WHO AM I and what is whole body mental health?
The way we think about mental health – as separate from physical health – is flawed. My philosophy of Whole Body Mental Health is a comprehensive approach to mental health care; integrating evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle factors with psychological therapy.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and visiting lecturer working in private practice in central London. I am a Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society's Training Committee in Counselling Psychology - the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counselling Psychology training across the UK. I formerly led the therapy service at HMP & YOI Holloway, which at the time was Europe’s largest women’s prison (closed summer 2016).
A former finalist on the Great British Bake Off, and an award-winning food producer with training in nutrition, my work looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food.
I am passionate about the power of psychology to transform lives and I’m committed to demystifying the theories and putting the information into the hands of the people who need it through social media, my Stronger Minds Podcast and live events, alongside consulting for international brands and regular appearances on expert panels.
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