Are you a Qualified Mental Health Professional interested in developing your professional skills and growing your practice?

Become a Licensed Eating Freely Practitioner
and join our international network of Binge Eating Specialists.

Train with us and join our International Network

Eating Freely is currently accepting applications from suitably qualified Mental Health Professionals to join our network. 

If you are a fully qualified Psychologist, Psychotherapist, LSW or MFT and want to train in working with clients with Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia, now it is the time to join and take your practice to the next level in 2020.

Our Clinical Training Dates for Spring 2020 are:

23 - 26 January 2020 - Dublin, Ireland

13 - 16 February 2020 - Birmingham, UK

12 - 15 March 2020 - Cairns, Australia

12 - 15 April 2020 - San Diego, USA

14 - 17 May 2020 - London, UK

Please note all Eating Freely Practitioners must hold one of the above (or equivalent) psychology/psychotherapy qualifications in order to train with us.        

Why Join Us?

Eating Freely is the world's leading network of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Specialists.  Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia are two recognised Eating Disorders (DSM-V, 2013) and clients require specialist intervention from a trained professional in order to successfully overcome years of disordered eating, the accompanying distress and the underlying trauma that goes with it.

Most professional organisations identify Eating Disorders as a specialist area that require advanced training under their Professional Competency Guidelines, that is why we have secured or are in the process of securing CPD points from professional organisations in every jurisdiction where we offer our program.

What does the Training for Licensees Include?

We provide a comprehensive package of training and support for all of our Licensees.  Here is a brief summary:

Four-Day Induction Program

New Licensees are invited to a four-day induction course which incorporates full training in our Eating Freely Program model as well as all the tools and resources you need to work with clients.

This in-person classroom induction and learning is followed up with a further two half days of group online training. 

Generous CPD points for our training:

Our training carries significant CPD points from the IACP in Ireland and the ACA in Australia.  We are currently in the process of securing CPD points/CE Hours in the UK and the USA.

Comprehensive training in marketing:

Expert training in how to market yourself locally as a Specialist Therapist in Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia, plus all the branded marketing materials you need to do so. 

Training in the business of therapy: 

Not all Therapists are naturally good administrators! Part of our training gives practical support in how to put systems and some easy to use software in place to make your life a whole lot easier and less stressful.  We believe that by supporting our therapists in being successful, we will reach more clients who need our help. And when you make a good living from your chosen work… that’s when you are participating in a wonderful circle of mutual reciprocity with your clients. The better you are at what you do and how you do it, the more clients you can support.

Protected catchment area: 

We guarantee you access to a limited geographical territory, and will only award a certain number of licenses in any given area to ensure all Practitioners receive regular referrals and can build a successful practice through our network. 

Brand Awareness Raising

We fully support all of our Therapists with our centralised online marketing function for Eating Freely worldwide which means:

a) We will link your website with ours so potential clients in your area can easily contact you from our website;

b) We use geo-targeted ads for Google to raise awareness of where our Therapists are located;

c) We will provide full training in how to successfully convert suitable enquiries into clients, and how to streamline your online presence and social media so your affiliation to Eating Freely International and therefore your implied expertise is clear to your followers/potential clients.

Ongoing support from Eating Freely HQ: 

We provide comprehensive ongoing support too:

- Online Peer Group Supervision;

- Annual CPD points for attending our yearly event for all Eating Freely Practitioners:

- An online community of Therapists to tap into via the Therapists Only Online Portal;

Plus, if you have your own issues with food, we will support you with that too – many of our Therapists are drawn to this training out of their own struggles with food – so we get it and we are happy to help.


My name is Emma Murphy and I have worked in private practice for the past 10 years, almost exclusively with clients struggling with disordered eating.

I have advanced specialist training in Eating Disorders and Obesity Management from the National Centre for Eating Disorders in the UK, and I am a FETAC certified Trainer. I have also won an Elevator Award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland for my first Online Program - CBT for Bulimia and Binge Eating, for making disordered eating support more accessible and affordable, online.

I am passionate about helping women and men to break free from emotional and binge eating, which in turn frees them up to live a fuller life feeling comfortable in their own skin, on EVERY level - physically, mentally and emotionally.

I also love training and working with groups, supporting other Therapists to work in this important, and growing area.

Why Join The World's Leading Network of Binge Eating Specialists?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder there is - Up to one in five adults struggle with BED;

It is the most gender equal form of disordered eating - 60% of sufferers are women, and 40% are men;

Many sufferers tend be be 'yo-yo dieters', and can believe that the problem is their willpower, or inability to stick to a diet in order to lose weight. In fact, yo-yo dieting and repeated dieting can often be a trigger for binge eating, along with other factors;

30% of adults seeking help with weight loss meet the criteria for Binge Eating Disorder... but no weight loss program will ever solve the problem of binge eating. That's because it is not actually a food or weight issue, it is an emotional, psychological issue;

Binge Eating Disorder clients, especially a) men and b) adults over 40, are significantly overlooked / underserved by both the weight loss industry AND therapeutic services. (Of course, our clients should not be in the weight loss industry's line of sight, but that is another story!)

