Therapy for Disordered Eating

"Sometimes, when I am raging against my body, I hear it quietly but firmly call out:

'Same team.

Same. Team.

Same.

Team.'"

 

- Dr. Maria Paredes

If you have landed on this page you may be curious if engaging in the work of therapy can ease your relationship with food and body. You see other people in your life navigate food and body in a peaceful way, but you cannot figure out the steps to get there. Right now you may be driven by the number on the scale, obsessing over calories and macronutrients, or feeling like you cannot control the amount of food you eat. Peace with food and your body may feel elusive.

 

In a culture that praises thinness and applauds control over food, the experience of coming home to yourself and your hunger and fullness cues may feel at odds with the social messages you receive.

 

I trust you, I trust your body, and I trust that you can have a freer relationship with food. 

 

I work with individuals with disordered eating across the spectrum. Restrictive Eating Disorders, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Feeding or Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Classified, and other eating behaviors that do not fit into these strict categories, but impact you and your life. I recognize eating disorders impact people of all identities (body size/shape, gender, race, class status, and sexual orientation). Many of my client's do not fit the stereotypical image of a person with an eating disorder and thus delay seeking support because they worry their experience is not valid or worthy of treatment. I hold space for you— no matter your experience. 

 

Treatment for an eating disorder will look different for each client. Often, the process includes gaining awareness of how eating disorder behaviors are serving you, reconnecting with emotion and body awareness, discovering more effective ways of coping with stressors and emotions, recognizing and centering unhelpful social messages about food and body outside of yourself, and cultivating a compassionate and trusting relationship with your body. 

 

First and foremost my work is informed by relational, psychodynamic, and social justice frameworks. I integrate Health at Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, and Body Trust® into my work with food and bodies. I judiciously introduce behavioral modalities, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, when shorter term strategies are needed for more immediate symptom relief and coping.