Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service

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Poole, Dorset, BH14
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About us

We are dedicated to providing accessible, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Founded in July 2021 in response to a 70% increase in referrals, the service operates in multiple locations across the South West of the UK, including Poole, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Southampton and London. ACEDS offers a hybrid model of care, delivering services both in-person and online.

Referrals

The service accepts self-referrals, referrals from parents, and referrals from professionals. Potential clients or referrers can initiate contact via phone, email, or through a scheduled call using the provided Calendly link.

https://calendly.com/aceds/30min

Contact Information

Unique Aspects

ACEDS emphasises individualised care, recognising that each person’s journey with an eating disorder is unique. They strive to understand each client’s relationship with food and their body to tailor the treatment accordingly.

Additional Information

Pricing for various services, including therapy and dietetic sessions, is structured into packages or can be accessed on an ad-hoc basis, with discounts available for online program participants.

Training, qualifications & experience

Services Offered

  • Therapy Services: ACEDS provides a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), MANTRA, CBT for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (CBT-AR), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), and psychotherapy.
  • Dietetics: Experienced dietitians offer tailored nutritional guidance and meal planning.
  • Assessments for ASC and ADHD: Comprehensive evaluations to understand the individual’s needs and strengths.
  • Online Treatment Programs: Flexible online therapy and nutrition courses to accommodate clients’ schedules and locations.

We have a lovely and welcoming team of registered Dietitians and Therapists.

Our founder, Nicole Grilo, is an experienced professional in the field of Eating Disorders: 

Education and Qualifications

  • MSc Health Psychology (BPS) from Bournemouth University, obtained in 2021.
  • MSc Psychology of Education (BPS) from the University of Bristol, completed in 2019.
  • BSc (Hons) Addictions Counselling from the University of Bath, awarded in 2015.
  • BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition from the University of Chester, achieved in 2010.

Professional Development

  • Nicole has completed various certifications and training, including ADOS-2, Clinical Supervision, Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society, CBT-E, MANTRA, CBT for Children, and several others related to health and safety, risk management, and child protection.

Professional Experience

  • Founder of Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service (July 2021 - Present): Nicole established the service in response to increased referrals, overseeing eight staff and delivering over 100 sessions a month across multiple locations.
  • Specialist Community Practitioner in Eating Disorders at NHS Dorset University Healthcare Trust (May 2020 - Feb 2021): She enhanced her skills in assessing severe cases and trained healthcare professionals in motivational interviewing for disordered eating.
  • Psychotherapist at EQ-Wellbeing (April 2015 - July 2021): Nicole delivered therapy across various settings including the Priory Hospital and its Wellbeing Centres, focusing on adult psychiatric and eating disorders units.
  • Addictions Counsellor at Action on Addiction (August 2013 - December 2015): She led a structured day program focusing on abstinence-based recovery, including group and individual sessions.
  • Young Persons Outreach Worker and Interpreter roles (2015-2016): Nicole provided one-to-one counselling and workshop facilitation for young people dealing with substance abuse and performed interpretation services for social services.

Additional Achievements

  • Co-founder of Resurface, a mental health surf therapy charity in Bournemouth (2018), where she combined her passion for the sea with mental health support. She is also involved in developing a sister charity in Lisbon named Currents and Swells.

Nutrition topics

Information about health conditions (*)

Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Fees

£65.00 - £180.00

Additional information

Our fees depend on the duration, the type of practitioner and the type of session. 

Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service is also registered with Counselling Directory.

Poole, Dorset, BH14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Families
Organisations

Key details

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Additional languages

Portuguese

Online platforms

FaceTime
Google Meet
Microsoft Teams
Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service
Ashley Cross Eating Disorders Service