A Little Bit Of Kindness Goes A Long Way

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I sincerely hope everyone has been coping in these unusually challenging and turbulent times? I really miss being with my clients face to face, but I have found zoom, face time (audio or video) skype and old fashioned phone calls have been working quite well. It has enabled me to expand my hours and locations as people can dial in from any where no...
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Just Popping In to Say Hi & To See How You Are All Coping?

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I know there must be endless emails arriving in your inbox with information, news and updates about the corona virus. I don't want to overload you with more of the same and I see that the social media is flooded with how to stay fit and eat well at this time. What I do want to do is pop in to check how my clients, colleagues and friends are managin...
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Some Shopping & Cooking Tips For These Trying Times

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Managing to eat well if you need to self-isolate for a while. It is indeed unprecedented times, and there is understandably a heightened sense of anxiety and uncertainty for everybody with the spread of the Covid 19 virus. It is completely normal and understandable if you are feeling this way and feeling that life feels out of control at the moment...
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When Even The Most Perfect Diet Won’t Work For Weight Loss

When Even The Most Perfect Diet Won’t Work For Weight Loss
Have you ever wondered why all the following still let you down when it comes to weight loss? dietary knowledge scholarly knowledge of the calorie content in food understanding of macro and micro nutrients the nutritional profile of all foods Here are some thoughts I want to share with you about why this might be the case: We are not perfect a...
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Making Friends With Your Hunger

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I often hear people wishing  that they never felt hunger, or saying  that they have an intense fear of their hunger because they equate eating with weight gain. As a consequence they detach from hunger sensations. While this gives them a temporary feeling of control, what often happens is that eventually their body and brain does wha...
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News About An Exciting New Program To Share With You

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Sometimes you just have to have faith that one day your vision will come to fruition. For over twelve years I have wanted to work with a multidisciplinary team who understand the challenges of managing obesity. I have wanted to work in a space where people can feel cared for, supported, and know that they will not be judged or shamed for having str...
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The Meaning of Food & Eating In Our Lives

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 It is rare that a social event in my life happens without food and or drink. My family gatherings always revolve around sharing a meal or a catch-up over a coffee. When I catch up with friends we tend to meet for coffee, breakfast lunch or dinner. When we have dinner parties they are festive occasions. Sometimes we have a theme that explores ...
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Therapeutic Groups for Binge Eating

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 I am so excited and happy to finally inform you that the binge eating group Hapifed, founded by my colleagues at the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, have a lovely new home. Like all searches for a new home, it can take quite a while to find the right place that feels welcoming, accessible and philosophically aligned and we...
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Sometimes Support Can Make A World Of Difference.

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                                        Sometimes Support Can Make A World Of Difference Have you ever felt totally alone trying to manage a health condition or your mental health?Then, one day you stumble upon a network of support and compassio...
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Weight Management Is Simply Not Simple

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The complexities of being human in all its glory and fragility, impacts us hugely when talking about weight loss and weight management. There is an amazing amount of research being conducted about the science of weight management, the medical, physical, genetic and scientific side for which I am incredibly grateful. There are many factors that I ha...
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What Does Having A Full Bladder Have In Common With Being Hungry?

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Having worked with hundreds of people struggling with their weight, something that comes up time and time again is a fear of being hungry. People tell me they associate hunger with weight gain and therefore either consciously or unconsciously they have learnt to ignore their feelings of hunger until they do not recognise the signals, or, they ...
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What Does Being Heard Really Mean?

Have you ever shared a concern, a worry or a story and been left feeling even more misunderstood, confused and, or frustrated than before you spoke? Perhaps you didn't feel you had been properly heard? Imagine you finally summon the courage to share your story and it is not received or heard the way you had hoped. No worry or story is too big or to...
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Why Your Weight Is Not up For Public Discussion (ever)

It's just a paper cut, a teeny-weeny paper cut, but boy it hurts. It stings, and each day it is a surprise how something so small almost invisible can be so painful. But even small injuries can still have major impacts on ones wellbeing. It can hurt like this when comments are made about someone's weight. The comment may have been made with good in...
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Disenfranchised Grief and Weight Loss

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​I want to talk about a type of loss that isn't weight loss and yet it is profoundly linked to weight loss. It is the feeling of loss that people may experience when they once had lost significant amounts of weight, subsequently regained it often ending up with even more excess weight than their original weight. It is a loss of the loss if this mak...
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WALK MILES IN SOMEONE ELSE'S MIND AND BODY.

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What if your weight gain or weight loss has nothing to do with what you do eat, don't eat, want to eat, can eat, can't eat? Or, has everything to do with those things? But these reasons have nothing to do with intent or choice.What if there are many reasons outside of the food and eating discussion that is impacting on your weight?The weight loss a...
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WHAT ROLE DOES COUNSELLING & COACHING PLAY IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

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What you have to say is as important as what I have to offer. While I am knowledgeable in the field of weight management, my clients are the experts of their internal worlds. Rarely spoken about in weight loss programs are the individual's feelings of loss frustration and despair that can accompany weight issues. Sometimes this presents as a palpab...
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WHAT A CONFLICT

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 I really feel for anyone caught in the middle of this ideological, physical and emotional conflict. Lets say that for whatever reason you have decided you would like to lose some weight. And, you have decided this for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with image or vanity. Sure you may also feel you would like to fit in to your cloth...
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THE PROBLEM WITH TELLING PEOPLE THAT WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT TO "JUST EAT LESS AND MOVE MORE"

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As the weather starts to warm up, I brace myself for the endless advertisements urging people to get ready for a beach body, or to go on a spring clean detox. A detox that I think is a bit of an insult to the mighty liver and kidneys that do it 24/7 all year round all by themselves without the aid an expensive tonic full of ingredients we may or ma...
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THE MYTH OF 'THE CORE ISSUE'

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The idea that counselling will unravel the "root cause" of ones core issues, or will unearth the "underlying issue" somewhat troubles me. As a practicing counsellor and psychotherapist of many years, I worry that this sentiment over simplifies the complex nature of being human.These ideas run the risk of clients feeling frustrated, and more worryin...
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MY LIFE AS A SAXOPHONE PLAYER IN A ROCK AND ROLL BAND AND WHAT IT HAS TO DO WITH MY WORK AS A COUNSELLOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPST

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My life as a saxophone player in a rock and roll band and what is has to do with my work as a counsellor and Psychotherapist. It wasn't long ago that I was a saxophone player in a band. Playing in bands is something I have done my whole adult life. It is something that I absolutely love and am extremely passionate about and if I am not playing I lo...
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