Counselling Stamford and London
Often people come to me knowing that they need help as 'things don't quite feel right' but are unable to pinpoint the problem. In my experience issues do not get better or disappear without help, you are in control of choosing to see me, (together we can look at what changes you’d like to make and start implementing them), choosing to see someone else or doing nothing. Whatever you choose, I hope that you find the help that you need.
Cassie the Binge Eater
When Cassie came to see me she was in deep despair and unhappily overweight. Her thoughts were dominated by food and what she could and could not eat. Evenings were a particularly difficult time for Cassie where she would often binge on chocolate, cake, crisps and bread. Cassie had tried lots of popular diets on some she lost little weight on others she lost a few stone but then put it on again once she reached her target weight. She didn’t enjoy shopping for clothes, eating out or going on holiday with her family.
After coming for one to one counselling-coaching Cassie thrived. She found new ways to think and feel about her body, she lost weight, she threw away her diet books, stopped calorie counting, found the joy in food again and most importantly stopped binge eating. Cassie has found a new happiness and acceptance in her changed habits and behaviours which work together to help her lose and maintain a healthy weight.
“I didn’t think I would find something that works for me, I am so glad I found Edwina who has helped me so much” - C.H
Michelle – Anxiety and Depression
When Michelle and I started working together in late 2018 she was in a very unhappy place in her life. She was unhappy in her job, and her marriage was not as fulfilling as she hoped it would be. She had been struggling with anxiety and depression for a while but was still functioning therefore her friends and family remained unaware.
Through exploration it transpired that Michelle was a people pleaser. She would put everyone else’s needs and feelings before her own. This left her feeling exhausted and unsupported. We started working on Michelle’s self esteem, once she was able to identify what she wanted and boundaries to help manage other people she became a lot happier. She still helps other people but without neglecting her own wants and needs.
“I didn’t really understand how just talking would help me and decided to go to therapy as a last resort, it is so much more than just talking and Edwina helped me to see that I had gotten lost and gave me the confidence to make positive changes in my life” M.M
I have been privileged to help many people understand and overcome their difficulties. Most people see the changes for themselves in the form of stress reduction,and improved emotional wellbeing. I understand the power of being able to see evidence of change and this is something that can be discussed further at our first session. (My London room pictured to the left).
I recognise that finding a specialist counsellor in weight management and all things food, weight and shape can be difficult, I appreciate that not everyone who needs my services can access support from Stamford, or London. This is why I also work remotely via video call so that I can help and support you wherever you are in the country.
Counselling Young People
I currently work for several charities; CASY, YMCA, CCC and CRUSE who provide low cost counselling to the community, which is a cause I believe in.
Specialism - Eating Disorders
I work with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Other Eating Disorders. Each eating disorder requires unique ways of working to help put you back in control and move forward with your life.
Session Price £70.
An initial assessment appointment for Eating Disorders or Weight Management in London (90 mins) Price £100
Session Price £60
An initial assessment appointment for Eating Disorders or Weight Management (90 mins) Price £85
Over the years I have received frequent request from people who need my services but cannot access Stamford or London. In order to reach as many people who need my help as possible, I also work remotely via video call.
Video call session price £60
Weight Loss London, Stamford, Peterborough
Get help now - Binge Eaters
This leads to fat cells in your body siphoning out the glucose too quickly which means that your blood sugar level drops which doesn’t leave enough levels for your brain and leads to you feeling hungry very soon after eating. The brain then released emergency chemicals which make you feel unsettled and anxious and can lead to you having a headache. To get out of this state where you feel unsettled anxious and headache-y you reach for sugar and fatty products which starts the process all over again.
Powerful cravings can emerge as a result of abnormal blood sugar highs and lows which can lead you to wanting something else to eat even after a big meal.
When blood sugar falls too fast your brain thinks there is a famine, it slows your metabolism right down, which can cause you to feel exhausted and makes you gain weight easily.
Step 1 to reducing binge eating
Structure your eating. If your body is malnourished as a result of binge eating then it can be really tempting to eat a big bar of chocolate and convince yourself that that will suffice for your dinner. It won’t and by trying to cut back and after a binge only ensures that your next binge is around the corner. Eat in a structured way, little and often will keep your blood sugar stable.
Step 2 to reducing binge eating
Watch what you drink. Drinking stimulants such as tea and coffee or alcohol can put your body into a blood sugar spiral creating the sharp rises and falls in blood sugar explained above, therefore substitute tea and coffee for herbal teas, or sparkling water infused with lemon or lime can be a refreshing treat.
Step 3 to reducing binge eating
Bingeing is brought about because of restrictive dieting. Without a diet bingeing would not take place, the primitive part of your brain still thinks that you are restricting and it is in famine and therefore your brain is telling you to seek out food which is why people often report a lack of control over binges because it is your survival instinct part of the brain trying to make sure you eat enough as it doesn’t realise you are no longer dieting. Know that your bingeing doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you. It is possible it is a coping strategy that went wrong and is now out of control. The urges to binge can be brought under control if you are eating well (varied and enough) and practice dismissing the urge to binge.
In therapy I teach strategies and techniques to help bring your hunger, cravings and bingeing under control and give you back your happiness.
Eating issues need a tailored programme of support with changes being made to your body image, nutrition, mindset, emotion management, stress management, and habits to help you make progress in all areas of your life and feel happier overall.
"Edwina helped me work through my issues, I now feel so much happier"-T.K
"You really took the time to understand me"-A.H
"My weight, mindset and shape have changed, I no longer stress about diets, I am so much happier in my own skin, I can't thank you enough"- V.S
Call me if you have any questions for a no obligations chat 07784105769 or if you want to book an appointment email me please do not be disheartened if I do not answer your call, chances are I am in session, please leave me a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
In the meantime take care.
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