The TCN Clinic was opened in 2021 by Talia Cecchele, as a way of supporting lovely humans outside of her position working on an eating disorders inpatient unit in London. Since then, the clinic team has expanded with a team of specialist dietitians working in our virtual clinic. The TCN team is located across the globe (UK, Europe and South America) which is pretty cool as it means we can support people located around the world too!
Highly Specialist Dietitians
Talia Cecchele, Founder & Lead Dietitian
Interest area: breaking food rules, disordered eating & digestive issues
A passionate foodie and globe trotter, Talia packed up her bags and moved from Australia to the UK in 2018. Now calling London home, she opened the Talia Cecchele Nutrition (TCN) Clinic in 2021 and works part-time in London's leading private mental health hospital as the Therapy Lead & specialist dietitian on the Eating Disorders Unit.
Talia has spent over 11 years supporting people to improve their health and it was by chance that she fell into the specialist area of eating disorders. She has worked with hundreds of women and men to help them reverse the negative influence diet culture, nutrition misconceptions and fad diets have had on their relationship with food.
Talia offers a compassionate, empathetic and realistic approach to nutrition and her clinic team share this in common. She doesn't believe in restrictive diets (all the peanut butter please) and lives life by the mantra that change doesn't happen in your comfort zone! Give this big dreamer a bowl of porridge and an oat latte and she'll be ready to take on the world (or maybe just the latest influencer promoting a detox diet).
We asked Talia a few questions . Fun facts about me: > Sheep are my favourite animal! I used to carry around a toy called Lamby as a child! > I don’t like watermelon! So many people can’t understand it, but to me it tastes too “watery” > I knew that I wanted to be a dietitian since I was 15 > When I first moved to the UK, I lived in Wolverhampton! And then moved to London > When I was a teenager, I competed in Little Athletics at a State level for race walking Favourite foods: almond croissant, oat latte, pappardelle beef ragu, carrot cake with cream cheese icing, overnight oats Most recommended recovery resource: Sick Enough by Jennifer Gaudiani. Therapeutic style: non-judgmental, compassionate, tough-love (described by an old colleague of mine), inclusive and safe. Passions: > Travel! This was one of the main reasons I moved to the UK. I love exploring new countries, learning about different cultures and of course… food! > Is watching Friends from beginning to end almost 10 times a passion? > Supporting people to find food freedom, it is honestly the best feeling seeing people change their lives and ditch diet culture > Exploring different bakeries and finding the best almond croissant (just so you know, the best yet has been from a little town in Scotland and I don’t know the name as my friends went out and brought it back for me) Qualification & Further Training: Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics Digestive Disorders & Eating Disorders (Marci RD) Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity (NCFED) Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Masterclass (MCCAED) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-E) Family Based Therapy (FBT) for Anorexia Nervosa Motivational Interviewing Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics (RCH, Melbourne) The Non-Diet Approach & Advanced Counselling Skills
Dimitra is led by the idea that life is worth living well, with no food or body preoccupation, and full of joy in eating and moving. She uses a blend of her clinical experience in private practice and the NHS, as well as her expertise in nutrition, cognition, and physical activity.
Dimitra has a fun, compassionate, and collaborative style and makes her clients’ needs the priority in their therapy. She uses Motivational Interviewing to firstly bring insight into the roots of their reasoning. She then uses her Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills to help them break through the trap of dichotomous ‘black and white’ thinking, whilst resetting any unhelpful thinking patterns in disordered eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Dimitra gained experience in eating disorders through working at a CAMHS inpatient unit. Previously, she worked in mental health, medical and surgical wards. She has also worked at the UK’s leading Catering company, where she lectured at King’s College London, and created menus for patients and restaurants.
When she is not busy with her profession, you can find Dimitra dancing in her living room, camping on a deserted beach, watching a theatrical play, or laughing and crying with her beloved ones.
