Eating psychology coach? Now you know where to find one

Here! I’m here. In person, or on Skype. If you need me. My doors, or my internet browser windows at least, are open

diver still webHave you spotted my page about coaching? It’s here.

Ready to take the plunge? Maybe you have a few questions first…

What is ‘eating psychology coaching’, exactly?

We work together to find new approaches to eating and body image, and instate new habits including movement, that help you let go of self-sabotage, guilt, preoccupation with food, and help you achieve a really great bodyshape along with a robust body image.

Unlike other approaches, this is all about YOU making the choices, rather than following any restrictive diets or meal plans. As an eating psychology coach, I look to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results. And the best part? It’s about creating change that will last you a lifetime.

Is it all about eating disorders?

Sometimes, but just as often it’s about the kind of disorderly eating that can wreck your sanity but doesn’t appear in a diagnostic manual: it’s about undoing the corrosive effect of everyday self-sabotage around food.

Eating psychology coaching effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition-related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others.

What’s the ‘psychology’ part?

As an eating psychology coach, my approach is positive and empowering. I don’t see your eating challenges merely as a sign that ‘something is wrong with you’ – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight and health.

I aim to:

  • Encourage you to find movement activities you really love (exercise!)
  • Reduce your stress, including improving your body image
  • Look at what ‘self-love’ means, in real concrete terms
  • Increase your awareness and your relaxation around eating
  • Look at your food choices and nutrition together (but I’m not a nutritionist and I don’t tell you what to eat or dish out supplements)
  • Deploy top habit-change techniques to give you an armoury of small, solid, positive actions

Often, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress… you name it. We aim to bring awareness to the parts of life that are most relevant for you, and create some relaxation and space there – as you’ll find out if we work together, ‘reducing stress’ is more than just a ‘nice thing if you can afford to’: it has a powerful effect of getting your metabolism to burn fat and digest optimally, so it is absolutely key.

What have I been learning?

I'm an Eating Psychology Coach-in-training, due to graduate May 2015.

I trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s leading school in nutritional psychology, where I received my certification as an eating psychology coach in May 2015.

The skills I use from this training are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health.

In summary, the school teaches two key perspectives.

One is Dynamic Eating Psychology: an approach that sees our relationship with eating, weight and health as intimately connected to other primary life dimensions – relationship, family, work, sexuality, our search for meaning and fulfillment, and so much more. This pretty much blows the outdated, pervasive idea that eating challenges are simply the result of poor nutritional education and a sedentary lifestyle out of the water.

The second is Mind-Body Nutrition: This is the science part. This area explores the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health. It reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more profoundly influence digestion and calorie burning.

How is my approach different?

For far too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings or that we need more control. The majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice. The result is people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food and a healthy metabolism.

In my coaching, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By eliminating all the ‘shoulds and shouldn’ts’, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement.

I want to help you reach your highest goals not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish.

How much does it cost?

Coaching is 50euros per hour session. You also get a flurry of email shorties reminding you of the key insights from our sessions, and illustrated worksheets to uplift the soul.

If that sounds like a pressure on your budget, I suggest to clients that they spread sessions one per month over six months – that’s a lot cheaper than a personal trainer!

However, I also offer discounts for block bookings of 6 sessions and to certain demographics, such as pregnant women and postnatal women. I can coach by Skype, or sometimes I can offer a walk-and-talk in person. Places are limited, contact me by email or private message for details.