Freedom with Food

for healing difficulties with food…for transforming body concerns

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About Freedom with Food


What can you offer me?

• an initial meeting, so that you can make an informed decision about whether a course of sessions would be right for you. (If they wouldn’t be right for you, information about any known alternative sources of help will be given.) To arrange a meeting, you are warmly invited to make contact.

• a course of sessions to support you in healing any difficulties with food, in transforming any body image concerns or in improving your self-esteem. This may involve discovering and making changes to your fundamental ways of being with yourself, others and life. To find out more, you are welcome to contact Lena to arrange an initial meeting.

You may also be interested in the Freedom with Food blog, which includes reflections, ideas for how to deepen your understanding, and tips on how to put this understanding into action.

What happens in appointments?

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The sessions are likely to be a mixture of:

• gaining increased understanding of what is going on for you, both in your external circumstances and your inner world

• finding tools and strategies for putting this understanding into action, in a way that works for you

Depending on what suits you, sessions may draw on counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), psychotherapy theory, coaching, techniques which bring out your creativity, mindfulness, or other methods. Also depending on to what suits you, sessions can be based on a structured process, or respond flexibly to your journey as it unfolds. The aim is to provide a supportive environment that meets your unique needs.

Where?
Appointments take place in central Wellington, just off Lambton Quay.

When?
Appointments are usually during the afternoon or evening, so as to be available for those who are not free during office hours.

How much?
A initial half hour meeting is available, so that you can make an informed decision; there is a charge of $15 for this meeting to cover administrative costs. Any appointments after this are charged on an income-related scale (or at a fixed rate if you prefer). If you are employed by an organisation that subscribes to an EAP service, it may be possible to have a few of the sessions paid for through this. If you are on a low income you may be eligible for WINZ to meet most of the cost of sessions, or it may be possible to have a few sessions paid for through an initiative called Primary Solutions.

If you work in the helping professions and are thinking about making a referral, you may want to read the LinkedIn profile for Freedom with Food.

If you have other questions, you may find them answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Or you’d be welcome to contact Lena.


About Lena Cromartie


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Lena is of Scottish descent and grew up in a number of European countries. New Zealand is now her permanent home.

Lena has recovered from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, and since then trained in the UK to work with people experiencing food and body image issues. This background gives her both an understanding of the challenges faced by sufferers and knowledge of possible solutions.

Since 2003, Lena has been using her training to help people find more satisfying ways of living. She is committed to continually adding to her knowledge and skills, particularly of ‘talk therapies’ such as counselling and coaching. She has recently finished 3 years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and is working towards becoming a registered psychotherapist. She is passionate about the potential people have to find healing and to enhance their wellbeing.

Among other qualifications, Lena has a Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders, a Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling, and a Diploma in Life Coaching. She is a full member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors). In the UK, she is a registered counsellor and accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Lena’s personal interests include the principles and practices of meditation, the meeting together of different cultures and languages, a mind-body-spirit approach to health, and enjoying the beauty of Wellington and its surrounds.

If you work in the helping professions and are thinking about making a referral, you may be interested in Lena’s LinkedIn profile.

To find out more about Lena or her work, you are warmly invited to make contact.