Food Issues, Body Image & Self-esteem Therapist
Are you ready to start living and enjoying life again?
Receive Specialist Support from Psychotherapist Lucy
At Nude Nutrition, we want to ensure we have a safe environment, to support and empower our clients. As part of working on healing your relationship with food, other challenges can unfold or be present. For this reason, our in house psychotherapist Lucy Fowler, MBACP (Accred) MA, MSc, is available.
Therapy will focus on the emotional and psychological side of healing your relationship with food and body, and anything else that comes up during this journey. She can offer support independently, or alongside support with your Dietitian.
Lucy’s approach is HAES-aligned and informed by the principles of Intuitive Eating and (if applicable) and compliments the support offered by the Dietitian’s at Nude Nutrition. She is able to support anyone with food issues, body image, and self-esteem.
Lucy offers a 15-minute discovery call before you start working together. During which you can talk more about what therapy will involve, and give you time to ask any questions.
You could stop measuring your self-worth in inches and pounds, but rather through the moments that fill your day.
You could get rid of that voice telling you what you should or shouldn’t eat, and create more confidence, headspace and energy to live and enjoy your life.
You could stop the negative, critical voice in your head telling you that you or your body isn’t good enough so that you can live your life feeling okay just as you are.
How therapy sessions work
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What will therapy involve?
Lucy’s approach is HAES-aligned and informed by the principles of Intuitive Eating and (if applicable) fits alongside your work with your dietitian. It will focus on the emotional and psychological side of healing your relationship with food and body, and anything else that comes up during this journey. As an integrative psychotherapist, Lucy combines existential, humanistic and psychodynamic perspectives to meet the needs of individual clients. This means that she will treat every client as an individual, and see clients not as “broken” and needing to be fixed, but as someone who is struggling and needs support because life can feel hard for many reasons, both past and present. Lucy seeks to provide a safe, contained and non-judgmental space for clients to work through their difficulties. This might involve talking about body image and self-esteem issues, childhood, relationships, work pressures, grief and loss, and other difficult and painful emotions. The work often focuses on challenging shame and cultivating self-compassion, understanding how the past impacts us, how and why we use coping mechanisms to manage difficult experiences and emotions and helping clients move towards a place of understanding and acceptance.
Intuitive Eating is an evidence based and non-diet approach to wellness that helps you break free from the chronic side effects of dieting. It offers freedom from restriction and food rules and gets you back to normal eating. It’s an approach to help you get out of your head, and more into your body, removing the should / shouldn’t voices that constantly sit on your shoulders. You will learn how to honour your hunger, respect your fullness, how to cope with emotions without relying on food, and much much more. It’s about taking weight out of the equation and allowing our body to settle at its natural weight once eating patterns normalise.
What to expect from therapy with Lucy
Lucy offers a 15-minute discovery call before you start working together. During which you can talk more about what therapy will involve, and give you time to ask any questions. If you are both happy to work together, you will decide on a regular time to meet (weekly or fortnightly). Lucy will then send you a link to your sessions and payment. Sessions take place on Microsoft Teams and are 50 minutes long. Lucy has a 48-hour cancellation policy, anything less than this still requires payment.
What is discussed in the first session?
The first session is an opportunity for Lucy to get to know you, a bit about your background and what has brought you to therapy. There is no pressure to tell Lucy everything in this session and you will not be expected or pressured to talk about things until you feel comfortable and safe to do so. Lucy might ask some questions as you go and if there is anything you want to ask Lucy, you will have time to do so. In the last ten minutes of the session, Lucy will discuss how the session has been and what feels best in terms of frequency of sessions (and possibly the number of sessions, although not necessarily).
How often do we speak?
Sessions are 50-minutes long and are usually delivered in six-week blocks. Towards the end of every sixth session, you and Lucy will review how the therapy is going, what is or isn’t working, and check you are happy to continue working together. You can work together for up to 12 months, regardless of the frequency of sessions. At the end of each session, you and Lucy will confirm the time of your next one, and Lucy will then send you a link to it immediately following the session (and every six weeks, a link to pay for the next block).
How can I explore this option?
If you would like to set up a free discovery call with Lucy to discuss your challenges, how support might work for you, and to see if she can support you, contact Lucy directly via the button below.
What's the price?
Sessions are £80 per 50-minute session and are usually delivered in six-week blocks. Towards the end of every sixth session, you and Lucy will review how the therapy is going, what is or isn’t working, and check we are happy to continue working together. We can work together for up to 12 months, regardless of the frequency of sessions. At the end of each session, we will confirm the time of our next one, and Lucy will then send you a link to it immediately following the session (and every six weeks, a link to pay for the next block).
Don’t just hear it from us…
Hear from our clients to see how therapy has changed their lives.
Lucy was absolutely instrumental in giving me the tools to break down my strict framework for existence and help me to start living and enjoying life again.
Before I met Lucy I was struggling with hugely disordered eating and over-exercising. I had a rule for everything. The number of calories, macro breakdown, how many times a week I could eat bread, should exercise, was allowed to rest. A lot of it centred around losing weight for my wedding, and when I weighed myself post-honeymoon and saw that much of that weight loss was lost, I lay on the bathroom floor and cried. That was the point at which I realised I needed some help.
Before I embarked on the recovery journey I was terrified of putting on weight. This makes sense, as my entire sense of self-worth was based on the number I exerted on the scales. Losing my thin body felt like it would mean losing my value as a person. Challenging this system of beliefs – a system deeply ingrained in me through society, my family, and I – was, in all honesty, exhausting. But also hugely liberating. I used to think “if I’m not the thinnest person in the room, then who am I?”; now I think “if I’m not worrying about who the thinnest person in the room is, then I can be anything”.
Lucy was absolutely instrumental in giving me the tools to break down my strict framework for existence and help me to start living and enjoying life again. She allowed me to unpack – in my own time – the moments that had led me to where I was, and supported me as I navigated myself away from that disordered place. Thanks to Lucy, I no longer measure my self-worth through inches and pounds, but through the moments that fill a day.
To anyone thinking of reaching out to Lucy, I would say, please, take that first step. Finding food freedom and body neutrality will be difficult. But I can promise it will be so so worth it.
She helped me to identify obstacles in my behaviour and thinking that I either was not aware of or chose to ignore
“I initially worked with Lucy as I always had a problematic relationship with food spanning around 20 years.
Eventually, I picked up a couple of books on intuitive eating which fascinated me as they seemed to provide both a framework of how my mind was operating around eating and also, in some cases, describe work for word the thoughts I had about food.
Armed with knowledge, but also knowing that this was still a tough problem for me, I wanted to find someone to help me through the process and essentially act as a mirror.
This is exactly what I gained from my time with Lucy. She helped me to identify obstacles in my behaviour and thinking that I either was not aware of or chose to ignore. It was extremely helpful to have the obstacles surrounding my relationship with food brought up again and again and to be worked on. We also worked on and discussed other emotional issues.
I would recommend Lucy as a therapist and intuitive eating coach for the reasons mentioned above, but I think her best quality was her friendly and pragmatic approach. This was very beneficial in helping my skewed mind-oriented approach to life.”
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