Interest area: disordered eating, binge eating, anorexia & bulimia nervosa
We asked Dimitra a few questions . Fun facts about me: > I have a lived experience of an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa) and recovered while at University > I like to move my body in similar ways I enjoyed when I was a child > I used to live in England for eight years, but the Greek weather won my heart > I’m a Dietitian, but I’m not very good at cooking Favourite foods: lentil soup, chocolate-nutty biscuits, any dip with bread Most recommended recovery resource: Just Eat It by Laura Thomas Therapeutic style: I like to think of myself as a dolphin in the sea of eating disorder recovery. I’ll guide the way when you need direction, I’ll actively listen to you when you need me to be next to you, and other times I’ll gently push you from the back to help you face your fears and claim your life back! Passions: put an end to diet culture, human bonds, mindfulness, nature Qualification & Further Training: Maudsley Model for Anorexia Nervosa Therapy Training (King's College London) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Eating Disorders (EDRD Pro) Applying Intuitive Eating in Practice (London Centre of Intuitive Eating) Body Image Training (Marcy Evans) Management of Gut Disorders in Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (Sarah Elder) Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Treatment in Eating Disorder Therapy (EDRD Pro) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome & Eating Disorders (EDRD Pro) Sports Nutrition and Eating Disorders (EDRD Pro) Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine) The Effects of Social Media on Body Image (Maudsley Learning)
Elle is specialist eating disorder dietitian and sports dietitian with a deep passion for supporting young people and adults in their recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating. By combining her specialties in eating disorders and sports nutrition, Elle helps athletes who may be struggling with the performance and physical pressures associated with their sports.
Elle believes that improving performance doesn’t have to compromise health or damage relationships with food, and wants the ‘health and fitness’ industry to acknowledge that leanness and aesthetics do not determine health or performance!
Elle encompasses a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to helping clients heal their relationship with food and themselves and live a life free from restrictions. It is extremely important to Elle that she educates her clients about nutrition to help them navigate through the misinformation and learn to trust their own bodies again.
Elle has experience as the sole dietitian in an inpatient eating disorder unit and was involved in the care and treatment of acutely ill patients. She has experience working with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
In her spare time, Elle can be found hopping on a plane home to visit family, planning a road trip (with coffee shop stops and snack breaks of course!) or at the gym.
Interest area: sports nutrition, RED-S & period recovery
We asked Elle a few questions . Fun facts about me > I’m from Ireland and moved to the UK on my own in 2017 > I can change a tyre (thanks Dad) > I can speak Irish > I grew up horse-riding and still love this (although that’s harder to do here in London!) > I love to travel and explore new places Favourite foods: bagels, gelato, anything spicy Most recommended recovery resource: Dr. Russ Haris, The Happiness Trap Audiobook- I love the tools and exercises that you can do by following the audiobook to help you to unhook from unhelpful thoughts Therapeutic style: compassionate, empathetic and encouraging… with lot’s of analogies, some better than each other, thrown in Passions: > Helping people find love and joy in their sport again > Making food freedom accessible and available to as many people as possible > Providing evidence based nutrition advice on social media to help dilute the BS that is out there > I love researching and writing articles > Cars > Coffee > Cooking and baking > I love being outdoors; I’m running, hiking or horse-riding any weekend Qualification & Further Training: UKAD clean sports advisor ISAK Level 1 Accredited Anthropometry Eating Disorders and Exercise CPD Building body confidence, self-esteem and resilience workshop (ED Conference 2022) Conducted a systematic review on the prevalence of ED’s in athletes
Interest area: intuitive eating
Emma is passionate that every one of us deserves to experience pleasure, happiness and connection through food. Originally from Australia and relocated to the UK in 2015, Emma has worked in hospitals across both Australia and the UK as well as in private practice over the past 9 years.
Noticing rising nutrition misinformation and increasing referrals for patients experiencing a poor relationship with food and body is what first inspired Emma to specialise in intuitive eating and eating disorders.
Emma has a calm and empathetic personality and practices from a Health-at-Every-Size lens. She combines her extensive clinical knowledge with a person-centred approach that ensures you are listened to and supported in a confidential and judgement-free environment.
In her free time Emma enjoys spending time in green spaces from London parks to the distant mountains. She enjoys connecting with others over food whether it be a nice meal or a picnic by the canal.
