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Hi there and welcome to Eating Freely!

Eating Freely is the world's leading network of Emotional Eating, Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia specialists. We are dedicated to helping our clients recover from these conditions and find true freedom around food forever. We do this using The Eating Freely 360° Freedom Program™ a proven, psychology-based program developed by Emma Murphy, psychotherapist and disordered eating specialist for over ten years.

When you know food is not the whole problem, then you know, another Diet is not the Solution.

About Emma Murphy MIACP

Hi, I’m Emma Murphy, the founder and creator of Eating Freely and the 360° Freedom Program.

The 360⁰ Freedom Program is a comprehensive program that I have developed over 10 years of working with women and men who struggle with food, weight and their body image.

So many of my clients were caught in a cycle of Diet/Crash/Binge/Guilt/Diet – which never achieved the permanent results they so desperately wanted – to feel comfortable in their own skin. In fact, going on diet after diet with no permanent success caused more stress and misery in the long run, not to mention adverse health effects such as IBS, colitis, reflux etc, and anxiety or depression from stress and low serotonin.

For 10 years I worked in private practice with clients on all parts of the disordered eating spectrum – from a 5.5 stone client with anorexia who refused to go to inpatient treatment to a morbidly obese client who had two-thirds of her stomach removed before she came to counselling, and everything in between.

Once I began to see the common patterns and common personality traits between my clients, I developed a way of working that helped everyone, by addressing these specific patterns and traits. This is how the 360⁰ Freedom Program was developed.

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This isThe majority of clients coming to see me were in the middle of the disordered eating spectrum, clients who have a long history of swinging from dieting to bingeing and back again and meet most or all the criteria for Binge Eating Disorder and clients with Bulimia.

I have always worked alongside a Nutritional Therapist and this is now an essential component of the program as we can address both the food and the feelings simultaneously. That’s why this program is called the 360⁰ Freedom. The program delivers freedom from food obsession, freedom from the revolving door of diet programs, freedom from all the underlying physical symptoms a disordered relationship with food brings with it, and most of all freedom from shame and guilt, which usually stems right back to the client’s childhood and whatever adverse event or experience taught them how to self-soothe with food in the first place.

In 2017, two things happened. First, we as a family moved back to Dublin from Cork and second, I realised I was getting burned out from working with disordered eating clients all the time – it’s heavy work when it is all you do, because of course so much of the eating symptoms are driven by underlying trauma and adverse experiences in the past. Add to this the fact that I couldn’t see all the clients who wanted to attend because I was that rare thing - a specialist therapist in this area – and I was ready to quit!

A couple of long-dark-nights-of-the-soul later where I seriously considered giving up therapy, I realised that I could continue to help clients, and in fact help far more clients, if I trained other therapists in my program. I trained as a Trainer, took a year long business mastermind program, and began putting my training program together.

Eating Freely and the 360⁰ Freedom Program have continued to grow and we now have a team of certified Eating Freely Therapists in Ireland, and some also working online with clients as far away as Canada, the USA and South Africa, and Eating Freely is now a separate business with a small team working together to bring our program to as many clients as possible.

All of our Licensed Therapists are fully qualified Counsellors, Therapists, LSW’s or Psychologists. We only train fully qualified professionals, our training carries CPD points from 4 international bodies, and it meets the criteria for specialist training to work with disordered eating – specifically Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia.

It is our vision to create a vibrant, mutually supportive and reciprocal network of clients and therapists who together, become strong enough to drive home the messages that diets do not work, it is absolutely possible to move on from your past, and that self-love is the key to transformational change.

Warmly



Emma



Emma Murphy MIACP
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

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