Eating Disorders Counselling in Hereford

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Sheila Ridgley
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Hereford HR4
I specialise in couple counselling, relationship issues (including family counselling to adult members) and eating disorders.
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner, manage arguments, get over a break up or recently discovered an affair? I am experienced in working with couples or individual to help overcome these issues. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, work related stress, bereavement, or lack of self esteem. I work integratively, which means I use different theoretical models to support my clients.
I specialise in couple counselling, relationship issues (including family counselling to adult members) and eating disorders.
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner, manage arguments, get over a break up or recently discovered an affair? I am experienced in working with couples or individual to help overcome these issues. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, work related stress, bereavement, or lack of self esteem. I work integratively, which means I use different theoretical models to support my clients.
0121 809 9987 View 0121 809 9987
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Dr Keren Smith
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1  (Online Only)
She also has significant experience in working with eating disorders.
Dr Keren Smith worked for the NHS at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust from 2009 until 2022 where she and her colleagues set up the pioneering National and Specialist Dialectical Behaviour Therapy service for adolescents. Keren has seen clients independently since 2012, working with both adults and adolescents with a range of difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with people with a history of trauma and symptoms associated with PTSD and CPTSD; she has completed further training in specialist trauma focused models including EMDR and DBT-PE.
She also has significant experience in working with eating disorders.
Dr Keren Smith worked for the NHS at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust from 2009 until 2022 where she and her colleagues set up the pioneering National and Specialist Dialectical Behaviour Therapy service for adolescents. Keren has seen clients independently since 2012, working with both adults and adolescents with a range of difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with people with a history of trauma and symptoms associated with PTSD and CPTSD; she has completed further training in specialist trauma focused models including EMDR and DBT-PE.
020 8106 4754 View 020 8106 4754
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Helen Susan Edwards
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hereford HR4
Is life not quite what you expected? Are you having difficulty with relationships, work or family troubles? From time to time we all run into obstacles or feel dissatisfied with life.
Is life not quite what you expected? Are you having difficulty with relationships, work or family troubles? From time to time we all run into obstacles or feel dissatisfied with life.
01895 590107 View 01895 590107
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Elliot Downs
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hereford HR4
I am a person centred counsellor, offering counselling in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully abide by their Ethical Framework. I work with my clients in a safe, confidential and empathic environment, free from judgement. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. My priority has always been to ensure that you feel safe to explore whatever you are feel you need to explore. I have a calm, empathic and engaging presence, which I hope will enable you to discover new avenues of thinking.
I am a person centred counsellor, offering counselling in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully abide by their Ethical Framework. I work with my clients in a safe, confidential and empathic environment, free from judgement. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. My priority has always been to ensure that you feel safe to explore whatever you are feel you need to explore. I have a calm, empathic and engaging presence, which I hope will enable you to discover new avenues of thinking.
01432 803476 View 01432 803476
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Pippa Haverly
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1
Life can be really complex and often overwhelming, leaving us at times feeling isolated and alone, even when we are surrounded by people. As such there might be many different reasons why people come into counselling. Sometimes the issues we experience have clear causes and explanations and at other times it might feel less obvious and harder therefore to identify. What I would hope to offer you is a place that feels safe, supportive and confidential where you are able to explore whatever it is for you personally that you want to address without fear of judgement and criticism.
Life can be really complex and often overwhelming, leaving us at times feeling isolated and alone, even when we are surrounded by people. As such there might be many different reasons why people come into counselling. Sometimes the issues we experience have clear causes and explanations and at other times it might feel less obvious and harder therefore to identify. What I would hope to offer you is a place that feels safe, supportive and confidential where you are able to explore whatever it is for you personally that you want to address without fear of judgement and criticism.
01432 808278 x078274 View 01432 808278 x078274
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Colin Winston-Fletcher
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1
I am a fully accredited, experienced psychotherapist and counsellor working in Central London and Hereford. I provide a confidential, non-judgemental and accepting space for you to explore your emotional issues and difficulties. The therapy I offer is for You. It is your time to explore within a safe therapeutic relationship the aspects of your life that are leaving you feeling lost, sad, lonely, confused, angry, anxious, depressed or desperate, Together we can find the lightness in the dark.
