Marie has 15 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