Recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be

I met Anne a few years ago when I was struggling to find a way out of the black hole that was my then very self-destructive eating disorder. I can hand on heart say that Anne was the most important cog in the wheel that was my recovery. Without her, I do sincerely doubt that I would be the happy, healthy and, most importantly, balanced individual that I am today. Anne helped me rediscover the old me that I so longed to be again and that I so often spoke of during our sessions – the ‘me’ that could enjoy sharing a favourite curry with my Dad and could appreciate the wonder that was (and still is) my Nan’s famous apple pie without intense fear and panic. Anne is one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met, with an incredibly trusting and warm bedside manner, I felt completely at ease opening up to her about my demons and daily battles. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist and research fiend, I can be stubborn on what I consider ‘knowledge’ and, during my dark years, had taken into my own hands the job of ‘educating’ myself (albeit in an excessive, obsessive and quite frankly speculative manner) on what I believed to be ‘clean eating,’ a phrase I now steer clear from due to the fact that I think it has come to segregate ‘good’ and ‘bad’ eating habits into an ideal that is altogether unhealthy, unsustainable and unattainable. Anne clearly recognised how my hyper-driven personality had potentially perpetuated my eating disorder, but instead of preaching at me about my diet wrongdoings (the worst thing you can possibly do to an ED sufferer), she provided me with legitimate, researched and scientifically supported articles, websites, diagrams, podcasts etc. that I could read over in my own time outside of our sessions – material for my researcher/investigator brain to assimilate that really got me thinking about the consequences of what was I doing to my body. In other words, Anne understood my personality ticks and knew how to work with them instead of against them. Over the last few years I have fallen back in love with food and myself. My once aggressive hormonal acne and its accompanied amenorrhea, uncomfortable digestive problems, low mood, sluggish energy levels, disturbed sleeping patterns and general anti-social behavior is firmly a thing of the past. I will never be the type of person to stuff my face with McDonald’s or pot noodles for the rest of my life because I LOVE good, wholesome, nourishing foods, but I also LOVE a slice of my best friend’s birthday cake and a hearty roast dinner with a Yorkshire pudding bigger than my head. I LOVE food as a way of living and enjoying my life, making memories with the people I care about. Anne has helped me uncover the true meaning of a healthy balanced diet in a way that never feels restrictive. The ‘voice’ in the back of my head encouraging me to revert back to my old, controlling, black hole days will never fully disappear – it is impossible to completely extinguish it – but I can now press mute on the remote control whenever it pipes up or push the ejector seat button to evict it from my mind, and, honestly, it feels fabulously liberating. I don’t think I could ever thank you enough for all your help and guidance Anne. D

We wanted to personally thank you for everything you have done for our daughter.  You were without doubt the driving force to her recovery and we will always appreciate the time and effort you put into helping her.  She said you were very understanding of what she was going through and always showed her great kindness, which meant so much to us when she was so far away from home. M

Thank you very much Anne! I am very glad to have met you and to be working with you. I really think that your work and how you do it is fantastic. You can clearly tell that you are passionate and you are truly in contact with the sector you work on. B

Thanks Anne! And thanks for the seminars – personally they’ve been the most important and exciting part of my week so thank you for that. E

I’m most grateful for all your help. I’m feeling so much better already. D

Thank you so much for your brilliant, straight talking approach. It’s changed my world! D

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