Obesity

Dieting, Personal Readiness and…Neuroscience?

A client sent me a link to this TED talk yesterday following a therapy session.  During the session, we had a chat about it.  My client said “it was amazing how I just felt something ‘click’ when I listened to this talk, she has a really good graph that shows how just four healthy habits…

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Willpower and Weight (loss) – A Tricky Balance

The Difficulty With Willpower Today’s blog is a combination of two recent articles/presentations by the American Psychological Association (APA).  I’ve combined both an article and a video, as together they provide strong support for the structure and content of our online program, Feeling Focused™, designed to help challenge Emotional Eating, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder.…

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Two Ways of Thinking About Your Weight…

Today’s post is about celebrating difference and the ability to be free within yourself. So many women and men I work with put their lives on hold “until I’ve lost weight”.  The plans they have! The imaginary lives they are leading in the future “when I’m a size 14”! Meanwhile, months, maybe years of the…

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Feeling Unhealthy? It Could Be What You Are Eating…

This blog is taken from an article I wrote for thejournal.ie earlier in the year.  It has become timely now because YouSteps have also written a great blog on the same issue, the link to their blog is below.  Read on… I MENTIONED IN a previous article that the US is now seeing a new…

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Your Therapist and You

Following an article in the Irish national press recently that highlighted the lack of Government regulation in Ireland around counselling and psychology, I believe it would be helpful to talk about engaging in therapy in a way that is best for the client – YOU.  Sometimes the biggest barrier to recovering from a dysfunctional relationship…

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What does being ‘Feminine’ Mean?

I have recently returned from both the NEDA Conference in L.A., and a short family vacation at the same time – combining work with pleasure.  Although I must say it was an absolute pleasure to attend the NEDA conference and meet so many positive, committed and interesting people over the two day event. (NEDA –…

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The “All or Nothing” Thinking of an Eating Disorder

This post was originally posted several months ago. Is it all black or white in your world? Do you measure yourself on a short scale of Success …… Failure and accept nothing in between? For clients struggling with bulimia and binge eating, this is a common personality trait.  Setting very high standards for yourself personally,…

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Never ask a Client to do Something you Wouldn’t do Yourself

When training as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, most programs expect students to attend personal therapy themselves.  In my case we were expected to complete 60 hours of personal therapy, which took almost 1.5 years, attending weekly (and having the odd holiday!). The reasons for this are: You work out all your own baggage, to ensure you are…

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As an ED Therapist, should I also be a Coach?

I’ve just returned from the first part of my training as a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders.  Covering ‘Essential Obesity’, the three days intensive training was part re-attending to the core work of a psychotherapist and some timely reminders on certain techniques and models of therapy that can be useful, and part new information for…

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