Complementary health care clinic specializing in pregnancy scans, classes and treatments

Psychotherapy, Counselling & Eating Disorders

Rachel McGuire

RGN;Dip H.E Mental Health; Dip.Transpersonal and Integrative Psychotherapist

UKCP registered

I’m a qualified and experienced Integrative and Transpersonal Psychotherapist with over 15 years of general and mental health nursing experience. Extensive work with adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings has allowed me to witness the impact of psychological distress, something which many of us experience.

Distorted ways of thinking and behavioural patterns can easily add to our difficulties, sometimes causing further distress, shame and desire for secrecy.

A fresh, professional and objective perspective, along with some encouragement to experiment with more helpful, adaptive thoughts and behaviors can be liberating and extraordinarily revitalizing.  I hold this and your well being in mind throughout the journey we undertake together.

I approach my work in a compassionate, open and honest way to promote an equal relationship which I believe is the best way for you to feel safe and contained enough to explore your presenting problems.

As well as attentive listening in order to fully comprehend your experience, I draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives and creative techniques to ensure the experience is tailor-made, effective and meaningful for you.

The work can be short term or long term depending on the presenting problem, its origins and your desired outcome.

It can be solution-focused with a particular issue in mind (for example managing anxiety) or, for long-standing issues, deeper and more in-depth covering your family history, family dynamics, themes, patterns and systems.

Both can provide satisfaction and allow you to move forward or manage more effectively. I prefer to wait until we’ve met and had at least one consultation before saying which way I feel would be appropriate for you.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with a number of issues some of which I have listed below;


·  Anger

·  Assertiveness

·  Authenticity versus inauthenticity

· Attachment issues (intimacy issues,           commitment issues, etc.)

·  Abuse issues: emotional/physical/sexual/financial/spiritual

·  Abandonment issues

·  Bereavement

·  Depression

·  Grief

·  Loss

·  Trust

·  Hopelessness

·  Despair

·  Self-image problems


·  Body-image problems

·  Behavioural problems

·  Eating disorders

·  Addictions

·  Relationship difficulties

·  Co-dependence

·  Trauma

·  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

·  Psychosomatic disorders

·  Chronic fatigue syndrome

·  Illness

·  Indecisiveness

·  Separation

·  Divorce

·  Death and dying



Area of Specialist Interest; Eating Disorders

BEAT (formerly Eating Disorder Association) recognises that there are over 1.6 million people suffering from a diagnosed or undiagnosed eating disorder throughout the U.K and 20% of the sufferers are seriously ill.

This condition is often misunderstood and dismissed as attention-seeking behaviour but ~ on the contrary ~ eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder and are incredibly debilitating and intrusive for the sufferer, their family and friends.

Eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, sex and cultural background. They are unlikely to result from a single cause but are more likely to result from a combination of factors.

As a Nurse Specialist and Psychotherapist I worked with young adults and their families with eating disorders and associated difficulties in inpatient settings and on an outpatient basis.  Associated difficulties include; anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive thinking, self harm, body dysmorphia and suicidal ideation.

Sadly, due to the increasing demand upon the Specialist and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, help can also be hard to find unless you’re in a critical position and so sufferers can believe that they are not, ‘ill enough,’ or, ‘thin enough,’ to deserve help and support. Ironically this can fuel the disorder and reinforce a sense of unworthiness.

Also many eating disorders are atypical ~ which means problematic eating behaviours are present but do not meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder which can create confusion as to when to seek appropriate and effective help and support.

The need for sensitivity, discretion and understanding is paramount, as sufferers (as well as feeling undeserving of help) can feel ashamed or embarrassed at the difficulties they experience and so find themselves living a life of denial and deceit.

Parents and families can sometimes believe they are to blame in some way and so may have concerns about whether to seek outside help.


I offer a private and confidential service which is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and family. This will involve an initial consultation, motivational assessment, education, meal management advice, counselling and psychotherapy including CBT techniques and creative imagination work.

Eating disorders are not just about food, eating and wanting to look a certain way. It is a complicated issue and often compensates for, or serves to hide, other unexpressed or unresolved worries and concerns.  Finding a way to address and express yourself may lead to improved ways of coping and managing which in turn will minimise the need to use food and the body as an unhealthy mode of communication.


For more information  ~  or if you have questions you wish to ask on any of the information written above please contact me in confidence on 07960 672838 or contact the Verulam Clinic on 01727 833100

Care Quality Commission

Verulam Clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Provider ID: 1-127591200 20th May 2012 Registered number: 05283588 All sonographers & physiotherapists are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.


Verulam Clinic
118-120 Victoria Street
St Albans

01727 833 100