Edwina HawkridgeCounselling in Stamford, and City of London

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My journey into counselling has been a long one. It started with an interests in social sciences whilst I was at school. Having studied at University Sociology and Criminology I turned my talents to working as a Civil Servant for a regional policing unit using my application of Psychology and other social sciences to keep communities safe. Although I loved this work I wanted more, to run my own business that could sit more easily alongside the pressures of family life. I finally took the plunge to study counselling in 2012. After finishing my studies I wanted to specialise in an area of counselling that could alleviate a lot of pain. Having worked in numerous office environments I knew the pain and suffering so many people experienced as a result of their relationship with food, their body and their weight. I expanded my area of study to include working with obesity, disordered eating and eating disorders and have been fortunate to not only help some amazing people into recovery but also to provide specialist training on the subject for various organisations. I am so fortunate to be able to provide a professional and effective counselling service to others within Central London and Stamford.

Community Work

I've been privileged to help many different people throughout my time as a counsellor, and helping people is a passion of mine and each client has something different to teach me. My niche of helping people with weight issues, as I know so many people who struggle with their body image, weight and relationship with food as a result of dieting. With the training that I have done I am in a unique position to alleviate some of that struggle and to help people positively rebuild themselves; emotionally, physically and mentally through counselling.

I currently work for several charities; CASY, which provides counselling to children and young people across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, CRUSE which is a bereavement charity I work for locally, YMCA counselling young people in and around Peterborough and CCC where I counsel adults in Stamford. I like to support charities that provide low cost counselling to the community ensuring people can benefit from a warm and supportive relationship with me no matter their income.

I set up Weight Sense Therapy and Support to help combat the unique issues that being overweight in society can bring. Throughtout the year I deliver 1 day masterclasses to help people get the body they deserve and start their weight loss journey. More information can be found on my Weight Management page or by visiting the Weight Sense Website

Professional Credentials

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who are a Professional Standards Body. This is done to improve the standards of Counselling and Psychotherapy for the benefit of the public, so you can choose to use people that have been independently assessed and approved. Registrants must meet high professional standards which enhances safety and ensures a high quality service is delivered.


  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
  • Master Practitioner of Eating Disorders, Obesity and Weight Management (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
  • Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Acentis)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology

    I hold a current enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) Certificate.

  • Continued Professional Development

    Other training in:

  • Working with Children and Young People
  • Working with Eating Disorders
  • Practitioner Skills for the Management of Obesity
  • Foundation Basic Skills in Life Coaching - The Coaching Academy
  • Working with those affected by Sudden and Traumatic Death
  • Working with Identity and Self Esteem in Young People
  • Working with Young People who Self Harm
  • Working with Young People who identify with LGBTQIA Community
  • Working with Sand Tray and Other Objects
  • Understanding Self Harm
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.
  • Train the Trainer

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