How I Can Help
“I am a specialist in body psychotherapy, and in recovery from harmful behaviours and difficult patterns like comfort eating, toxic relationship, persistent anxiety and low self-worth.
I support people through finding space for themselves with compassion, experience, knowledge, and a touch of humour.”
In group programmes and 1:1 settings online, or in person in Bristol, UK.
Shelley Treacher is BACP accredited, with a Master’s Degree in Somatic Body-Centred Counselling Psychology from CIIS. She is the creator of The Comfort Eating Recovery App & Programme, and produces the ‘Underground Confidence Recovery Podcast’.
Shelley’s main focus is on recovery through understanding, challenging unconscious thoughts and behaviours, and embodiment.
Find someone to talk to; keeping it all inside won’t help.
Therapy is about finding a safe enough space for you to really be yourself in.
In body psychotherapy, we also explore ways to heal difficult experiences through your body’s core.
When we seek a therapist, all we often know is that we have reached a point of unbearable discomfort and nowhere else to turn. Often people come to therapy having tried everything else, or having thought about coming for a long time.
We want help reducing the anxiety, irritation, depression, grief, loneliness, shame, despair or hopelessness. We want our relationships or work to improve, and to stop repeating harmful behaviour patterns.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are about understanding these feelings and patterns, and how to change them.
It can be incredibly powerful (and calming for the nervous system) just to express how you really feel, with someone other than friends or family. A therapist will understand, won’t judge you, and has no agenda other than to help you towards compassion for yourself and empowerment.
All ethnicities, genders, sexual (or non-sexual) orientations, and bodies are welcome here.
Chogyam Trungpa, Becoming A Full Human Being.
The basic work of health professionals, and of psychotherapists in particular, is to become full human beings and to inspire full human- beingness in other people who feel starved about their lives.
My first concern is to establish trust. Consequently, we work to understand what's happening for you. We then work on how to change it, and build your resources.
I have experience in working with the following:
- Self-confidence, feeling insecure, loneliness, neediness, abandonment or codependency
- Boundaries/saying No/personal goals
- Relationship issues, sexuality and intimacy
- Dating confidence, being single, attracting the wrong/ right partners, toxic relationship
- Stess, Anxiety, fear, panic attacks
- Depression, dissociation, mood swings
- Comfort eating, binge eating, disordered eating, over eating,
- Repetitive behaviours, or life patterns that you are not happy with
- Developmental Trauma
My therapy with Shelley showed me the journey of self-love and authenticity when I came to her with confidence issues. Her advice gave me permission to finally choose myself. Over the last year, I started speaking up for my quiet inner child and saying NO! After all these years, I haven’t looked back since.
I am so grateful to have worked with such an inspiring woman and would recommend her services. A therapist with such a vast knowledge of her study, but also warm and kind. If you haven’t already, you should check out her Underground Confidence podcast, it’s a brilliant resource. Thank you, Shelley, for your valuable and free podcast!
I wanted to thank you personally for changing my life. You have been such a blessing and I feel so grateful to have participated in this course. Your kindness, encouragement, positivity and support have really helped me become the person I am today, and I cannot thank you enough.
This course has enabled me to take control of my eating and treat myself with care. I am enjoying the success of learning how not to overeat, and the freedom this is bringing me. Shelley led the group with understanding, humour and compassion, and is a lovely, warm person, who I felt I could trust.
The Understanding your Eating Programme has helped my confidence, made me feel more powerful. I enjoyed the community spirit of the group and the strength I felt in working with strong women. I really enjoyed the final session about celebrating the positives in life, that is something which resonated for me.
Attending Shelley’s ‘Understanding your Eating’ course was the most incredible and empowering experience that I have ever had. She really has taught me to understand my eating and I feel so free and alive!
I genuinely can’t believe how powerful the UyE Programme has been. I had a light bulb moment during every session. This is the first 6 weeks in my life that I haven’t binged!
Shelley brought together a group of strangers who became genuinely close companions during our sessions. I was reminded of how powerful women can be when they work together – sisters can conquer anything!
Shelley gave me the support I’d needed for a very, very long time. I also got a deeper insight into how I deal with things and how to do things differently. I learnt to appreciate my strengths and what I already do well…I learnt how to look after myself better…It helped me adapt to a very limited life (due to disability).
The time I had in counselling with Shelley was useful in exploring problems and starting to develop coping strategies.
With Shelley I had an open comfortable environment in which I could explore the events and habits of old. This enabled me to challenge myself and my behaviours. It helped to support my state of mind through a very difficult time in my life.
I’m amazed at how I can be in such a different place now to where I was just a few weeks ago before working with Shelley