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HOW I APPROACH THERAPY

 

In my experience, the most success occurs when the therapeutic relationship is based on trust, authenticity, vulnerability, and truth. As I get to know each client, I will focus on using clients' natural strengths to infuse areas that are reportedly more challenging. My work is process-oriented and based on individual need, however, I always include elements of psycho-education in my practice as it is so often true that many of the 

issues we struggle with can be partially solved by “knowing 

better”.

 

AREAS OF SPECIALTY

EATING DISORDERS

I have 8+ years of experience working with clients who struggle with eating disorders. Initial sessions with this client demographic will likely address the following: communication styles, assertiveness skills, family dynamics, internalized messages about body and body image, coping strategies, attachment patterns, sensitivity and depth of processing, and work with shame and vulnerability.

 

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS

As of early 2016, I have added the speciality of working with "Highly Sensitive Persons” (HSPs) based on the work of Dr. Elaine Aron, psychologist and researcher who has spent her life advocating for HSPs across the globe. For more information, Dr. Elaine Aron’s website offers a ton of resources and research regarding sensitivity: www.hsperson.com

 

COUPLES

Additionally, as of late 2017, I am now a Certified PACT Level I Therapist working with couples. PACT stands for a "Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy" and was developed by Stan Tatkin, PsyD. For more information about the PACT therapeutic model and how it applies to working with couples, please visit: www.thepactinstitute.com

 

ADVOCACY: "HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE"

 

I am a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate, and I incorporate this philosophy into my work with clients. The HAES movement has the following basic components: 

 

Respect

Celebrates body diversity, honors differences in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, dis-ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, and other human attributes

 

Critical Awareness

Challenges scientific and cultural assumptions, values body knowledge and people's lived experiences

 

Compassionate Self-care

Finding the joy in moving one's body and being physically active, eating in a flexible and attuned manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, while respecting the social conditions that frame eating options

 

To become a HAES advocate, and to learn more about the Health at Every Size movement, go to: http://haescommunity.com