Release unrealistic expectations. Set realistic goals.
A therapist with real life experience. Make recovery a reality.
reasons to recover?
Health benefits of recovery are different for everyone, but I’ll support your efforts to address lingering health concerns and help you shift to a health maintenance mindset.
The simplicity of it obscures the complex underlying emotional wounds of harmful eating behaviors. We will work to explore what’s behind the behaviors so you can heal emotionally.
Part of recovery is getting honest. I’m not saying it’s easy, but I’ll support that part of the healing process so relationships you most value are strengthened and more fulfilling.
You probably have interests, goals, skills you’d like to develop. I can help you figure out why eating behaviors are getting in the way so you can be your best self.
Peace with Food
It’s an unsustainable conflict. Let’s figure it out so you can change your relationship with food. Less anxiety. Nourishment that meets your needs. And perhaps a little joy.
Also, recovery is a really satisfying FU to a society that values you based on size and appearance. Let me help you unapologetically claim your space.
Benefits of Art Therapy for Disordered Eating
Multi-dimensional experiences: The complexity and contradictions of eating disorders can be represented multi-dimensionally to better capture feelings and beliefs that exist simultaneously – like mixed feelings about recovery.
Experiment and maybe break a few rules: Fixed beliefs and strict rules about food are typical with eating disorders. Art-making is a chance to loosen up and try something new – practice flexible thinking and action.
Record of change: Recovery can be a slow process, so slow it can feel like there’s no movement at all. Art therapy offers a visual record of changes, even small ones, that show progress over time.
Fun: It’s still therapy, so sometimes it’s emotionally intense, but making art can be fun. Fun means reducing anxiety and easing depression. You might feel a boost in confidence and be more receptive to your capacity to change.
Frequently Asked Questions on Therapy for Disordered Eating
What is Therapy for Disordered Eating?
Therapy for disordered eating and eating disorders is dedicated time for you to explore the roots and impact of your eating behaviors in a supportive, nonjudgmental space. The goal is to change the thoughts and behaviors that are troubling you by affecting your physical health, emotional health, relationships, and day-to-day life. Through therapy, you’ll have an opportunity to develop a more satisfying and balanced relationship with food and eating.
How does Therapy for Disordered Eating work?
As a client in therapy for disordered eating or an eating disorder, we’ll work together to examine what has contributed to your relationship with food and eating. Through a combination of talk and art therapy, we will focus on clarifying the attitudes and beliefs you’ve developed about food and eating, explore how those attitudes and beliefs affect your food and eating behaviors, and consider how those behaviors affect you, and consider what it would look like to be liberated from old ideas about food and eating that aren’t serving you.
When is Therapy for Disordered Eating needed?
Therapy for disordered eating is needed when your quality of life and health suffer because of thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to food and eating. Consider therapy for disordered eating if you: avoid activities because of anxiety about food and eating, frequently engage in emotional eating (stress eating), rely on diet apps, make choices about what to eat based on calories or other dietary metrics without medical necessity, hide your eating habits, or feel depressed, anxious, guilty or shameful about food and eating. Therapy for an eating disorder might be needed if you engage in any of the above, plus: you’ve been diagnosed with an eating disorder, you use compensatory measures such as over-exercising or vomiting, you’re underweight and continuing to lose weight without medical cause, you’re experiencing significant changes in weight, or you’re caught in cycles of restricting and bingeing.
How much does Therapy for Disordered Eating cost?
The fee for a 50-minute session is $150.
How long does the Therapy for Disordered Eating process take?
The length of treatment depends on your needs. Eating disorders and disordered eating tend to be complex, the result of many influences over your lifetime, so it takes time to explore and heal. Frequently, people with eating disorders and disordered eating also struggle with depression, anxiety, body image dissatisfaction, and relational difficulties, which affect the course of therapy. As a client, we will stay in conversation about your progress so you can make decisions about the frequency and duration of therapy.
How do I know if Therapy for Disordered Eating is right for me?
Therapy for disordered eating might be right for you if concerns about food and eating behaviors are interfering in your life and causing distress. Consider therapy for disordered eating if you: frequently diet, have cycles of restricting and bingeing, have either/or thoughts about food and eating (good/bad, reward/punishment). Therapy for an eating disorder might be appropriate if you: were already diagnosed with an eating disorder, frequently or consistently restrict and/or binge, engage in compensatory behaviors (vomiting, laxatives, over-exercising), have physical signs of malnutrition or significant changes in weight.