I am a fully accredited, experienced psychotherapist and counsellor working in Central London and Hereford. I provide a confidential, non-judgemental and accepting space for you to explore your emotional issues and difficulties. The therapy I offer is for You. It is your time to explore within a safe therapeutic relationship the aspects of your life that are leaving you feeling lost, sad, lonely, confused, angry, anxious, depressed or desperate, Together we can find the lightness in the dark.
01432 806094 View 01432 806094
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Gayle Murphy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Hereford HR2
I have been working in the NHS for nearly 15 years. I am a CBT/EMDR psychotherapist and I specialise in common mental health problems and trauma, including Complex trauma, military trauma and emergency services trauma. I see patients from adolescence to adult.
I have been working in the NHS for nearly 15 years. I am a CBT/EMDR psychotherapist and I specialise in common mental health problems and trauma, including Complex trauma, military trauma and emergency services trauma. I see patients from adolescence to adult.
01432 233055 View 01432 233055
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Ashlyn Firkins
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1  (Online Only)
I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with almost a decade of experience as an NHS Psychologist. I have a strong belief that people are intrinsically resilient, resourceful & that under the right therapeutic conditions, emotional suffering can be reduced & fulfilling lives, lived out. My intention is to provide a safe, hopeful space for people to explore how they would like to be in the wider world & practical ways to achieve this. I work with a broad range of difficulties, which include anxiety, low mood, trauma, chronic-illnesses, relationship and employment issues.
I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with almost a decade of experience as an NHS Psychologist. I have a strong belief that people are intrinsically resilient, resourceful & that under the right therapeutic conditions, emotional suffering can be reduced & fulfilling lives, lived out. My intention is to provide a safe, hopeful space for people to explore how they would like to be in the wider world & practical ways to achieve this. I work with a broad range of difficulties, which include anxiety, low mood, trauma, chronic-illnesses, relationship and employment issues.
0117 463 7124 View 0117 463 7124
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Helen Breakwell
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1
I will give you the space to talk and explore what you're experiencing in a confidential setting. And help you find healthy coping strategies to develop long term ways of looking after your mental health. Sessions are online (anywhere in UK) or outdoors in the Malvern Hills. Client's feedback - 'Helen made me feel comfortable and listened to.' 'Helen gave me the strategies and tools to help myself in between our sessions, whilst being an invaluable source of comfort and strength.' 'Helen is an incredibly warm and comforting therapist who knew how to hold space for my plethora of emotions.' 'She was lovely and a great counsellor.'
I will give you the space to talk and explore what you're experiencing in a confidential setting. And help you find healthy coping strategies to develop long term ways of looking after your mental health. Sessions are online (anywhere in UK) or outdoors in the Malvern Hills. Client's feedback - 'Helen made me feel comfortable and listened to.' 'Helen gave me the strategies and tools to help myself in between our sessions, whilst being an invaluable source of comfort and strength.' 'Helen is an incredibly warm and comforting therapist who knew how to hold space for my plethora of emotions.' 'She was lovely and a great counsellor.'
01684 211458 View 01684 211458
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Dr Tanya Carpenter
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1
My approach is focused on wellbeing rather than illness and I feel really passionate about helping people to gain insight into themselves and their lives. This can be useful for enhancing wellbeing and realising potential. As a psychologist I am trained to be able to help with a wide variety of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, OCD, issues related to neurodiversity, interpersonal, relationship, attachment and family issues, self esteem and confidence.
My approach is focused on wellbeing rather than illness and I feel really passionate about helping people to gain insight into themselves and their lives. This can be useful for enhancing wellbeing and realising potential. As a psychologist I am trained to be able to help with a wide variety of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, OCD, issues related to neurodiversity, interpersonal, relationship, attachment and family issues, self esteem and confidence.
01905 675625 View 01905 675625
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Helen Bryden
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hereford HR1
I'm a BACP registered counsellor and integrative psychotherapist based in Monmouth, South Wales. I provide a safe and relaxed atmosphere where whatever worries or problems you may have can be explored. As well as addressing specific issues that are concerning you, regular sessions with me can help you gain clarity around confusing patterns in your life, a greater understanding of what triggers strong emotion in you and a new-found sense of freedom and choice around how you would like your life to be.
I'm a BACP registered counsellor and integrative psychotherapist based in Monmouth, South Wales. I provide a safe and relaxed atmosphere where whatever worries or problems you may have can be explored. As well as addressing specific issues that are concerning you, regular sessions with me can help you gain clarity around confusing patterns in your life, a greater understanding of what triggers strong emotion in you and a new-found sense of freedom and choice around how you would like your life to be.
