About Lena CromartieLena's ancestral roots are in Scotland. From there, her ancestors travelled and lived all over the world, and Lena similarly spent her early life in multicultural environments and in a number of countries. Aotearoa New Zealand is now her permanent home.
Lena has experienced and has recovered from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Following this she trained in counselling, life coaching, and psychotherapy, as well as numerous other approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, an accredited Diploma in Life Coaching, a specialist Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders, and is a registered accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as a full member of and registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. From 2010 to 2020 she ran a busy private practice dedicated to individuals experiencing Eating Disorders and other eating and body image issues. She is the author of Bingeing, Dieting and You: 30 things every woman needs to know.
Through her personal lived experience and her professional experience, Lena is aware both of the challenges faced by those with eating and body image issues, and of pathways to recovery. She loves sharing her knowledge and supporting others on their personal or professional journeys. She is committed to the ongoing development of her skills and knowledge and, through professional journals and international conferences, to keeping up to date with the latest research and its application.
Photograph by Jo Mohi