage in regular clinical supervision with a Specialist Consultant Nurse.
I continue to read and ensure I keep myself up to date with evidenced based interventions. Most importantly I continue to learn from clients.Tell us if this listing needs updating
16 and above (14 - if primary difficulty is low self esteem)
1 hour = £60, 90 mins = £75, Assessment £130