12 Week Program – CBT and Nutritional Therapy for Disordered Eating

Please note that applications to our 12 Week Program are currently closed.  Please feel free to email if you would like any guidance on where to find one to one support for any form of disordered eating.

I will be running an 8 Week Group Program from the first week of October, 2017 - both in Dublin 18, and a Live Online Group Program.  Please click here for more details: Eating Freely 8 Week Group Program

Hi there, my name is Emma Murphy, and I am an Accredited Psychotherapist specialising in Eating Disorders. For the past eight years I have worked with clients, both individually and in groups, to help them change their relationship with food.

I have a background in brain injury which may not be obviously connected to Eating Disorders, but understanding the neuroscience of eating, how the brain reacts to different foods, and how the brain works with regard to auto-pilot and habit loops is a critical piece of eating disorder recovery, often missing from other Therapists’ treatment models.


rachelbarryHello! My name is Rachel Barry, and I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Acupuncturist. Working with Emma’s clients has given me a comprehensive knowledge of how to meet a client with Disordered Eating where THEY are at, and pace the change to what I feel they can cope with.


Anxiety, depression and of course gut problems are a key feature of disordered eating. I work with clients holistically to address every part of the problem, mind and body, through using food and natural supplementation as medicine. Your body is amazing, and it is incredibly resilient, needing only the slightest encouragement from you to heal.

We know how difficult it is to change, and how important it is to empower our clients to change, slowly and sustainably, to deliver a lasting difference.

Our 12 Week Counselling Program will give you a solid foundation in change, that you can continue to work on long after we finish working together.

Emma will work with you on changing your faulty thinking and helping you to understand how your brain works, so you can challenge those unhelpful ‘habit loops’ of behaviour you so often find yourself in – even when you actively don’t want to.

Understanding the power of Auto-pilot and how to EFFECTIVELY challenge and STOP it is the key. Once we've reduced your bingeing and improved your daily eating, we'll do some work on how you manage feelings and emotions, and also work on building up the ABC skills - Assertiveness, Boundaries and Communication.

At the end of the 12 weeks, you will have a completely different perspective on both your relationship with food, AND how you perceive yourself.

With Rachel, you’ll get comprehensive, sensible and customised support for YOU in terms of what you can change in your food choices to both overcome the cravings you have, AND improve your mood, your stress, your sleep and your health.

Gut rehabilitation is a key part of our work too – did you know that, apart from the 100 billion neurons in your brain, you also have millions in both your heart, and your gut? That’s why an Eating Disorder, at least partially, has such a profound effect on your health and your emotions. EVERYTHING is triggered when you eat for reasons other than hunger.

We schedule appointments with you to ensure you are getting both types of support in the right order. After two sessions with me, you’ll meet Rachel for the first time, thereafter you’ll have two further sessions with Rachel over the following nine weeks.

Let’s work together to break those awful cycles of bingeing and beating yourself up you find yourself repeating again and again. Let’s make your gut and belly feel better. Let’s improve your sleep, improve your mood, and most importantly, improve how you feel about YOURSELF.

9 Sessions with Emma Murphy
3 Sessions with Rachel Barry

TOTAL for 12 Week Program €995, or three monthly installments of €400.

You must also be prepared to follow Rachel’s advice on supplementation, and you may need to have an intolerance test – Rachel will give you all the information you need to be able to get that testing done with your own medical practitioner, and the best place to source your supplements depending on where you live.

Please note we simply provide the guidelines and recommendations to you, and make no financial gain from these additional purchases by you. You can purchase supplements, or access testing, anywhere that is convenient to you in your area.

It would be reasonable to expect to spend around €150 in total on supplementation and some new foods to add to your eating plan.

How much money have you spent over the years on bingeing foods? How much money have you spent on diet plans, diet programs, gym memberships, and useless pills and potions ‘guaranteed’ to ‘melt your fat away’?

