Meet our Founder & Clinical Director:
Dr. Jenna Daku, BA, DPsych, MBACP
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 both in person and 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 have a Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling and I have further trainings in trauma work. I am currently completing my training as a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor®. I offer 1:1 therapy in person and online.
You deserve to be seen for who you really are.
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, Workshops or Group Therapy. 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 who will strive to reply within 48 hrs - excluding weekends. From there, we can arrange for an initial consultation with one of our therapists.
*Please don't forget to check your junk e-mail folder if you're expecting a reply from us! x