• Monique Jephcote

IE Counsellor course



This time last year I had just finished an Intuitive Eating Counsellor Certification course with the wise & wonderful, Evelyn Tribole. When I finished the course & got my certification, I put on my graduation cap, popped some moet & celebrated. It was the best professional (& personal) development money I’d ever spent, & I remember this moment genuinely felt like I was graduating again - a somewhat dismantling of previous education up until that point & a (re)learning of all of the things that really, well, made a lot of sense (& you know... backed by a solid, unequivocal chunk of evidence yet somehow hadn’t made its way into mainstream care yet)#interesting

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Some time before that, I had begun engaging in therapy to gain assistance in dismantling any lingering internalised fatphobia of my own & stigmas/bias/judgement that I held around weight, food & health, within others & within myself. I knew I couldn’t possibly be in this space without adding to creating harm on a collective or individual level somewhere along the line unless I had dismantled this. I unpacked a lot of guilt that I held around previously being in spaces adding to such harm (unknowingly at the time - but of course, we don’t know what we don’t know & when we know more, we can do more). I’ve been a PT longer than I’ve held my career as a Dietitian & I’ve certainly played a part in such when I didn’t know what I know now about weight, health, stigma, fatphobia & the harm that comes from the subtlety of such messaging which I found more entrenched in gym culture than any other space I’ve been in.

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I never imagined my career could be what it is right now. Running my own Private Practice specialising in Intuitive Eating, Eating Disorders, & weight inclusive Medical Nutrition Therapy. But I think more than that, I’m grateful for my career being a part of largely shaping how I interact with the world as an individual. Not only do the things I have learnt in these spaces progress my career & skills as a practitioner, but also who I am as a person, the friend I am, the mother I’ll eventually be. It’s pretty darn cool to be doing something as work which extends so far beyond just that - work.

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I very nearly closed my career as a Dietitian shortly after it began. I’m forever grateful for the connections, education, mentorship & networks I’ve received to make it out of the sticky, uncomfortable world of weight centrism & into inclusive care.

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I think there is a long way to go. There’s a lot of work to be done in these spaces. As professionals we have to be regularly checking in personally on ourselves. I’m hopeful for the changes, voices, research, advocacy & experience that’s coming through. And I’m proud to be contributing to such. I’m glad to be here, to be a part of this. It’s too important not to be. “What you know, you have to share”.

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♾ Become an Intuitive Eater and find food freedom & body acceptance.

➿ Individual Intuitive Eating & Group Intuitive Eating programs available.

Get in touch/find out more via link in bio.

️Need additional support with? Disordered eating, eating disorders, chronic dieting & weight cycling, obsessive health tendencies (orthorexia), body image, compulsive & obsessive exercise, finding enjoyable movement —> individual consults available.

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