I offer a highly personalised programme of one-to-one recovery coaching for anyone going through difficulties with food or their body. Involving closely collaborative work together via Skype and email, it’s designed to reconfigure restrictive and damaging habits of thought and behaviour—starting with food, but encompassing your body, work and play, other people, and anything else you need or want to tackle.
The basic coaching programme I offer has a shape and a rhythm to it. First we have a free consultation in which we establish what you want and need and whether I may be able to help you achieve those things. Then, if we both decide we want to work together, you’ll commit to one four-week block of coaching, including 5 hour-long video calls and daily email contact, to kickstart your recovery.
By the end of our first full conversation you will know what your goals are for the whole month and for this week, and you will know exactly what you are going to do this week to start making them a reality.
This structure creates momentum and overview for you, and allows you to devote energy and attention to the everyday changes that need making. Your progress is sustained by weekly conversations and daily email contact, and may include:
- Assessment of your current recovery status
- Reflection on your reasons for taking recovery further, and where you want to be when this is over
- Tailored experiments for changing behaviours that are preventing full recovery
- Targeting of problematic cognitive distortions and other patterns of thought
- Weekly themes like food, body, work and play, and you and other people
- Shared Skype/FaceTime meals
- Weekly progress reports
- Thoughts for the day
- Fiction, poetry, music, and pictures to expand your thinking and feeling
My approach is centred on the reality that your mind cannot heal itself if your body remains malnourished. So if you are underweight, weight restoration will be central to what we do, and if you are at a healthy weight for your body, we will make sure you stay that way. If you are currently working with a doctor, therapist, counsellor, or dietician, your coaching programme will reflect this as appropriate. And I always welcome, and regularly invite, your suggestions and feedback on how things are going and anything you want or need to add or change.
I am best equipped to help you if you have suffered from a restrictive eating disorder like anorexia, but I may be able to offer support with other disorders too. And it doesn’t matter whether you feel you fit the anorexia stereotypes — if you’re an older woman, or a man, or your weight has never been drastically low, or your difficulties are more about obsessive exercise than about food, for instance. I work with individuals not diagnostic categories. You may also have problems with eating or your body that don’t constitute a full-blown eating disorder, but which are affecting your life enough that you want to address them properly.
I currently charge £750 (GBP) for a four-week programme including 5 hour-long conversations. This reduces to £650 for subsequent months including 4 conversations. Additional four-week blocks and other tailored forms of follow-on support can be added if needed, on a sliding price scale.
I offer a free initial consultation to help you decide whether working with me will be the right thing for you; this includes a 30-minute video call and an email follow-up summarising where you are now and how coaching might help you (if I believe it could).
If you’re considering coaching and are currently working with a doctor, therapist, or counsellor who has questions or concerns about what coaching is, you may like to direct them to my page for professionals.
Please let me know via the Contact page or by email (hunger.artist.coaching [at] gmail.com) if you’d like to discuss how we might build a coaching programme to help you grow healthier and happier.
Recent clients have made these unsolicited comments on their experiences of coaching with me (and given their permission for me to share them!):
“It is the most empowering form of recovery, actually enjoyable, having a light in your mind finally turned on, tailored to illuminate your own thoughts, by the most understanding and helpful coach I could have imagined.”
(Female client, 24 years old)
“The exercises and weekly summaries (which i keep to refer back to) have revealed many thought patterns and behaviors that i never questioned or analyzed before. Not to be dramatic, but I’m living on a deeper level. Physically, i’ve had glimpses of how much better i will feel when i’m recovered – and the glimpses have helped me believe that those changes will happen.
The exercise that changed the way i look at and think about other people has had the greatest impact on how i relate to the world, and how i think about (or stop thinking about) myself. Besides making me feel more open to people and the world in general, it has helped me put aside a lot of shyness.
The coaching was just what i needed – a thoughtful, probing, and especially challenging exploration of what I’m doing and why. You made me think so much!”
(Female client, 57 years old)
“As for everything being a fight, I have to admit that after our Skype sessions, everything seems easier for a short while!”
(Male client, 40 years old)
“Honestly Emily, it has been the best thing I have ever done. You have been incredible and I can’t thank you enough. I have learned so much – not just food/exercise related, but also about who I am outside the confines of the roles of wife/mother/daughter/doctor and how I want to live my life.”
(Female client, 39 years old)