Dr Georgina Heath
Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialised in Eating Disorders
I am a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. I have extensive clinical experience working with eating disorders in both specialist inpatient and outpatient NHS eating disorder services as well as in private practice. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Enhanced (CBT-E) from the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO). CBT-E is a specialist and evidence based treatment for eating disorders, which is the primary recommended treatment for adult eating disorders by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines.
I employ an empathic, warm and nonjudgmental approach in therapy and love working collaboratively with clients to improve their wellbeing. I recognise the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship and aim to help the people I work with feel listened to and understood. I believe in tailoring therapy to meet my client's needs, and may draw on a range of different therapeutic techniques and models in my work (for more information about the therapies I offer please see the “therapy” section).
I strongly believe that as a society we are under increasing pressure to conform to stringent and often unobtainable beauty standards, and this is fuelling an increase in low self-esteem, poor body image and unhealthy relationships with food. I am a passionate advocate for intuitive eating (listening to your body's internal cues) and the Health at Every Size Approach. Within my therapeutic work I am a strong advocate for clients building upon their existing strengths and surrounding themselves with resources that will benefit their recovery. I frequently arm my clients with a range of helpful articles, books, Ted Talks, podcasts, and social media pages to ensure that their lives become as recovery focussed as possible.
I am passionate and committed to helping individuals regain a healthy and happy relationship with food and their bodies.
Dr Georgina Heath
Background and Training
I completed my first degree in Experimental Psychology at Bristol University before going on to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. My doctoral therapeutic training focused on cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and systemic family therapy. During my doctoral training I worked with clients across the lifespan and in varied mental health services including adult (CMHT), child and adolescent, older adults (65+), learning disabilities and eating disorders. Post-qualification I have specialised in working with eating disorders and child and adolescent mental health. I have had NHS posts in adult inpatient and outpatient eating disorder services as well as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). In 2020, I was promoted to the Professional Lead of Richmond CAMHS. In my NHS career I have enjoyed providing supervision to clinical and counselling psychologists, trainee psychologists, and ST4 psychiatrists utilisng CBT, as well as providing professional supervision to family therapists and psychodynamic psychotherapists.
Heath, G. H., Fife-Schaw, C., Wang, L., Eddy, C. J., Hone, M., & Pollastri, A. (2020). Collaborative Problem Solving reduces children's emotional and behavioral difficulties and parenting stress: Two key mechanisms. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 76(7), 1226-1240.
Plumb, C., Daer, N., Heath, G., & Adlam, J. (2016). Getting Good Outcomes: Towards Meaningful Data Collection in an Inpatient Service. Poster presented at the Eating Disorder International Conference, London, UK.
Pollastri, A. R., Epstein, L. D., Heath, G. H., & Ablon, J. S. (2013). The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: Outcomes across Settings. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 21(4), 188-199.
Wilkinson, L. L., Rowe, A. C., & Heath, G. H. (2013). Eating me up Inside: Priming Attachment Security and Anxiety, and their Effects on Snacking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(6), 795-804.