I know what it’s like to be at war with your body. I’m here to help you rebuild trust in your body, and bring peace of mind to eating.
Counselor in Seattle, WA
Supervised by Amber Rice, LMFT
Feminism is going through growth spurts. As the therapist and nutritionist to women and femmes, I am constantly reading and educating myself on how to best, and most respectfully honor the multitude of identities that each person inevitably carries as well as attend trainings than emphasize social justice and activism. Anne Balay is credited as saying, “If your feminism isn’t intersectional, then it isn’t feminism.” Our work together will help you liberate not only your body, also your mind.
According to Carl Rogers, “gaining one’s own self-regard is the goal we really wish most to achieve.” Through my formal education on Person-Centered Therapy as well as my own personal experience receiving this form of therapy, I engage with clients in a warm, empathic, accepting and genuine manner. I believe that clients are not disorders to be cured, but (like Rogers) they are flowers with unending potential, that simply need the right conditions for growth.
I have been utilizing mindfulness meditation since 2008, and have attended workshops on mindfulness as well as mindful eating specifically. I think it is important to start from the beginning and acquire a mindfulness practice before applying mindfulness skills to eating. I help clients make mindfulness meditation work for them, for their unique schedule, unique thinking patterns, and eventually unique eating habits. Mindfulness is about awareness, openness, curiosity, not about doing it “right”
Many people who were socialized as female growing up have a ingrained set of rules about how a women “should or should not” be, look, act, laugh, drink, dress, have sex, parent, cook, etc. These differ from culture to culture, but restrict many women/femmes from living life as their most authentic selves. I work with women/femmes to tune out of expectations from families, society, even partners, and tune into what their body wants and needs, and what their heart desires to share with the world.
First of all, emotional eating is nothing bad or wrong. It is a NORMAL stress response, a normal way to celebrate occasions, a normal way to soothe ourselves, and normal way to feel pleasure. It’s a 100% natural and valid way to do these things. It works!! It is simply not the ONLY way we can go about doing these things. I help women and femmes explore their coping skills to see what works for them, and to simply add some to the list.
I provide body image counseling to determined women and femmes explore the stories they (and society) tell about their body, and develop a new value of their body’s wisdom and beauty, as well as genuine intentions behind self-care. My dual degree in counseling and nutrition means I have received specialized education around disordered eating and mental health. Trainings from The Body Positive and Be Nourished orgs have grown my understanding of how we can face, accept, and respect ourselves.