Danielle LeeGestalt Therapist On Placement

I’d like to support you to look at the roles that food and emotions play in your life, and how you can manage them more effectively to live a happier and more wholesome life.

My Philosophy

I believe that we are essentially whole, that we have a deep sense about what we need as human beings, to live happily and well. This mostly happens if we pay attention to the signals that our bodies and emotions give us.

Over time, due to our environment, circumstances, and the challenges we face, we may develop coping mechanisms that involve us doing something with the way we feel, eat, live, relate to our bodies, ourselves, with others. We may then find that the such ways of coping have become eating, drinking, thought, feeling or action patterns over time… habits, ‘disordered’ eating, ‘addictions’. We may also suppress, distort or come to distrust the signals from our bodies and emotions then.

If you have come so far as to consider working with a psychotherapist on issues with eating or emotions, chances are that your inner wisdom has got you here.

What I would work with you on

We’ll talk about what’s got you to where you are and how you need or want your current wellness level to be different. I’m here to support you to get what you want. If you haven’t figured it all out, that’s absolutely fine – we’ll figure it out together. It’s your agenda for well-being that we would focus on – whether this is improving your health and nutrition, overcoming illness, loss, self-image or improving other aspects of your life such as the way you relate to yourself and others.

What would working with me look or feel like

You’re likely to experience sessions with me as a two-way dialogue. We will focus on increasing your awareness about you, your coping mechanisms, eating or relating patterns – because awareness is the first step towards change.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - The Little Prince

Together, we will explore options to restore health to the various types of relationships in your life, to yourself, food, or other people. If you like body process or Mindfulness practices and are ready for them, we can incorporate these at appropriate times.

I may sometimes challenge you gently to get you out of your comfort zone or usual modes of thinking, acting or being, bearing in mind your readiness. You will have space to exercise choice, and my priority will be your safety and well-being.

A little bit about me

I am passionate about living life holistically – in a way that integrates head, heart, body and spirit. I am trained in *Gestalt Psychotherapy and Emotions Focused Therapy, and also integrate aspects of other therapeutic modalities into my work – where I think they may be helpful to my clients.

I’ve worked with clients with trauma and abuse in their childhood or adult life, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide ideation, eating issues, bereavement and loss, challenging transitions (change or loss of job, health, relationship, divorce, identity), stress (from work or life in general). I’ve also helped clients experiencing issues with imposter syndrome, low self-esteem or self-worth, shame, grief and anger.

I’ve worked and still work with clients from different walks of life, from students to parents and senior executives working in highly stressful work environments. When I’m not seeing clients as therapist, I practise as an Organisational Change consultant and coach for senior leaders in the City.

*You don’t have to know about Gestalt to work with me. If you’re curious, here’s a brief explanation about the Gestalt approach. We focus on raising awareness to bring about change. We pay attention to the relationship between therapist and client to understand how the client relates to themselves and others, what’s happening in the here-and-now (rather than digging through history). We also treat our clients as whole persons – their body and emotional experiences are as important as their thoughts.

Times and Fees

My Fees

  • £55Standard Session
  • £300Block of 6 peak

Days I'm available at WeightMatters

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

I am available at additional times for remote support using

Skype
Facetime

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Registered Member, MBACP, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Member, UKAGP, UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Member, BPS RQTU, British Psychological Society Register of Qualifications in Test Use

Services I Provide at WeightMatters

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