I am guided by:

1. New Zealand Association of Counsellors Code of Ethics. Adapted 2002, revised 2012.

From Introduction:

“This Code needs to be read in conjunction with the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand law. Counsellors shall seek to be informed about the meaning and implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for their work. They shall understand the principles of protection, participation and partnership with Maori.”

Quote from point 2; The Nature of Counselling:

“Counsellors seek to assist clients to increase their understanding of themselves and their relationships with others, to develop more resourceful ways of living, and to bring about change in their lives.”

2. Be Nourished.org Ethical Statement

“We would like to see the arena of the body be a place free from self-blame, self-improvement and shame. We want to support you in healing from the ideas, the trauma and the lies that have been expressed to you about bodies, so you have the opportunity to live more compassionately in the one you have today. We see, feel, and understand that body blame and disordered eating have shared roots in the systematized body shaming happening EVERY day.”

“Diversity and inclusion as a core value in our work and with our clients. We recognize all types of diversity including ethnicity, race, gender, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion and abilities.”

3. Feminist Therapy Institute Code of Ethics (Revised, 1999)

1. Cultural Diversities and Oppressions

1.2 A feminist therapist is aware of the meaning and impact of her own ethnic and cultural background, gender, class, age, and sexual orientation, and actively attempts to become knowledgeable about alternatives from sources other than her clients. She is actively engaged in broadening her knowledge of ethnic and cultural experiences, non-dominant and dominant.

4. Health At Every Size – HAES

These guidelines, supported by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), assist professionals in implementing HAES. The proposed guidelines are modified, with permission, from guidelines developed by the Academy for Eating Disorders for working with children.

  • Interventions should meet ethical standards. They should focus on health, not weight, and should be referred to as “health promotion” and not marketed as “obesity prevention.” Interventions should be careful to avoid weight-biased stigma, such as using language like “overweight” and “obesity.”
  • Interventions should seek to change major determinants of health that reside in inequitable social, economic and environmental factors, including all forms of stigma and oppression.
  • Interventions should be constructed from a holistic perspective, where consideration is given to physical, emotional, social, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, and ecological aspects of health.
  • Interventions should promote self-esteem, body satisfaction, and respect for body size diversity.
  • Interventions should accurately convey the limited impact that lifestyle behaviors have on overall health outcomes.
  • Lifestyle-oriented elements of interventions that focus on physical activity and eating should be delivered from a compassion-centered approach that encourages self-care rather than as prescriptive injunctions to meet expert guidelines.
  • Interventions should focus only on modifiable behaviors where there is evidence that such modification will improve health. Weight is not a behavior and therefore not an appropriate target for behavior modification.
  • Lay experience should inform practice, and the political dimensions of health research and policy should be articulated.

These guidelines outline ways in which health practitioners can shift their practice towards a HAES approach and, in so doing, uphold the tenets of their profession in providing inclusive, effective, and ethical care consistent with the evidence base.

5. Intuitive Eating – Creating a Healthy Relationship with Mind, Food and Body