Why work with me?
I am passionate about what I do, I will meet you where you are at and honour your individual needs and goals.
My approach makes you the expert of yourself, and me the sounding board and guiding support that helps you on your intuitive eating journey.
I am friendly and approachable and can relate to many everyday issues we all face, whilst acknowledging that I am not the expert of your personal lived experience. If I haven't lived it myself, I won't pretend I know what it's like. But I will be able to apply my knowledge and expertise to my coaching framework so you can adapt it to fit your unique situation.
My approach is aligned with the Health at Every Size ® (HAES) movement, which is inclusive of all body sizes and challenges social structures that discriminate against people based on social and cultural characteristics (read more about it here). The framework is one of inclusivity and acknowledges the intersectionality of discrimination and oppression. It challenges stereotypes and questions rules and restrictions based on social groups and norms. It advocates that health should be accessible for every body.
What makes me qualified?
I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc in Public Health Nutrition, am registered with the Association for Nutrition (ANutr) and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor.
Having worked in a weight-centric approach for several years I know how harmful weight-loss messages can be, and have witnessed that intentional weight-loss programmes just don't work.
In my work I use the principles of Intuitive Eating to guide my clients away from the pitfalls of diet culture and help them make peace with food, reject diet mentality thinking and develop a new understanding of their bodies and needs. To do this work, I took part in training courses with Evelyn Tribole, (who, alongside Elyse Resch, developed the first intuitive eating counselling method - their book Intuitive Eating is fabulous), as well as Laura Thomas from the London Centre for Intuitive Eating and Christy Harrison, who wrote a must-read book called Anti-Diet on why obsessing about what we eat is actually bad for us! (check my resources page for all the links!)
My work with families is also informed by the intuitive eating framework, with babyled weaning being the first stepping stone in teaching babies (and their parents!) that they can trust their internal signals and that eating should be fun, sociable and satisfying.
In my personal life, I like to read, cook, eat, walk my dog and be outside in nature. I am also partial to a good TV series!
I have two children and live with my family in Sevenoaks, Kent.
In addition to my private consultations, I work with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership as a Registered Nutrition Professional. The EYNP delivers a nationally recognised Quality Mark Award to Early Years settings around the country to improve and celebrate their food provision and great work around all things nutrition. If you are part of a nursery and interested in finding out more, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I offer online consultations, workshops and group courses.
For face-to-face sessions I cover the following areas:
Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells
Borough of Bexley
Borough of Bromley
If you live outside these areas I might still be able to work with you, please contact me to discuss requirements!