Eating Disorder Recovery
Photo by Lucy P. Dickinson
Are you struggling in your relationship to food or your body? Do you have a problem with emotional eating or compulsive overeating? Do you think you might have an eating disorder?
I’m glad you are here. Recovery is possible.
Issues with food and body are difficult to solve without help and support, as food is such an integral part of our daily lives. Once patterns have developed, it can be difficult to make changes. Additionally, unhealthy attitudes and behaviors can be difficult to combat when there are prevailing images and expectations in society that contribute to these problems. Recovery from problems with eating can require a multi-faceted approach, and often, therapy with a specialist and a collaborative team of providers (physician, psychiatrist/ARNP, dietician). Therapy may involve learning and using new routines around food planning, may address issues with emotion regulation or anxiety, and likely involves addressing how you feel about yourself and your relationship to others. It may involve facing difficult things from your past or in the present.
In my experience, individuals and families who courageously address these issues come out ahead in knowing themselves, being able to be kind and compassionate to self and others, and being able to address life’s inevitable difficulties. It is an honor to work with people around these issues.
In my work as a therapist, I have developed significant expertise in understanding and treating emotional eating, eating disorders, “problems with eating” and body dissatisfaction in general. I have worked with people seeking outpatient therapy, family therapy, therapeutic group support, intensive programming and hospital based treatments. I have developed an intensive outpatient (IOP) program for Compulsive Overeating/Binge Eating Disorder, and have been an outpatient group facilitator for several years. I have specific training in Family Based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I am committed to Health at Every Size (HAES) principles. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to educate, support and counsel individuals and family members who are coping with eating disordered behaviors and challenges.
It has been very meaningful to me to develop more understanding about these issues because they are so prevalent, many people do not seek or engage in treatment, and because I appreciate the dedication and depth in people who struggle with these issues. I am passionate and hopeful about recovery for those seeking help for their issues.
Issues I work with:
Body image concerns
Avoidant/Restrictive food intake disorder
Children and adolescents with eating disorders
Challenges with body acceptance
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anias Nin
11711 SE 8th St., Suite 315
Bellevue, WA 98005