About Freedom with Food
• 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 deep changes to your everyday experience of being yourself, being with others and being in the world. 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 offers some self-help ideas.
What happens in appointments?
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. As Lena believes that difficulties with food and the body always arise as an understandable response to the inner and outer circumstances, there is no judgement.
Appointments take place in central Wellington, just off Lambton Quay.
Appointments are usually during the afternoon or early evening.
A initial half hour meeting is available, to help you decide whether this kind of help would be right for you; there is a charge of $25 for this meeting ($10 for those on low incomes). 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 have other questions, you may find them answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Or you would be welcome to contact Lena.