How much money have you spent on doctor appointments, dental appointments and prescribed anti-depressants or anxiolytics, and/or diet plans, gym memberships, personal trainers and even the shadier side of weight loss - diet pills, laxatives, diuretics – all to address the consequences of your emotional or binge eating?

An investment of 12 weeks, and your own WILLINGNESS to try something completely different, will change the rest of your life. It is that simple.


Here’s what some of my past clients have to say about working with me:

“There were many eye-openers throughout my counselling work with Emma. Not only during the sessions themselves, but also at home when applying the tools Emma introduced to me over the course of the counselling. Particularly interesting to me were tools such as the "Lapse-Relapse-Collapse" charts and the 20-Minutes-Delay method. These are tools which I still apply today. During my sessions, I particularly appreciated the way Emma managed to get me out of my "tear attacks" through her calm, understanding, supportive, yet directive way of questioning and explaining. I really appreciated the counselling sessions and would recommend Emma Murphy to anyone looking for a really good, very professional, very understanding and witty counsellor in the field of eating disorders.” (Binge Eating Disorder)


“My thought processes surrounding food and exercise were completely turned around during the time I spent with Emma. It's amazing to think back to that difficult, regimented period of time in my life and compare it to how I deal with the same everyday situations I encounter now. A mere four months after I first walked into the cosy consultation room I cycled from Croatia to Athens with my boyfriend - a spectacular experience that I wouldn't have been able to complete without the support and guidance I obtained at Counselling Care Cork. Thank you ever so much” (Overexercising and Restrictive Eating)



“I've tried many therapists who I feel wait to listen for a trigger and jump on it like a grenade. Emma really listened to me. No frilly soft speaking therapist talk. Like having a chat with a good friend and working through a few problems. I just want to thank you Emma, I saw you before my final year in college, following our sessions I had an amazing trip to Italy where I connected with my mom after spending years resenting her for being upset with my unhealthy coping mechanisms. I've since finished college and moved to Los Angeles and have an amazing job where I feel confident and happy. PLUS my mom is on her way out for a holiday soon and I can't wait to see my best friend! I have you to thank for a lot! You've taught me to be happy in my own skin and break the cycle of eating and being upset with myself and then eating again! You've thought me that a lapse is just that. A temporary thing and now I can draw a line under a bad day or a bad few weeks and get back on track! My weight and food and self-confidence was ruining my life and now I feel like I can take on anything and be happy and successful. You're amazing and I would recommend you to anybody who's going through a tough time! Thanks Emma.” (Binge Eating Disorder)

You can avail of our 12 Week Program either Face to Face in Douglas, Cork or Online via our secure, encrypted video counselling platform.  Details are below of the online counselling option.

Practical Details of E-Counselling

E-Counselling works exactly the same as face to face counselling, except it is done remotely, between two PC’s or laptops.  This option is suitable for anyone looking for Eating Disorders counselling, but who cannot source a counsellor near to them geographically.

There are one or two guidelines that are important for e-counselling. First it is important to state that e-counselling is more suitable for Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia sufferers.  It is not as suitable for someone with Anorexia, as usually with Anorexia there is a requirement for a multi-disciplinary approach, i.e. having a medical doctor and a Nutritional Therapist or Dietician involved.  Suitability for e-counselling would therefore have to be determined with an initial assessment, and not everyone will be suitable.

For e-counselling, it is essential that you have a very stable wi-fi connection, and a camera/webcam and microphone enabled laptop or PC.  It is not really appropriate to conduct e-counselling via a phone.  You can see below how the screen is split equally between client and therapist. You’ll need to be running the latest version of Chrome as your browser too.The system we use is encrypted and totally confidential so you can be secure in the knowledge that you are in a safe, private space online.

Please note that applications to our 12 Week Program are currently closed.  Please feel free to email if you would like any guidance on where to find one to one support for any form of disordered eating.

I will be running an 8 Week Group Program from the first week of October, 2017 - both in Dublin 18, and a Live Online Group Program.  Please click here for more details: Eating Freely 8 Week Group Program