Disordered and Intuitive Eating Therapy
Your body is not the problem. I understand the shame and suffering that stems from hating your body and hating yourself for an apparent "lack of willpower," but I am here to tell you that it is not your fault. You do not have to spend all your time and energy worrying about food and your body.
I can help you recover from disordered eating and the restrict/binge cycle so you can experience what it means to be alive without fearing what you look like or fearing food.
This work is informed by Health at Every Size and a commitment to help people of all shapes, sizes, and genders learn to take care of themselves in compassionate and holistic ways.
If you're interested in these services, please contact Bloom Counseling and Nutrition to work with me.
Most of us can recognize a feeling of shame about the way our body looks. We are introduced to diet and food rules from young ages, taught to clean our plates even when we're full or to never get seconds even when we're still hungry. We're taught to avoid certain foods in certain quantities at certain times of the day, and that we are wrong or guilty if we stray outside ever-changing recommendations and guidelines.
Intuitive eating is a compassionate, self-care framework that treats all bodies with dignity and respect. It teaches that no shape or size is more better than any other, and it teaches us to tap into our internal cues instead of external cues about what, when, and how much to eat.
It is incredibly common in our society to struggle with our relationship to food and/or her body. Many people try for decades to change the way that they look through diets or "wellness changes," unenjoyable exercise, or a combination of both. The science is clear: intentional weight loss doesn't work in the long term (it's not your fault!) and preoccupation with weight and body appearance is detrimental to your health.
At a certain point, most people simply can't take it anymore. Diets keep failing, you feel "out of control" and "void of willpower." Your body and mind are tired and I want to help you find peace. Through intuitive eating, mindfulness skills, and compassion, I can help you ditch diet culture, let go of food rules, respect your body just as it is, and experience joyful movement.
Dieting is the act of changing your eating and exercise habits in an effort to lose weight to improve your health. Yes, that includes any wellness lifestyles where the ultimate goal is weight loss.
Diet culture tells us not to wear that outfit because it doesn't flatter our body shape. Diet culture tells us not to enjoy that slice of cake on our birthday. Diet culture tells us not to undress in front of our partner and to turn the lights off before having sex. It even tells us that we are "good" when we eat a salad and "bad" when we eat ice cream.
Diet culture is a multi-billion dollar industry and Western belief system that robs us of our true power. Together, we will uncover the ways diet culture shows up in your thinking and help you reclaim your life. We will explore the overlap of diet culture with racism, sexism, and anti-fat bias and we will approach health in a truly holistic way that takes your physical, emotional, and mental well-being into account.
"You are not alive just to pay bills and lose weight."