A Warm Welcome to Nourishing Routes
If you're reading this, I want you to know that you are not alone, and that full recovery from an eating disorder truly is possible for you or a loved one - no matter how long you may have suffered.
My name is Marissa, and after spending many year's in and out of hospital and clinically intimidating therapy rooms when enduring Anorexia Nervosa, I felt that there must be something more tailored and holistic for individuals in recovery from an eating disorder. For me, the real transformation happened outside rigid meal plans, weighing scales and white-washed walls.
Through my own journey to full recovery, I became intrigued to learn everything I possibly could about Psychology, Nutrition, Counselling and Health. Aside from formal training and education, I reclaimed my life back through practicing yoga, practically challenging all of my fear foods, expressing creativity and re-connecting with my community.
Ultimately, I created Nourishing Routes to help empower others to find their own tailored paths to recovery, as I believe that each person's recovery should be as unique and diverse as themselves
Why Coaching for Eating Disorder Recovery?
Coaching can be life changing, as it involves collaborating with someone who is an expert by experience in their own recovery
Coaching harnesses your own goals and values, while placing the autonomy and power back within your own hands
Unlike traditional therapy, Coaching empowers you to take action outside clinical settings, and brings recovery into the real world
Coaching takes a more practical approach to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge your fears and reconnect with life in a way that enables you to rekindle freedom, creativity, purpose and a zest for life
"I have a mission to help empower individuals to lead a more Compassionate Lifestyle -
without being held back by a
with Food and Body "
By Working Together, I can Support you to:
Identify and challenge Fear Foods as and when you feel ready
Develop a compassionate relationship with food and body
Understand the mechanisms and functions of your eating disorder / disordered eating
Break free from rigidly counting Calories or other nutrients
Find new ways to move your body that don't involve compulsive exercise
Be able to eat meals and snacks out with others in your own time
Gain confidence to re-engage with your education or find a new or existing career path.
Explore positive ways to understand and manage your feelings
Find meaning and purpose beyond an eating disorder identity.
Rekindle hobbies, creativity and engage in enjoyable activities
"Nourishing Routes refers to a compassionate, lifelong journey where we can find our own unique path to health and wellbeing. Following our own Nourishing Routes allow us to find personal meaning beyond controlling meal plans, counting Calories, what we weigh, or the amount of exercise we carry out"
I have lived in the shoes of someone in the depths of an eating disorder, body dysmorphia and depression, and now I'm here to help others on their own journey to recovery.
As well as delivering Peer Mentoring and Coaching to individuals with eating disorders, my commitment to empowering others is aided by my experience of working in the fields of positive psychology, public health and mental health. My philosophy is also complimentary with research and social justice movements involving body positivity, health at every size,
My Qualifications Include:
Nutrition and Health Sciences (BSc)
Psychology (MSc, MBPsS)
Assistant Psychologist NHS
Public Health and Addictions (PGdip)
BEAT Eating Disorder Ambassador
Health at Every Size Mentor (Well Now)
Cheshire, WA5 7WB