I specialize in helping clients break free from the mental, emotional, and physical toll of chronic dieting, various levels of disordered eating, and body image concerns – as well as nutrition and body image healing work in eating disorder recovery. Ultimately, I help clients nurture a caring and compassionate relationship with food and their bodies through a non-weight focused, non-diet approach.
I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults at my office in Mill Valley, California. In my client sessions, I create a safe, judgment-free, therapeutic space where you can come, process, and learn how to kindly be with (and in) your body. And where you can learn how to cultivate an enjoyable, healthy, and nourishing relationship with food. In our work together, you’ll gain an understanding of how to truly listen, connect, and care for your body and yourself.
I use Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility model which is a non-diet model for raising good eaters – focus is on building the child’s eating skills rather than nutrient-focus.
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.
Part of my work is teaching self-compassion while you are embracing the idea of total embodiment and food healing. Food healing embraces the idea of eating for your personal well being. I feel strongly about meeting your needs through flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and senses satisfaction. I am firm in my belief for weight inclusivity, which is accepting and respecting the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes.
Kacey Legnitto is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, and an Intuitive Eating Certified Counselor. She specializes in supporting individuals through eating disorder recovery, disordered eating recovery, and becoming an intuitive eater. Kacey also supports families in raising intuitive eaters in a body-positive household. Kacey practices using a Health at Every Size and non-diet approach.
I would approach a family with individualized goal setting and also with a weight-inclusive HAES approach to nutrition. I would make sure I am getting the full picture of each families situation, and provide recommendations that are appropriate, realistic, and achievable with each family.
I utilize a HAES/weight neutral approach. When working w families of young kids I tend to lean on Ellyn Satter’s DOR approach to set up good feeding dynamics within the family. I also pull from a family based nutrition therapy approach and discuss how our environment/culture conditions us to buy into diet culture and weight stigma and how can we help ourselves and our kids challenge this and thrive.