I am Naomi Nygaard, a psychotherapist and therapeutic coach with ten years experience working in the field of eating disorders and addictions.
I am passionate about serving people in recovery from compulsive or obsessive relationships with food, as well as compulsive-addictive cycles of any kind. A safe space is created to fully explore the level of readiness to move beyond stuck or repetitive patterns of behaviour to experience more freedom and joy in life.
The therapy I offer includes working with couples or a pair of family members if needed, when addiction or an eating disorder is present in one or both members. In couples or family member therapy, I facilitate the creation of a safe and respectful listening and talking space for needs be heard and acknowledged by one another, bringing more ease and harmony into the relationship.
I am an Internal Family Systems therapist, so my approach is systemic, with an awareness of all elements that have formed to create the addiction or eating disorder, and a curious, patient and compassionate approach to changes that can be made. I work holistically, including the body into the process of growth and change. I recognise that every part of a person needs to feel comfortable and happy with a wholesome initiative to change, in order to grow and thrive towards their greatest potential.
I work integratively, combining IFS/IFIO with expressive arts-based therapies and somatic mindfulness, depending on what is most appropriate for each client, couple or group. I am privately supervised and a member of HIPC (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College), ADMP (Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy) and a trainee member of UKCP (U.K. Council for Psychotherapy). I adhere to the ethical conduct codes of each.
2013-17: Internal Family Systems Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Intimacy From The Inside Out Couples Therapy: Theory and practice of psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups: 360 tutor contact hours + 250 supervised clinical hours + weekly therapy.
2016-18: Masters Degree MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy, The University of Derby: Merit. 473 tutor contact hours + 250 clinical hours + 75 clinical supervision hours + weekly therapy: 900 total hours.
2015-present: Therapist in private practice, Welloa (http://www.welloa.co.uk).
Feb-Aug 2018: Therapist, Inspirative Arts, Derby: working with adolescents, families, and eating disordered adults.
2017-18: Movement therapist, Adolescent ward, Cygnet Psychiatric Hospital, Sheffield.
2017: Associate psychotherapist, City Therapy Clinic, Manchester: couples, individuals and groups.
2014: Mini-pupillage, Family Law, St.John’s Buildings Chambers, Sheffield and Case-worker internship.
TRP Solicitors, Birmingham: Supporting clients therapeutically before, during and after their court cases.
2011-14: Special Educational Needs (SEN) assistant, Eastbank Primary School, Seven Hills School, Sharrow Primary School and Highfields Adventure Playground: organising and executing creative and therapeutic activities for children with special educational needs and behavioural difficulties.
2010–present: Private practice therapeutic coaching for recovery from binge-eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia, drug/alcohol abuse, sex and relationship dependency, compulsive debting, and insolvency, under-earning and under-achieving.
2005-07: Support worker, Riverdale Grange Residential Home, Sheffield. Caring for inpatients with severe eating disorders/alcohol detox. Aiding, encouraging and supervising meal-times, taking weights; monitoring addictive behaviour; basic nursing care; suicide/self-harm watch; art therapy assistant.
2005-10: Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention Training: 120 supervised clinical hours + weekly therapy.
2009-10: Hakomi Assisted Self-Discovery: mindfulness-based/body psychotherapy training.
2012: CPI Crisis Prevention/Non-violent Intervention training, Brantwood Specialist School, Sheffield.
2010: Non-violent Communication (NVC) Training.
2011: Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Sharrow Community Forum, Sheffield.
2011: Social and Emotional Development of Children Northern College, Barnsley.
1999-2001: ‘Nightline’ telephone counsellor, The University of Nottingham and Sheffield: training and practice.
- £50.00 per hour for individuals (£70.00 per 90mins)
- £60.00 per hour for couples/pairs (£80.00 per 90mins)