EATING DISORDER THERAPIST PORTLAND
Don’t let an eating disorder hold you back.
If you feel like “your weight” is holding you back in life, or that you’re eating to numb (rather than nourish) yourself, I can help you get to the heart of the matter and transform your relationship with food, and yourself.
Working with both individuals and small groups, I integrate psychotherapy with practices such as mindfulness and intuitive eating. I incorporate body positive principles such as HAES, weight inclusivity, eating for well being, and life enhancing movement, and support clients develop practical coping strategies and healthier eating and exercise patterns.
I understand the complex pieces involved in achieving full recovery, and believe in bringing both depth and lightness to the process. Using a client-centered holistic approach, I’m a proponent of integrated mental health and practical evidence-based strategies. I aim for quick yet long-lasting results, so you can get back to living your life.
You didn’t choose to have an eating disorder, but you get to choose what happens next.
Treatment options include:
BINGE EATING DISORDER GROUP
Downtown Portland | Tuesdays | 6.30-8pm
RO DBT SKILLS GROUP
For executives in Portland & New York
Certain combinations of symptoms can mean it makes sense to treat a client physically as well as psychologically. In these situations,
clients often respond best to a team approach that delivers 360° treatment. I’m able to draw on an awesome network of nutritionists,
sympathetic movement and exercise practitioners and primary care providers, all working together for your recovery.
THERAPIES & PRACTICES TO OVERCOME EATING DISORDERS
CBT brings awareness to negative food-related triggers, thoughts and behaviors. It helps clients create healthier patterns and perspectives, and offers practical strategies to overcome day-to-day challenges.
Eating disorders are often a result of painful suppressed emotions – an attempt to numb, soothe or avoid them. EFT helps clients develop better emotional regulation and self-care practices, so that they can resolve difficult emotions and improve their relationship with food.
Therapy (RO DBT)
Those suffering from eating disorders often deal with perfectionism and the excessive need to feel in control. Controlling their diet becomes their coping mechanism. RO DBT addresses emotional over-control, and helps clients enjoy more openness, flexibility, and social connectedness.
Those grappling with eating disorders are often overwhelmed with their own negative thoughts. Mindfulness can help clients detach from these thoughts and impulses, and choose more positive responses and behaviors. Mindful eating can also help clients savor food in a more healthy, satisfying way.
LIVING WITH AN EATING DISORDER IS DIFFICULT.
In part, because eating disorders are complex conditions, involving biological, psychological and societal elements. As the combined effect of these elements naturally varies from one individual to another, I offer highly personalized treatment to cater to an individual’s unique situation, and give them the best chance of full recovery. Here’s some more information on the conditions I typically treat:
Bulimia can be defined as a cycle of binge eating and self-induced purges, such as vomiting or over exercise. If left untreated, Bulimia eventually affects the digestive system, leading to nutritional deficiencies and chemical imbalances. This in turn can affect the major organs and even lead to cardiac arrest. Effective treatment helps prevent or reverse complications by establishing healthier eating patterns.