Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image
Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image
‘In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer’. Albert Careb
About me
Hello! I’m Harriet Frew – psychological therapist and mother of three.
In my late teens and early twenties, I suffered from eating disorders (briefly anorexia nervosa and then for several years, bulimia nervosa). Back then, it was so difficult to access specialist access help and I felt very alone with my struggles.
I decided that I wanted to support others to overcome eating issues. I initially trained in Nutrition (MSc) and the went on to study Counselling, gaining my Diploma a few years later. I have also completed a specialist Diploma in Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders from the National Centre for Eating Disorders..
I have worked in private practice and an NHS Adult Eating Disorder Service for the past fifteen years.
I am passionately anti-diet and support an intuitive eating approach. I embrace body positivity, self-kindness and compassion. I believe that recovery is absolutely possible and early intervention is best.
What advice do you suggest for someone reading this who is thinking of getting help for disordered eating?
  • You are more likely to recover and find new ways of coping if you access support. You might feel guilty or ashamed for having the problem. Keeping it secret will likely only drive it further underground and compound these negative feelings though.
  • You could initially speak to a trusted friend or family member. You might read some self-help material. You may think about counselling.
  • Stay hopeful and persist in getting support. You don't have to be stuck with this forever. A life free from the shackles of using food to cope is a real possibility. It will free you up to get on with living.

Media information

  • Harriet Frew is a specialist counsellor supporting people to find peace with food, eating and their body image.
  • Harriet is a contributor to local BBC Radio, offering her experience and counselling expertise in this area.
  • Harriet has featured in Psychologies Magazine, Planet Mindful, Young and Mindful, Mail-Online, Star Magazine and Boots Health and Beauty Magazine.
  • Harriet writes a regular blog and also writes for and The Mighty and Selfish Mother.
  • Harriet has also worked on a voluntary basis with B-eat (Eating Disorders Association) on their Self-Help Network.
  • Harriet currently works full-time for the NHS Adult Eating Disorder Service in Cambridge.
Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image