Marie has 17 years experience working in the specialist field of eating disorders. Marie started her dietetic career working in the eating disorder unit at the prestigious Priory Hospital in Glasgow. During her time there, Marie worked alongside patients who required admission to aid their recovery. Following her 4 years at the Priory, Marie joined the eating disorder service at Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen. Marie has extensive experience working with clients with all types of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and ednos (eating disorder not otherwise specified).
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
BSc (Hons ) Nutrition & Dietetics
Counselling Skills (Cosca certified)
EEATS Supervisor (Eating Disorder Education and Training Scotland)
Other training includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion focused therapy and family based therapy.
Marie is also a certified personal trainer although is not currently practicing in this role.
"I came to Marie struggling with binge eating. I felt completely hopeless, out of control and very distressed at the impact binge eating was having on me both mentally and physically. Marie encouraged me to look at my diet and lifestyle and consider whether there was factors which made me more vulnerable to binge eating. Having established that restrictive dieting was having a big impact on my susceptibility to binge, we worked together to look at changes I could make to ensure I was eating a nutritional diet that satisfied me. Marie was constantly professional and provided scientific, fact-based advice related to weight and nutrition. I felt immediately at ease speaking with Marie. She created a safe, non-judgemental space for me to discuss my issues with food and always responded thoughtfully and with kindness.
For the first time in my life I have a healthy relationship with food. This is something that has felt out of reach for me almost my entire life. Marie has been invaluable in helping me reach this point. She comprehensively provided me with the tools and support that I needed to be able to develop a healthy and realistic diet that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I can’t thank her enough for the positive changes she has helped me to make and I now feel confident that I can one day be completely free from binge eating."
M***, Blackburn, Aberdeenshire, November 2016
I have been working with Marie for a number of months after being on a restrictive diet which in turn led to bulimia for me for the past few years. I was terrified to seek help, I had no idea what to expect and was so scared of being judged. Working with Marie, she has enabled me to develop structured healthy eating habits as well as understand much more about the illness. Marie was understanding and professional throughout the process. She made me feel at ease and broke everything down to make small achievable goals. I wish I had sought help long ago as she has provided me with life changing skills and knowledge.
R***, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, November 2018
For the last couple of years I was solely focused on the number of calories in food and restricting. When previously attempting to get out of this mindset I began over eating and purging. I started going to Marie for help with eating a few months ago. She has taught me a different way to view food – for its nutritional value rather than its number of calories. This has completely altered my attitude towards food – I can now enjoy social situations involving food and am not constantly worrying about calories.
Marie has provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop a healthier attitude towards food and she has helped me to eat a more varied diet. I’m no longer scared to eat foods I would have previously avoided and no longer feel it necessary to compensate for eating them.
I am so grateful to Marie for her support and advice and for being so understanding. My relationship with food is the best that it’s been for over two years and instead of counting calories, I can now start to count the number of days that I’m truly enjoying because I’m no longer consumed by thoughts of food.
F****, Aberdeen City, November 2018
I’d like to thank you for the help and care you gave me over the 7 sessions I spent with you.
I’ve managed to gain weight and to change my perspective of my food intake thanks to your help.
It was a relief to have someone to speak to who understands how difficult it is to gain weight when you have an eating disorder and have had for decades.
Thank you Marie.
W****, Blackburn, Aberdeenshire, July 2019
I sought help from Marie after being on a restrictive diet which led me onto binge eating/over eating. I was stuck in a mindset of certain foods were “bad” for you and lead to serious illness. From the get go Marie was fantastic, she put me at ease as I felt apprehensive and she listened to what I was going through, I never felt judged and it was reassuring to know that you are not the only one to experience the same problems with food. She provides solid factual science based information. She provided me with a range of useful resources that helped with process of understanding why I wanted to binge. Marie gave small realistic achievable goals for me to regain control over my eating. She is super supportive and has a kind caring nature. With her help and support I feel in a better place with my eating habits and no food is off limits now!
