Richard Palmer | Accredited Counsellor | Bridgwater | NCPS

Richard Palmer

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS14-00736

Location: Bridgwater

Do you struggle with your relationship with food? Or do you have a diagnosed eating disorder?

Does your body image concern you?

Are you a family member or friend of someone who has an eating disorder?

Are you a therapeutic professional who is working with someone who has an eating disorder?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, I might be able to support you. I’m a qualified counsellor and supervisor specialising in eating disorders.

Eating disorders are complex mental illness. You may have been living with your eating disorder for a few months or a number of years. Having counselling with an eating disorder specialist is an effective way of recovering from an eating disorder.

Counselling with me typically has five stages:

Stage 1: Assessment - we need to understand as much as possible about what is going on for you.
Stage 2: Coping Strategies - I'll help you to practise and learn some tools and techniques that will help to make life more comfortable.
Stage 3: Underlying Problems - Eating disorders are known as being comorbid, which means that they typically exist alongside other problems, such as low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. We'll work through these problems which will again help to make life more comfortable for you.
Stage 4: Eating Disorder - when, and only when, you're ready, we will start working directly with the eating disorder.
Stage 5: Relapse Prevention - When you're happy with how you're feeling, we'll develop a plan to help you maintain good mental health as much as possible.

I also work with the family members of people living with eating disorders (please be aware that I do NOT work with the sufferer AND a family member).

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses which can put added pressure onto relationships. This can be a very challenging time for you, desperately wanting to help the person that you love but not knowing what to do while trying to deal with your own emotions. I help family members of people living with eating disorders to work through how they feel and to support their loved one as much as possible. Please be aware that I am not offering therapy by proxy. I am unable to tell you how to help your loved one recover from their eating disorder. What I am offering is support for you so that you can support your loved one with their recovery.

I am also a qualified supervisor. I offer both regular and ad hoc supervision to counsellors who are working with clients affected by an eating disorder.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    I have completed four years of counselling training, graduating with a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Practice.

    I am currently studying for a Master's Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University. This is a post-qualifying degree and is research-based.

    I have undertaken specialist, in-depth training to work with eating disorders in the form of a diploma.
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Depression
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Relationships
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
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