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Do you care for someone with an eating disorder?
When your child has an eating disorder, help can be hard to find. Life feels turned upside down, and it is hard to know what to do for the best. When we were in that situation I felt scared and I blamed myself. You probably already know the impact of an eating disorder spreads further than just the person suffering, it impacts friends and family as well.
Current research quite clearly says that early intervention is important and parents are in the best position to support their child's recovery. That can be easier said than done. You will need skills that you haven't used before and things that seem normal might not necessarily be helpful.
I work with parents to educate them on the skills and tools they will need to help their child, whilst supporting them in bringing their own strengths and expertise to their family. I you to keep going when the going gets tough. This can often be a marathon rather than a sprint. But it is important to remember with the right skills recovery is possible.
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How I work with parents
- The Recovery Cwtch - weekly group coaching with a Facebook group and WhatsApp support.
- One-to-one coaching (that can include any adult family members).
- Skills and coaching programmes that give you the tools and support you need to know how to support your child's recovery.
A bit about me
I had spent more than 10 years coaching when our daughter was diagnosed with anorexia. She refused to speak to a therapist, so I skilled up to support her health. After her recovery, I wrote a book about our experiences. I learnt that the things that made a difference were simple, if not easy. I set up an organisation called Fresh Air Fridays to teach these skills as a preventative method.
If you are reading this, I am guessing something is not working in your life right now. Perhaps it is with your relationships. You wonder if you and your partner still have anything in common; you have been frustrated with your kids lately, and work feels like a complete drain. You feel overwhelmed with the things you ‘should’ do but frequently don’t know where to start. You do some things ok, but if you are honest with yourself, you haven’t lived up to your own expectations. Though you have had stretches when things feel ok, you often feel like a failure, and anxiety has become a part of your life.
Maybe you have got a rubbish relationship with food, and you don’t much like yourself.
I suspect you are feeling tired; regularly tell yourself off; and oscillate between being resigned to where you are and thinking you should pull yourself together and get on with things. There was a time when you thought you could do something worthwhile, but now you have mostly given up because real life has gotten in the way of your dreams.
The first step to working with a coach can feel daunting. Most people don’t take that step. Even admitting you would like to or need to may add to your feelings of failure. I honour you for considering it, and I will make the journey as easy as possible.
The most important part of working with a coach or therapist is feeling safe and like it is the right fit. We will have a short conversation where I answer any questions you have, and you get a chance to see if it feels right for you.
What some of my clients have said
"You will literally be walked through a process that gives you space and support, allowing you to understand and accept your situation, giving you back the confidence to move forward" - Denise
“Ruth has a real ability to listen - really listen - and then ask some real 'killer' questions that encourage me to root down and identify my own "truth" within. Ruth is an expert at teaching us to listen to and trust our own bodies (or gut) and takes us on a journey of self-discovery and congruence without expressing her own judgements. Ruth's extensive knowledge and interests mean I come away from our conversations feeling enlightened, empowered, excited but with added extra insights into health, books to read and fabulous people to connect with. I highly recommend you work with Ruth on some level!” - Karen
“I wanted to say a huge and massive thank you for all that your coaching has done for me.
The way you intuitively coach is just amazing, I've worked with and had a lot of coaching and you are in my top 3 of coaches who have impacted massively and changed my life.
Were it not for you I would not have the amazing relationship I now have as I was ready to give up and walk away and repeat the same pattern again. You taught me to look at things in a whole new way that was completely different from how most people work. It was so refreshing and the best part was, although I was unsure about it I trusted you, tried what you were teaching and IT WORKED! And it didn't just work it blew me away and made things happen for me far quicker than I could have imagined possible. And working on my relationship and my self-esteem didn't just make those things better it made every aspect of my life better.
I and would happily recommend you to anyone as I know that if they work with you their happiness levels will transform into many levels higher than they are at now!” - Alex
If you are close to Cardiff I recommend one-to-one coaching is done outside walking.
Training, qualifications & experience
Coach, teacher, mum (now adults), engineer
2021 - Present Eating Disorders Parenting Coach
2018 - Present Wellbeing Coach
2013 - 2018 Life and Business Coach
2013 Founded Fresh Air Fridays
2010 - 2013 Coached and supported daughter through anorexia
1998 - 2015 Coached in direct selling organisation with a team of 400 people
Training & Qualifications
2022 Silent Counselling
2017 Dealing with Anxiety UKCPD
2016 Landmark Forum
2015 Guided Imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change Human Givens Collage
2013 NLP Practitioner College, Business and Life Coaching Diploma, Certificate of Advanced Personal Development UKCPD
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Parents supporting a child with an eating disorder
£45.00 - £500.00
Free initial telephone session
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When I work
I can offer flexible appointments by discussion.