As far back as I can remember into my childhood, I was unhappy with my body. I was very aware of the fact that I was bigger than most of my friends, and that my stomach stuck out more than it “should”. I spent hours in front of my mirror scrutinizing my body, sucking in my stomach, pinching my fat, and sobbing in despair over my reflection. It wasn’t until college, however, that I went on my first “successful” diet. I finally lost weight and everyone noticed. And the praise felt amazing.
Unfortunately, that diet turned into an eating disorder that would take over my life. I obsessed about food, exercise, and my body. People’s compliments about my thinness and my “healthy” lifestyle felt good in the moment, but I was generally miserable and still very insecure. I still stood in front of the mirror and poked at my stomach and cried.
Dieting—even getting thin—did NOT give me what it promised. It didn’t cure my body hatred, and it destroyed my relationship with food. Not to mention the toll it took on my relationships, my goals, and so many other areas of my life that were important to me.
Recovery was not an easy journey. And I wasn’t sure along the way if it was even possible. But it was. I recovered, and I healed my relationship with food and my body through intuitive eating and body acceptance work. I eventually left my high-paying corporate marketing career and became a licensed therapist and coach to help others find food and body freedom… and I’ve never looked back. It’s not perfect now—perfection is unrealistic. But there is LIFE on the other side of dieting and disordered eating. Let me help you get there!
I have a Master’s in Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. Before starting Food Freedom Therapy™, I worked as a program therapist at Center for Discovery, an outpatient eating disorder clinic in Addison, TX. Prior to moving back to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area a couple of years ago, I was a counselor at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s Connections House, and was a support group leader and volunteer at The Eating Disorder Foundation (EDF) in Denver.
I have 15 years years of experience as an eating disorder mentor, speaker, educator, and advocate. I am also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). I also love to speak on topics related to food and body freedom, so check out my professional speaking page to listen to my podcast and radio appearances!
my counseling foundations
From a clinic perspective, I am an eclectic therapist, meaning I draw from a handful of therapeutic models. However, I largely work from these three: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and exposure and response prevention therapy (EXRP). There is some overlap in these models, and they primarily focus on:
- correcting problematic thinking patterns
- learning how to regulate emotions in healthy ways
- acquiring coping skills
- getting in touch with one’s values
All four of these therapy modalities are empirically-based, which means they have been proven by scientific research to be effective! I tailor treatment to fit each client, depending on your needs and preferences.
let’s get personal
Because I know it is daunting to think about telling personal things to a total stranger, let me tell you a bit about me so we can start getting to know each other! My husband and I have been married 7 years and have an energetic 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old daughter who is feisty like her mama! We love to fix up our house or be outside, especially working in our garden or playing a sport. Otherwise, you’ll likely find me with my nose in a book and a cup of coffee in hand.