How we help
Some of the ways we help
Creative techniques – I look for creative techniques to work on body image, self-compassion, and self-talk, which may include art therapy-inspired techniques, writing, talking, bringing in other family members, and more.
Somatic/body-based and “parts” approach – Food and body struggles tend to be somewhat complex as they are influenced by mental, emotional, cognitive, relational, and societal factors. Because of this, the healing work often needs to go beyond simple behavior change and talk therapy. I help clients address the deeper layers below the eating disorder’s thoughts and behaviors by working with the body as well as the mind and heart. This can involve looking at and addressing one’s trauma and attachment history in a holistic way, acknowledging the eating disorder may have developed as a brilliant survival mechanism when options seemed limited. I use “parts” language to recognize and appreciate the different parts of us that have developed over time to protect us in ways that may no longer be needed. We can work in ways that help complete stuck fight-or-flight responses and begin to show the body that it is now safe.
Development of healthy coping mechanisms – Together, we will find healthy coping mechanisms for you to incorporate into your life.
Collaborative care – I believe in working collaboratively with your healthcare team to provide you the best support. With your consent, when it appears to be helpful, I will gladly connect with your primary care provider, dietitian, psychiatrist, etc.
Referrals to create a collaborative team – Don’t have a team, but want to establish one? That’s okay! I can refer you to GREAT practitioners whom I enjoy working with.
Understanding – When it comes to food and body issues, I get it in a way that many people don’t. See my About Me page to learn more.
Size Acceptance and Non-Diet Approach – I believe health comes in many shapes and sizes and I reject diets and weight loss as solutions for health. Additionally, I’m fully aware that eating disorders do not discriminate and can take many different forms. In a nutshell, I do not consider the size and shape of someone’s body to be an indicator of how healthy or unhealthy they are. I recognize that weight discrimination and fat-phobia are very real problems in our world. Part of our work together may involve learning about the impact diet culture has had on you or your loved one’s life and how to break free of it.
Parents of teens
Education – Many parents feel lost when it comes to issues like eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicidality. I can help you feel more knowledgeable and comfortable in supporting your teen with these difficulties.
Support – Walking with your teen through hardships can be exhausting and difficult. If you need a place to vent or find rejuvenation, you are welcome here.
Guidance – When your teen has an eating disorder, you may be wondering how to talk and behave around food and weight. I provide guidance on the DOs and DON’Ts.
Direction – As your teen transitions toward adulthood, it can be hard to find the balance between togetherness and separateness. I can direct you through this normal, yet sometimes uncomfortable, shift.
Safe place – I provide a safe place where you can communicate openly with a neutral third party.
Development of secure bonds and deeper connections from which you can:
- Communicate better
- Trust each other more fully
- Resolve conflict more effectively
- Improve intimacy
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples achieve these goals. To learn more about EFT, see my FAQs page.