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GREAT TO MEET YOU

I’m Dr Rachel Evans PhD; a chartered psychologist who specialises in eating disorder recovery. This career choice was inspired by my own struggle with an eating disorder and experience of recovery. 
   
I know how it feels when everything you think and do is ruled by thoughts of food and weight, that often feel out of your control. I also know how wonderful and joyful life is on the other side of your illness.
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LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF

Supporting women suffering with anorexia and bulimia is my calling.

I love nothing more than to celebrate each and every victory with my amazing clients; no matter how small that achievement might seem to someone who hasn't been in your shoes.

Let me help you take the first step towards recovery from your eating disorder. And to be there for each leap and bound towards freedom.

Rachel

YOUR RECOVERY

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I take a holistic approach to your recovery, which addresses your past, present and future. For your unique Nourish programme experience, I combine my psychology training with pioneering RTT and holistic support. I find this combination of therapies helps us to go deeper and give you everything you need to get your freedom back from your ED.

Working with me feels very personal. I choose to work with only a very small number of clients at any one time because you deserve my complete focus and attention.

You’re always supported between sessions. I offer out-of-hours email support so you can contact me whenever something comes up.

I understand where you are right now. I’ve lived through and recovered from my own eating disorder, so I can empathise and sympathise with what you’ve been going through.



I am a private eating disorder recovery therapist based in Derbyshire, UK - and I work in person and online (via video call).

I treat anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and orthorexia through my holistic recovery programme, called Nourish. It’s an empowering combination of talking therapy (coaching), Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT; hypnotherapy) and holistic support.

Working with me is different to the traditional eating-disorders therapy you might have experienced before because:
 
 


HOW I WORK

Nourish

LISA, UK

“If you have been thinking about having Rapid Transformational Therapy with Rachel I would definitely recommend her. She made me feel really comfortable and my life has made a turn for the better.”

When I was younger I wanted to be a therapist, but then I got the idea that it wasn’t a ‘good’ job! For so long I told myself that I didn’t know what I wanted to do and that was a factor in me developing an eating disorder!

When I decided to commit to getting better and that I wanted to help other people struggling with food and body image, my own issues became less and less. 

i'm meant to help people!

Peas are my favourite veggie. I love pretty much everything apart from peppers (they make me sick)! My family and friends are always buying me things with fruit/veg on e.g., notebooks, socks, and mugs!
   
My clients who start therapy thinking that fruit and/or veggies are disgusting always say that my enthusiasm rubs off on them. Plus I know loads of ways to make vegetables more exciting or hide them in your meal for extra nutrition.

I GENUINELY LOVE VEGETABLES

I’ve had my black & white kitty cat called Zoe for just under a year. I love her so much!

You might get to meet her if you decide to have eating disorder recovery therapy sessions at home office in Derby.

 She’s not allowed in the office as some of my clients are allergic to cats! But you can say hi on your way in.
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I HAVE AN AWESOME CAT

Spoiler alert: that was after 2 years of dating. I was constantly hangry and anxious. He said he couldn’t support me starving myself anymore. I remember thinking, I am choosing my eating disorder over someone who loves me, but it didn’t really feel like a choice, I felt trapped in it.

Luckily we had booked a holiday together and didn’t want to lose the money, so we went on it and decided to get back together. We’re now happily married.


I CHOSE MY ED OVER LOVE

I really wanted a photo shoot with confetti to get some photos for this website. It doesn't really say 'I work with clients who have an eating disorder', but I had seen other people's photos and it just looked like so much fun. 

Then, I realised that the confetti photo shoot perfectly symbolizes what I do! I help people achieve and celebrate their wins in eating disorder recovery! 

I love confetti!

You can probably tell that from the other facts. I’m happy to talk about my experience with orthorexia, atypical anorexia and bulimia if it helps other people to better understand their situation and be able to talk about it.

I realise and value that everyone is different. Your experience of an eating disorder will be different to mine. But I think it helps to know that I will NEVER judge you, your thoughts or behaviour, because I’ve been there and come out the other side.

BONUS FACT: I’M VERY OPEN

5 fun facts about me

Chartered Psychologist & member of Division of Health Psychology
(British Psychological Society)

PhD in the psychology of eating, habits, self-control & behaviour change
(University of Sheffield)

Health Psychology MSc. - distinction
(University of Nottingham)

Psychology BSc. Hons -first class 
(University of Nottingham)

Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity. inc. Nutritional Interventions
(National Centre for Eating Disorders, accredited by the British Psychological Society)

Rapid Transformational Therapist & Certified Hypnotherapist
(Marisa Peer Method)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique & Life Coaching
(Yes Supply* affiliate link)

Nutritional Therapist Professional Diploma, Level 5
(Healthy Sciences Academy)

Motivational Interviewing, Health Psychology Theories in Practice
(SSCH Health Psychology Consulting)

Register of Health & Wellness Influencers certified by Wellspoken




My training and experience in eating disorder recovery, psychology and nutrition mean that I can support you as you heal inside and out.
 
 


Evans, R., Norman, P., & Webb T. L. (2017). Using Temporal Self-Regulation Theory to understand healthy and unhealthy eating intentions and behaviours. Appetite, 116, 357-364. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.05.022

Evans, R., Norman, P., & Webb T. L. (2017). Beliefs about short-term outcomes predict healthy and unhealthy eating intentions. Poster. My Food - My Decision Conference. 

Kawabata, M., & Evans, R. (2016). How to classify who experienced flow from who did not based on the Flow State Scale-2 scores: A pilot study of latent class factor analysis. The Sport Psychologist, 30(3), 267-275. doi: 10.1123/tsp.2014-0053

Evans, R., (2016). Healthy New Year: Why changing poor behaviour is hard and how Temporal Self-Regulation Theory can help. In Psych-Talk Magazine, by the British Psychological Society.

Evans, R., Kawabata, M., & Thomas, S. (2015). Prediction of fruit and vegetable intake: The importance of contextualizing motivation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 20(3), 534-548. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12123

Evans, R. & Ferguson, E. (2014). Defining and measuring blood donor altruism: A theoretical approach from biology, economics and psychology. Vox Sanguinis, 106(2), 118–126. doi: 10.1111/vox.12080

Ferguson, E., Keatley, D., Evans, R., Taylor, M., Flynn, N., & Lawrence, C. (2012). Who are blood donors? The reluctant altruist, the impure altruist and the warm glow giver. Psychology and Health. 27. 204. 




Academic publications
 
 


Your Body Rocks: How to Accept & Appreciate Your Body
Woman Kind North, 2020

Why being healthy is about so much more than just your body shape (Panel)
Live Well London Summit, 2019

What is Intuitive Eating and How to Apply It
Flourish Events, 2019. 

How to Break Free From Old Habits and Develop a Positive Mindset
Health Bloggers Community / Creative Impact Co., Summit 2019

I'll Eat Better Tomorrow: Instant Gratification vs Long-term Health
Ignite Academy, University of Sheffield, 2018.

Mental Wellbeing and the Power of Happy (Panel) 
Soho House, London. 2018 

Changing negative self-talk, self-compassion and your relationship with food
Self-Care Revolution, 2018

Healthy Eating in the Modern World
THRIVE Festival , Derby, 2018

Healthy Choices: Why Psychology & the Brain Play a Vital Role
Food Matters Live Conference, 2017

Rachel has presented at a number of academic conferences, wellbeing festivals and wellness events across the UK. Below are a few examples. 
 
 


Dr Rachel Evans

Eating Disorder Recovery Therapist