I work with folks who are recovering from disordered eating and/or wanting to reconnect with their bodies. I am centered in self-compassion work, and I help folks explore ways they restrict in multiple areas of their life (not just with food or exercise). I help clients reconnect with themselves and re-parent themselves, learning to replace shaming, critical cognitive patterns with messages of validation and comfort.
I am a weight neutral HAES aligned therapist. I work with parents using Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility, I am trained and certified in Intuitive Eating and am passionate about helping parents raise children who have good relationships with food and with their bodies.
I work with individuals, as well as their support systems, who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating habits, over-exercise, or poor body image. In regards to supporting parents who have kids with eating body issues, I aim to provide psychoeducation, increase healthy familial communication and understanding surrounding helpful vs unhelpful support, decrease emotional enmeshment if present, and highlight parents' own needs and self-care if applicable. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy.
I am a dually licensed LPCC and RD. I take a HAES approach to sessions and will help parents to understand how to speak about food in a neutral, intuitive way. I teach intuitive eating to clients and their parents and will have at times joint sessions with the adolescent and parents if the adolescent is okay with it. I practice a person-centered approach to counseling and will gently push the client while also meeting them where they are at.
My practice is rooted firmly in the principles of HAES and Intuitive Eating. I have been in practice for 3 years and have worked in both private practice and eating disorder treatment center settings and feel that collaboration with families and other members of the treatment team is vital to the success of treatment. We all live in a diet-culture, weight-centered, weight-biased, fat-phobic society and sometimes the loved ones of clients need support and learning/un-learning of their own to gain awareness and understanding of the influence of society on values, belief-systems, and what is often mistaken for "health." I help families understand what the client is experiencing so that they can become allies in recovery for their loved one.
Katie Peterman, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders, as well as those who have suffered from chronic dieting and body shame and are seeking to feel more at peace with food and in their bodies. When working with teens, Katie has advanced training in Adolescent-Focused Therapy for eating disorders and is certified in Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia.
As a therapist treating Eating Disorders for over a decade at multiple levels of care, I have seen the challenges of feeding a child, self, or loved one in a nutritious yet flexible manner. Body acceptance and positive home environment are keys to success but I also treat the clinical components of Eating Disorders and mood disorders that trigger misuse of food. I am an advocate for body acceptance, intuitive eating, and viewing food as self-care. I utilize multiple treatment components including traditional CBT/DBT but more eclectic art therapy, book studies, and games to help teenage clients break free from maladaptive eating patterns.
I am a HAES clinician that works with adolescents and adults who struggle with disordered eating and negative body image. It is my passion to help individuals get to the root of their disordered eating patterns and learn to find peace with food and their body. I utilize Intuitive Eating principles, CBT, DBT, and EMDR therapeutic modalities in my work with clients. I am a strength-based therapist and I believe that we all possess the strength within us to overcome any challenge that crosses our path.