Creating a Career Path in Therapy

Specialise with us and
grow your practice

Why Specialise?

As a clinician, you will know that many clients use various forms of ‘numbing out’ when they feel unable to deal with a situation, a person or even a difficult feeling.  From TV to drugs, gambling to porn, alcohol to shopping – there are many ways clients can avoid what they do not want to deal with. With food however it is different, for two important reasons:

Unlike drugs, alcohol, porn or gambling, we cannot abstain from food, we cannot give it up. Food is not only a central feature of life, it can actively support healthy living or actively contribute to unhealthy living.

US statistics show that their healthcare costs for obesity related problems now outweigh the costs of smoking related healthcare.  So the addiction/abstinence model does not apply well to food, we need a different approach to support emotional & binge eating clients. Equally, diets or any form of restriction or cutting out of food groups does not work either, in fact it triggers binge eating episodes!

Over time, the food and the attendant health/weight impacts become a problem in and of themselves, which need to be specifically addressed. I have had too many clients come and report of going to another Therapist, who simply said “when we solve the underlying issue, the food problem will disappear”. This is simply not true. Over time, disordered eating results in low mood, high anxiety, hormone imbalance, poor gut health and other health issues.

The binge eating itself also becomes habitual and automatic, embedded in the brain as a coping strategy so it will never simply organically disappear.

Clients struggling with Binge Eating Disorder need specific food and bingeing related support, which they receive from an Eating Freely Nutritional Therapist. As one of our specialist practitioners you will work with Eating Freely clients in collaboration with an Eating Freely Nutritional Therapist to ensure our clients are getting both types of expert support needed.

You will also receive the comprehensive training you need to work effectively with our clients, many of whom have experienced trauma in their past. Our model is structured, time limited and built specifically to guide our clients through a process of:

a) separating their food from their feelings and dealing with both separately.
b) separating their past from their present to they are finally free to move on.

Licensing Agreement

All Eating Freely Practitioners will be entitled to deliver the Eating Freely Program in line with our guidelines and will have:
• Additional training around local marketing and using technology to make doing business easier;
• Additional training in other areas relevant to our clients, for example Trauma;
• Access to our standardised templates for marketing material;
• Unlimited access to updated content from downloads and resources for clients, to helpful clinical video tutorials and other resources of interest to our network.

A key feature of this Program for both clients and Therapists is the Eating Freely App. There, therapists communicate with each other and receive valuable between-session support via a similar peer community group with other Program clients.

Growing your Practice

Becoming a Licensed Eating Freely Practitioner is a decision to grow and develop your business. Belonging to the Eating Freely network will allow you to move from being a Generalist to a Specialist. Being part of an International Network of Coaches and Therapists, united in a common goal to professionally serve clients with expertise and compassion, is a key benefit of working with us. Eating Freely allows you to develop a career pathway – a difficult thing to do as a Solopreneur Therapist or Coach. Our ongoing CPD training will develop your skills, offer opportunities to promote yourself (in the absence of a boss or line manager to do it for you!), and grow your income.