Counselling for improving your relationship with food & body image - fostering a helpful mindset
Do you struggle with your relationship with food and body image?
I specialise in helping clients improve their relationship with food and body image. Through therapy my aim is that there will be changed positive behaviour and mindset.
Attention is given also to interventions to boost your self-efficacy with non-obesity skills - like problem solving and lapse management.
How I work
I work with the holistic "whole" and place emphasis how the different areas of your life come together in balance.
I have received specialised training in Eating Disorders, and currently am undergoing additional specialised training with Derby University.
Ways of working with me
There are a number of ways clients can work with me to improve your relationship with food and body image, these include one to one or in a online group via The K Plan.
Take a look at the 14 ways you can work with me or learn about my experience by watching the video - click the following button.
Is This Where You Want To Get To?
- Improved relationship with body image & others.
- Make healthy behaviour a default in an Obesogenic Environment.
- Back in control of your life.
- A happier you.
- No more hiding away.
- Breaking of self-sabotaging patterns
- Boosted self-efficacy and willingness to take action.
- Increased confidence & self-esteem.
- Healthier physical & mental health.
- Increased resilience - ability to manage setbacks if results are slow.
- Empowered through new coping strategies through psychoeducation.
- Positive beliefs about food, weight, diets, activity.
- A plan with realistic expectations and goals.
If you really want to change your current relationship with food and body image then I can support you in achieving these goals.
Weight loss - is this your norm?
- You are on the diet treadmill .... on or off a diet constantly, yet nothing seems to work.
- You eat sensibly around others, but on your own, at times it really gets out of control.
- Eating in secret is a norm, this doesn't leave you feeling good about yourself.
- You start healthy eating in the morning and six hours later you are 3 bags of crisps down.
- Food is a friend and an enemy at the same time:
- You have no idea whats going on for you.
- Severe cravings are part of every day life.
- You feel addicted to certain foods, like chocolate or crisps.
- Mood swings appear for no reason - you feel really down, angry, lonely, despairing.
- You do not want to go on another diet. There has to be another way.
Maybe This Is How It Is For You.
- Perhaps you have no willpower to deal with your relationship with food, body image or weight.
- Maybe you fee exhausted just thinking about the struggle.
- Often you are miserable with the way you look.
- You might be frustrated and disappointed at not achieving your goals.
- Others are telling you that you have become angry, bitter & resentful.
- You are in denial that personal relationships are deteriorating.
- Feelings of being stuck in a rut, pulled under in quicksand may surface for instance.
- You are worried about your health for now and in the future.
- Every diet, you name it, you have done it, but you seem to be bigger than ever. Really nothing works.
- Social situations make you uncomfortable - can you relate to this?
- Have you put your life on hold - until you get a grip of eating?
What Is Disordered Eating?
You relationship with food and body image can be effected by disordered eating. It's directly related to attempts to lose weight, where a moral framework is built around certain types of food, making them both forbidden and more desirable.
The restraint model of overeating proposes that dieting leads to reactive binge eating. It is estimated that up to 1 in 2 people with weight problems who seek help for their obesity suffer from compulsive eating which makes it even harder for them to deal with their size.
Obesity - No One Size Fits All
No one explanation of obesity is one size fits all. For some clients co-morbidity may exist, especially among the obese seeking help, which may have contributed to the problem and which may interfere with change. But this needs careful identification.
My focus will be on changed health behaviour opposed to weight loss. There are dangers associated with obsessing about BMI and food restraint. If healthy behaviour becomes intrinsically pleasing - weight may change for life. My work with you will aim to address all of these considerations.
Emotional/ Comfort Eating
Your current relationship with food and body image can stem from childhood issues or certain changes in life circumstances. Often due to changes in eating opportunities, emotional eating or changes in activity levels.
These may include leaving home and having one’s own money to spend for the first time, use of alcohol or risky behaviour, retirement, job change or redundancy, being in a relationship or breaking up. Stress, loneliness and anger are known contributors to increased emotional/ comfort eating.