DISORDERED EATING AND EATING DISORDERS
Disordered eating often exists on a spectrum, and struggles with food may vary greatly from one person to another. People struggling with disordered eating find themselves pre-occupied with thoughts and behaviors related to food, body, weight, diet or exercise.
Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating, as well as feelings of distress or extreme concern about body shape or weight.
I work with those impacted by eating disorders to those who are ready to let go of unhealthy dieting behavior.
You are not alone.
BODY IMAGE AND SELF ESTEEM
Body image is both the mental picture that you have of your body, and how you perceive yourself when you look in a mirror, photos, or reflection. Self-esteem is how you value and respect yourself as a person – it is the “real” opinion that you have of yourself. Self-esteem impacts how you take care of yourself, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Body image and self esteem also directly influence one another – if you dislike your body, it’s not easy to feel good about yourself and treat yourself with love and respect.
Having a poor sense of body image can impact a person in many ways, including performance in academics or career, relationship satisfaction, and overall quality of life.
HOW WE WILL WORK TOGETHER
My mission is to help you build a loving and trusting relationship with your body.
Together we will explore your past history of experiences, relationships, and social constructs that have led you to believe that your body is something that "needs to be fixed". Our work will be focused on healing those experiences, and applying lessons to your current life.
Disordered eating teaches us to ignore the signals our bodies send us. In therapy you will learn to listen to your body's intuitive wisdom about hunger, fullness, movement, and rest. The goal is to restore the trust you have in your body to know what it needs.
In our work we will examine how your disordered eating or negative body image is impacting your life, relationships and larger goals. We will work towards letting go of the insecurities that are holding you back from living fully and showing up authentically.
I work with individuals and families.