I have struggled with my relationship with food for most of my life, certainly since I was an adolescent. I have seen numerous therapists who have tried to help me overcome this cycle of feast and famine, anorexia and bulimia. I know I have caused myself so much damage both mentally and physically over the years and I feel so sad about how much time I have lost...


My problem was such a taboo topic I could barely bring myself to speak to anyone about it but a colleague gently pointed me in the direction of Easton Hamilton and The Reach Approach and I am so thankful that she did.

My 15 year old son was aggressive and increasingly violent towards me. It was so shameful. I knew I must have done something terribly wrong – or my partner had - but I had always tried to be the best parent I could be and didn’t know where to start to put this right...


I am a social worker and work closely with families who foster young children and teenagers. The job is very stressful because it inevitably involves managing difficult emotions and behaviour from the young people involved. I had noticed that my stress levels had gone through the roof during work on a particularly tragic case and I just didn't know where to turn to help myself so that I could continue to work... I seriously considered going off sick, which is not who I am...


I'm a student, in my final year, in fact I've just about finished, but I felt I wanted to write something about The Reach Approach because I can't tell you how much they and their website helped me get through my course and the exams at the end. I have never really felt confident about my abilities, or actually about anything in my life. And being a student was hard for me because I found it difficult to fit in and make friends and on top of that the academic work was a real challenge...


I’ve been volunteering my services in Eritrea for the last 12 months and came across the Reach Approach website when looking for inspirational material – it has literally kept me sane! I’ve battled with feeling homesick and wondering whether I’m good enough to do what I’m doing. There are days when the connection is so poor and I’m unable to access the site and I really notice the difference. It’s not that I’m dependent on it – maybe I am in a good way – it’s just that it’s such an invaluable support...


Our training organisation has had some difficulty finding expertise in a holistic, integrative approach. We wanted our students to empower themselves and their clients with concepts and strategies that link together for building confidence and self-esteem. We discovered The Reach Approach...


I finally plucked up the courage to make an appointment with one of the psychotherapists from ‘Reach Approach’ after a friend pointed me in their direction.

Over the previous months my relationship with my partner had badly deteriorated and led to a separation, and I was barely functioning...


When I first made contact with The Reach Approach to ask for help, I felt a bit like a fraud – because I didn’t really feel I deserved counselling as my life hadn’t been bad enough! I couldn’t work out why I wasn’t happy because everything seemed to be in place. To everyone else, I was just being ungrateful because I had no money worries, I had healthy children, I was working, there was nothing obviously wrong.


I came across when a friend said she’d found the site useful. I’ve always been interested in health, probably because I’ve suffered with various health issues myself, all my life - nothing life-threatening but conditions that have made my life at times very uncomfortable and stressful, like eczema, allergies and food intolerances.


Being the best I can be is a wonderful goal I think. I have become aware though that when I wasn’t just existing - going from day to day - what I have been doing is to watch others and to compare myself with them; in school, college, then work – at home too, and so very often I didn’t come ‘up to scratch’ in my own mind It’s not surprising that I didn’t feel good about myself but it’s interesting for me too that my feelings would often turn to resentment, blame, self-pity and many other destructive thoughts and emotions.


Within the psychotherapeutic world there has been debate on the relevance of our past in connection with working towards present day and future well-being. As a long standing integrative practitioner my experience has shown there is real value in consulting our past to see how it is holding us hostage.


Every day I promised myself that I would stop drinking so much. At the beginning of my drinking I told myself that a glass of wine or two was what I deserved after the stress of my working day... it helped me unwind and relax so what could be wrong in that? 'Stress kills' so this was a better option wasn't it?