My name is Nicola Birkin, and I work as a Specialist Practitioner in Eating Disorders in the NHS. I have been working in this role since 2010, but working in this area for seventeen years overall.
I originally trained in London and this is where I initally gained experience of working with individuals with eating problems for over four years, before moving to Yorkshire. I then began working in the community Adult Eating Disorder service, jointly developing a new pilot eating disorder team. We now work alongside the Community Mental Health teams, supporting clients with a wide range of eating disorders, and mental health issues.
It is apparent from my work, the impact that eating disorders and eating issues have on an individuls life. I am also very aware of the limited support that is available in this area, and my ultimate aim is to be able to provide support and guidance to a wider range of individuals. I believe that recovery from eating disorders, and disordered eating issues is possible with the right support, and I am passionate about helping individuals achieving this.
Credentials & Therapies
My Qualifications are; PGCert Eating Disorders (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy); Psychology BSc (Hons); Mental Health Nursing BSC (Hons).
My Professional qualifications are as follows; Certificate in ‘The Maudsley Model Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy for Treating Anorexia Nervosa’ (MANTRA); Certificate in ‘Specialist Supportive Clinical Management for Eating Disorders’ (SSCM Eating Disorders;); Certificates in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR & EMDR with Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and the Ego); Certificate in Introductory Systemic Practice; Certificates in Counselling level One and Two.