I am a BACP Registered Counsellor, certified Health Coach, doctor by research (PhD) and have personal understanding of overcoming binge and emotional eating

I have 17 years’ experience, including as a Senior Scientist at the University of Cambridge Centre for Diet and Activity Research. I have helped thousands of people improve their health behaviours.

As an expert in health behaviour, I have appeared on BBC Breakfast and have consulted for TV programmes including Easy Ways to Live Well with Steph McGovern and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on BBC1. 

Over nearly two decades working to improve people's health, I have learnt that everyone is different. Every solution needs to be different too. Off the shelf diets and programmes do not work in the long term.

I was overweight in childhood and yo-yo dieted my way through my teens and twenties. I felt that my eating was out of control. I knew exactly what I should do to lose weight but couldn't seem to do it.

I found the hidden thoughts and feelings beneath my emotional eating and weight gain cycles. Then I realised that I had the power to control what I ate, I lost weight and kept it off without trying.

I now work one-on-one with people who have often had lifelong battles with their weight. I help them to find and tackle their unique hidden eating triggers, and transform their mindset, so they can lose weight for good and stop emotional eating.
I offer 1:1 binge eating therapy in convenient online 50-minute sessions. 

Together, we design a programme unique to you, to tackle the root causes of binge or emotional and stop them for good.

You can escape binge and emotional eating. It feels fantastic to be free.

Your first session is only £30, with no obligation.

Choose a time for your first session.

I am a:
  • Registered Counsellor (MBACP, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Qualified Health Coach, specifically a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) and a member of the UK Health Coaches Association and Association for Coaching. 
  • Doctor by research (PhD)
As a Senior Scientist at the University of Cambridge Centre for Diet and Activity Research, I have led research into health behaviour change, including large government funded clinical trials to determine effective ways to help people change their behaviours. My PhD centred on lifestyle and health behaviours in the UK and Southern India.

I have led multiple research studies in the UK and USA into helping people to improve their diet, increase physical activity and lose weight.

As a leading scientist studying health behaviours I have given keynote presentations, invited lectures and seminars and acted as chair at scientific conferences around the world.

I have used this experience, combined with the experience of escaping emotional eating myself, to develop my unique approach to help you escape emotional eating.

Please note that in my academic work I use my maiden name Dr Kirsten Corder.

My story

When I was about 5 years old, my Mum took me to the doctor for a routine visit. It was a hot Summer day and the doctor was sitting at a desk in front of his large window. As we were walking out, my Mum took my hand and put her other hand on the door handle. As she turned to say goodbye to the doctor, he said five words that changed my life: “just watch her weight ok”. I looked up at Mum and felt a lead weight pulling at my chest. She did not say anything, but I knew that something was wrong. They spoke for a couple more minutes, but I do not remember what they said. I just remember feeling ashamed and wondering what I had done wrong.


From that moment on, my relationship with food was broken. I was always hungry and was now labelled as ‘fat’. Although I lost weight briefly, I gained it back with more. This continued so that I was overweight most of my school life and was teased because of my weight. Miss Piggy was my nickname throughout middle school, I never got picked for sports and couldn't wear the clothes that my friends did as they didn't make them in my size.


Being overweight as a child ruled my life but I knew that it did not need to be this way. That is why I spent my life researching to solve weight issues without stigma and restriction. Now I teach people how to lose weight for good, so they don't have to feel like I did.

It is more than 30 years after that doctor’s appointment, and I have finally healed my relationship with my body. It took 17 years of academic research, having kids of my own and a lot of self-reflection to find the answers.

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My Scope of Practice

I am a Health Coach who qualified from the Institute of Transformation Nutrition (ITN), and a Member of the UK Health Coaches Association. I am trained in counselling skills.

This is the ITN scope of practice: Diet • Lifestyle and lifestyle improvements • Attitude and thinking • Stress management • Empowerment • Education on supplementation relative to the health issue(s) • Prevention of disease • Promotion of health • Supporting healing from illness • Increasing the body’s ability to heal itself through nutrition and supportive practices • Help clients change behaviors that contribute to poor health • Help clients with other factors contributing to poor health such as: previously diagnosed illnesses, biochemical imbalances, toxicities, and nutritional deficiencies • Education on the benefits of whole foods • Underlying issues contributing to the problem • Support education based upon the most up to date research and knowledge in nutrition, psychology, and spirituality

Click here to view the UKHCA Scope of Practice: https://www.ukhealthcoaches.com/scope-of-practice

Dr Kirsten Keighley

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Dr Kirsten Keighley Ltd is a registered company in England and Wales (Company number 12673809). Registered address: 36 Butt Lane, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6DG. 07592 125077. kirsten@drkirstenkeighley.com


The information in this website is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr Kirsten Keighley on behalf of Dr Kirsten Keighley Ltd. We recommend you make your own health decisions based on your own research and consultation with a qualified health professional. We recommend that you consult your doctor and/or dietician before beginning a new diet or exercise programme.