COACHING & COUNSELLING2018-12-02T10:19:34+00:00

DISCOVER FOOD FREEDOM

Regardless of your weight, if you’re eating addictively and food is on your mind 24/7, I can help you. I offer 1-1 coaching and group coaching. I’ve recovered from food addiction and binge eating disorder and I can relate to your struggles.

Addictive eating is a spectrum, and some of us are more affected than others. Most people who find me have reached a critical level and know that they need to make a change but don’t know where to start.

Food freedom coaching is for you if you want to:

  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Enjoy a right-sized body
  • Stop dieting
  • Stop bingeing
  • End food hangovers and food fog
  • Stop mind chatter about food and weight
  • Experience peace of mind
  • Live an emotionally balanced life
  • Discover life beyond food
  • Are willing to do what it takes

Let me paint you a picture of what food freedom looks like: Food is in its rightful place, leaving room for a fulfilling life between meals. Meals are abundant, delicious and healthful. You’re enjoying living in a right-sized body or are moving towards a healthy body weight. You have an air of calm and quiet certainty and a peaceful, positive mind. You gracefully deal with life’s ups and downs and face inner and outer challenges with strength. You act with full integrity and your actions reflect your values. You enjoy healthy relationships with yourself, others and the world around you. You’re dedicated to rigorous self-honesty and a lifestyle of daily self-care that expands your food freedom, recognising that it’s about living with, not curing, addictive eating. If right now you’re in the grips of a powerful food addiction, food freedom is a priceless gift!

Are you ready to discover life beyond food? Are you willing to go to any lengths? Get in touch for a free 15-minute consultation.

What does working with me look like?

I’m based in Sydney and am one of the world’s first certified food addiction counsellors trained at the International Food Addiction Counsellor Training (INFACT). I also hold a Diploma in Counselling (Addictions Major), an Advanced Certificate of Coaching, and am a qualified yoga teacher. Above all, I’m a mentor with personal experience ‘from the trenches’ of food addiction. I work quite intensively with most of my clients but I also offer single sessions depending on your needs and existing support network. I don’t believe in quick fixes and I don’t promise a cure for food addiction. We focus on steady progress and long-term sustainability. The way we work together will be tailored to what you need. Everyone is different.

In our sessions I may share practical tips based on the collective experience of food addicts around the world. I share the wealth of knowledge gained from research on food addiction and the psychology of eating. As a board member of the Food Addiction Institute, I draw on a global network of experts to keep you up to date with the latest knowledge on food addiction.

I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist. I don’t hold any special licenses in the field of eating disorders but I have lived experience of binge eating disorder and bulimia. Eating disorders and food addiction are highly correlated and hard to separate but there are some crucial differences in treatment needs. I bring cutting edge knowledge from the first international food addiction counselling training program, and firsthand experience of the self-help food addiction recovery movement, where I’ve helped other food addicts on their journeys to food sobriety and peace of mind.

I’m not a qualified nutritionist, weight loss professional or dietician. But during our work together I may offer a food plan with firm eating principles, and encourage you to discuss it with your healthcare professional. I do this because I know when you’re in a seemingly hopeless cycle of addictive eating, receiving firm direction on what to eat can be a relief. As a fellow food addict I’ll share a system that works for me in sticking to a way of eating and living which brings freedom.

We’ll be working together on four dimensions; physical, emotional, mind and spiritual.

The physical dimension refers to the body. We improve your food and eating habits so that you can reach a healthy weight, overcome withdrawals, cravings and food obsession. This may be done in collaboration with your doctor depending on your circumstances. We’ll be working on embedding daily actions into your lifestyle to support you. I draw on support from a global network of peers in the food addiction world to bring in their experience when needed.

Often when people stop eating addictively the emotions start coming up. The emotional dimension of our work will equip you with the skills you need to live an emotionally balanced life without excess food.

Working with the mind, you’ll gain awareness of how your thinking affects your eating, your moods and your behaviours in all areas of your life. You’ll gradually learn to build positive and and supportive thought and behaviour patterns to help you flourish.

The spiritual dimension helps you harness the inner strength, courage and motivation you need to be the best version of yourself and experience a life where your values and actions are fully aligned. This is not about religion. It’s a very sober, simple and functional type of spirituality. No magic wands.

I’ll be sharing reading material and practical information, help you build self-awareness, and equip you with new skills and perspectives. It’s fun and it’s hard, but it’s usually rewarding and brings a lot of growth. I’ll be guiding and supporting you through a process of gradual change based on what you need. We will be building a support community for you as well, because living with food addiction can’t be done alone. It needs community.

Once we have reached a level of sustainability and stability with the food – and this can take time – we can delve deeper and move from coaching and counselling into psychotherapy. Not all, but most people struggling with addiction have unhealed wounds that want to be uncovered and when healed, will diminish the need to compulsively eat. This is long-term work and totally optional based on your needs.

Coaching is focused on the here and now, implementing practical lifestyle changes and using new resources. Counselling brings in the past and includes empathic listening and going deeper into your emotional and thought world. In combination, coaching and counselling can help you with unpacking limiting beliefs, becoming aware of and changing your thinking, emotional and behaviour patterns over time. The process may be long term or short term, with a frequency that depends on your needs. Psychotherapy is longer-term work based on the idea that thoughts and feelings that you may not be aware of can cause problems in your life. We work to bring unconscious thoughts and feelings into your conscious mind to heal underlying deep core wounds.

Of course I’m not a magician. I can’t guarantee results. In my recovery, I found that I had to be willing to do the work as if my life depended on it. And I remain dedicated to my daily actions to keep my food peace one day at a time. It’s about learning to live with, not cure, food addiction, and about curing core wounds we didn’t even know we had. It is a rewarding and eye-opening healing journey, and I would be honoured to support you on your journey.

If needed, I’ll collaborate closely with your healthcare professionals, such as nutritionists, dieticians, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide a holistic service. I’ll mentor you in a way that a non-food addict simply wouldn’t be able to. Often, healthcare professionals will give you well-meaning advice that doesn’t seem to be working for you. Unfortunately, food addiction is not yet a recognised condition so it’s not well understood by the healthcare system.  Even though collaboration with professionals in the field of eating disorders, mental health, obesity and general practice should occur, this is often not the case. I have an information pack for your healthcare professionals, and I’m also happy to talk to them to make sure we’re giving you the best support as a team.

If you’re interested in my bespoke group programs, please get in touch to express your interest so I can let you know about details and dates.

You can also explore my general life coaching if you’re happy with your food but are blocked in other areas of your life.

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