Therapeutic Groups for Binge Eating

mind-2197437_960_720
  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...
Continue reading
  437 Hits
437 Hits

Sometimes Support Can Make A World Of Difference.

light-bulb-3104355__340 A light bulb idea! Sometimes support can make a real difference.
                                        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...
Continue reading
  395 Hits
395 Hits

Weight Management Is Simply Not Simple

group-3719888_960_720 I'm Listening
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...
Continue reading
  643 Hits
643 Hits

What Does Having A Full Bladder Have In Common With Being Hungry?

bathroom-1618260_960_720 What Does Needing To Go To The Bathroom Have In Common With Being Hungry?
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 ...
Continue reading
  1425 Hits
1425 Hits

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...
Continue reading
  717 Hits
717 Hits

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...
Continue reading
  948 Hits
948 Hits

Disenfranchised Grief and Weight Loss

weight-matters-blog-disenfranchised-grief
​ 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 ma...
Continue reading
  812 Hits
812 Hits

WALK MILES IN SOMEONE ELSE'S MIND AND BODY.

Depositphotos_4275830_original
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...
Continue reading
  678 Hits
678 Hits

WHAT ROLE DOES COUNSELLING & COACHING PLAY IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Depositphotos_50540393_original
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...
Continue reading
  632 Hits
632 Hits

WHAT A CONFLICT

counselling Inner Conflict
  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 clot...
Continue reading
  642 Hits
642 Hits

THE PROBLEM WITH TELLING PEOPLE THAT WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT TO "JUST EAT LESS AND MOVE MORE"

Depositphotos_25224521_original
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...
Continue reading
  575 Hits
575 Hits

THE MYTH OF 'THE CORE ISSUE'

Myth-of-the-core-issue
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 worryi...
Continue reading
  516 Hits
516 Hits

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

saxophone-player
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...
Continue reading
  437 Hits
437 Hits

NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING

NEVER-ASSUME-ANYTHING
One of my first jobs after leaving school was working in a bookshop. I look back on those days and it reminds me of how dangerous it is to make assumptions about people. I had a fertile imagination and I noticed within the five or ten minutes of an interaction with a customer I had made all sorts of assumptions. For example a lady may have put out ...
Continue reading
  545 Hits
545 Hits

SELF COMPASSION AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

SELF-COMPASSION-AND-WEIGHT-MANAGEMENT
Self-compassion seems a bit like a buzzword these days. And buzzwords at times can feel a bit meaningless if they don't feel appropriate or relevant. It is as if they are inserted into conversations a bit randomly. I've been reflecting on the practice of self-compassion in the context of weight management, and I think it could be very useful for ou...
Continue reading
  466 Hits
466 Hits

THE ULTIMATE AND DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO WRITING A WEIGHT LOSS BOOK: AND OTHER MISNOMERS.

GUIDE-TO-WRITING-A-WEIGHT-LOSS-BOOK
Books that are written by people who have had successful weight loss often frustrate me. They frustrate me because the books often get promoted and sold to billions of vulnerable people with weight issues with the implications that the author "knows" or has found the holy grail, the solution, or the "way" to successful weight loss. And, if they are...
Continue reading
  441 Hits
441 Hits

THE BATTLE OF WEIGHT LOSS IDEOLOGIES

BATTLE-OF-WEIGHT-LOSS-IDEOLOGIES
I have been a counsellor/ psychotherapist and coach specialising in the field of weight management for many years. Sometimes clients come to see me about weight loss, sometimes it is about weight gain and sometimes it is about long-term weight maintenance. Sometimes weight issues brought them for their initial appointment but bubbling underneath th...
Continue reading
  499 Hits
499 Hits

“Why well meaning comments and advice generally backfires when someone is tying to manage their weight.”

risk
"Why well meaning comments and advice generally backfires when someone is tying to manage their weight." Scenarios like these play out over and over again in households across the country. Scenarios that seem innocent enough at face value, actually wreak havoc on peoples' emotional wellbeing, damage relationships, and have the potential to make peo...
Continue reading
  545 Hits
545 Hits

YOUR WEIGHT IS NOT WHO YOU ARE

YOUR-WEIGHT-IS-NOT-WHO-YOU-ARE
As I was walking around the city today a thought I've long had, started to become more concrete. It is to do with the muddled messages both internally and externally that are wrapped up in weight loss. Just for a second, take a look around and notice how everyone is absolutely unique except for of course identical twins. Think for example of your h...
Continue reading
  452 Hits
452 Hits

Does Weight Matter?

Does-Weight-Matter
When I created my practice "When Weight Matters" I was thinking about the gulf between movements that claim our weight shouldn't' matter at all and movements that believe managing what is considered a healthy weight is essential. In between these two stances are many other factors. On the one hand focusing on body weight is fraught with the entangl...
Continue reading
  542 Hits
542 Hits