My clients are often high-achievers and self-identified perfectionists. They've got high standards for themselves, and these standards are what has helped them find success in many other areas of their lives... except for food.
You may feel out of control with food, and tend to be preoccupied with worries about your body. If so, therapy can help you examine your relationship with food—and with yourself—for insight that can spark lasting change. How are you using food for things other than physical nourishment (e.g., emotional nourishment, coping, boundary setting, getting needs non-physical needs met)? Is there an underlying factor like anxiety or depression that needs support and attention?
Therapy doesn’t guarantee specific results, but my aim is to help you feel as successful in this realm of your life as you do in others. To help you find relief, so food is just food again—free of stress and shame. Here are some areas and skills therapy can help address:
- Decrease preoccupation/concern with what your body looks like by understanding what contributes to your negative body image
- Increase understanding of what is driving your food behaviors, so you're no longer concerned with what you can eat, when, how much, etc.
- Learn a new set of skills to navigate food to help you step off the diet-binge cycle.
- Increased mental flexibility; quieting the inner-critic that drives perfectionism -- and impacts your relationship with food and your body.
Progress in eating disorder/disordered eating treatment may involve care coordination with other providers, (e.g., dietitians, prescribers, primary care physicians). This coordination of care can involve a significant amount of time outside of session including secure emailing, teleconferencing, and phone calls with other providers. It is included in your session cost.
Food can be just food again.
To get started, I offer all potential clients a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your goals and your concerns, my approach, and to determine how I can be of the most help.