Eating disorders are far more prevalent than you may think. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Even more individuals do not fully meet the criteria for an eating disorder diagnosis, yet have an unhealthy relationship with food and their body–resulting in disordered eating, self-hate, low self-esteem, and extreme emotional turmoil. Eating disorders are a serious, yet treatable mental and physical illness. Eating disorders impact people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights.
Anorexia Nervosa, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Orthorexia, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), Pica, Rumination Disorder
As someone who is in recovery from an eating disorder, I am passionate about bringing hope and help to individuals who are struggling with food and their relationship with their body. I have seen firsthand individuals extinguish their eating disorder behaviors, as well as grow, learn, and accept the body they are living in. I come from a behaviorist background. I was clinically trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at Portland DBT Institute, where I was a therapist on their Pathways to Mindful Eating Team. I also have experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Treatments. My philosophical approach to treatment aligns with Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating principles. Additionally, I believe that art can play a significant role in the path to recovery, and I utilize experiential/expressive methods in my treatment approach.
The path to recovery is different for every person. My goal as a clinician is to help you find peace and to live a life worth living. Regardless of your behaviors (e.g., restriction, bingeing, purging, compulsive exercise, intrusive negative self-talk, etc.), you will find that I am compassionate, non-judgmental, and respectful. I will work to equip you with tools to decrease unwanted behaviors & manage your emotions. Additionally, I will help you gain awareness and insight into your eating disorder and, ultimately, help you to heal the pain underlying your relationship with your body. Whether this is your first time seeking treatment or your eighth, it can be a scary process. This will be hard, yet extremely worthwhile work. Recovery is possible, and you are worth it. You can live a life worth living and BE.WHOLE.
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EATING DISORDER RECOVERY RESOURCE LIST
I have compiled a list of resources with a dear friend and colleague, Raquel Friedman, PsyD. I invite you to take some time to explore. We have included a variety of fat-positive, weight-inclusive, and anti-diet experts. As a reminder, this is a list of resources to supplement your professional treatment. This list of resources is not a substitute for a medical doctor, dietitian, or therapist.
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder (Carolyn Costin, Gwen Grabb)
Anti-Diet (Christy Harrison)
Body Kindness (Rebecca Scritchfield)
Body Respect (Linda Bacon, Lucy Aphramor)
Eating in the Light of the Moon (Anita Johnston)
Intuitive Eating (Evelyn Tribole, Elyse Resch)
Life without Ed (Jenni Schafer)
Sick Enough (Jennifer Guadiani)
The Body is Not an Apology (Sonya Renee Taylor)
The Eating Instinct (Virginia Sole-Smith)
The Fuck It Diet (Caroline Dooner)
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder Workbook (Carolyn Costin, Gwen Grabb)
The Body Image Workbook (Thomas Cash)
The Intuitive Eating Workbook (Evelyn Tribole, Elyse Resch)
Eating Disorders Recovery Podcast