Elaine Henderson – Reg.MBACP (Accred)Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Eating Disorder Practitioner.
After graduating as a Food Scientist (BSc Hons, QUB) in 1990, Elaine began her professional career in the food manufacturing industry, where she managed the development of all aspects of new ready meal food products from concept to launch.
However, after 12 years experience in this sector, Elaine’s personal passion to combine her nutritional and physiological knowledge of food with humanistic helping led her to re-train as a therapeutic counsellor. She completed a two year Diploma in Counselling in 2005, and worked in a private weight loss clinic as a behavioural counsellor to provide psychological support to individuals with weight management issues.
At this time, Elaine also became involved in working with young people and adolescents. She has over 8 years experience delivering school-based counselling, supporting mental health and emotional well-being in schools, and has been privileged to be part of the successful development of an excellent and professional N.I. Schools Counselling Service. Consequently, Elaine has specialist training in working with the diverse and complex mental health issues presented by young people today, which enables her to effectively support them through life’s struggles and challenges.
CPD Training includes:
- Trauma Recovery
- Building Self-esteem
- Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Suicide Intervention and Risk Management
- Adolescent Development
- Anger Management
- Hidden Harm (working with Addictions)
- Sexual identity Awareness
In 2010 Elaine wanted to further her specialist interest and passion in food/diet psychology, and address the need for early therapeutic intervention of the increasing number of body image, self-esteem and eating issues presenting by her young school clients. She travelled to London and trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders, qualifying as a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders.
Recently she has also become involved as a group facilitator with the charity organisation C.A.R.E.D. (Caring about Recovery from Eating Disorders). She trained in The New Maudsley Model carers’ course which supports, educates and empowers families and carers who have a loved one suffering from an eating disorder.
As an Accredited Member of the BACP, Elaine adheres to their ethical guidelines of practice, and also has enhanced clearance from Access N.I. to work with children and young people.
Elaine’s passion and interest in mental health and holistic well-being extends to her personal love of the practice of yoga, which includes daily mindfulness meditation….an invaluable tool to help balance her professional life with being a wife and mother of three teenagers.
Elaine says, ‘’ I believe that by bringing together all the elements of myself – my professional knowledge, skills and experience, alongside my warmth and enthusiastic personality, I am able to support and help my clients during difficult and challenging times – to develop a normal relationship with food, their weight, body and emotions, and regain life balance, affect change and build resilience for the future. ‘’