Eating Disorders Counselling in Bournemouth

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Camilla Poncia
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH9
I have a wealth of experience in working with anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders to name but a few.
I enjoy working with young people and adults alike. I have been told by past clients that I am open, honest and friendly, which are qualities that all clients have valued. I like to problem solve and am a very logical and practical person. Having lived in several different countries, I have developed a good understanding of a range of issues for people from different cultures and backgrounds. I like to ask questions and truly get to know someone and never assume to know better. My clients are always the experts in their lives and I see myself as a guide to help them navigate to a calmer place.
I have a wealth of experience in working with anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders to name but a few.
I enjoy working with young people and adults alike. I have been told by past clients that I am open, honest and friendly, which are qualities that all clients have valued. I like to problem solve and am a very logical and practical person. Having lived in several different countries, I have developed a good understanding of a range of issues for people from different cultures and backgrounds. I like to ask questions and truly get to know someone and never assume to know better. My clients are always the experts in their lives and I see myself as a guide to help them navigate to a calmer place.
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Simon Penny Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH8
My specialist areas are drug or alcohol dependency, eating disorders and anxiety.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you suffering from alcohol or substance misuse issues? Whatever you are struggling with, I would love to help. I have an open, honest and non judgemental approach to my practise and provide a safe environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings by focusing on the 'here and now.' I offer a free consultation where we discuss your needs and the best approach to help you lead a happier life. This is a key part of the process. I believe that with the right support, everyone can make a positive change to their lives.
My specialist areas are drug or alcohol dependency, eating disorders and anxiety.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you suffering from alcohol or substance misuse issues? Whatever you are struggling with, I would love to help. I have an open, honest and non judgemental approach to my practise and provide a safe environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings by focusing on the 'here and now.' I offer a free consultation where we discuss your needs and the best approach to help you lead a happier life. This is a key part of the process. I believe that with the right support, everyone can make a positive change to their lives.
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Carla Harley - Clear Waters Therapy
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH1
Not accepting new clients
I am trained and qualified as a Humanistic Integrative counsellor. I have a person-centred approach and engage from a place of unconditional positive regard. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and am fully licensed and insured in my private practice. I also have training in and experience with sex & relationships, domestic violence, eating disorders, addiction, childhood abuse, family systems.
I am trained and qualified as a Humanistic Integrative counsellor. I have a person-centred approach and engage from a place of unconditional positive regard. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and am fully licensed and insured in my private practice. I also have training in and experience with sex & relationships, domestic violence, eating disorders, addiction, childhood abuse, family systems.
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Dr Kieren Eyles
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH2
Let me start by saying I’ve been to see a psychologist; why mention this? Two reasons: firstly, people often ask me this, so I’ll be up front about it. Secondly – maybe why people ask – having been “on the other side of the room”, I have the experience of how hard opening up can be, and how difficult it is to think about “life”. This experience has meant that back on the psych side of the room, I take a genuinely careful and non-judgmental approach to sessions. I begin by focusing on helping people feel comfortable; paradoxically perhaps, this means we are able to get to work on things quite quickly, but importantly, never rushing.
Let me start by saying I’ve been to see a psychologist; why mention this? Two reasons: firstly, people often ask me this, so I’ll be up front about it. Secondly – maybe why people ask – having been “on the other side of the room”, I have the experience of how hard opening up can be, and how difficult it is to think about “life”. This experience has meant that back on the psych side of the room, I take a genuinely careful and non-judgmental approach to sessions. I begin by focusing on helping people feel comfortable; paradoxically perhaps, this means we are able to get to work on things quite quickly, but importantly, never rushing.
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Lisa Crafter Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH4
I have a special interest of helping adults who have unhelpful coping strategies that keep them stuck, such as eating too much or too little; drinking too much; withdrawing into themselves; &/or working harder to activate perfectionist & self-destructive behaviours. Perhaps you're questioning who you are as you struggle with such feelings & question if you'll ever feel better? Perhaps you struggle to find the right words to talk about how you're feeling & shut down if others ask how you are? You don't know where else to turn, struggle on & feel afraid of what may happen if you're not okay. You are exhausted & want things to change.
I have a special interest of helping adults who have unhelpful coping strategies that keep them stuck, such as eating too much or too little; drinking too much; withdrawing into themselves; &/or working harder to activate perfectionist & self-destructive behaviours. Perhaps you're questioning who you are as you struggle with such feelings & question if you'll ever feel better? Perhaps you struggle to find the right words to talk about how you're feeling & shut down if others ask how you are? You don't know where else to turn, struggle on & feel afraid of what may happen if you're not okay. You are exhausted & want things to change.
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Megan Baker-Stevens
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH1
Do you feel stuck, sad, or anxious? Are you an adult struggling with life right now? Or a parent concerned for your child or teen? Life can throw up difficulties at any time, a difficult childhood, trauma, or a relationship breakdown. You or your child may have experienced bullying, difficulties fitting in or managing social and cultural expectations. These experiences can lead to the development of anxiety and low mood, self esteem issues, and other mental health difficulties. Therapy can help you to understand yourself, and the impact of your thoughts and behaviours more deeply.
Do you feel stuck, sad, or anxious? Are you an adult struggling with life right now? Or a parent concerned for your child or teen? Life can throw up difficulties at any time, a difficult childhood, trauma, or a relationship breakdown. You or your child may have experienced bullying, difficulties fitting in or managing social and cultural expectations. These experiences can lead to the development of anxiety and low mood, self esteem issues, and other mental health difficulties. Therapy can help you to understand yourself, and the impact of your thoughts and behaviours more deeply.
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Claire Snell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH4
