Meet our Founder & Clinical Director:
Dr. Jenna Daku, BA, DPsych, MBACP
** Jenna will be on Maternity Leave from February 2021. Please get in touch if you would like to join her waiting list for when she returns to practice later this year.
Our wonderful Associate Therapists will continue to accept referrals for new clients **
It takes a lot of courage to reach out for support, and I want you to have a sense of who I am, both as a person and as a therapist, so you can feel as comfortable as possible when you get in touch. My goal as a therapist is to empower you to find freedom from a disordered relationship with food and your body so that you can be, and express, yourself in your own unique way. This is why I created Freedom To Be Therapy.
I am a BACP Registered Psychotherapist with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I studied at the University of Edinburgh where I graduated with a Doctorate Degree specialising in eating disorders and recovery. My approach to therapy is holistic, which means that I will support you to reflect on how your relationship with food impacts your mind, body, relationships, and connections with yourself and the world around you. I am a relational psychodynamic therapist, but I do not subscribe to the idea of being a 'blank screen'. This means that if we work together, our therapeutic relationship will be a top priority and we will use it to explore how your past impacts who and how you are today. I will support you to see that your thoughts and behaviours do not need to define you, and together we will uncover who you really are beneath your struggles.
To facilitate this process, I integrate a range of skills, theories, and techniques which is trauma- informed and includes: Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, positive psychology, and so much more. I am also an avid Health at Every Size® advocate and I am also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor® . My goal is to offer you support that is tailored to your individual needs, and which takes in to account all of you - mind, body and soul.
If you're interested in challenging the way that you think about food and your body, please get in touch to arrange for an initial consultation. I offer 1:1 therapy sessions online. I also facilitate therapeutic workshops and groups, so be sure to sign up to our mailing list if you'd like to hear more, or send us an email if you've got any questions.
It is possible to find freedom!
Meet our Integrative Therapist:
Vicky Bellman, Dip. Couns
Compassion, resilience, and empathy are the foundations of my practice. I enjoy, and I am committed to, providing a dynamic therapeutic service. This means that I tailor my approach to your individual needs. My work is affirmative, and I am passionate about supporting you to reclaim your strengths and restore your resilience. I am robust, reliable and consistent: While you may feel burdened by the load you are currently carrying, I won't buckle.
My therapeutic model is based on a person-centred approach, which means that it is non-judgemental, empathic, and honest, giving people the space to explore and connect with their true selves. I am an Integrative Therapist, which means that I am flexible and draw from a range of humanistic models according to each person's individual needs. I believe that our emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual selves are all connected, and as such I feel that it is useful to consider ourselves as a whole person -- rather than focusing on bits. I strive to see you as a whole person, beyond the symptoms of your disordered relationship with food and your body, and I am passionate about offering trauma-informed support that fits within a Health at Every Size® framework. My creative and embodied approach positions you as the expert of yourself and your own experience, and I see my role as supporting you to connect with who you would like to be and the life you would live to live.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I have a Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling and I further trainings in trauma work. I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor® and I offer 1:1 therapy online.
You deserve to be seen for who you really are.
Meet our Integrative
Dialectical Behavioural Therapist:
As a dual Physiotherapist and Dialectical Behavioural (DBT) Therapist I combine physical and psychological approaches to provide holistic and individualised treatment. I specialise in helping people with eating disorders and disordered eating to rebuild healthy and meaningful relationships with food, exercise, and their body.
As a therapist I use a non-judgemental, and compassionate approach. I take into consideration all the different biological, psychological, and social factors that might be impacting you. In the process of our therapy together we will start exploring the development and maintaining factors of your eating disorder or disordered eating. Once we have a good understanding of these factors, we work towards you finding a meaningful life free from disordered eating. Our sessions will be goal orientated to help keep you motivated through recovery and to give you a clear vision of what you’re working towards. In addition to Physiotherapy, the psychotherapeutic treatment approaches I specialise in are Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), and DBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD.
Alongside working at Freedom to be Therapy, I run the Eating Disorder Exercise Clinic and I work as a dual DBT Therapist and Physiotherapist in a specialist eating disorder day-care service. Prior to this I have worked as a psychological therapist in a range of different settings including the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS), community mental health services, and inpatient eating/personality disorder services.
In addition to clinical work, I have previously managed a combined physiotherapy and occupational therapy team in a specialist eating disorder and personality disorder service. I have also lectured at the University of Brighton on the role of physiotherapy within early intervention mental health services.
I am a Registered Member of the Health and Care Professionals Council and I offer 1:1 therapy sessions online.
Let's start your journey towards recovery.
Get in Touch
It can feel intimidating to reach out to a stranger for support, but we hope to make the process as comfortable as possible. When filling out the form, it's helpful if you can tell us what brings you to therapy at this point in your life and whether you're interested in Eating Disorder Therapy, Intuitive Eating Coaching, Workshops or Group Therapy (currently on pause). Otherwise feel free to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable telling us about yourself and your concerns.
Your information will be sent to Jenna, our Clinical Director or forwarded to our Therapist Vicky whilst Jenna is on Maternity Leave from Feb 2021. From there, we can arrange for an initial consultation with one of our therapists.
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