I am a licensed psychologist who was been working in the field for 10 years working with eating disorders and substance abuse.
Our world is made up of relationships, and problems with relationships often lead to finding ways to make the world more manageable. Interpersonal Therapy is a way of looking at relationships, thoughts, families and systems that people are a part of, and early attachment to help people understand how they are functioning in the world and why they may use certain coping techniques to manage their world. It can also be a way to examine techniques that are working and how to change what is not.
Often people come to therapy not sure what if anything they are willing to change. Sometimes they have been forced to come, due to family and loved ones, or they have come themselves, but they are unsure how much they want things to be different. I help individuals engage in a process where they can explore what change means to them and why or why not they may be willing to change certain behaviors.
I understand that for some people with some disorders it may not be easy to stop problematic behaviors completely. I help people make changes where they can and when they can in an attempt to live more satisfying lives in a safe way. I work with people who are struggling with self-harm, eating disorder symptoms, drug and alcohol abuse and help them find ways to manage symptoms and behaviors as best they can in the moment.
Body image concerns can happen for people no matter what size they are and no matter if they engage in eating disorder/disordered eating or not. I work from a Health At Every Size (HAES) model to help people accept their body and learn to live in a world that may not or may send mixed messages regarding what bodies are acceptable.
I work with individuals who are motivated to change their eating disorder behaviors. I work with folx who are stepping down from a higher level of care, or who are starting to explore what it means to have an eating disorder for the first time. I work from a Health at Every Size (HAES) model, meaning that I do not encourage or promote weight loss as a part of my work and appreciate all bodies no matter what size they are. Treatment is about a developing a better relationship with food and body.