I am Claire, I’m here to offer a safe, confidential and supportive space, for you to explore your thoughts feelings and experiences.  As a Humanistic Integretive counsellor I will tailor my approach to your individual needs and preferences. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating or sleeping problems or relationship issues. If you are feeling lost and uncertain about the future, or just struggling to navigate life’s challenges, we will work together to help you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, build resilience, and cultivate a sense of empowerment.  “You know what is best for you”
I am Claire, I’m here to offer a safe, confidential and supportive space, for you to explore your thoughts feelings and experiences.  As a Humanistic Integretive counsellor I will tailor my approach to your individual needs and preferences. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating or sleeping problems or relationship issues. If you are feeling lost and uncertain about the future, or just struggling to navigate life’s challenges, we will work together to help you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, build resilience, and cultivate a sense of empowerment.  “You know what is best for you”
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Abby Orchard
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH7
Do you feel you could develop your potential further? Do you feel anxious or depressed or suffer from PTSD? Is your relationship suffering? Are you finding difficult to manage stressors? Is this getting in the way of you achieving your goals and the quality of life and relationship you desire? I can help!
Do you feel you could develop your potential further? Do you feel anxious or depressed or suffer from PTSD? Is your relationship suffering? Are you finding difficult to manage stressors? Is this getting in the way of you achieving your goals and the quality of life and relationship you desire? I can help!
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Claire Alexandra Ingram
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH7
Hello, I'm Claire. I am an experienced counsellor, working on-line and face to face from my therapy rooms in Southbourne. There are many different reasons why you may be looking for change in your life. For example, you may be suffering from day-to-day anxiety, or perhaps you have experienced traumatic life events leading to depression, addictive behaviours or problems in your relationships. You may not even be sure why you feel this way. At times like these it can help to talk to a professional who can work alongside you to help you achieve understanding and clarity, enabling you to make the changes you want in your life.
Hello, I'm Claire. I am an experienced counsellor, working on-line and face to face from my therapy rooms in Southbourne. There are many different reasons why you may be looking for change in your life. For example, you may be suffering from day-to-day anxiety, or perhaps you have experienced traumatic life events leading to depression, addictive behaviours or problems in your relationships. You may not even be sure why you feel this way. At times like these it can help to talk to a professional who can work alongside you to help you achieve understanding and clarity, enabling you to make the changes you want in your life.
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Kate Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH7
my work is guided by the belief that psychotherapy should be a safe, confidential and regular space in which to talk about feelings, experiences and difficulties, with a therapist you have developed a trusting therapeutic relationship with over time. Understanding how past experiences and relationships can impact on current difficulties can help a person better cope in the future. I provide a warm, empathic and safe proffessional service.
my work is guided by the belief that psychotherapy should be a safe, confidential and regular space in which to talk about feelings, experiences and difficulties, with a therapist you have developed a trusting therapeutic relationship with over time. Understanding how past experiences and relationships can impact on current difficulties can help a person better cope in the future. I provide a warm, empathic and safe proffessional service.
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Julie Checklin
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH9
I am a Person Centred and Humanistic Counsellor. This means I work from the belief that each client is an expert on themselves, knowing more about themselves than anyone else. I provide emotional safety and psychological support, in a calm environment where you will be valued and respected. By gaining clarity and perspective on what is troubling you right now, and with increased insight into your own internal world and how you interact with the world around you, your confidence in your ability to move forward in the right way for you will grow.
I am a Person Centred and Humanistic Counsellor. This means I work from the belief that each client is an expert on themselves, knowing more about themselves than anyone else. I provide emotional safety and psychological support, in a calm environment where you will be valued and respected. By gaining clarity and perspective on what is troubling you right now, and with increased insight into your own internal world and how you interact with the world around you, your confidence in your ability to move forward in the right way for you will grow.
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Carmel Davis-McCluskie
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH8
I've been a practicing as a Counsellor & Psychotherapist for over 20 yrs now. Over the years I've worked with a diverse range of clients, coming with a multitude of different reasons. I offer a safe, confidential space, acknowledging the importance of building a good rapport in order for therapy to work.
I've been a practicing as a Counsellor & Psychotherapist for over 20 yrs now. Over the years I've worked with a diverse range of clients, coming with a multitude of different reasons. I offer a safe, confidential space, acknowledging the importance of building a good rapport in order for therapy to work.
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Vicki Pearson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH8
Hello, thank you for viewing my profile. I am a qualified and experienced adult and young person’s counsellor. I offer a warm, safe, and confidential space where I aim to raise your self-awareness and facilitate change and improvements in your life. During your therapy, I may incorporate techniques from different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and Neuroscience models. The therapy is always tailored and centred around you, and we work at your pace.
Hello, thank you for viewing my profile. I am a qualified and experienced adult and young person’s counsellor. I offer a warm, safe, and confidential space where I aim to raise your self-awareness and facilitate change and improvements in your life. During your therapy, I may incorporate techniques from different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and Neuroscience models. The therapy is always tailored and centred around you, and we work at your pace.
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Stephanie Jeans
Psychotherapist, MA, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH8  (Online Only)
I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice and work with non-judgment and compassion. You may be feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, and generally noticing yourself lacking motivation and not enjoying activities that used to bring you pleasure. You may be struggling in your relationships or overwhelmed at work, feeling angry a lot of the time. Your coping strategies may be increasingly unhelpful, and manifesting in unhealthy behaviours. I support my clients to facilitate change & growth to move forward to a place of recovery and hope.
