I am an experienced counselling psychologist and psychotherapist and co-founder of the national eating disorders charity, B-eat. In my experience eating disorder symptoms have a purpose, its function being to keep at bay a much deeper anxiety that is generally linked to how you feel about yourself, your relationships and your life. Eating disorders can fill your mind from the minute you wake up, whether this is thoughts about weight, food, calories, exercise and they are always negative thoughts! What they interfere with are your thinking about why you may be so unhappy and what really sits beneath your loneliness and difficulty connecting with life. Instead, all that matters is what you eat, or don't! Yet, with all these strategies in place chances are your life remains overwhelming, perfectionism is never achieved, an inner sense of emptiness takes over your sense of yourself. I am interested in you as a person, I am interested in exploring with you what is sitting beneath the symptoms. In a confidential space you can put away the "I'm fine" façade and together we will move between what is going on for you now and think about how these possibly harsh, negative thoughts and feelings about yourself came from. Eating disorders may feel like you're 'in control' but you're not and I suspect you know that even though you may try at times to deny it. I believe that as you feel stronger about who you are, as your sense of self-worth and self-esteem becomes stronger so your eating disorder diminishes because you can find the words to express how you feel and the self belief to verbalise this out loud.
I have a private practice in North West London.
I am a visiting tutor at a London teaching hospital
I also work with clients who are struggling with long-term psychological challenges including trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and OCD