Cat Birtwell
Eating Disorders Specialist Practitioner

Cat is an Eating Disorders Specialist Practitioner who recently joined our team. She brings with her more than 12 years experience in this field, and has worked across inpatient, day service, and community eating disorders services within the NHS. Although trained in delivering High Intensity CBT for a range of mental health difficulties, Cat will be offering specialist eating disorder assessment and treatment in our service, providing sessions part-time on Wednesday and Friday mornings. 

Cat is passionate about her work, and strongly believes that no matter how long someone has had their eating disorder for, a full recovery is always possible. Having already completed CBT-E training through the NHS, in 2018 Cat chose to develop her skills by undertaking the PGDip in Complex Presentations at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, to broaden her expertise and enable her to treat comorbid difficulties that people sometimes experience alongside their eating disorder (depression, OCD, anxiety disorders, PTSD).

Cat has a keen interest in the development of eating disorder treatments and also in health promotion and prevention of mental health difficulties in young people.

Clinician responsibilities of Cat Birtwell

Qualifications of Cat Birtwell

  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Photonics – University of Southampton
  • Graduate Certificate & Graduate Diploma in Psychology  – London Metropolitan University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology – University of Southampton
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Oxford University

What Started Cat Birtwell On The Path To Becoming a CBT Therapist?

  • Cat feels that CBT is one of the main evidence based treatments for Eating Disorders. As that is the field that she specialises in, Cat wanted to have a core registered profession to enable her to further my career. Training was a way of developing her skills and experience at treating EDs and associated comorbid disorders.

Membership and Governing Bodies

  • Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP)

Interesting Facts

  • Away from work, Cat lives in the New Forest with her husband and daughter. She enjoys taking advantage of living on the south coast, having days out by the water or going for walks in the forest. Cat is a regular (short distance!) runner, and enjoys weekly pub trips as part of a running group, as well as meeting up with friends for coffee & cake, or going out for the evenings.