Find food freedom with Eating Disorders Edinburgh
Could Eating Disorder Therapy Benefit you?
Do you often feel a sense of guilt or shame around food?
Do thoughts of food become intrusive or overwhelming?
Are you often binging, or eating until you feel uncomfortable or sick?
Perhaps you are fixated on 'healthy' or 'clean' eating?
Maybe you 'purge' by excessively exercising, restricting, making yourself sick, using laxatives, or have a history of yo-yo dieting?
Perhaps you avoid whole food groups, and are often called a 'fussy' or 'picky' eater?
Or a combination of any of the above?
Eating Disorders come in all shapes and sizes - if you are thinking about recovery, or simply wishing to improve your relationship with food and exercise
Eating Disorders can be a coping mechanism for adverse and traumatic experiences. This means that I work with a variety of traumas including emotional abuse, sexual abuse, racial abuse, affluence abuse, financial abuse, abuse in athletics, modelling, and acting communities, physical abuse, bullying and isolation, transphobia, homophobia and victims of narcissism.
I collaborate with clients of all gender identifications, including Transgender and Non-Binary clients, struggling with the diagnosis and symptoms of Avoidant or Restrictive Eating (ARFID), Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Body Dysmorphia, Emotional Overeating, Muscle Dysmorphia, Obesity, Over-Exercise, Orthorexia Nervosa, Yo-Yo Dieting, as well as challenges which cannot be classified with a standardised label.
I also work with those preparing for 'weight loss' gastric surgeries; gastric sleeves, bypasses, and bands.
Let's Connect and Collaborate
on your journey to a life free of disordered eating
To begin your Counselling journey, set a goal, or goals, and see if I feel like the right fit for you!
Our Initial Appointment is 50 minutes long and taken at your pace.
Please note, I am currently operating a waiting list and only take Initial Appointment requests directly from the potential client.
For any questions or queries before committing to an Initial Appointment.
This process involves one email reply from myself, and I respond to each week's Consultations before Thursday at 4 pm.
Please note, I only undertake Consultations directly with the potential client.
Our monthly online drop-in peer support sessions are for adults who have experienced trauma surrounding emotionally abusive, neglectful, or narcissistic parents.
These therapist-led sessions give you a chance to share, reflect, and shed shame with others who can empathise with your journey and recovery.
Our collaborative work together at a pace which suits you.
Each session lasts 50 minutes in length, and sessions are undertaken as regularly as suits your budget and lifestyle.
We only discuss what you feel comfortable with, and see each other as regularly as helpful for you.
Ruth's personable, sensitive and rational approach enables me to feel both understood and supported. Her knowledge and experience is extremely apparent and no issue seems too trivial or exposing to share. She is so kind, warm and creates a safe space for sharing and understanding your situation.
— 'Lottie', May 2021
Ruth Micallef (MBACP Reg)
Sub-Specialised Eating Disorders Counsellor
PG Dip (BACP), P Dip, Grad Cert (COSCA), BA Hons
Working within the trauma sector for over a decade, Ruth is a BACP Registered and four-time Award Winning Counsellor. She has a sub-speciality in Eating Disorders and a specific interest in Schema Therapy.
Ruth holds University-taught degrees in Counselling (BACP Post Graduate Diploma with Merit), Counselling Skills with COSCA (Graduate Certificate with Distinction) and Criminology (BA Honours), and has since built on this with Diplomas and BPS-Accredited CPD in areas such as Schema Therapy, Positive Psychology, and CFT.
Ruth is a Media Spokesperson working with the BACP and 23Red and can be found regularly as an expert commentator in the press.
In 2021 Ruth was awarded the titles of 'Young Inspiring Scottish Business Woman of the Year', 'Scottish Female Sole Trader of the Year' by the ASB, 'Female Solopreneur of the Year' by the Woman Who Awards, and also received a 'Gold International Business Award' in the Start-Up category at the Stevie Awards.
Ruth is a Queer Intersectional Feminist, a mother, and has the lived experience of recovery from Orthorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, purging by Over Exercise.
I'm so excited to connect with you
My clinic hours are Wednesday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm.
I work with clients age 16+ 'in person' in Edinburgh, and across the U.K on a secure HIPAA compliant video platform.
At present, I am not taking on new clients struggling with Anorexia Nervosa. However, a wealth of wonderful practitioners who do can be found on the Beat Helpfinder Directory;