We asked Emma a few questions Coming soon...
Sarah has unique skills in translating a deep understanding of human metabolism and nutrition in a way that's palatable, to support clients to engage in dietary changes. Working as a Clinical Specialist Dietitian in the NHS Sarah has experience supporting clients with eating disorders and complex mental health conditions.
With a non-judgemental, relaxed approach, Sarah loves getting to know her clients and developing a deep understanding of an individual’s core beliefs and values, fostering a strong therapeutic relationship and empowering clients to be the experts in their own recovery
Besides food and nutrition, Sarah loves getting creative in any way she can, from upcycling furniture to messy painting with her daughter.
Interest area: ARFID
We asked Sarah a few questions Fun facts about me: > I love musical theatre and I'm a secret shower singer > Every Christmas I essentially become an elf and craft/bake everything and anything festive > Seasonal starbucks drinks have a hold on me (I should probably have shares...) Favourite foods: Savoury: Anything mexican (burritos, guacamole, tacos) Sweet: mint flavoured chocolate straight from the fridge Most recommended recovery resource: CCI resources. Therapeutic style: honest and relaxed, using science when I can (I'm a bit of a geek...) Passions: getting creative, learning (told you I'm a geek) and gardening.
Interest area: binge eating & emotional eating
Toni is a passionate advocate for sustainable, health-promoting behaviours and supports people to achieve a truly healthy relationship with food and body acceptance, by healing their relationship with food and body.
Toni was motivated to specialise in eating disorders after her experience growing up around diet culture as a young dancer. With this experience, she struggled with poor body image and disordered eating throughout her 20s. She understands the challenges and courage it takes to break free from unhealthy behaviours.
Toni believes that recovery from an eating disorder/disordered eating isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. She's all about tailoring her approach to meet your individual needs, preferences, and lifestyle. Using a Health-at-Every-Size and non-diet framework, Toni helps you conquer rigid food rules and overcome food anxiety with compassion.
When Toni isn't working, you can find her walking her dog, listening to podcasts, paddle boarding, planning holidays and researching the next restaurant she wants to try.
We asked Toni a few questions . Fun facts about me: > I have a secret talent for remembering words to songs which makes me a great karaoke singer. > I am fascinated by travel because I learn about new cultures, and I especially love trying the local food everywhere I go. Favourite foods: mushroom pasta, any type of pizza and Thai food. Most recommended recovery resource: Reflecting on your relationship with food Therapeutic style: compassionate, realistic and personal. Passions: > Health-at-Every-Size (HAES) > Binge Eating / Binge Eating Disorder Qualifications & Further Training: Batchelor's Degree in Dietetics (Leeds Beckett University) Advanced Dietetics in Mental Health (British Dietetics Association) Advanced Dietetics in Eating Disorders (British Dietetics Association) Advanced Behaviour Change Skills (Ursula Philpot) Level 2 in Understanding Autism (Bradford College) Trauma-Informed Care (NHS) Binge Eating Disorder Treatment & Management for Dietitians (EDRD Pro) Applying Intuitive Eating & The Non-Diet Approach (London Center for Intuitive Eating) PCOS for Professionals (PCOS Collective) Gut Management in Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating (Sarah Elder & Kaitlin Colucci) Body Image Training (Marci Evans RD
Grace is our Clinic Administrator and helps with the day-to-day running of the clinic. Having previously worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years, Grace has had a recent career change following the birth of her two young children. Grace is now studying to be a dietitian and is in her final year, hoping to develop her skills to work within the eating disorder field in the near future! Grace has previously volunteered for Beat and feels very passionately about helping others access the right support.
ON A SIDE NOTE...
We're serious about the quality of support we offer. All our Dietitian's are registered with the HCPC and BDA and undergo continuing professional development in their specialist area (eating disorders). Our Sports Nutritionists are also registered with SENr.
All clinic dietitians receive regular clinical supervision and you can be reassured that their approach to treatment and advice aligns with Talia's approach and the clinic ethos.