Breathe Therapy Team

We have a range of experienced and qualified staff including the following roles:

RMN Clinical Director
Cookery/Occupational Therapist
Clinical Psychologist
RMN/CBT Therapist
CAT Therapist
Hypnotherapy/NLP Psychotherapist
Family Therapist
Somatic Dance Practitioner
Art Therapist
Holistic Therapist

In addition, we also have a team of volunteers and students e.g. Psychology/counselling/nursing who compliment our experienced team of clinicians.

Graham Foster

Graham

Dietitian & Nutrition Educator

Graham qualified as a dietitian in 1998 and has predominantly worked in the NHS across the North West. He specialised in weight management in 2001 and has developed expertise in delivering individual and group sessions. In addition to leading first class clinical services, Graham regularly lectures on weight management and bariatric surgery on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at regional Universities.

He provides nutrition education that is tailored around the individuals thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with eating and drinking. In the initial stages, this often takes to form of agreeing and monitoring meal plans that meet specific nutritional requirements. In the latter stages of treatment, clients are supported in moving away from a rigid schedule as they develop a stronger reliance on their own hunger and move toward mindful eating.

Nikki Brierley

NikkiCognitive Behavioural Therapist and Dietitian

“My passion is helping individuals develop a genuine respect and understanding of the body and mind”

Nikki has experience with a range of conditions, and a specialist interest in eating distress and weight concerns. For the past 6 years she has been employed as a Dietitian within the NHS. In addition she has also gained experience in applying CBT in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, poor body image and low self-esteem. Nikki is described as being “warm, compassionate and caring” and has a passion for helping individuals develop a genuine respect and understanding of the body and mind. She is skilled in creating a safe environment and empowering positive change.

Qualifications;
P.G. Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics

Additional training includes;
Mindfulness, mindful eating, eating disorders, stress management, counselling skills, adult further education, pilates, yoga, exercise to music and dance.

Wendy Griffin

Wendy

Nutritional Therapist

Qualified as a Nutritional Therapist with a Certificate in Advanced Performance Nutrition. Gained experience in Sports Nutrition by working with Blackpool Football Club first team whilst in the Premiership and looking after Blackpool Football Club Youth Team as their Sports Nutritionist. Also had a successful Weight Loss Therapy consultancy. Currently undertaking a new Practical Sports Nutrition course with Matt Lovell.

Over 10 years experience in sales and management before moving to a new career in nutrition. I have worked with Key Accounts in the Pharma industry and also within the Nutrition and Health sector gaining extensive experience in Business Development and Product Development.

Specialties: Sports Nutrition. Weight Management. Chronic Illnesses. Fertility . Pregnancy. Eating Disorders . Digestive disorders including Crohns, Colitis and IBS . Trained FODMAP Nutritionist, following a new novel approach for IBS developed in Australia.
Brand Management . Business Development. NPD

Karen Lee

Karen

CBT Therapist

BACP (British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapy) accredited. As a Qualified Counsellor, life coach and CBT Practitioner, I offer a warm, friendly and professional space to enable you to reflect upon your life and consider any issues this raises. Together we can look at important issues and discover ways to enable you to move on with your life. This will assist you to develop life skills and achieve goals.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma Level 5 Practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Diploma Level 4 Person Centred Counselling & Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Loss & Bereavement
  • Additional Training: Eating Disorders, Drug and Alcohol Awareness,
  • Mental Health Training
  • Attachment Theory Training
  • Child Protection Training
  • Self-harm and Suicide Training
  • Skills to Foster Training
  • Art Therapy

 

Sheila Morrell

Sheila

Clinical Hypnotherapist and N.L.P. Practitioner

Sheila Morrell (BSc. Psych.) is a CNHC and GHSC registered Clinical Hypnotherapist and N.L.P. Practitioner.
Sheila’s background is in Behavioural Management and Education Development both in the UK and in France, Hong Kong and Central America.

Working with Clinical Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic-Programming as a blended therapy and as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, Sheila seeks to guide individuals to recognise, reflect on and to reorganise unhelpful belief systems and thought patterns in order to enable a wider range of possibilities for self-exploration and positive change.

Shelley Perry

Shelley

Clinical Director & Founder

Shelley is a multi-award winning nurse social entrepreneur with a vision for providing eating disorder and weight management and mental health interventions that work.

Following the completion of her mental health nurse training at St Martins University, Shelley continued further specialist training and enjoyed a number of roles within different areas of mental health including acute, high dependency, psychiatric intensive care units, eating disorder in patient unit and daycare as a nurse therapist for 14 years before setting up Breathe in 2009.

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Shelley is experienced in working for and with the NHS, private sector and third sector. She was inspired by her experience and training in these areas, her faith and her own recovery from an eating disorder (prior to her nurse training) to set up a service that was community based, providing early intervention through to acute care and treatment for severe and enduring eating disorders.

And for the last 6 years Shelley has been Clinical Director at Breathe.

She is a professional member of RCN, NCFED, ABC, Beat, Sedig, Preston Community Network, Health and Wellbeing Commitee.

And Shelley is also a mum, a Christian and passionate about most things she does or doesn’t do!

Abida Rasool

Abida

Nutritionist

Abbie (Abida Rasool) taught (and enjoyed teaching) Science for a number of years, only to go onto (when the children came along) training, preparing policies and working with community groups to drive forward the Equality and Diversity agenda!

During the whole of this time, Abbie’s passion for food and nutrition was always on the back burner – simmering away, whilst swapping skills with people, teaching them to cook in exchange for other useful skills. When on

maternity leave, many years ago now, she realised that her many transferable skill, ability to teach, the need out there for high quality cookery lessons has gifted her with the opportunity to teach you some fabulous meals……..

Abbie completed a Diploma in Nutrition with Distinctions enabling her to mentor people with Eating Disorders in changing your diet and lifestyle where necessary.

Kirsty Uytendal

Kirsty

Drama Therapist

Kirsty has over three years’ experience of working with eating disorders using a client centred approach, working with both individuals and groups.

Drama Therapy can be used to explore emotions, thoughts and past experiences not only through words but through other forms of expression such as; art, story, metaphor and play.

It can encourage self-awareness, exploration and reflection of feelings and relationships with one’s self and others. Drama Therapy can allow for you to explore difficult life experiences in a safe therapeutic environment.

Kirsty also has experience of running resilience and self-esteem workshops.

Nephelee

Somatic Dance Practitioner

Emma

Holistic Therapist

 

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