Eating Disorder Counseling
Most of my work with people who are struggling with eating disorders is co-occurring with trauma recovery work. I worked at an eating disorder treatment facility many moons ago and have a renewed interest in and love for this work. I am eager to help individuals overcome the challenges of disordered eating. I am continuously engaging in new current reading, networking and training to be equipped to work effectively with individuals who struggle to have a healthy relationship with food or have an eating disorder.
The focus in counseling is not primarily on food or eating. The focus is on all the things disorderd eating has become a destructive coping mechanism for. So, we look at your personal history including relationships, any exposure to trauma, shame, vulnerability, shame resilience, your sense of self, and worth among other life dynamics. We will talk about relationship dynamics in all areas of your life, including childhood. We explore the role society, culture and media has on reinforcing disordered eating habits and mindsets. I will help you recover your life, dignity, worth, authenticity, and relationships. A variety of therapy approaches will be engaged including yoga, mindfulness, art, writing, journaling, traditional talk therapy, EMDR, and The Daring Way™. The Daring Way™ is based on the research of Bren`e Brown on Authenticity, vulnerability, shame and shame resilience. In addition, we look at how you are connecting with life, people, hobbies, and creativity to guide you in constructive ways.
I will collaborate with dieticians and physicians when appropriate and possible to ensure a holistic team approach to your eating disorder recovery work.
It is important that you are motivated to be in recovery from your eating disorder and are not struggling at a level requiring more intensive support than I can offer. I may require physician support to ensure you are healthy enough to participate in therapy rather than out patient or in patient treatment.