I am a trauma/eating disorder therapist that works from an Anti-Diet/Weight Inclusive/Intuitive Eating/HAES, approach. I use EMDR therapy along with other trauma focused approaches that help people heal from childhood abuse, sexual trauma, eating disorders etc.
I love working with families and couples to help with eating and body issues. My background is in marriage and family therapy and the intersection of this area and eating/body issues are my passions. I work with families and couples to provide therapy and necessary resources for the entire family system. I generally work from a systems perspective to find the role of the eating and body issues and find other workable ways to meet this same need. I offer support groups for families and individuals as well.
I am an eating disorder therapist and certified eating disorder specialist. I also specialize in trauma, I align with intuitive eating and Health at Every Size. I am anti-diet and weight neutral. I am EMDR certified also use other modalities of therapy (Emotional Transformation Therapy, Sandtray, and Comprehensive Resource Model) to help people heal from underlying issues that led to the eating disorder. I believe in a team approach and working closely with an eating disorder RD and medical professionals informed about eating disorders.
I have been working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families for over 25 years. I first worked as a Licensed Dietician and enjoyed working with people using a holistic approach to nutrition where the whole person, including lifestyle, is important. Over time, I found my attention was more and more on the psychological needs of the people I worked with and began to pursue an education and career course where I specialized in counseling. My professional status is a mental health professional, although my experience in dietetics certainly helps in working with people struggling with an eating disorder. My overall focus is working with people who are overcoming psychological difficulties in life. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My passion is helping people explore concerns, identify goals and achieve solutions.
I believe that disordered Eating is a complex issue involving human development, family systems, stress, exercise, nutrition, society norms, and culture. I also believe it takes advanced training in order to become a competent provider.
Recovery from an eating disorder is about rediscovering who you are by creating a rich and meaningful life. Because of this I use a combination of cognitive behavioral and existential concepts with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to provide a nurturing non-judgmental, Person-Centered approach to offer support and help clients determine their goals are and how to best reach them. I value mindfulness and believe in an intuitive approach to eating.
Navigating parenthood can be an extremely difficult in many areas, but navigating a healthy relationship with food and body in yourself and your children often proves to be overwhelming in our culture. My role would be to support you as a parent in finding food and body freedom from rules, restriction, and harm associated with disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image issues. I primarily utilize a systems approach and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in helping those in individual, parenting, and group sessions.