I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice and work with non-judgment and compassion. You may be feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, and generally noticing yourself lacking motivation and not enjoying activities that used to bring you pleasure. You may be struggling in your relationships or overwhelmed at work, feeling angry a lot of the time. Your coping strategies may be increasingly unhelpful, and manifesting in unhealthy behaviours. I support my clients to facilitate change & growth to move forward to a place of recovery and hope.
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Andrea Karina Johnstone
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH8
Is your life very overwhelming and challenging at times? Do you feel sometimes out of control and lost? Do you suffer from trauma? I help you find place within yourself which is untouched by the chaos. Within our therapeutic relationship, we explore together how life is for you. I provide a confidential,non-judgemental safe space. I will help you develop your relationship with yourself, to raise your self-esteem and well being. You are the master of your own ship, I will work with you to find your way. I am a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, and qualified life coach which can help you in your healing process.
Is your life very overwhelming and challenging at times? Do you feel sometimes out of control and lost? Do you suffer from trauma? I help you find place within yourself which is untouched by the chaos. Within our therapeutic relationship, we explore together how life is for you. I provide a confidential,non-judgemental safe space. I will help you develop your relationship with yourself, to raise your self-esteem and well being. You are the master of your own ship, I will work with you to find your way. I am a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, and qualified life coach which can help you in your healing process.
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Sue Cassidy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH4  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Humanistic counsellor and am passionate about the positive changes therapy can bring. Sometimes our lives become overwhelming, complicated and confusing and problems get bottled up. A skilled listener can help you explore your thoughts, behaviours and emotions to help gain understanding, insight and clarity. This can lead to more positive choices, renewed resilience and feeling more in control again. I believe that the counsellor/client relationship is at the heart of successful therapy, so I aim to establish a warm, trusting, safe and non-judgemental space where you feel confident to express your concerns.
I am an experienced Humanistic counsellor and am passionate about the positive changes therapy can bring. Sometimes our lives become overwhelming, complicated and confusing and problems get bottled up. A skilled listener can help you explore your thoughts, behaviours and emotions to help gain understanding, insight and clarity. This can lead to more positive choices, renewed resilience and feeling more in control again. I believe that the counsellor/client relationship is at the heart of successful therapy, so I aim to establish a warm, trusting, safe and non-judgemental space where you feel confident to express your concerns.
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Aneta Bugajna
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH1
Do you feel like you are stuck? Feel numb or like all your emotions are too much? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next? It may be something that’s been bothering you for a while or may be that you feel you have been struggling recently? It might be that you know the reasons or it might be that you don’t know why you feel the way you feel or why ‘this’ is happening for you. Whatever your reason, counselling can help. Some people think you have to be in a crisis or something really ‘bad’ has had to happen. The reality is, that we all need a safe space, where we are listened to and heard, accepted and validated.
Do you feel like you are stuck? Feel numb or like all your emotions are too much? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next? It may be something that’s been bothering you for a while or may be that you feel you have been struggling recently? It might be that you know the reasons or it might be that you don’t know why you feel the way you feel or why ‘this’ is happening for you. Whatever your reason, counselling can help. Some people think you have to be in a crisis or something really ‘bad’ has had to happen. The reality is, that we all need a safe space, where we are listened to and heard, accepted and validated.
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Libra Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH10
I specialise in supporting adults, young people, and children aged 6 and up. My clients seek to explore and understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours stemming from life events. They face challenges that have been caused by past difficulties and suffering, and they aim to achieve a harmonious and balanced life. My clients need a safe, confidential environment to unravel and process their experiences. They seek insightful and empowering counselling and coaching tailored to their unique situations.
I specialise in supporting adults, young people, and children aged 6 and up. My clients seek to explore and understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours stemming from life events. They face challenges that have been caused by past difficulties and suffering, and they aim to achieve a harmonious and balanced life. My clients need a safe, confidential environment to unravel and process their experiences. They seek insightful and empowering counselling and coaching tailored to their unique situations.
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Ozde Gul Demir
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH1  (Online Only)
Hello. I am Özde. I have been working for six years as a psychologist. My area of expertise is individual teeneager and adult personality disorders, especially Borderline, Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar..I also take a session a client who has struggle Anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and panic attack. I always try to help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses, and tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
Hello. I am Özde. I have been working for six years as a psychologist. My area of expertise is individual teeneager and adult personality disorders, especially Borderline, Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar..I also take a session a client who has struggle Anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and panic attack. I always try to help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses, and tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
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Zoë Pool
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bournemouth BH6  (Online Only)
Finding the therapist that is right for you may feel a challenge, especially at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable or uncertain, perhaps facing a crisis point. This is not unusual, whether you have undertaken therapy in the past or whether this is the first time you have sought therapy. Sometimes we need help to overcome conflicts and blocks in ourselves and in our relationships that are confusing and difficult to face. I understand that you are a unique and complex individual, with many facets and aspects of who you are, how you experience yourself, and how you have had to adapt as you confront life's struggles.
Finding the therapist that is right for you may feel a challenge, especially at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable or uncertain, perhaps facing a crisis point. This is not unusual, whether you have undertaken therapy in the past or whether this is the first time you have sought therapy. Sometimes we need help to overcome conflicts and blocks in ourselves and in our relationships that are confusing and difficult to face. I understand that you are a unique and complex individual, with many facets and aspects of who you are, how you experience yourself, and how you have had to adapt as you confront life's struggles.
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Eating Disorders Counsellors

