What is it?
Eating Disorders are complicated, complex, conniving and hard to treat. They're even harder to live with.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), "eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors."
Eating Disorders are no ones fault. There are a variety of things that can prompt an eating disorder to develop, and shame and blame are not helpful on the path to recovery. I've come to learn that self-compassion, vulnerability, and resilience are essential in healing from an eating disorder.
I do NOT believe in a one-size fits all approach. I am emphatically anti-diet and I practice from a Health At Every Size (HAES) framework. I believe "recovered" isn't one size, one look, or one shape. It is my goal that you gain space in your mind, where thoughts of food, movement, and body image aren't holding you captive. In recovery, your life can transform, engage in things that bring you joy, peace, and wellness.
How I Can Help Guide You
Often times, clients may use eating disorder behaviors as a coping strategy to manage things going on in their lives. While this may temporarily feel helpful...in the long run, it doesn't help and actually causes physical harm. It is my goal to help identify those eating disorder thoughts and beliefs, then work to develop more effective and helpful coping mechanisms. Together, find an individualized, specific treatment plan, using a blend of therapeutic approaches. Some of these treatment modalities include:
ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
DBT- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
You CAN recover and you deserve to do so. Creating a unique, individualized treatment plan is where we will start. We will use a blend of talk therapy, skills based therapies (ACT/DBT/CBT), and mindfulness based therapies to develop a "tool box" for recovery that works for you. You can do this. I can help.