Eating, Food and Weight
Food is one of life's pleasures, and is essential for life. Unfortunately, it can also become entangled in a complex set of habits and emotional responses that cause huge distress and ill health. My own experiences of struggling with these issues have led me to specialise in this area. I work with people who have eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa and others), disordered eating (behaviours around eating, food and weight that don't feel 'right' and are not serving you), or are struggling with being obese or overweight.
Do you feel you have an unhealthy relationship with food?
Do concerns about food and eating dominate your life?
Is your quality of life impacted by worries about the shape or weight of your body?
Perhaps you, or friends and family, are worried about your health in relation to food? Under eating, over eating, purging?
Have you been on numerous diets, only to find you cannot maintain the loss, and feel worse afterwards?
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. I hold a Master Practitioner Diploma in Eating Disorders and Obesity as well as Certificates in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders, Psychological Skills for Obesity and Overweight, and Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders.
I can help you to move to a happier relationship with food, eating and weight, using an evidence based approach that considers all aspects of the problem: mindset, habits, lifestyle, emotional factors, relationships and physiological processes.
Call me for a free, no-obligation chat about how I can help you with one to one support.
Appointments and Fees
I have a comfortable consulting room near Market Harborough, as well as one in the City of London (on Wednesdays). Whilst I try to accommodate busy work schedules and life commitments, it is usually beneficial for clients to commit to a weekly appointment. This creates a structure for the work, and is symbolic of your commitment to self care and self development.
The number of sessions required is very variable, depending on the client and the severity and nature of the eating issue. It is usually possible to see real improvement and recovery in 10-20 sessions, sometimes less. I would not recommend fewer than six sessions. It is important to integrate awareness and change, and to be able to manage any life stresses that may derail progress.
Most clients attend for one 55-60 minute session per week. Fees are £65 per session in Leicestershire, and £85 per session in London City. The first session is ideally 90 or 120 minutes at a fee of £97.50/£130 (Leicestershire), £127.50/£170 (London).
Be kind to yourself.
If you struggle with these issues, you are not weak willed, a bad person or a failure.
There is a way forward.
Weight Loss Masterclasses
From time to time Weight Sense Therapy and Support will be bringing group masterclasses to Leicester and Peterborough to help people with concerns about being overweight or obese.
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. Each masterclass will comprise 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 masterclass looks at targeting and changing the attitudes, behaviours and thought patterns which lead to being overweight. 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 Information, 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 group masterclass may be just the thing for you. Call for a no obligation chat about how we can help you.
Kay Hoggett BSc, PGDip, Dip Couns, MBACP, MAC
Eating Disorders and Weight ManagementTherapist