I met Michelle last year & never heard of Eating Disorder Therapy let alone think I had a problem myself. I started & stopped treatment a few times as I wasn't quite ready to admit my problem or dig in the way I needed to & she was so patient with me. So fast forward & lockdown happened, I decided rather than run away I'd stay & face my demons once & for all!
Michelle has helped me dig deep when it hasn't been easy or when I haven't wanted to but she supported me through each session & held the space for me to open up & be vulnerable & each time I did I felt another piece of the disorder melt away! Michelle's support is second to none as she understands what it's like to go through recovery!
My main problem was binge eating & breaking behaviour patterns around this & slowly because it is a slow process, no quick fix you do notice a change in how you think about yourself & how you feel about yourself. The biggest thing I've learned from working with Michelle has been to love myself inside and out for who & what I am for the first time in my entire life.
Her support in & out of sessions is incredible, she's always there for you no matter what! I love sending her my little updates on breakthroughs for me cause while someone else might think they are silly or small Michelle knows the effort, fear, vulnerability & also happiness behind the milestones! I'm finally in a good place in myself & with food! The biggest thing I'm proud of is the fact that I've shown up every week for myself! Michelle has helped me turn my life around & I will forever be grateful to her for that!!
My daughter was 15 years old when I brought her to Michelle first. She was very underweight and was suffering from anorexia and bulimia. I am very grateful for Michelle's support. She was very gentle in her approach yet very honest with our family. My daughter is a very different young woman today. She is back finishing her studies and is partaking in normal activities a girl her age would be doing. It has been a very difficult road for us as a family and I want to thank Michelle for been there. She has always been at the other end of the phone and in-person to answer any questions we had.
As a woman who has struggled with distressed and emotional eating for over four decades, finding Michelle and working with her was a life-changing and life-enhancing experience for me. It was an important step on a journey of self-recovery after a few very difficult years, and a step that has brought me greater health, positivity and freedom from obsession with food as a coping mechanism. Food has become a pleasure and a fuel rather than a means to stuff anger and resentment. Paradoxically, the freedom to put me and my needs first - to give myself permission to say no, to rest, to resist the feeling of obligation to be perpetually busy - has meant a lessening of the urge to overeat as compensation for not meeting my needs. None of this would have been possible without Michelle's knowledge and supportive presence over the past few months. I would recommend anyone who is enduring the self-punishment of distressed or disordered eating to contact Michelle for help and to work with her to attain greater freedom and live your best life
Michelle has completely changed how I feel about food. I went to Michelle feeling suffocated by food, dreading meals, being obsessed with my weight and heavily restricting. Having been to many therapists, Michelle was the only one I was excited to go to every week. She was always the voice of reason against my eating distress. Not only did Michelle help my relationship with food but also my relationships with family and friends. When I went to Michelle I was not attending school but with the help from Michelle, I am now completing my leaving cert which never seemed possible. I always thought I would have to live with my eating distress but after less than a year I am a completely different person with more energy, confidence and food freedom.
As a parent of a teenage girl struggling with food and self-image, I cannot recommend Michelle enough. We travelled from Waterford each week for my daughter to receive her therapy with Michelle. Her approach is clear and honest and she really has a true understanding of her clients. My daughter is now in a different place and that is down to Michelle's guidance and belief in what she does. I really cannot praise her enough.
Daughter & Mother (Waterford)
Thank you so much, Michelle, for all your help, support and guidance. I came to you at such a low ebb when I felt that I would never overcome my binge eating and when I felt the spark had gone from life.I have learnt so much with you and I now have the skills and knowledge to deal not only with my overeating but to love and accept myself as I am.
You are very generous with both your time and your knowledge and also honest about the experiences you have been through yourself. After so many years of feeling not good enough and using food to numb my feelings, I can see now that there is another way to cope with life‘s ups and downs and that feeling my feelings isn’t half as bad as the alternative. I couldn’t recommend you highly enough to anyone going through eating distress. You brought kindness, compassion and a little bit of fun to all our sessions.
I had always felt daunted in the past to seek help, but you have made me feel so welcome that I have looked forward to our sessions and so glad that I did ask for help.I don’t feel I’m saying goodbye as I know that you’re there to support me in the future if I should need it, but in the meantime, I will use my new found skills and strength within me to build a brighter future that I can’t wait to live. I can never thank you enough.