Bridin McKenna UKCP Reg. Clinical Psychotherapist

Bridin McKenna UKCP Reg. Clinical Psychotherapist is a Energy EFT Master Practitioner Trainer in Belfast, County Antrim, N. Ireland

Introduction to Working with Eating Disorders and Body Esteem with Bridin McKenna UKCP Reg. Clinical Psychotherapist

Life Therapies Clinic Belfast BT9 6RT | 11 August 2018

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This course is taught largely from the front & draws from the latest thinking in eating disordered clinical research, evidence-based treatments, coaching, health & counselling psychology.

People do not get an eating disorder in the same way as they get mumps or a cold. An eating disorder is something that creeps up on an individual, sometimes gradually and sometimes suddenly. The eating disorder often starts well before someone knows that they are having a problem with food.

To understand why people get eating disorders, we first have to describe what an eating disorder actually is. The experts describe an eating disorder as “extreme shape and weight control behaviour” which is underpinned by excessive concerns about weight or body shape.

These feelings about shape and weight have an excessive influence on core self-esteem. As a rule, self-esteem is generally very low in someone who has an eating disorder to the point where they feel like a bad and unworthy human being.

The “extreme shape and weight control behaviour” leads to rigid rules about food, binge eating to the point of obesity, getting rid of unwanted calories by purging, self-starving to the point of emaciation, and many other ways in which a faulty relationship with food and body esteem can manifest.

This 1-day workshop aims to provide a broad understanding of the complex symptomology of eating disorders and body image distress.

Suitability: The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, nutritionists, nurses, social workers, personal fitness trainers & other health professionals working with mental health, nutrition or disordered eating.

We also offer this course as corporate training and are happy to work with organisations wish to develop these skills. We welcome enquiries from companies seeking in house training and offer discount for groups.

This course will cover:

  • Anorexia, bulimia nervosa, overeating disorders and OSFED
  • Binge eating & obesity, and their associated conditions
  • Body image disturbance, exercise addiction and men’s eating disorders
  • Evidence based and other models of treatment suitable for the treatment of eating disturbance
  • Psychological features of an eating disorder
  • The relationship between nutrition, behaviour, appetite and mood
  • The psychology of dieting
  • Body image and self-worth, the connection
  • Body image therapy
  • Core beliefs in eating disorders
  • Enhancing motivation, ready willing and able
  • Education: What the client needs to know, and when
  • Coaching for change
  • How and when to use appropriate resources such as alternative professional expertise and how to integrate your work with that of the other professionals involved in the recovery process


Trainer: Bridin McKenna UKCP accredited Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorder Clinician

Venue: Life Therapies Clinic & Training, Belfast

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018

Investment: £85 – or book together with The Psychology of Dieting & Overeating Disorders  workshop for £150 for both (£170 if booked separately.)

Book Now: use booking form  on website

Recognition: This course is certified and approved by the National Centre for Eating Disorders and Life Therapies Professional Training with CPD award of 8 hours.

Includes: Handouts and training resources provided. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

About the Host:

Bridin is the founder and lead therapist of Life Therapies Clinic and Professional Training.

After qualifying as a psychotherapist, Bridin has further trained at The National Centre for Eating Disorders and Obesity in London and is an affiliate member of their professional network, holding specialist qualifications for working with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, eating disorders and associated mental health conditions.

She is a BPS approved affiliate trainer for the National Centre for Eating Disorders and is qualified to deliver their Master Practitioner Programme in Eating Disorders and Obesity

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