I am a co-founder of B-eat, a qualified, experienced psychotherapist and an eating disorders specialist. When I think about eating disorders it is of an illness that can completely take over the life of the sufferer. Relentless and self- punishing the longing is to feel 'in control', something that with all the rules and rituals never seems to be attainable, or at least not for very long. I can't think of another illness that can give you a sense of pride and achievement and in a flash this turns to despair! 
Whilst your life may be full of eating disorder thoughts I suspect you 'kind of' know that getting to some magical weight or look will not make life 'perfect', but I do understand that it can really feel this way.  These thoughts, like your need to feel 'in control' I believe have a function, I view them as an attempt to hide from more painful thoughts and feelings, ones that you may find difficulty putting into words. Whilst you may tell yourself you are 'in control' it's not true! Maybe the fear also has something to do with 'what on earth would life be like without my eating disorder', or who am I without it? The flip side is you remain lonely,  pushing people away for fear of them interfering with your eating disorder, only to feel guilty about how you are hurting those close to you. 
Working together: No matter how long you have suffered there is a way through this. My role is to  walk alongside you as you seek out new possibilities in your life, a life where you are gentler on yourself and start to truly value yourself. 
Life is uncertain: Moving away from your eating disorder means understanding why it is in your life, what purpose it serves. It's a journey and one you will not be doing alone.
My belief is that eating disorders is a label but it doesn't sum up who you are.

Referral Criteria & Process

Call or email me. We start with one session, allowing us to meet, for me to learn something about you and let's see how we 'get on', therapy can't work without a good relationship.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • UKCP registered psychotherapist
  • BACP member
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) member
  • BPS working party, eating disorders support document, 2017
  • Academy for Eating Disorders member
  • Metanoia Institute, Doctoral programme, final year
  • Visiting tutor, UCL
  • Council member, B-eat

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  • Last Updated: 18/04/2018

    Bushey Therapy Centre
    85 Melbourne Road
    Bushey
    WD23 3LZ

    Age Groups: (0-15) (16-18) (19-25) (25+)

    15+

    Fees: Yes

    TBA

    Categories
    Types of Support:
    Face to face
    Skype
    Specialisms:
    Anorexia
    Obesity
    Self esteem
    Binge eating disorder
    Body dysmorphia
    Body image
    Bulimia
    Comorbidity (eating disorders and other mental health conditions)
    Compulsive overeating
    Emotional overeating
    OSFED - other specified feeding and eating disorders
    Over exercising
    Types of Service:
    Private Practitioner
    Types of Treatment:
    Counselling
    Other Psychotherapy
    Family Therapy
    Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
    Focal Psychodynamic psychotherapy
    Mentalisation based treatment (MBT)