I am the counselling team lead at Eating Distress North East and oversee a fantastic team of counsellors. I conduct initial client assessments and have a clinical caseload of clients, as well as being involved in the management and development of the service.
I am responsible for the creation and delivery of high-quality eating disorder talks and training courses to a variety of audiences throughout the North-East.
I deal with initial enquiries for clinical and other support and information and register new clients to our services. I work with the management and board to ensure the charity complies with its legal obligations.
I describe myself as an integrative, person-centred counsellor, meaning I am led by my clients with what they want to bring to sessions, and I will introduce creative work, different theory, and coping strategies when necessary. I work one evening for the Newcastle University contract and one evening for the paid for service.
As an integrative counsellor, Erin provides a safe, confidential space for clients to talk openly and freely about whatever has been happening in their lives, past or present, which is causing distress.
I am an integrative psychotherapist and work as a counsellor for Eating Distress North East. I use a range of modalities including Transactional Analysis, CBT, mindfulness and creative methods.
I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means as well as using the core foundation of Person-Centred Therapy I also use a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt and Transactional Analysis (TA). I provide confidential, high-quality counselling both face to face and by telephone or online to people aged 16+ affected by eating distress/disorders.
My role in Eating Distress North East is Admin Assistant and I currently organise the posts on our social media pages. I work with the Chief Executive and Office Manager to ensure the Eating Distress North East office has administration cover when necessary and with the counsellors to make sure our clients have a friendly and professional session when visiting the office. I have been in this role since September 2020.
I organise the Health and Wellbeing workshops, facilitate the Friends and Family Group and run Mindfulness training courses and sessions throughout the year.
I co-facilitate alongside the Training Officer, Eating Disorders education and training sessions which we deliver to, e.g. medical staff, teachers, counsellors, youth workers and students.
Lyn is Chair of the Board of Trustees. She spent over 40 years working in Local Government in the Social Care sector as a social worker and manager. She has been involved with Eating Distress North East for over 30 years, and is committed to its ongoing benefit and success.
Mike is EDNE’s Treasurer, and has been a Board member since 2018
Mike is the Treasurer for both Newcastle u3a and Northumbria Region u3a
I am also a member of the fundraising sub-group. I was keen to join the trustee team as eating distress has also affected those close to me and I wanted to ensure I could support this invaluable work. I heard about Eating Distress North East through the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear as a part of their Trustee Match Scheme.
I work as Café Coordinator for Café Beam run by Smile For Life Children’s Charity. The café offers young people with learning difficulties and disabilities with a work placement to learn skills and develop confidence so that they are ready for the world of work. The young people are supported by dedicated volunteers.
My background is the fire and rescue service and I have also been a carer.
‘I help decide what will best enable the charity to carry out its purpose, make balanced and adequately informed decisions. ‘
As a small charity, we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to allow us to continue our work. Every donation is noticed and appreciated, and allows us to really make a difference in someone’s life – by helping to provide specialised one to one counselling sessions to people who would otherwise not be able to access them, run our support groups, and provide training so people can spot the signs of eating distress and help others seek the support they need as early as possible. We use Local Giving as our donation platform, and any contribution enables us to continue providing our supportive services for people struggling with anxiety around food