I offer a highly personalised programme of one-to-one recovery coaching for anyone going through difficulties with food or their body. Involving challenging 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 to tackle.
The coaching programme has a shape and a rhythm to it: in the first instance, following a free consultation, you’ll commit to one four-week phase, and by the end of our first Skype/FaceTime conversation you will have a sense of what your goals are for the month, and how you are going to achieve them. This structure will help create momentum and overview for you while helping you devote energy and attention to the everyday changes that need making. 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 the mind cannot heal itself if the 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 programme will reflect this as appropriate. And I always welcome 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.
The standard 2019 price for a four-week programme is £600 (GBP).
This includes a free initial 30-minute Skype/FaceTime consultation to help you decide whether this is the right thing for you. Additional four-week blocks and other tailored forms of follow-on support can be added if needed.
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 at 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)
“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)