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 experience working in a specialist NHS eating disorders service (including both inpatient and outpatient services) within South West London and St George’s NHS Trust. Whilst working within this service I received training 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 I continue to utilise within my private work.
I currently work part-time as the Professional Lead in Richmond Tier 3 child and adolescent mental health service. Within my NHS work, I enjoy providing supervision to other clinical psychologists, trainee psychologists on the University of Surrey doctoral course, and ST4 psychiatrists utilising CBT. I also lecture on the University of Surrey doctoral course.
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. 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 (CAMHS), older adults (65+), learning disabilities and eating disorders. Post-qualification I have specialised in working with eating disorders and child and adolescent mental health.
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. In press.
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.