01322 936848 View 01322 936848
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Dr Kirsten Kitson
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hereford HR1
I have worked with many different presentations throughout my career in the NHS, Charity sector and HM Prison service. My experience and training can give you the confidence in my practice as I provide you with an individual approach; tailored to your specific needs and goals. Together we can explore how to improve your situation by equipping you with the necessary skills and techniques to move forward and maintain change.
I have worked with many different presentations throughout my career in the NHS, Charity sector and HM Prison service. My experience and training can give you the confidence in my practice as I provide you with an individual approach; tailored to your specific needs and goals. Together we can explore how to improve your situation by equipping you with the necessary skills and techniques to move forward and maintain change.
01242 474668 View 01242 474668

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Ringaile Turonyte
MSc
Verified Verified
Huntington HR4
Are you feeling anxious, worried, and not too sure where to start? Drop me an email and we will talk. I am MBACP registered Counsellor and Psychologist and I have experience providing short term and long term counselling.
Are you feeling anxious, worried, and not too sure where to start? Drop me an email and we will talk. I am MBACP registered Counsellor and Psychologist and I have experience providing short term and long term counselling.
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Apple Tree Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Liverpool L32
Are you struggling with something difficult in your life and feel you would benefit from some support? Sometimes, childhood/adulthood life experiences can impact the way we live our lives, and affect our thoughts/feelings and behaviour. I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be when looking for a therapist. I am a qualified integrative therapist who also has advanced qualifications in helping and supporting individuals with Eating Disorders/Obesity issues, which I am very passionate about. I also help and support clients with anxiety/depression, confidence issues/self-esteem issues, stress, relationships and trauma-related issues
Are you struggling with something difficult in your life and feel you would benefit from some support? Sometimes, childhood/adulthood life experiences can impact the way we live our lives, and affect our thoughts/feelings and behaviour. I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be when looking for a therapist. I am a qualified integrative therapist who also has advanced qualifications in helping and supporting individuals with Eating Disorders/Obesity issues, which I am very passionate about. I also help and support clients with anxiety/depression, confidence issues/self-esteem issues, stress, relationships and trauma-related issues
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The Counsellor Midwife
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cheadle SK8
I am a BACP registered Counsellor and a NMC registered Midwife. I use my unique set of skills to support individuals & couples through birth trauma, baby & pregnancy loss including compassionate termination, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and relationship therapy. I am passionate about ensuring people are aware of choices available to them during the pregnancy journey and offer support via either a therapeutic route or individualised, trauma informed, antenatal education. As an experienced midwife & counsellor I have a unique insight into the maternity system and will use that insight to support & nurture clients.
I am a BACP registered Counsellor and a NMC registered Midwife. I use my unique set of skills to support individuals & couples through birth trauma, baby & pregnancy loss including compassionate termination, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and relationship therapy. I am passionate about ensuring people are aware of choices available to them during the pregnancy journey and offer support via either a therapeutic route or individualised, trauma informed, antenatal education. As an experienced midwife & counsellor I have a unique insight into the maternity system and will use that insight to support & nurture clients.
0161 524 7663 View 0161 524 7663
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Emmanuel Ampofo
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandbach CW11
I offer specialist Cognitive Behavioural therapy that is suited to your individual needs to deal with different types of Anxiety and Depressive disorders including PTSD, OCD, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Low self-esteem, eating disorders, and internet porn addiction.
I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the BABCP with 10 years experience of using CBT to treat various psychological disorders. Do you struggle with intrusive thoughts of horrific nature that makes you feel like a bad person? Or do you engage in excessive checks or intense fear of contamination hence the need to engage in certain rituals to feel safe and to keep others safe? If you struggle with any of the above as well as constantly re-living past trauma events and struggle with depression leading to isolation, then get in touch!
I offer specialist Cognitive Behavioural therapy that is suited to your individual needs to deal with different types of Anxiety and Depressive disorders including PTSD, OCD, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Low self-esteem, eating disorders, and internet porn addiction.
I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the BABCP with 10 years experience of using CBT to treat various psychological disorders. Do you struggle with intrusive thoughts of horrific nature that makes you feel like a bad person? Or do you engage in excessive checks or intense fear of contamination hence the need to engage in certain rituals to feel safe and to keep others safe? If you struggle with any of the above as well as constantly re-living past trauma events and struggle with depression leading to isolation, then get in touch!
