Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviors and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. In psychotherapy, we will explore thoughts and feelings in an effort to improve one’s well-being and to strengthen coping skills. I combine elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and family systems therapy.
In some circumstances medication may be clearly useful and in others psychotherapy may be the best option. For many people combined medication and psychotherapy treatment is better than either alone.
In sessions, we will set realistic goals around finding balance with food and your body based on your individual history, needs and resources. Using a non-diet and weight inclusive approach, we will work together to enhance your abilities and build skills to increase freedom and flexibility around food and body image in the short and long term.
In sessions, we will explore experiences, preferences, and motivations around food. These sessions can include working on food exposures, describing food and how it feels in the body, sensory activities, and/or goal setting to increase dietary variety, tolerance and nutritional intake.
Using the Ellyn Satter Models of feeding and eating competency, we will comprehensively explore food in your child’s life to enhance their ability to be nourished appropriately for optimal growth and development. The Satter Division of Responsibility model establishes role guidelines for parents and children throughout life stages to implement short and long term positive change.
We would love to accompany you at a meal or snack to provide support around eating in general, challenging foods and/or environments, and reducing negative thoughts.