I work with parents and children to support them through adolescence to adulthood. I teach children how to be aware of diet culture and to respect their body, and act as a resource to help parents navigate their child’s changing body.
I specialize in helping clients break free from chronic dieting, all levels of disordered eating, and food and body concerns. My approach draws from intuitive eating, mindfulness, non-judgment and the Health at Every Size principles. I offer non-diet and non-weight focused nutrition counseling. I help my clients understand their roadblocks and discover the inner resources that allow them to find a path forward to a healthy, sustainable and nourishing relationship with food and body. I work with parents, adolescents, young adults and adults. I support parents as the first line of support to help their children develop positive attitudes around food, activity and body.
I have 23 years of working in the field of eating disorders, so I approach talking with parents about food and feeding with a preventative angle and use HAES-informed and intuitive eating principles.
I am a dietitian practicing from a Health at Every Size working with people of all ages to help them find ways to honor and respect their bodies through food, movement, and self-care. I use intuitive eating as a guidepost in my practice and strongly believe that with practice, we adults and children can trust their bodies to guide them towards choices that feel good physically and mentally. I have experience supporting parents as their kids struggle with feeding disorders or other concerns related to weight/body and offering tips to manage this at home.
We start by unpacking the feelings and emotions attached to their child’s relationship with food and body. We then start to explore health, explaining that restricting calories, overexercising, limiting certain foods, labeling foods as good vs. bad can do more harm and actually lead to poor health (mental and physical) longterm. We support our clients in finding joy in movement, practicing gentle nutrition without restrictions and shifting the focus away from the scale and perceived ideas of what their bodies are “supposed” to look like based on toxic diet culture messaging and maybe even mixed messages from their child’s physician.
When working with children and families, I utilize Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility. My goal is to take the stress and fight out of food so meal times can be more peaceful and enjoyable. I work with individuals of all ages and families struggling with picky eating, disordered eating and eating disorders through a compassionate, weight inclusive lens. To request an appointment or find out more, please e-mail or fill out the form on my website.
My approach to working with coaching a parent is to first listen, learn and collect data about what has been happening with eating, feeding, and growth and development so far. Next the family and I would build a plan to establish the basics of the division of responsibility in feeding and eating at home.