my eating disorder therapy philosophies
From a philosophical perspective, I am an anti-diet, Health At Every Size® (HAES)-friendly therapist. That means I do not encourage clients to go on any kind of diet nor do I encourage intentional weight loss. (I feel that would unethical considering intentional weight loss is well-documented to be ineffective 80-95% of the time as well as typically result in extra weight re-gain, which often has negative physical and emotional consequences.)
My goal is to help you break free from the bondage of diet culture and your own internal critic so you can finally—maybe for the first time in your life—call a truce with food and your body. Instead of dieting and restriction, you can eat intuitively and enjoy all kinds of foods without guilt and shame!
Below are some examples of common goals we might work on in eating disorder therapy, but this certainly not an exhaustive list.
- Learning the principles of and scientific foundation for HAES® and intuitive eating
- Recognizing and honoring hunger and fullness cues
- Learning to eat and live life more mindfully (that is, with more awareness and joy)
- Neutralizing food anxiety and getting rid of the good food/bad food mentality
- Stopping the restriction/bingeing cycle
- Stopping any compensatory behaviors, such as purging
- Enjoying a wider variety of foods
- Changing the mental obsession of thinking about food all the time
- Accepting your body, whatever size or shape you are
- Stopping any harmful behaviors against your body, such as self-harm, picking, not taking insulin as needed, abusing laxatives, etc.
- Stopping body-checking behaviors, such as mirror checking and weighing
- Incorporating intuitive movement into your life so you can move your body in ways that actually feel good
emotional and psychological goals
- Recognize and change problematic thinking patterns
- Build emotional intelligence so you can understand your emotions
- Learn healthy emotional regulation skills so emotions don’t overwhelm you or you don’t avoid them in destructive ways
- Recognize positive traits about yourself
- Develop more self-compassion for your imperfections and mistakes
- Explore your values and life goals outside of your eating disorder
- Improve relationships with others through interpersonal skills such as communication skills, boundary-setting, and more
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), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). There is some overlap in these models, and they primarily focus on:
- correcting problematic thinking patterns
- learning how to regulate emotions
- acquiring coping skills
- getting in touch with one’s values
All three of these 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.
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