Dr Georgina Heath
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
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, to provide a person-centered treatment.
Within my therapeutic work I encourage clients to build upon their existing strengths and to surround 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 a passionate advocate for intuitive eating (listening to your body's internal cues) and the Health at Every Size Approach (promoting health over weight loss, body respect and weight neutrality). I feel saddened (and cross!) about the stigma that currently exists in society about weight and health. Research has shown repeatedly that weight loss attempts do not work in the long term and often lead to adverse health consequences, however there are still strong societal and organisational policies that have yet to catch up with the research. I actively try to tackle stigma by promoting body diversity and challenging diet culture in my work.
From working in the NHS and privately I am aware of some of the challenges that people can face in getting the help that they need and deserve. I strongly believe that anyone struggling with eating and/or body image difficulties is deserving of specialist support. The sooner someone seeks treatment the easier it is to make a full recovery!
I feel priveliged and excited to support people on their recovery journey and love working with individuals to make peace with food and their bodies.
Dr Georgina Heath
Background and Training
I completed my first degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol 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. I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society.
Post-qualification I have specialised in working with adult eating disorders and child and adolescent mental health. 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), which is a specialist and evidence based treatment for eating disorders. CBT-E is the primary recommended treatment for adult eating disorders by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines.
In my NHS career I have spent several years working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and in 2020, I was promoted to the Professional Lead of Richmond CAMHS. Within these posts 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.