Body Positive Therapy

Have you been dieting for as long as you can remember? Do negative thoughts about your weight and shape consume you? Are you obsessed with “clean eating” and exercise? Do you struggle with restricting, binge eating, purging and/or over-exercising?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, I feel for you because I’ve been there. And I can help.

Using an integrative therapeutic approach I can help you end the war with your body and cultivate a kinder relationship with yourself.

In the therapeutic relationship, you are the expert on your body and lived experience. I bring the knowledge of what’s worked for many others (and myself), and the skills and training to guide you in tapping in to your own inner wisdom. I’m not here to “fix” you because you’re not broken.

I embrace the perspectives of Health at Every Size (HAES), intuitive eating, and body acceptance which celebrate size diversity and prioritize overall well-being above the number on the scale. My practice is affirming of all lifestyles and intersecting identities. Keep scrolling to learn more about my specialities as a body positive therapist.

 
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Yo-Yo Dieting & Binge Eating

What if I told you you never have to diet again? Together we can explore the patterns driving your bingeing or emotional eating and work towards a peaceful relationship with food. You can learn to eat intuitively based on your body’s needs and desires by giving yourself more permission to eat, not fighting against it by trying to eat less.

Binge Eating Disorder is incredibly common but still evokes intense feelings of shame for many people. Many binge eaters have spent years dieting, trying to control their food intake. Society’s extremely negative treatment of people in larger bodies only exacerbates the fear of gaining weight and the urge to shrink oneself. The problem is, restricting or dieting behaviors are actually more likely to cause binge eating than to cure it.

Take a moment and think about all the diets you’ve tried. Can you even count them all? Do you often start out with a sense of hopefulness that this time will be different? You might even lose weight at first, always to gain it back and then some. You probably blame yourself, and perhaps turn to food for comfort, only to start the vicious cycle all over again.

 
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Body Image

How different would your life be if you felt you deserved to live it, fully and unapologetically, in the body you’re in today? What would you stop holding yourself back from if you believed you are worthy of dignity, pleasure, love, and success—exactly as you are in this moment?

We all receive messages from the media, society, family and others that our self-worth is tied to how we look. We’re made to believe that our appearance is the single most important thing about us and that diversity in body types is wrong. This leads many people to fixate on their weight or other perceived flaws and feel intense shame or guilt around their bodies.

In body positive therapy you will uncover your inherent, authentic beauty and break free from the prison of negative body image.

 
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Eating Disorders

If you’re struggling with restricting, bingeing, purging, or over-exercising and starting to feel like there’s no way out: recovery is possible, and it’s not your fault that you haven’t been able to solve this on your own. This is where eating disorder counseling comes in.

Eating disorders are complex conditions that affect people of all ages, racial/ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, body types and genders. There is no one reason why someone develops an eating disorder. For some people there has been a traumatic life event or preexisting depression or anxiety and the eating disorder develops to help cope with these painful experiences. For others, it simply starts with a diet and the pressure to lose weight from society, media, family and other sources but gets taken to a dangerous extreme.

In weekly therapy sessions we will work collaboratively to identify the thoughts and behaviors keeping you stuck, as well as the life experiences and other influences that may have shaped these patterns. We’ll explore setbacks and challenges with curiosity and compassion. When necessary, I will refer you to a registered dietitian or psychiatrist and we will all work together closely as your treatment team. In some cases we might agree it’s appropriate for you to seek a higher level of care, and we will navigate that together.

Full recovery from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder is possible. It entails rebuilding a loving relationship with your body, learning to ask what it needs and listen for the answer. It’s cultivating compassion for yourself and letting go of the pursuit of perfection. Recovery is not linear or uniform, and the uniqueness of your own process is what makes it beautiful.

 
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Health & Wellness Obsession (Orthorexia)

You might avoid social situations in which you can’t control the food and notice yourself judging others’ food choices. You might spend hours planning and prepping your meals and feel extremely anxious if you can’t, or if you don’t know the ingredients in something. You might plan your life around a rigid gym schedule and feel intense guilt if you’re sick or busy and can’t work out.

Orthorexia (the obsession with “wellness” or “clean eating”) often starts out as a seemingly positive interest in health. You might start reading nutrition labels before beginning to eliminate food groups altogether, or adopt other rules around food or exercise. Pretty soon, however, these can start to rule your life and become anything but healthy.

I know what it’s like to live in intense fear of giving up food rules and a false sense of control over the body. I assure you, it is possible to both live a life free from obsession with food and weight and pursue health, if that is important to you. 


 
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Other Ways We Can Work Together

 

WORKSHOPS

I design and facilitate workshops relating to body image. Workshops range from several hours to multi-part series.

PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS

I provide trainings in healthcare, fitness and other professional settings on weight stigma, body image and related issues, including how to support health-promoting behaviors for patients or employees from a weight-inclusive perspective.



CLINICAL CONSULTATION

I am available for consultation to fellow therapists on cases involving food and body image issues. If you are interested in incorporating the principles of Health At Every Size and body acceptance into your work but don’t know where to start, I can help. I also provide short-term treatment to clients in therapy with another provider who need more specialized attention to issues relating to food and body image.

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