For over 20 years, I worked as a psychotherapist and crisis interventionist helping people who have been through distressing or traumatic events. Sometimes I would see them immediately after an event, other times it could be many, many years later.
My specialist area of clinical work was trauma and I recognized that trauma, often from early childhood, lay behind many other issues in adulthood. With my clients, we would trace back the origins of their problems and use powerful techniques such as EMDR and ego state therapy to heal the original wounds.
I realized that some of the approaches from my psychotherapy practice could be adapted and developed to help people with emotional eating and particularly with the conflict of yoyo dieting. I have always aimed to empower people to regain control of their life and their happiness through understanding their inner selves. I hope my books go some way towards this.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I actually wrote but I do remember making up bedtime stories to tell to my younger brothers. They were about a child with a magic bag that had things in that could solve any problem or overcome any obstacle that was being faced. I was about 8 I think so I'm not sure what the quality of the stories were but my brothers enjoyed them. At least they always fell asleep!
What is your writing process?
My writing is non-fiction so it's a tortuous process of gathering information and concepts and sculpting them into a flowing narrative. I really dislike academic texts that are not accessible to readers.
If you are involved in the management of a traumatic event at work – whether you are responsible for preparing an organisation, responding to the crisis or facilitating the recovery of those affected – then this book is written for you. Illustrative examples, practical activities and useful resources are interwoven throughout the theory, helping you to explore issues and draw up a strategic plan.
Have you been on many, many different “diets” and lost the same half a stone several times over? Written by Counselling Psychologist (and ex-yoyo dieter) Cath Kerr and Dr Liz Royle, this book is about the inner psychological battle that prevents you from achieving and maintaining what you want. It teaches seven key steps to break free from the constant yoyo dieting by working from the inside out.