I have specialized in working with eating disorders and disordered eating/body image issues for 20 years. My doctoral research was on the role self-compassion played in recovery and healing from an eating disorder. This research, along with the brain-based research knowledge we now have available to us in the field, has informed how I work with my clients. Throughout the years, I have developed a unique style of working with these “dis-orders,” that includes a combination of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, embodiment techniques, and self-compassion practices. I look at eating disorders as a need re-balance the body, mind and self. Therefore, my work is not just about behavioral change but also includes developing and discovering a new relationship with one’s body and self.
The Befriending Your Body (BFYB) Program is now available!
A Little More About Healing
Embodiment (somatic) Skill-Building – Your body is your first gateway to mindfulness. I will assist you in building skills around stress and anxiety-reduction while opening the door to mindful attention and awareness. You will learn techniques that will help you to regulate emotions and build a communication with your body once again, learning to “be-friend” it. These techniques are based on what we now know from modern day neuroscience and what we have known for years from the world of Eastern practices such as yoga and meditation. I have developed unique interventions to use during each phase of recovery to assist you in containment, emotional regulation and moving forward. These are interventions you can practice at home in between our sessions to begin your path of empowerment.
Interoceptive Awareness – Interoceptive Awareness, or IA, is one of the most important skills you can learn in recovery to build lasting, not “touch-and-go” recovery. Interoceptive Awareness (IA) is a neuroscience term. Building the brain-based skills of IA engage areas of your brain that have been shut down and mis-firing due to years of disconnect from your body’s signals. Building these skills reconnects you to these areas that are crucial for recovery, emotional regulation, and self-development. I have been trained in a program of IA called Mindful Awareness Body-Based Therapy (MABT). It is an evidenced-based program created by researcher Cynthia Price, creator of the MAIA (Interoceptive Awareness measurement scale). MABT is a program of building interoceptive awareness skills and helping you to use them in your daily life for ongoing practice in body awareness and life changes.
Mindfulness –Our work together will include developing awareness skills around more than just behavior. We investigate and become curious about the many illusions that the mind holds, especially in relationship to one’s body and food.
Self-Compassion –I often say self-compassion is the most important quality to build along the path of recovery and in life. It is a primary component to your recovery process and helping you to not just “get recovered” but sustain recovery and full healing. You will learn and build the skills of self-compassion along the way to support letting go of destructive habits and inviting in self-care.
FOR PARENTS and FAMILIES
(Parental and supervision sessions may be done in person or remote)
Is your adolescent/young adult unwilling to receive help at this time?
If your adolescent/young adult is unwilling to seek treatment I encourage you to reach out for support. Often understanding about the disorder and learning new ways to communicate with your loved one helps to create great shifts. I will work with you on determining the need for help, as well as understanding the disorder, communication skills, and interventions you can use to support yourself and your child through this stressful time.
Is your child receiving help and you are finding you need support and are struggling trying to understand this disorder and how to help?
If she/he is receiving services with another provider and you would like support in navigating the recovery path as a parent I will work with you in how to best support your child moving toward recovery and healing.
Therapist Support/Supervision Working with Eating Disorders
I offer professional supervision and guidance to those working with clients with eating disorders. I will assist you in the integration of self-compassion and embodiment practices unique to your clients to support their recovery (Read more under Professionals)