Welcome to NIWE

We are still here for you through these difficult times, taking referrals and holding counselling sessions via video or telephone, Health and Wellbeing sessions, Friends and Family Group and Mindfulness courses are happening via Zoom. If you need help getting to grips with Zoom, hopefully the following link can provide you with this https://nerdschalk.com/how-to-join-a-zoom-meeting-for-the-first-time/

General updates are sent via our mailing lists – which you can sign up to below if you’re not already. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

You can find resources and information on our dedicated page, which will be updated whenever we find new sources– e.g. specialist online chat support from BEAT, including Sanctuary which is specifically COVID related, free guided mindfulness programmes from Calm and Headspace, and live meditation sessions from local provider  Mindful Therapies and mindfulness courses from Metanoia-Mindfulness-Based-Living.

Please see our Services page for more information on our latest online groups

Click here for a list of Useful Support and Information - including services that can be accessed online (updated 5/1)

See below for how to refer.

Eating Distress versus Eating Disorder

NIWE uses the term eating distress rather than eating disorder because we want to support all those who experience extreme anxiety around or have a difficult relationship with food and eating. 

We offer one-to-one counselling to men and women aged 16+ with mild to moderate eating distress, who have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 17.5 and above. Daytime sessions are free, take place at the same time each week over 6-8 consecutive weeks and last 50 minutes.  Sessions may be extended in exceptional circumstances.

To register this service, please download and complete a registration form and submit via email to enquiries@niwe.org.uk

If you are unable to make daytime appointments -

Alongside our free day time counselling we can now offer evening appointments at a cost of £45 per 50 minute session.

Evening appointments are available from 5pm, take place at the same time each week and can be up to 20 weeks.


Please see our latest Service Evaluation report.

See the results of our Body Image survey in May 2018.

 * Our services are currently available to people in Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland.

You can follow NIWE Eating Distress on social media for more resources, news and updates



As a small charity, we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to allow us to continue our work. Every donation is noticed and appreciated, and allows us to really make a difference in someone’s life – by helping to provide specialised one to one counselling sessions to people who would otherwise not be able to access them, run our support groups, and provide training so people can spot the signs of eating distress and help others seek the support they need as early as possible. We use Give As You Live as our donation platform, and any contribution enables us to continue providing our supportive services for people struggling with anxiety around food.Donate through Give as you Live Donate