Adults with Binge Eating Disorder need specialist help, and that is what we train you to offer.


 you can expect to develop a successful, stress free practice with standardised procedures, administrative software

and strong marketing skills to enable you to work smarter, not harder, AND enjoy the benefits of a regular,

generous income.


"Teaching style was excellent, good pace, engaging.  Plenty of room and time for questions and feedback".

"Excellent course, delivered brilliantly. Easy to follow, and makes a lot of sense.  Organised and structured really well, with a lot of support throughout".

"I learned more than I was expecting, which I can use in so many ways.  A great group, full of information, experience and congruence - very enjoyable".

"Excellent, thank you Emma - this is wonderful what you are doing, I enjoyed it. Thank you for all you gave over the course and the support going forward!"

Feedback from Roseleen, Eating Freely Therapist in Dublin, Ireland - working with two male clients with BED.

"I was amazed how well this programme worked for these clients.  Neither men had a pre-existing condition and therefore came to this voluntarily to deal with their unhappiness around their relationship with food. 

I found that having the structure of the course helps both clients and I engage in the sessions from the beginning. Both men engaged with homework. For me, the discussions around homework gave access and opportunity for discussion of eating rituals meanings of food history and culture also the uncovering of habits.

There is a significant amount of input/information in the first 3 sessions but it builds confidence in the clients ability to see ways to make changes. And the addition of the nutritional therapy consultation adds to all this new information to deal with the problem of weight. Both men reported that by the 3rd session they were eating better had implemented some changes and had fewer periods of remorse due to bingeing.

The shift happens when there is less focus on food and more on their thoughts, behaviour and feelings.  But most interesting by the 3rd session the language of feelings has been subtly introduced. This then helps the integration of body sensation in response to the feelings... It was wonderful to weave in an integrative approach from a structured program.

The therapist client relationship deepens after the third session with much more focus on coming to know themselves and uncover some of the un-grieved losses of their past.  Both men acknowledged that they had not realised that there had been such an emotional base to their disordered eating.  Learning the language to express their feelings and basically come out of their head into their bodies."

Louise George

Feedback from Louise, Eating Freely Therapist in Cork, Ireland

"Having worked as a therapist in Eating Disorders services in the UK for over a decade I was very curious to learn more about the Eating Freely approach to therapy for people with emotional eating.

I completed the training with Emma in Dublin in October 2018 and I have to say that I found the whole program to be extremely comprehensive!

Emma has used her vast knowledge and experience of working with clients to produce a well tested and systematic approach to tackling binge eating.

When the client first enters the program there are a range of easy to use and well thought out practical and cognitive tools to help get their eating behaviours back on track. Each of the early sessions has a particular area to focus on, which I have found really helps me as the therapist to address the disordered eating in a very logical and orderly way.

Explanatory and educational videos are presented online for the client to back up all the information given by the therapist in the sessions, and there is a private support group that clients have access to throughout the programme too.  The clients that I have worked with so far have all reported finding the tools simple to use but also extremely helpful and effective.

Once the client has begun to stabilise their eating patterns then the therapist can begin to explore more of the deeper underlying issues in more detail... Addressing trauma, family dynamics, unmet needs, inner child work, and so on. There is a strong focus within the program on self-love, self-care, and on building self-esteem, and the program also supplies guided meditations to the therapist to assist with this.

Clients are constantly encouraged throughout the program to focus on finding healthier ways to meet the emotional needs that their disordered eating previously served to conceal.

I would highly recommend the Eating Freely training to any therapist looking for a tried and tested approach to working with clients with emotional eating, and I am very happy to be part of the Eating Freely team.“

We are now accepting applications for Licensed Practitioners in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the USA. Training in early 2020 will be in the following locations:

23 - 26 January 2020 - Dublin, Ireland

13 - 16 February 2020 - Birmingham, UK

12 - 15 March 2020 - Cairns, Australia

12 - 15 April 2020 - San Diego, USA

Client Feedback on the Eating Freely Program.  Melanie lives in South Africa and worked with an Eating Freely Therapist and Nutritional Therapist in Ireland, Online. 

Rachel, Cecilia, Sue, Rosaria (Italian), Debbie, Roisin, Jennifer, Aisling, Joanna (Polish), Maria (German), Nutritional Therapist Niamh and Nutritional Therapist Linn (Swedish).  Just some of the wonderful Therapists you will work alongside when you join our network.

Rosaria Chiappone
Debbie Farrell
Roisin Moriarty
Jennifer Good
Ashling Young
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