Zoë is a therapist and mental health consultant in London.
Her consulting work focuses working with brands, teams, businesses and gyms to help make looking after your mental health accessible and acceptable to all. Her private practice offers support on a range of emotional and psychological topics including, addiction, eating disorders, codependence, trauma, anxiety, depression and relationship issues, through a dynamic person centered approach.
Zoë is accredited with NCAC (National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate), from SMMGP (Substance Misuse Management Good Practice) and BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
She is the creator, developer and author of Your Mental Health Workout.
Zoë supports some of the UK’s top fitness and wellness brands to incorporate mental health into their approach. She has helped develop psychological themes used in classes at ROWBOTS, Gareth Bale’s new gym. She introduced the team to a range of appropriate therapeutic techniques to ensure maximum change on a physical level. At Barrys UK, Zoë’s role to ensure that mental health becomes a mainstay their fitness community. She has also provided support and education to teams such as Lululemon and Harrods both in person and virtually throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
After working as part of a team within treatment centres in London, Zoë set up her private practice in 2015.
Originally specialising in addiction, trauma and eating Disorders Zoë now offers help to those suffering from a range of issues such as codependence, self-harm, anxiety, grief, body image and relationship issues.
*** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all sessions are currently taking place via video phone.
Addiction, left untreated, is a life threatening issue that can take its form in drugs, alcohol, work, gambling, screens, self-harm, food and exercise to name a few. You may find that you are repeatedly prioritising your drug of choice over previously important aspects of your life. You may be repeatedly attempting to change how you may feel and suffer emotional or physical withdrawal. When you stop, you might struggle to stay stopped or in control for any extended length of time. Fear and shame, cloaked in denial, often accompanies an addiction so if you suspect you might need help...find it now.
Many issues around mental health develop as a way to cope with trauma, or something that you found overwhelming and did not have the resources to deal with at the time. This includes but is not limited to, emotional neglect and abuse, living with a mentally unwell or addicted family member, bullying, sexual abuse, bereavement, abandonment, rejection, enmeshment (when someone uses another to help themselves feel better), physical abuse, witnessing abuse of another. The list goes on. Developmental trauma might also present as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), difficulty getting into or out of relationships, over or under reactions as well as anxiety, depression. Recovery from trauma is challenging but, with support very possible.
Eating Disorders come in the form of Anorexia, Bulimia, Overeating/Binge Eating disorder and Orthorexia.
Anorexia - is the refusal to maintain a normal body weight. Anorexics might appear underweight and struggle with eating and drinking.
Bulimia - is a binge and purge cycle, how this manifests varies form person to person. Bulimics can purge through vomiting, laxatives, exercising, starving, restricting and self harming. Bulimics can be any weight depending on their compulsive behaviours.
Overeating/Binge Eating Disorder - is the compulsive need to overeat. Be this through actively bingeing, feeling the need to snack throughout the day or night or overeating at or after meal times. Overeaters might present as overweight.
Orthorexia - is an obsession with healthy eating. As an Orthorexic you can present as someone who is looking after their diet really well, however your need to control what you eat is causing you distinct pain and distress.
You may experience one, two, three or all of these manifestations of an eating disorder. Whatever your experience you may find yourself lying about what you've eaten, when and where. You may feel like you are living in 'borrowed body' and have a highly distorted sense of self and body image.
Codependence is usually the result of developmental trauma or a family of origin experience that was unhelpful in some way. In order to protect our selves from being hurt again we create adapted parts of ourselves which allow us to look 'sorted' and feel 'in control' but actually move us further away from our authentic self - resulting in internal conflict and emotional pain. Codependents frequently present as either too dependent or anti-dependent. They experience a desperate need to be liked, loved and accepted demonstrated through people pleasing and dominant or submissive compulsive helping. Their self esteem depends on it. Codependents might have a sense of deep rooted resentment but have trouble expressing themselves honestly. Recovery from codependence involves self esteem work and boundary setting in order to develop a sense of self without the need to control others.
Anxiety is made up of a number of different factors and often people need help and support to work through anxiety. The word anxiety means something specific to you. No-one's anxious response is the same as the next. It is a word that tells us you are not OK. You might need to 'unpack' your anxiety and start to understand your triggers. How to cope more effectively. Or you might need support while you go through a particularly stressful life event. Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes so therapy around anxiety needs to be bespoke to you are your personal experience.
Grief doesn't just happen when you lose a loved one or there's a death in the family or there's a breakup of a relationship. It happens every time you get disappointed. It happens every time you lose something. It happens every time an expectation isn't met. It happens every time someone says no. So quite often in life we are moved into a process of grief without realising. Whether you have experienced a major loss or are struggling with something not going your way, psychotherapy can be a helpful form of support as you process what is going on.
Body Image is something that is formed in your mind, based on thoughts and feelings you have about yourself and then unconsciously projected on to your physical body. It is different to your body reality.
Struggling with a negative body image can be destabilising and it is far more to do with your emotions that what your body actually looks like. Therapy can help you understand the disturbance and help realign your body image with your body reality.
Love addiction can manifest in obsession around another person, place or thing. You will seek out intensity in an attempt to create intimacy and connection. Love Avoidance shows up as a difficulty getting into relationships. Fearing intimacy you may create intensity elsewhere to protect yourself from getting hurt. You fear vulnerability. Neither needs to have a sexual element although this is often a product of becoming love addicted/avoidant. It can occur in romantic relationships, friendships, teaching situations and colleagues. A pre-occupation or a compulsive need to avoid a person, place or thing is usually the main symptom. You may also feel constantly worried that you will be rejected, abandoned or depended on. You may also feel a desperate need to find out information and display stalking like behaviours. The pain and shame that comes with Love Addiction and avoidance often results in feelings of anxiety, depression and use of external substance to avoid difficult feelings.
Working with Zoe was an amazing experience. Her work is wise, challenging and always with a sense of humour. The Mental Health Workout Instagram page is incredible. No one else provides such a comprehensive online account of all things mental health. I have recommended Zoe and the YMHW page to so many people and everyone has loved it. The idea of treating mental health as we would physical health is so simple and so genius. It’s an accessible, achievable way to keep on top of your own wellness.
Zoe’s work has inspired emotional wellbeing in places other than the therapy room, something much needed in casts and teams across the country. She makes therapy easy to understand, access and benefit from. Her focus on specific and measurable workouts means anyone who wants to could get the results they are after.
"I worked with Zoe for 6 months, prior to which I had always been quite sceptical about whether I would benefit from therapy . During that time she helped me to get to know myself, understand myself, and be kinder to myself.”
"I found Zoe online at BACP after my son attempted suicide, failed, praise be, and I needed to talk this through with someone. Her initial email response oozed understanding so I chose her. She was very understanding, kind, non judgemental but challenged appropriately when needed. I cannot say enough good things about her, very professional. I can recommend her without reservation."
“After 6 months with Zoë I was able to turn a life-long hurtful relationship with my mother, who has narcissistic personality disorder and used to drive me crazy, into a well-functioning loving one by setting very strong boundaries. I am also equipped with Zoë’s tools to maintain a life as a functional responsible adult.”
When suffering with codependence your wisdom, support & encouragement gave me the strength to face up to truths, feelings & fears that I had been too scared to face."
"Thank you for everything. We dropped my daughter off at Uni last week. She is so excited about this new phrase in ther life. Many Thanks."
"Just wanted to say a quick thank you for the kindness you showed me. I'd expected it to be tough and I was surprised how emotional I was, feeling tired and reflective today! I know I'll benefit from having done it."