A bit about us

Both Jean and Di have daughters who suffered from eating disorders.

We found very little to help us survive the struggle at the time, so decided something had to be done to fill the gap in support and treatment. Thankfully, our daughters are all now recovered. But eating disorders are on the increase, and the NHS can only see a small proportion of sufferers, often only the most severe cases. Our course is suitable for all, and the recovery tools it offers may be used by anyone.

Jean Hart

Jean is a licensed lay minister in the Church of England. She trained in integrative psychotherapy and now specialises in eating disorder counselling. She knows only too well the trauma experienced by families trying to cope with this all too common mental condition. With Di Archer, she wrote the tastelife course, and together they founded the charity tastelife. She loves spending time with her ever growing, noisy family as well as cooking, gardening and walking her dog.

Jean Hart BA Advanced Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy, Certificate in Bereavement Counselling, Southampton University. Previously part of a research team for Southampton University looking at the use of video and family sculpting in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Di Archer

Di is an educator, published writer and speaker with a theological background. As well as heading up tastelife with Jean, she also works for CPAS as Project Co-ordinator for their Leadership team. She and her husband Graham have three grownup children, a dog, a cat . . . and a hot tub. The latter for medicinal purposes, of course!

Di Archer MA with Distinction, Theology, Nottingham University, PTLLS (Adult Education), BA Lancaster University

A bit of history

tastelifeuk began in Southampton, supported by the Southampton Christian Network of churches. The tastelife course was duplicated in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and regular training residentials mean that it is now starting to spread around the country (find a course here). We were delighted to receive the REQ from the University of Brighton Health Sciences. While it is based on Christian principles of wholeness and health, it is open to to those of all faiths or none. We have been so encouraged by the huge positive response to the course – not only from sufferers of eating disorders but from those supporting them as well. The charity’s trustees and advisors include a GP medical trainer, a former Director of Public Health for a major UK city, a counsellor and those with direct experience of eating disorders.

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