There are quite a few people you could see for eating disorder therapy in Portland, so why work with me? It’s pretty simple:
Recovered from an eating disorder myself, I get it.
Your eating disorder is not your fault and wanting recovery doesn’t make you weak.
You’re terrified. You want life without constantly thinking about food–where to get it, how to avoid it, where to hide it, how to get rid of it. You want to move your body without worrying about calories or trying to figure out when it will finally be enough. You want to stop hiding so much. And yet, this eating disorder has been your constant, your friend, your savior. I know that feeling.
You want to lose weight….and you feel ashamed about it.
Of course you want that–that’s what the world wants you to believe is the key to your happiness! I honor your right and ability to make decisions about and for your body. And I will never encourage you to diet or restrict foods (unless there’s an allergy or other medical necessity) because diets don’t work (I can offer you lots of scientific literature about this) and because manipulating your food and trying to change your body is what got you here. Most of my clients struggle with their bodies, most have a desire to change their body in one way or another. No shame. Come as you are, all of you, desires and struggles and fears and hopes!
I am a weight inclusive therapist.
I am passionately furious with the way diet culture has taught us to equate a certain body size and shape with beauty, lovability, and worthiness. Many therapists will talk about being “weight neutral” but I choose “weight inclusive” because neutrality breeds oppression and privilege. My practice is inclusive of ALL bodies, recognizing the individual circumstances and interplay between power and privilege that impact your ability to feel safe within your body.
You can like your body and rid yourself of your obsession with food, weight, body, exercise. Forever. Dealing with your eating disorder is a big deal and things might feel worse before they feel better, but if you are ready to commit, therapy will give you your life back.
Some of our tasks for eating disorder therapy may include…
…working toward the reduction and elimination of eating disorder and obsessive exercise behaviors.
…healing your relationship with food while addressing weight, nutrition, exercise, thoughts, and behaviors.
…developing a list of values outside of your eating disorder.
…learning how to ask for support and what is helpful/not helpful
…developing insight into disordered thinking, attitudes, and behaviors; the underlying causes of their eating or exercise disorder; and their destructive patterns in self care and in relationships.
…understanding the connections between food/body beliefs and your emotions
…practicing naming and experiencing your feelings.
…working toward truly believing your weight does not determine your worth
…practicing relaxing and trusting your body
…use journaling to practice healthy emotional expression
…work with your family and significant others to identify and modify patterns that may be complicating recovery.