I am a psychologist who is curious about the two things that are crucial for human survival: food and relationships. My work involves having conversations and writing words about these different areas, and joining up the dots between them. I do this academically, clinically and, more recently, gastronomically. As a cook, I trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine. As a psychologist, I research, teach and practice: I am a psychotherapist and it is in this capacity that I have started to connect food and therapy in recent years. My blog Cupboard Love (https://cupboard-love.co.uk/blog) brings together the psychotherapist and cook parts of me to create recipes and writing inspired by the conversations I have with my clients and the food memories, associations and stories they bring to our sessions.
Psychology, Psychotherapy, Mental Health
My regular work is all within the remit of academia; my research is funded by my academic post at Middlesex University where I am paid to study/write about attachment, relationships and food as part of my research remit – research is a contractual requirement. My regular work is psychological, for example, this month I have been invited to contribute to a book on the psychology of veganism, which is being funded by the UK Council for Psychotherapy. My own regular work also includes my website and blog Cupboard Love (https://cupboard-love.co.uk/blog) brings together the psychotherapist and cook parts of me to create recipes and writing inspired by clients, where each post goes from therapy couch to kitchen.
I was shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers 2022 Investigative Award. I am an associate member of the SOAS (University of London) Food Studies Centre. I was also shortlisted for Moniack Mhor’s Emerging Writer of the Year 2022 Award. I wrote a chapter for ‘Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen’, which made Karnac’s top 10 books of 2021.
My commercial interests lie in writing abut the psychology and meaning of food in an accessible, jargon-free way, for example for outlets such as Waitrose Food.