What happens in therapy for eating disorders?

In therapy for eating disorders, patients typically describe their eating and exercise behaviours, their patterns of eating in relation to stress, their beliefs about their body, the ways their eating behaviour affects their relationships, and their desire (or lack of it) to change. Such information helps the therapist understand the origins of the disorder and the role it plays in the patient’s life, important for guiding treatment. Attitudes and feelings about food and eating, body weight, and physical appearance are common topics of discussion throughout treatment.

What therapy types help with eating disorders?

Once any acute medical or psychiatric emergency is resolved, psychoactive medication is often prescribed, requiring the supervision of a psychiatrist. In addition, patients receive some form of nutritional counselling along with one or more forms of psychotherapy. For adolescents, family-based treatment is empirically validated and considered the first line of treatment; parents and their children meet weekly with a clinician as the adults are coached on how to nourish and psychologically support the young patient. Adults typically receive some form of individual psychotherapy, intended to resolve the cognitive and behavioural disturbances that underlie the disorder and to relieve the mood disturbances that accompany it. In addition, patients may also be helped by group therapy.

What is the goal of therapy for eating disorders?

The most immediate goal of treatment for eating disorders is to save the life of people who are on a path of starving themselves to death or engaging in eating patterns that are doing irreparable physical harm to their body. Once the acute medical danger is past, therapy is required to understand the nature of the disordered eating and/or exercise patterns, establish healthy eating behaviour, and to tackle the many erroneous beliefs and distorted self-perceptions that underlie eating disorders and continue to pose a threat to health and life. Therapy also addresses the impaired mood that not only accompanies eating disorders but intensifies the danger to health and life.

What are the limitations of therapy for eating disorders?

Therapy can be very helpful for eating disorders—but that can happen only after people recognise they have a condition that must be treated. Especially with anorexia, the distortions in self-image that accompany the disorder can keep people from acknowledging they have a problem. Individuals may in fact see their eating disorder as a badge of self-control. Those with binge-eating disorder may feel too ashamed to seek help. Therapy cannot help those who do not avail themselves of it.

How long does therapy last for eating disorders?

Because of their complexity, recovery from eating disorders is usually a long-term process—measured in months and years— often marked by setbacks and relapse. Some form of help, such as individual or group therapy, may be advisable for much of that time. It is a general rule of thumb that the longer the illness has endured and the dysregulated eating behaviour has taken root, the longer treatment is likely to be needed.