Compassionate Mind, Compassionate Body: Developing Skills to Overcome Disordered Eating

Are you constantly trying to diet and lose weight?

Do you struggle with overeating or knowing how much food is right for you?

Do you excessively exercise and try to restrict your food intake?

Are you highly critical of yourself and your body?

Do you blame yourself for your ‘difficulties’ with food?

Do you use food as a way of coping with stress, anxiety and negative emotions?

If you answered, ‘yes’ to any of these questions, Altum Health’s new group may be for you:

This exciting new group will explore themes of mindfulness and compassion with a view to helping you learn to observe your mind and body without judgement and become more compassionate with yourself.  Research demonstrates that these powerful skills enable you to respond to stressors and triggers with open-mindedness and patience, rather than in habitual and unhealthy ways like restriction and overeating.

Through the group, you will learn:

 Why the ‘dieting mentality’ puts into motion destructive eating patterns and perpetuates a cycle of self-criticism, fear and anxiety…

Why the desire to overeat in today’s world is entirely predictable and NOT YOUR FAULT…

How acceptance and compassion enable more functional and healthy responses to life’s struggles… 

How regular mindfulness practices can actually change the brain so that the parts associated with positive feelings such as compassion, empathy and happiness become stronger…

How to develop a soothing, kinder and gentler approach to yourself, your body and your mind…

This group will introduce you to guided compassion and mindfulness practices you can take home and integrate into your everyday life. You will receive a CD with each of the experiential exercises done in session to take home in order to continue your practice outside of session.

The group will run for 8 weeks, beginning on Wednesday, 17 April and ending on 12 June.  There will be a one week break on 29 May.

The group will be held on Wednesday evening for 2 hours between 7-9pm Highgate, North London. We intend to keep the group to no more than 10 people in order to provide an intimate, yet stimulating environment where you can both learn and experience the benefits of mindfulness and compassion based work.

The group will be co-facilitated by Dr. Courtney Raspin & Jacqui Finnigan. Courtney is the Lead Psychologist at Altum Health and has over 10 years experience working in eating disorders. Jacqui is one of the lead therapists with Altum Health, and is an experienced practitioner and teacher of compassion and mindfulness based work.

The cost of the 8-week programme will be £320.00, and will cover the eight 2 hour sessions plus all handouts and a CD for you to take home.

To book your place in the group, please contact us via phone  or e-mail to express your interest:

Phone:  020 7193 5974

Dr. Courtney Raspin:

Jacqui Finnigan:

Either Courtney or Jacqui will discuss the group with you, answer any questions you might have, and help you determine whether participation in the group best suits your needs. Following this discussion, please click on the link below to access the booking form.  Please complete the booking form and either post or e-mail back to us with payment.  We will then confirm your place in the group.

Group Booking Form: Compassionate Mind, Compassionate Body