Counseling Services: Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

-Pema Chödrön-

An eating disorder can be one of the most painful, debilitating struggles for a person. People with disordered eating and body image issues may feel lonely and isolate themselves. They may cycle through emotions of shame, self-hatred, depression and feeling out of control. Loved ones may have difficulty understanding what is happening, and often an eating disorder takes on a life of its own. An eating disorder is a severe emotional and physical issue that can lead to serious, life-threatening consequences for both men and women. Treatment of eating disorders is most successful with a team approach. I collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as registered dieticians, nurses and primary care providers to achieve optimal health and wellness for eating disordered clients. I utilize a combination of CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT or Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and Mindfulness.

 

It is common in a therapy session for me to invite you to engage in somatic awareness. I might ask you to sit with your feelings, recognize where you notice sensations in your body, to observe and connect to your body. We identify self-defeating beliefs, unravel long-standing fears and obsessive thought patterns. We examine biological, psychological and environmental factors that may have contributed to the development of the eating disorder. I work to help you form a healthy relationship between your mind and body to restore a peaceful, wholesome, balanced you.

 

Issues I treat:

 

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge-eating
  • Purging Disorder
  • Emotional Eating
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Negative Self Image

Interested in connecting? Contact me here to schedule a session.