Edwina HawkridgeCounselling in Stamford, and City of London

Benefits of Counselling

Taking that first step to enter into counselling can be daunting, you may feel anxious about what it will be like and worried about discussing your personal circumstances with a stranger. These worries are understandable and normal.


In my experience counselling can help with a range of issues from anxiety, depression and low mood, to work related stress, identity concerns, relationship issues, abuse and eating disorders. The benefits from having counselling are numerous counselling can help to reduce stress, promote better sleep, improve your work/life balance, reduce arguments, promote greater intimacy, expand your resilience, assist with better decision making and increase greater self-awareness, all of which provides a greater sense of wellbeing.


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Collaboration

When you meet with me, or another counsellor it's important to remember that counselling is for you, it's important to feel comfortable with your counsellor and that you feel they are listening to you without judgement and trying to understand your situation.
Counselling is collaborative, I will work with you to fully understand your situation, my approach is warm and supportive so that together we can explore your concerns and any deep seated issues which are holding you back and impacting your ability to get the most out of life.


My theoretical approach is humanistic an integration of person centred approach and object relations. This means that I am able to apply theory to help provide you with different insight into your issue. The foundation of my theory is that you, with guidance have the ability to overcome adversity and make changes. I work with you to really hear, understand and help you.


Reviews

"Edwina helped me work through my issues, I now feel so much happier"-T.K

"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

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

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

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

"You really took the time to understand me"-A.H


What I work with

It is not unusual to feel nervous before you come to counselling for the first time, so don’t worry if you do, the first session can come with feelings of anxiousness and apprehension but let me reassure you, you're in safe and experienced hands. Over the years I have had requests from up and down the country to work with people who need my specialist help therefore I have expanded my practice to include working through video call so that I can support more people with their concerns from weight management to anxiety, depression and relationship issues to name a few.


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Evidence has shown that counselling can help with a range of concerns. I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with:

  • Depression/Low mood
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Weight Management

  • Work Related Issues
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Relationship Problems
  • Death, Loss and Bereavement

  • Parenting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Problems
  • Addictions – Drugs, Gambling, Alcohol
  • Abuse – Physical, Emotional, Sexual

    If you are struggling with any of these issues please get in touch to see how I can help you.


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    Weight Management

    Losing weight is hard. You are not weak we live in a society that is conducive to making us eat more than we need. Dieting culture has taught us to act like lightbulbs being either on or off diets when actually a much more subtle and evidence based approach is needed.
    One to one sessions focus on your nutrition amongst other things such as your mindset, emotions, habits and behaviours that have lead to you gaining weight over the years. Once these patterns are established through therapy we can unlock these unhelpful ways of being with food so that you can lose weight and keep it off.

    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.


    6 things you can start doing now to help you lose weight

    1 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.

    2 Get enough quality sleep. A good nights sleep is so important to helping stabilise your metabolism. When we are tired our brain signals to us that we are hungry so that it can get enough fuel in it’s tired state to make it through the day. The brain is the biggest user of glucose in the body and therefore you are predisposed to reach for fatty sugary foods when tired. A good nights sleep can make all the difference when making your food choices the next day.

    3 De clutter. Having a cluttered workspace or home has been scientifically proven to chip away at your willpower this is because subconscious brain is constantly processing the mess and all the jobs left undone. De-cluttering allows your brain to rest and means that you are more likely to be able to resist the eating foods that won’t help you lose weight.

    4 Start noticing your thoughts. Being able to identify when a craving is happening and why is very powerful. Your thoughts lead you into action. If you can notice when bingeing thoughts start to happen you can nip them in the bud by accepting that

    5 Stimulus control. Having sugary fatty foods in the house is setting yourself up to fail as you are relying on willpower alone not to eat them. Then when you do the guilt and negative self talk begins. Remove these foods from the house and replace them with more wholesome alternatives.

    6 Eat enough good quality protein. Quality protein like chicken, turkey, soya and seitan contain essential amino acids that your body needs in order to function well. Protein keeps you fuller for longer so you are less likely to snack in between meals. Structured eating and eating enough are key to successful weight loss along with habit and behaviour change.

    All these things and more are explained through one on one therapy where you receive counselling-coaching treatment to help you lose weight and feel happier with your body.


    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.

    One of the key things that doesn't work is a reliance on rules and willpower alone which is an approach typical in the diet industry. The problem with this is it ignores several important complex factors.


    You may:

  • Eat for emotional reasons (we all do sometimes)
  • Have psychological barriers to weight loss and maintenance (many people do)
  • Have had physiological responses to repeated cycles of dieting and weight gain (many dieters do)
  • Lack the information and tools to maintain a healthy weight after dieting (most people lack these)

    I will help you to move to a happier relationship with food, eating and weight, using a more holistic approach


    The four key elements to weight management are:
  • Mindset change
  • Emotional support
  • Accurate knowledge about food and the body
  • Tools to bring back balance to your life

    I will help you so that you can make sustainable changes to your weight and wellbeing.

    Call me if you have any questions, for an obligation free chat, or would like to book 07784 105 769.


  • Skills for Life

  • Lose weight
  • Boost your willpower
  • Feel happier
  • Learn strategies that can be applied to everyday life
  • Alter your mindset to break the cycle of a love/hate relationship with food
  • Manage emotional and stress eating
  • Improve your nutrition
  • Grow your assertiveness skills
  • Gain information, strategies and support
  • Perfect planning and problem solving skills
  • Increase flexibility skills
  • Implement lifestyle and activity changes effectively


  • How it Works

    I have trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) , the primary organisation in the UK for understanding and helping people who struggle with weight issues.

    You may:

  • Eat for emotional reasons
  • Have psychological barriers to weight loss and maintenance
  • Have had physiological responses to repeated cycles of dieting and weight gain
  • Lack the information and tools to maintain a healthy weight after dieting

    One to one therapy will start you on a journey to combat your issues around food, shape and weight. You will gain valuable knowledge about your body, food and nutrition which you can start implementing immediately. We will work collaboratively to change your mindset, habits and behaviours so you can start losing weight and keep it off!
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    Food, Eating, Weight and Size Matters

    I am a specialist therapist for weight management and weight loss. I am trained in the evidence based approach for successful and lasting weight loss promoted by the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Being or feeling overweight in today's society can be challenging. We turn to food in times of stress or anxiety in celebration or commiseration.


    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.


    I often see people who have dieted for years, losing weight and putting it back on, who don't understand why they keep yo-yo-ing. The mind controls everything, and without fundamental changes to your mindset and nutrition the cycle of weight loss followed by weight gain will continue.


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    It may be that you feel trapped in a never ending cycle of unsuccessful diet after diet or you found a diet that worked but then the weight came back? You may have a preoccupation with ‘healthy’ foods or your eating patterns may be identifiable as overeating,or binge eating. Disordered eating is a way of dealing with difficult emotions and is really difficult to deal with alone
    - Let me help.

    If you struggle with these issues you are not weak willed or a failure, be kind to yourself as there is a way forward. Email me or call 07784105769.


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    Binge Eaters - Get help now

    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.


    Download the self help guide that can help you with your binge eating now.




    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.


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    Overweight and 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.



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