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Sarah Bennett
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Nantwich CW5  (Online Only)
My name is Sarah , I hold Accredited Registrant membership of The National Counselling Society . I work online to support clients using Teams, or Facetime to connect via either phone or video call. I am able to support adults and teenage/adolescent clients from the age of 11 . I am qualified and experienced to support clients in a range of issues such as: Depression Bereavement Relationships Counselling Loss Divorce Anger Negative Thinking Intrusive Thoughts Loneliness Eating Disorders Issues with Food, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Anxiety Management, Alcohol, Smoking and more
My name is Sarah , I hold Accredited Registrant membership of The National Counselling Society . I work online to support clients using Teams, or Facetime to connect via either phone or video call. I am able to support adults and teenage/adolescent clients from the age of 11 . I am qualified and experienced to support clients in a range of issues such as: Depression Bereavement Relationships Counselling Loss Divorce Anger Negative Thinking Intrusive Thoughts Loneliness Eating Disorders Issues with Food, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Anxiety Management, Alcohol, Smoking and more
01270 444996 View 01270 444996
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Libbet Paravicini
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Tetbury GL8
I have experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, low self esteem, relationship issues and bereavement.
Life can be overwhelming sometimes. Most people have experienced anxiety, stress or low moods at some point and often try to struggle through alone. Seeking professional help can feel daunting and takes courage to make that first call. I work with genuine care and empathy and offer a warm, safe, non-judgemental environment for you to explore what's troubling you with complete confidentiality.
I have experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, low self esteem, relationship issues and bereavement.
Life can be overwhelming sometimes. Most people have experienced anxiety, stress or low moods at some point and often try to struggle through alone. Seeking professional help can feel daunting and takes courage to make that first call. I work with genuine care and empathy and offer a warm, safe, non-judgemental environment for you to explore what's troubling you with complete confidentiality.
01666 331453 View 01666 331453
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Emma McLees Taylor
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Corby NN18  (Online Only)
I am a qualified and registered therapeutic counsellor with experience working with; relationship break-ups, trauma, sexual and domestic abuse, gender identity, eating disorders, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, work related issues, suicide, self-harm and grief.
Deciding to look for counselling can feel like a huge step and be overwhelming in itself. The idea of talking to a complete stranger about your innermost thoughts and emotions is quite daunting and if this is the first time you have experienced counselling you maybe worrying about what to expect. I offer affordable sessions for individuals, where I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for anyone wanting to explore the things that matter to them. The relationship we build together will enable you to work through at your own pace whatever you wish. Your safety and well being are my primary focus.
I am a qualified and registered therapeutic counsellor with experience working with; relationship break-ups, trauma, sexual and domestic abuse, gender identity, eating disorders, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, work related issues, suicide, self-harm and grief.
Deciding to look for counselling can feel like a huge step and be overwhelming in itself. The idea of talking to a complete stranger about your innermost thoughts and emotions is quite daunting and if this is the first time you have experienced counselling you maybe worrying about what to expect. I offer affordable sessions for individuals, where I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for anyone wanting to explore the things that matter to them. The relationship we build together will enable you to work through at your own pace whatever you wish. Your safety and well being are my primary focus.
01536 907180 View 01536 907180
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Dew Therapy - Rasa Motiejune
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bicester OX26
Additionally, I offer evidence based treatment for people struggling with eating disorders.
I am a UKCP registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, offering: Individual, Family and Couples therapy for people of all ages and psychological difficulties. I have been continuously working in NHS since 2007. I use ideas from the Systemic and Family Therapy schools, CBT, DBT and mindfulness. I am particularly interested in Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) approaches which both concentrate on creating strong attachment and connected relationships. I believe that each day we "dance", sometimes we "dance" alone, other times we "dance" together with our partners or family members.
Additionally, I offer evidence based treatment for people struggling with eating disorders.
I am a UKCP registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, offering: Individual, Family and Couples therapy for people of all ages and psychological difficulties. I have been continuously working in NHS since 2007. I use ideas from the Systemic and Family Therapy schools, CBT, DBT and mindfulness. I am particularly interested in Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) approaches which both concentrate on creating strong attachment and connected relationships. I believe that each day we "dance", sometimes we "dance" alone, other times we "dance" together with our partners or family members.
01780 438666 View 01780 438666

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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.