Kay Hoggett Counselling Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Eating, Food and Weight

Food is one of life's pleasures, and is essential for life. Unfortunately, evolution has not equipped us to cope easily with the quantity and variety of food that is now available. Add to this a culture that dictates that a person is only okay if they look a certain way, and a lot of unhappiness around eating, food and weight can arise. My own experiences of struggling with these issues have led me to specialise in this area.

Is your quality of life impacted by worries about the shape or weight of your body?
Have you been on numerous diets, only to find you cannot maintain the loss, and feel worse afterwards?
Do you feel you have an unhealthy relationship with food?

Let me help you.


An Approach that Works

I have trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) , the primary organisation in the UK for understanding and working with people who struggle with these issues. NCfED draws on research studies from the UK and USA into what works, what may get in the way, and, importantly, what doesn't work.

One of the key things that doesn't work is a reliance on rules and willpower. This approach, typical in the diet industry, treats human beings like machines - as if a person can simply be programmed to eat less and lose weight. It ignores the fact that people are complex and may

  • eat for emotional reasons (we all do sometimes)
  • have psychological barriers to weight loss and maintenance (many people do)
  • have had physiological responses to repeated cycles of dieting and weight gain (many dieters do)
  • lack the information and tools to maintain a healthy weight after dieting (most people lack these)

    I will help you to move to a happier relationship with food, eating and weight, using a more holistic approach which encompasses three key elements:

    E Looking at your emotional responses to food and any psychological barriers
    A Providing accurate, evidence based information on what works and how to use it
    T Providing simple tools which you can use to embed more helpful approaches to food and weight

    Call me for a free, no-obligation chat about how I can help you.


  • Weight Loss Workshops

    In January 2018 Weight Sense Therapy and Support will be bringing workshops to Market Harborough and Stamford to help people with weight concerns with their ‘New Year New You’ fresh start. Most people overindulge in the holiday season it is also true that most people want to do something about their current weight come January. Let us help you.

    What is a Workshop?

    Weight Sense Therapy and Support is run by two Counsellors. My colleague Edwina Hawkridge and I have both trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders in the UK specialising in disordered eating and overweight issues. The structure of each workshop will be similar and will contain a mix of group activities, knowledge sharing and strategy planning.

    There are many contributing factors to why people are overweight and the reasons they eat which often has very little to do with hunger. We are creatures of habit and our workshops look at targeting and changing the attitudes, behaviours and thought patterns which lead to being overweight. Over the course of 12 weeks (6 workshops) we will provide you with knowledge about food and the body, emotional support and strategies for losing and managing your weight. Each of us is unique - you will be in control of creating a habit plan that works for you. The main areas that will be looked at as part of the workshops are: Emotional Eating, Nutritional Info, Lifestyle and Activity, Relationships, Family History and Food Meanings.

    If you are interested in making sustainable changes to your weight and are looking for an alternative to a restrictive diet regime a Weight Sense Therapy and Support workshop may be just the thing for you.

    Does it work?

    The methods that will be outlined to you as part of the workshop are tried and tested, based on scientific evidence about what works in terms of weight loss, maintenance and the training we have done with the National Centre for Eating Disorders is approved by the British Psychological Society. This method is about making sustainable changes to your weight which can be maintained rather than a yo-yo dieting where the weight drops off and then comes back. I know first-hand how hard losing weight can be and can attest to this method working, as well as its application on a practical and emotional level.

    I'm interested how much does it cost?

    For a 6 session workshop which will take place over 12 weeks the cost is £150. Early bird booking applies if you book and pay before the 30th November 2017 the price is £100.

    How long are the Workshops

    The first workshop will be 2 hours long. Each session after that is 1 hour 15 minutes.

    How many people in a Workshop group?

    We limit the workshops to a maximum of 15 people the structure of each workshop will be similar and will contain a mix of group activities, knowledge sharing and strategy planning.

    Where are the Workshops?

    The workshops will take place on a Thursday evening and will be run at a location close to Market Harborough. Details will be emailed once booking and payment is confirmed.

    If you are interested in attending a workshop in Stamford please visit Edwina's website

    Happy with your weight but struggling with food?

    It may be that you are looking for weight management only as you are happy with your body weight and want to work through some of the difficult emotions that arise for you around food. These workshops can help you to look at your relationship with food to implement changes to remove the conflict. Feel free to Email me or call me on 07976 419793 to discuss further.


    Meanwhile ....

    Be kind to yourself.
    If you struggle with these issues, you are not weak willed or a failure.
    There is a way forward.

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