What the difference between talking to you or other people in my life?
As a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist, I have specialized training in helping people to achieve food and body wellness in a calm, supported, diet-free, client-centered, and 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. While having a person or people to support you is valuable, processing shame, blame, deep beliefs, and vulnerable experiences may not feel safe, appropriate or comfortable with others. As your nutrition counselor, my job is to help support you no matter where you are on your journey as you explore all parts of yourself.
How does this work? What do I have to do in sessions?
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.
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 and depends on length of time in your eating disorder and/or disordered eating, dieting history and how ready you may be. Together we will discuss the frequency and timing of nutrition counseling to best fit your needs. Generally, we will begin with regular visits to build momentum and continue to evaluate progress based on our treatment 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 with me, or that they should wait until things gets worse. Remember that you do not need to be putting out fires to start working on your relationship with food and your body.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I do. I am in-network with First Choice, Premera, Cigna, Regence, Lifewise and Kaiser PPOs. Click here to download a list of questions to ask your insurance company before if my visits are covered, and other important things to know.
I’ve never had an eating disorder, but may have disordered eating and/or have chronically dieted, feel unhappy with my relationship with food, feel confused about food; 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 dieting 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. Pain is pain and I believe that you deserve to feel supported.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Before starting with new clients, I always set up a free 15-min discovery call to see if we would be a good fit and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. Click here to fill out a form that will then be sent to me and I will reach out to set-up a discovery call and we will go from there.