Y*****, Kingswells, October 2019
I contacted Marie after I was really struggling with a restrictive diet and I am so glad I did. Marie helped me with the re-feeding process, offering advice, evidence based nutrition and incredible emotional support. When I had started binging and felt out of control, Marie offered practical ways to overcome this whilst reducing my anxiety about it explaining in detail why I was eating this way, and being in the restrictive/binging cycle I was in. Marie listened to my worries surrounding my eating habits/weight/shape and challenged my thinking in an understanding, positive way. Marie also offered advice surrounding diet/vitamins when she learned further down the line we were trying for a baby and also when I found out I was pregnant. Marie is compassionate, a fantastic listener and is great at offering dietary advice and how to overcome unhealthy eating behaviours whilst offering incredible emotional support. Extremely grateful to have worked with someone so kind who understands eating disorders the way Marie does and to have had appointments in such a safe, warming environment.
G*** , Aberdeen, February 2020
Marie is extremely insightful and an experienced dietician who specialises in eating disorders. She has helped me with food anxiety and orthorexia traits and although my problems weren’t extreme, she was able to offer me insight into nutrition and help me with unhealthy eating habits. Over a few months Marie was able to work with me to improve my eating habits, stop binge type behaviours and help me create a balanced and healthy lifestyle. She has taught me very important theories regarding eating disorders and how unhelpful thinking styles can affect me and my relationship with food. I will use what she has taught me for life. Couldn’t recommend her more.
M** , Aberdeen, July 2020
When I first came to Marie I was so lonely and lost with my eating disorder and didn’t know how to even begin to enter recovery but with the help of Marie’s patience and guidance I managed to enter the first steps of recovery and I still continue with that journey today, I had no idea that food could be good for you as I was raised to believe different until Marie educated me on how things help your body not hinder and how you are much more likely to feel healthier and lighter on a balanced diet rather than restricting or binging.
S******, Nov 2020
When we first contacted Marie at the start of the year, we were terrified. We had just confronted our daughter who admitted that for a number of months she had been making herself sick multiple times a day. We didn’t know how to “fix” this problem, we didn’t even know if this was something that could be fixed. Marie’s first words were ones of reassurance - not only would our girl get better, but we were the ones to make sure that she did. Over the coming weeks, Marie was able to offer common sense advice, sent us resources and checked in to make sure that we were coping. As a family, we will be forever grateful that we found her and that she offered us some hope for the future. Eating disorders are terrifying, but they aren’t insurmountable - thank you, Marie, for helping us to see that.
K****** & P*****, Jan 2021
I came to Marie after struggling with a very restrictive diet which led me to a horrible cycle of binging and purging. I really felt as though there was no way I would escape the destructive cycle. Constant reassurance and real, honest knowledge about food and diet from Marie, has gotten me to a point that I can confidently say I am well on my way to healing my relationship with food.
Marie achieves a combination of both the understanding of the psychological aspects of eating disorders, as well as finding a nutritional balance that is suited to you as an individual in your recovery. I was instantly at ease with her and felt completely comfortable talking about disordered thinking towards food that I had previously been reluctant to discuss. I cannot thank her enough and would highly recommend her.
M****, April, 2021
After recovering from anorexia nervosa once with the help of Marie during my teens , I suffered a relapse during 2020. I got in touch with Marie to have some support to get me back onto the right path with reassurance in knowing I was restoring weight and bettering my relationship with food in a healthy, sustainable way . With the support and guidance from Marie , I’ve managed to get myself back from my anorexia relapse and I like before, I can see a future free from disordered thoughts again!
M****, April 2021
I contacted Marie following a hospital admission for a flare up of my Crohns Disease. Marie took the time to understand the current status of my condition and built an exceptional relationship with me to coach and guide me through the steps I needed to take to help me build my diet to suit the stages of my recovery. I did all my consultations with Marie via Zoom which allowed continued support thorough lockdown; the consultations were well structured discussing my food diary and how I could develop me diet to ensure it is balanced. Thank you Marie for your support and care.
S*****, April 2021