Edwina Hawkridge Counselling in Stamford, and City of London

Home. Hello 3

Hello and Welcome


Counselling Stamford and London

Are you looking for an experienced counsellor in the City of London or in Stamford (near Peterborough) who can help you work through a difficult time in your life? Perhaps you are struggling with stress, anger, depression or anxiety, weight management issues, relationship issues or a bereavement. I'm Edwina, and I am committed to providing a warm and supportive relationship, in which you are the sole focus, to help you work through your confusion. People often seek out counselling with me when a stressful change is taking place which can, at times, feel overwhelming and stress plays a major part in people's unhappiness.

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.

Home. Dark Haired Woman Smiling

Feedback/Testimonial

"After a devastating break with my girlfriend which coincided with some family related issues, I decided to take some time to assess the phycological reasons behind behavioural patterns, reoccurring negative emotions and habits - in attempt to better understand my mental state of mind.

After a commitment to 10 sessions with Edwina I was able to dig deep and ascertain the reasons (due to a combination of childhood experiences and general over analysis) behind my behaviour and thinking.

I felt at ease and well understood by Edwina from day one. The counselling has helped me improve my relationship with loved ones - my communication skills and means of self-expression - come rain or shine. It has also allowed me to create boundaries and express myself in a more honest / constructive manner in all relationships.

After implementing changes to my mental models as advised by Edwina - I am now a lot more confident and self assured / realistic when it comes to my demands and expectations from others and self. The whole experience has been an eye opener, giving a whole new level of clarity of mind and more positive sense of purpose and better interpersonal skills at work and at home.

Thank you Edwina."


Case Studies

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

I can help you gain control over your lifestyle, eating and behaviours to boost willpower and make sustainable changes to your weight, size and shape


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



Home. Little White Flowers

In my experience, counselling in London and Stamford ,many people feel anxious about talking about their concerns, which is completely normal, you're in safe hands, we'll explore what you need to at a pace that's right for you. So you can move forward with your life feeling lighter and more empowered. If you have any questions or would like to book give me a call on 07784 105 769.





Home. My Room

Collaboration

Counselling is a collaborative process, we work together exploring your concerns and I provide a confidential, safe and non-judgemental place for this to happen, from my lovely counselling room in the heart of London or Stamford (my Stamford therapy room is pictured to the right).


Home. London Room

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.


I work with people just like you, adults or teenagers on an open ended or for an agreed time period, dependant on your needs. We will work at your pace to untangle any confusion or distress. The aim of my practice is to enable my clients to be unburdened, enhance their lives and to live life more fully.


I have been a practising counsellor in Stamford and Peterborough for several years, recently expanding my practice to London. At all locations I provide a warm, safe, and non-judgemental environment.


Home. Social Media

Counselling Young People

I have spent many years counselling young people in my counselling room, and inside schools. One in four teenage girls is depressed, there is a rise in teenage self harm and loneliness and young people have to navigate the ever pressurising world of social media. I help young people untangle the confusion of school, peer relationships, bullying, substance abuse, self-harm, relationships, home life and many other concerns.

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.


"Therapy with Edwina has been a lifesaver" - Client - P.M


Home. Woman in shadow

Specialism - Eating Disorders

In addition to working in mental health as a counsellor I am a specially trained therapist for working with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Obesity and Weight issues. Food is a complex relationship forged in childhood and adapted as we navigate life. It doesn't take much for the relationship to go wrong which can lead to under or overeating and possibly binge eating in between. Eating and weight issues can make you feel miserable, help and support is needed to overcome an eating issue, it rarely disappears on it's own let's start rebuilding your happiness in this area so that eating and weight is no longer an issue for you.

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.


"The support I have received has been invaluable" - Client S.R


London Practice

My practice is based in the City of London, within easy reach of many areas such as Kings Cross, Holborn, Oxford Circus, Russell Square, Marylebone, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden. The closest tube station to my practice is Great Portland Street or Oxford Circus. My therapy room is located at 17 Gosfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6HA.

Session Price £70.


An initial assessment appointment for Eating Disorders or Weight Management in London (90 mins) Price £100


Stamford Practice

My practice is based in the town centre of Stamford at 4 Broad Street , Stamford, PE9 1PB, which is within easy reach from Peterborough, Wittering, Market Deeping, Bourne, Grantham, Oakham and the surrounding areas.

Session Price £60


An initial assessment appointment for Eating Disorders or Weight Management (90 mins) Price £85


Working Remotely

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

"Thank you for all your help I can honestly say I don't know where I'd be without you" - Client L.A


Weight Loss London, Stamford, Peterborough

I am a specialist therapist for eating disorders, weight management and weight loss. I am trained in the evidence based approach for successful and lasting weight management promoted by the National Centre for Eating Disorders. If your quality of life is impacted by worries about your weight, an endless cycle of dieting or an unhappy relationship with food and your body, I can help. together we can start to restore your happiness with your body, emotions and with food.


Get help now - Binge Eaters

Often people want to get started on their journey to recovery straight away. Often binge eaters are people who also would like to lose weight the reason being that binge foods are often high in sugar and fat which causes blood sugar levels to rise very quickly.
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.


Home. Heart shaped finger

Overweight/Obesity

Being overweight, comes with a specific mindset that can keep you trapped in a continuous destructive cycle. Thought patterns in overweight people are similar to those seen in clients with eating disorders and in some cases clients discover that an eating disorder has been present and thwarting their attempts at weight loss. In most instances chaotic and disordered eating have made the problem worse and left my clients feeling miserable. I helped them and I can help you too. It is time to stop the negative self talk and tackle the problem. As a counsellor who deals with eating disorders in London, Peterborough and Stamford, in addition to disordered eating and obesity mindset, I am in the best position to help you with your eating, weight and shape concerns.

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.


Reviews

"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


Counsellor Eating Disorders City of London, Peterborough ,Stamford, Market Deeping


Home. Sea

Eating disorders, like all health issues have the ability to make you feel miserable and isolated with food preoccupying your attention for most of your waking hours. Often eating disorder behaviour has you keeping secrets or telling untruths to loved ones about what you have or have not eaten, the impact the disorder has on your life is huge. There is a way forward and hope for the future that your eating disorder can be brought under control and that your overall happiness is improved. It is in depth work, where we look at all elements of your life, to implement sustainable changes which make you happier, healthier and more in control.


Next Steps

Deciding to look for help from a counsellor can be the hardest step on a life changing journey to recovery. The earlier we start to tackle your issues the easier it will be to overcome. NHS provision for eating disorders is really good in some parts of the UK. I offer eating disorder treatment privately for people who have decided to take action and want to avoid waiting lists, or where eating disorder provision in your area is not as robust.


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.


1 Day Weight Loss Masterclass City of London 18th May 2019


If you are overweight, how much longer can you afford to not do something effective about your weight? throughout the year I am running a 1 day masterclass in effective weight loss, which has additional support of one to one sessions of counselling-coaching to help you make sustainable changes to your weight and well-being. If you would like to know more about the 6 hours to change your life weight loss masterclass please visit Weight Management Page.


Home. BACP Logo 2

Home. Logo BAATN




It is the Law that I inform you of how I collect, store and dispose of your personal data please visit my Privacy Statement


click
©2019 Edwina Hawkridge — powered by WebHealer
Website Cookies   Privacy Policy   Admin Login