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Eating Freely Therapist, Cork - Ireland
As a Nutritional Therapist I am passionate about the gut and how it influences how we exist; As a Life Coach, I am passionate about helping people get unstuck, moving things forward; As a human who had an unhealthy relationship with healthy food; I was searching for an honest evidence-based approach to support my clients going forward, And I have found that in the Eating Freely Program.Before I found Eating Freely, I could see that many of the physical symptoms people were experiencing were due to some form of inner conflict. Yet they were striving to get control over what they were eating in an attempt to fix or even avoid all this discomfort. This programme allows you to work on the food, to build a solid and safe relationship for someone with what they eat. Even that one step creates a huge shift in behaviour for my clients now. However this programme is so expertly created that it then moves into a phase of drawing awareness to the behaviours that stem from the past but impact hugely on the current day bingeing or emotional eating behaviours, those inner conflicts that are sabotaging all efforts to be fit, slim or healthy And this as a Life Coach is where we see our work come to life. As people begin to see that they have a choice to shape their future going forward, their motivation and commitment to do the real work they need to do just grows and grows. And the final part of the program really builds your client towards Self Responsibility for their actions so that they never have to look at a diet plan again. It is with complete pride that I see clients grow their tools and resources for life so they don’t fall prey to another FALSE promise of the Weight Loss industry.As you work with clients, the program can be full of ups and downs as your clients uncover parts of themselves they’ve been hiding from. However the sessions are also supported by wonderfully created online tools and a client support group. I feel these measures along with pace of the program all build into the safe and trusting atmosphere that is created for clients to experience success in achieving their goals.On a personal level, the support I have received has been immense. Emma and Gillian are always at the other end of the phone to answer any questions I have. Coaching/NT are all industries that can be lonely to work in, but this group not only offer professional advice but mentoring and connection with like minded people.I was only reflecting to Emma the other day that in joining this program, I now get to do more of what I love doing. In fact I would say that my business is now 5 years ahead of where I thought it would be, which is only testament to the quality of this Program. It works. And for anyone thinking about their next step in the Wellness field then look no further, here it is.
"Having worked as a therapist in Eating Disorders services in the UK for over a decade I was very curious to learn more about the Eating Freely approach to therapy for people with emotional eating. I completed the training with Emma in Dublin in October 2018 and I have to say that I found the whole program to be extremely comprehensive! Emma has used her vast knowledge and experience of working with clients to produce a well tested and systematic approach to tackling binge eating. When the client first enters the program there are a range of easy to use and well thought out practical and cognitive tools to help get their eating behaviours back on track. Each of the early sessions has a particular area to focus on, which I have found really helps me as the therapist to address the disordered eating in a very logical and orderly way. Explanatory and educational videos are presented online for the client to back up all the information given by the therapist in the sessions, and there is a private support group that clients have access to throughout the programme too. The clients that I have worked with so far have all reported finding the tools simple to use but also extremely helpful and effective. Once the client has begun to stabilise their eating patterns then the therapist can begin to explore more of the deeper underlying issues in more detail... Addressing trauma, family dynamics, unmet needs, inner child work, and so on. There is a strong focus within the program on self-love, self-care, and on building self-esteem, and the program also supplies guided meditations to the therapist to assist with this. Clients are constantly encouraged throughout the program to focus on finding healthier ways to meet the emotional needs that their disordered eating previously served to conceal. I would highly recommend the Eating Freely training to any therapist looking for a tried and tested approach to working with clients with emotional eating, and I am very happy to be part of the Eating Freely team.“
Doing the training for the Eating Freely Program and learning so much about disordered eating and binge eating has enhanced my knowledge beyond belief. This was an area for me that I did not pay much attention to until a friend suggested doing the training. I now have greater understanding on how food is connected to early childhood emotional experiences, and how clients still use this coping mechanism in their adult life – well beyond its usefulness for them.This program is user friendly, clients understand it without feeling overwhelmed and the order of the sessions really enables clients to progress at a good pace. Having the deeper work towards the end of the course gives clients and practitioner time to build the therapeutic relationship, thus, trust and safety are in place for the deeper work to happen. My practice has been enhanced through this course, and on a personal level I have also made significant changes in my own eating habits!The areas that are covered in the training are essential for a full understanding of what goes on for clients. In my experience working with clients one of the main areas that really 'fits and sticks' with them is the neuroscience session, how the brain works with regard to autopilots, hormones and neurotransmitters being triggered. I feel this gives clients a 'logical' and very helpful explanation of what is actually going on and then the easy workable tools to reduce and resolve these old, unhelpful habits. The family of origin and inner child focused sessions really connect the past with the present for clients too.
