Psychotherapy

I specialise in helping clients to recover from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.

I will personalise your therapy to you, which means that we can focus on your symptoms, struggles and goals. Personalising your therapy means that you’re more likely to achieve permanent recovery.

It is a sad fact that experiencing a trauma is one of the most common triggers for developing an eating disorder. 

I have undertaken training to enable me to help you recover from both your eating disorder and the trauma which triggered it.

Personalised Therapy for eating disorders

I believe that personalising your therapy to you is crucial if you are going to achieve permanent recovery. Personalising your therapy means that we can work at a speed that suits you, in a way that suits you, using therapeutic tools that suit you to achieve your goals. There is a broad outline of the five stages of therapy below.

the five stages of therapy

Assessment

Eating disorders are highly complex and rarely exist on their own. The assessment stage helps us to understand precisely what is going on for you. We will explore your goals and use this information to formulate a plan to help you recover.

Introducing Healthy Ways of Coping

Eating disorders are, primarily, a way of helping us to cope with intense and overwhelming life struggles. Because of this, it is vital that we start therapy by introducing new ways of coping with intense emotions and stressful situations. This allows you to feel more relaxed and makes addressing your eating disorder easier.

Addressing the Eating Disorder

We will work together to address the specific symptoms of your eating disorder. Whether this is to help you eat a wider range of foods, eat healthy portion sizes, stop binging or stop purging, I will support you to achieve your goals and reclaim your life.

Resolving Trauma

Trauma is one of the most common reasons that people develop an eating disorder. I believe that trauma need to be resolved if you're going to achieve permanent recovery. Together, we will work to resolve your trauma in a safe, compassionate and understanding way.

Resolving Other Problems

Eating disorders do not exist on their own. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and low self-worth are all very common in people who have an eating disorder. We will resolve these problems so that you can end therapy living a happier, more confident life.

common questions

Sessions last for 60-minutes and are usually held weekly.

I do not routinely work with any insurance companies. 

If you would like to see me via your health insurance, please ask your insurance company to contact me.

Sessions are held weekly whenever possible. This is because weekly appointments are regular enough to keep momentum going, but allows you enough space between sessions to engage in between-session homework and processing time.

I am happy to discuss having more or less regular appointments if that would be better for you.

The vast majority is confidential but there are some legal exceptions. These relate to risk of harm to self or others, terrorism and money laundering. I will explain these to you fully before we start working together.

Rest assured though, I can not and would not disclose the contents of our sessions to other people without your express permission.

Contacting a therapist for the first time isn’t easy. There tends to be a lot of understandable anxiety. Please be assured that I will treat you and your concerns with respect and sensitivity.

If you want to talk to me about having therapy, you can:

  • Phone, text or send me a WhatsApp message on 07908 861505
  • Or email me at richard@edrecovery.co.uk

An important point about emails – because I use a business email address, it’s not unusual for my initial email to end up in your spam or junk folder. I will always reply to you on the same day (Monday-Friday) so if you email me and do not receive a reply please check your spam or junk folder.

Absolutely! To help you decide if I am the right therapist for you, I offer a free initial consultation where we can explore the issue(s) that you are looking to work on, and you have the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have.

Sessions cost £60 and last an hour.

It may be possible to arrange longer or shorter sessions if these would be beneficial to you. These would be priced on a pro rata basis.

Because I personalise the therapy to match your needs, it’s not possible to say exactly how many sessions you will need.

As a rough guide, the majority of my clients have 20-40 sessions. This equates to 6 months to a year of therapy.

My office is located in Bridgwater Town Centre. The full address is:

34a St Mary Street,

Bridgwater,

TA6 3LY.

We can also meet online using Zoom if you’re not able to come to my office.

Unfortunately not, I only work with individuals aged 18+.

No, I am not a weight loss specialist. My aim is always for you to have a healthy relationship with food and with yourself. This usually means that clients decide that they do not want to lose weight.

If you’re looking for someone who can help you with weight loss, I would recommend working with a dietician or nutritionist.