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.
Supporting women suffering with bulimia and binge eating disorder is my calling. I help provide tools, techniques, insights and accountability.
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.
“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.
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.
Zoe the black and white cat is quite shy. Phoebe the tortoise shell is a bit crazy and she's obsessed with food.
You might get to meet them if you decide to have eating disorder recovery therapy sessions at home office in Derby.
They're not allowed in the office as some of my clients are allergic to cats! But you can say hi on your way in.
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 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!
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.
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I live with my husband in Derby. We have 2 cats and 2 small children! I have decided to take maternity leave for 9 months until January 2024..
Side note about the photo: My PhD graduation was postponed for 2 years because of covid, but it worked out well because then my husband and first baby could join me on the special day that I worked so hard for.
I’ve helped clients of all different nationalities from as far as Europe, Asia and Australia to visualise a future free from their eating disorder. .