“The Eating Freely training programme is a comprehensive course packed with information and practical tools. The HALT chart for example is not only applicable to disordered eating clients but also works very well for anxiety and worry. Emma delivers her training in a very interactive and very enjoyable way, and provides plenty of support. At the end of this course I felt well equipped to take on clients. The structure of the program is uncomplicated and laid out clearly. There are handouts and exercises for each session, which clients really appreciate. I particularly like the neuroscience piece as it gives the client a great understanding of how their thoughts and feelings are connected to their dieting and bingeing, and it shows them clearly how they can break out of the cycle of emotional eating – such a relief for them. I was a little nervous at first taking on an entire new model, but now that I have started working with the model I can see how relevant it is, my client’s feedback is really rewarding, I feel that they trust me and I ‘get’ what they is going through. More importantly, they are seeing real progress in a short time and things are actually changing for them as a result of the program. It is so encouraging not just for them, but for me too as their Therapist.”
"I truly enjoy being part of the Eating Freely Program as one of the Nutritional Therapists. As someone who has been working with people struggling around food and eating for a number of years now, I see the combination of nutrition support and therapy being of utmost importance as people begin their healing journey. Our relationship with food and our bodies are complex and eating disorders are multifaceted, which is why a team approach will yield the best outcome for all involved. Of course the continuing referrals are helpful for my business too. " Emma delivers her training in a very interactive and very enjoyable way, and provides plenty of support. At the end of this course I felt well equipped to take on clients. The structure of the program is uncomplicated and laid out clearly. There are handouts and exercises for each session, which clients really appreciate. I particularly like the neuroscience piece as it gives the client a great understanding of how their thoughts and feelings are connected to their dieting and bingeing, and it shows them clearly how they can break out of the cycle of emotional eating – such a relief for them. I was a little nervous at first taking on an entire new model, but now that I have started working with the model I can see how relevant it is, my client’s feedback is really rewarding, I feel that they trust me and I ‘get’ what they is going through. More importantly, they are seeing real progress in a short time and things are actually changing for them as a result of the program. It is so encouraging not just for them, but for me too as their Therapist.”
“Being trained as an Eating freely Therapist has definitely enhanced my practice. The Eating Freely program has provided me with effective tools to help clients who suffer from emotional eating and binge eating disorder. Clients love the structure of the program, they can track their progress on a weekly basis by doing their homework and exercises and reviewing them in session with their therapist. Usually by week five, clients have a clear idea of the reasons why they binge or emotionally eat and no longer feel powerless, they know they are building the necessary skills to tackle their issues. It is very rewarding for me to witness clients significantly reducing their bingeing and creating a healthier relationship with food and with themselves by the end of the program. In terms of the fee I paid for the training, I considered it an investment in my professional growth and it paid itself back by working with my first two clients. I would not have the knowledge and the skills to help clients suffering from eating disorders without the training that Eating Freely provided me with and I would certainly refer those clients if I did not have the appropriate training. I now understand how much of this area I did not know about or truly understand – it IS a specialist area, and a very rewarding area to work in.”
"Using Eating Freely with 2 male clients I was amazed how well this programme worked for these clients. Neither men had a pre-existing condition and therefore came to this voluntarily to deal with their unhappiness around their relationship with food. I found that having the structure of the course helps both clients and I engage in the sessions from the beginning. Both men engaged with homework. For me, the discussions around homework gave access and opportunity for discussion of eating rituals meanings of food history and culture also the uncovering of habits. There is a significant amount of input/information in the first 3 sessions but it builds confidence in the clients ability to see ways to make changes. And the addition of the nutritional therapy consultation adds to all this new information to deal with the problem of weight. Both men reported that by the 3rd session they were eating better had implemented some changes and had fewer periods of remorse due to bingeing. The shift happens when there is less focus on food and more on their thoughts, behaviour and feelings. But most interesting by the 3rd session the language of feelings has been subtly introduced. This then helps the integration of body sensation in response to the feelings... It was wonderful to weave in an integrative approach from a structured program. The therapist client relationship deepens after the third session with much more focus on coming to know themselves and uncover some of the un-grieved losses of their past. Both men acknowledged that they had not realised that there had been such an emotional base to their disordered eating. Learning the language to express their feelings and basically come out of their head into their bodies."