Dr Helen McCarthy is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society with 27 years of experience working as a Clinical Psychologist.
She has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Durham and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oxford. After leaving Oxford Dr McCarthy trained as a Clinical Psychologist within the British National Health Service.
Since then she has worked as a Clinical Psychologist initially in the NHS and more recently in private practice. On moving in to private practice Dr McCarthy found that people were increasingly seeking help with weight loss after failed diets. Dr McCarthy explains how Delicious Dieting came about:
“A client came for help with bulimia nervosa which had been triggered by following a Very Low Calorie meal replacement programme. I was able to treat the bulimia using conventional cognitive behavioural therapy and the client returned to eating normally, but commented as she left her final session, “I just wish I could lose another stone in weight”. It struck me that despite decades of progress in the improvement of mental health using psychological therapies, normal weight loss was still beyond most people, including myself at the time. I started work on developing an alternative to conventional dieting using myself as my first guinea pig. My guiding principle was to make the weight loss easily sustainable by eating delicious food and minimising any sense of deprivation. I soon realised that the key was to work with, not against, the bodily systems which have evolved to govern appetite and eating.
Experimenting with a mix of conventional and cutting-edge psychological techniques I lost a stone and a half. Although it took effort and focus to lose the weight, maintaining the weight loss was easy and I have kept that weight off ever since. I now work with clients in London, Bristol and Cardiff. The Delicious Dieting website, newsletter and blog offer guidance and tips on achieving permanent weight loss without feelings of deprivation.”