Making our way through recovery can prove to have many ups and downs. Because of this, I have found that it is important to have a therapeutic approach that is flexible and eclectic to match the fluidity of healing from an eating disorder/disordered eating, poor body image, and self-esteem issues. At the core of my approach to psychotherapy is the belief that tuning into self-awareness and rooting down into self-compassion can allow us to make needed changes and live our version of freedom. I also work from the perspective that eating disorders are deeply experienced disruptions that are interconnected with trauma, anxiety, mood imbalances, and other forms of mind, body, and spirit distress. I understand that at each stage of your recovery and healing journey you are in need of a different form of support, so we will work collaboratively and transparently to ensure we are tuning into those needs.
Part of the work we do together is helping you recognize the parts of self that are driving behaviours and emotional activations, and guide you in understanding how these reactions are about survival, attachment, and communication from the body. Instead of trying to ignore or scold the eating disorder/disordered eating and any accompanying distress, an invitation will be extended to shift your mindset to one of active listening, understanding, and validation of the unexpressed and unprocessed emotion that is held in the body. This will allow you to become more mindful of the somatic tension related to your experience and deconstruct shame to create space for your true self and feelings to be heard and seen. I also believe in taking a non-diet and Health and Every Size© approach so that your own intuitive wisdom and agency over your body and experiences can shine through.
I believe that the people I work with are courageous, resilient, and experts on themselves. I see myself as a catalyst for change, collaboratively helping you take the next step to get you unstuck and moving forward. I’m a realist. Life will still have its fair share of mess. But we can work together to get you to a place where you feel empowered to move through hardships, experience joy, find flexibility, and be present in the moment.