Sarah BoltonPsychoanalytic Therapist

Hello, I’m a Psychoanalytic Therapist. I work psychodynamically to help you explore your relationship with food and let go of unhelpful eating patterns.

Food is used to cope with difficult emotions

For many people, disordered eating in all its many forms has often become a way of coping with difficult emotions. Sometimes it’s the only way we can comfort ourselves, or feel in control of anything in our lives. Food can impact us in a number of ways and I think it’s important to recognise both what we use food for and what we don’t use it for.

Food is necessary for us to live, but it can be used in many other ways, which at certain times in our lives feels very comforting and safe, but can actually be detrimental to us. We can feel as if we are in control of things if we are controlling food, but in reality it’s actually food that is controlling us.

We can often feel disgusted with ourselves, hopeless and out of control

The obsession with food

Some of us eat to mask feelings of loneliness, sadness, boredom and rage. As we are eating we feel comforted and anaesthetised, and then we want more and more, but afterwards we can often feel disgusted with ourselves, hopeless and out of control.

The longer we remain in this cycle of eating or not eating, the more isolated and unhappy we can feel. Disordered eating is often a symptom of early emotional problems which need to be uncovered to enable us to have a healthier relationship with food and to use it for its real purpose, to nourish ourselves.

I provide a combination of emotional, practical and nutritional support

How I can help you

Uncovering why we use food in the ways we do and deciding to let go of this coping mechanism can often feel scary, and this is why the therapeutic relationship with a counsellor is so important. My aim is to provide a safe and consistent environment where you can first build up trust in our relationship. In this non judgemental atmosphere, I hope you will become able to feel safe enough to begin to explore with me your difficulties and feelings which can lead to real insight into your troubled relationship with food. Alongside this, we can look at some practical ways to help you manage eating and emotions in a more healthy way and we can also provide nutritional information and help, if you feel you need it. The emotional, practical and nutritional approach in dealing with disordered eating is what drew me to the Weightmatters practice. Often, with disordered eating, we need more than one approach to help us get out of the destructive cycle.

Times and Fees

My Fees

  • £110Standard Session
  • £590Block of 6 peak
  • £95Off Peak
  • £510Off peak block
  • £400Half Breakthrough Day

Days I'm available at WeightMatters

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

I am available at additional times for remote support using


Qualifications & Training

  • 2012-2016 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training - Guild of Psychotherapists, London
  • 2013 Working with Race and Culture - Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • 2013 Working within an Ethical Framework - Guild of Psychotherapists
  • 2013 Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - Guild of Psychotherapists
  • 2011-2012 One Year Introduction to Lacan - Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research
  • 2009-2011 Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling - University of Brighton
  • 2010 Working with Sexuality - University of Brighton
  • 2009 Introduction to Counselling - Open University
  • 1988 - 1989 MA in History - University of London
  • 1985-1988 BA in History - University of London

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Services I Provide at WeightMatters

A Breakthrough Day with Sarah

If you would like to make sense of your eating behaviour and relationship with food, I am available for a Breakthrough Day. Understand how your weight, food, eating and body are linked in an unhealthy self-sabotaging pattern of thinking, feelings and behaviour. Take home skills, tools and resources to help you make changes in the way you manage food and eating
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