What’s the value in talking to you vs. other people in my life?
As a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist, I help people to achieve food and body freedom in a calm, supported, diet-free, client-centered, structured way. I will teach you skills, provide tools, listen to you without expectations or judgement, and help you uncover what is beneath your food and body image challenges and stuck places. While having other people in your life to support you is valuable, processing shame, blame, deep beliefs, and vulnerable experiences may not feel safe or comfortable with others. As your nutrition counselor, my job is to help support you no matter where you are on your food and body journey.
How do sessions go? What can I expect?
In the first session, I will do a thorough assessment to get know you, understand your journey, assess your personal wellness goals, and answer any questions you may have. We will explore your relationship with food and body and what you desire to get out of our time together. Together as a team, we will work to create a plan that fits your unique journey.
In follow-up sessions I will provide you with the tools you need to work through the challenges that arise when working on your relationship with food and your body image. Together, we will honor your unique and individual journey, celebrate your accomplishments, learn to honor your strengths, and adjust your goals when necessary.
My approach includes the use of a combination of intuitive eating, mindfulness-based strategies, compassionate-based skill development, trauma-informed body image healing, and narrative-style work.
How long will this take?
Each person’s journey toward healing is unique and something that cannot be predicted ahead of time. The duration of our time together depends on the duration of your dieting history, length of time you have spent in your eating disorder and/or disordered eating, and how ready you may be. The therapeutic work is not prescriptive and is something that evolves over time. Together we will discuss the frequency and timing of nutrition counseling to best fit your needs. Generally, we will begin with regular visits and continue to evaluate progress based on goals.
When do I seek help?
There is never a “right” time to seek help, but know that the sooner you begin to do the work, the better. Many people feel like they are not “sick enough” to start nutrition counseling, or that they should wait until things get worse. Remember that you do not need to be putting out fires to start working on your relationship with food and your body. There is no hierarchy of pain.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I do. I am in-network in the state of Washington with First Choice, Premera, Cigna, Regence, Lifewise, and Kaiser PPOs.
Click here to download a list of questions to ask your insurance company to inquire if my visits are covered and other important things to ask.
*Please note that if you are out of state, I am not able to bill insurance, but can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company.
I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Can I still seek counseling?
Absolutely! I see a range of clients that include, but are not limited to, people who have chronically dieted; weight-cycled; feel trapped by food and food rules, but don’t know how to get out; have poor body image; are in recovery from an eating disorder or subclinical eating disorder; or are practicing disordered eating behaviors. If you are unsure, or are feeling nervous, please don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can set up a discovery call.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Before starting with new clients, I set up a free 15-min discovery call to see if we would be a good fit and to give you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. Click here to fill out a form that will then be sent to me, and I will reach out. From there, we will determine an appointment time for your first session.