I’m a somatic nutrition therapist, registered licensed dietitian and attuned eating coach in private practice providing in-person, phone and online counseling since 2006.
Because I believe not wanting to be in the body is a way of protecting oneself, so the work is about nourishing the nervous system to feel safe enough to drop in to feel emotion to actually heal.
Changing the food becomes an “of course eating is easier now” as flow becomes more a way of operating.
I specialize in
I routinely teach intuitive eating workshops and disordered eating related talks throughout Florida, including
I believe what healing food and weight concerns
I want to share my personal story with you…
There was nothing extraordinarily wrong. Great grades, many friends and excelled at most things I did. I still felt somewhat empty and wondering what the point was. I noticed too much. Felt too much. Was told more times than I can remember that I needed to toughen up.
I just never could get away from feeling what other people were feeling. So I dove into obsessions around being nice, and good; the perfect kid/student/athlete to distract me from the discrepancies of the world. So I did my best until that didn’t work anymore either…
What started out as skimping on breakfast, quickly turned to
Purgatory….. restricting, binging, over-exercising, isolation, shame for many years until I really realized that being thinner didn’t make life better and that I was chasing the fantasy of thin.
Attuned Eating and Deciding to Like My Body and Choosing to continuously learn about becoming more fully who I am. A soul having human experiences, trying to navigate the confusion of why we aren’t loving to ourselves and each other.
And life is well beyond “normal”.
Through learning attuned eating and healing my relationship with food, exercise, and my body and good ole’ fashion work in therapy and personal growth work with the issues underneath the food, I don’t have the concerns that many non-dieters or those with eating disorders have
I trust and adore the process of becoming our own food experts through body trust, regulating our stress responses and safe relationships
I have become comfortable thinking of myself as
I marvel at how, with some patience and practice, we can help our nervous systems come back to regulation from chronic flight/fight/ freeze and make space for feeling what once was overwhelming. We can start to feel how expansive we really are.
Of course, there will be some heavy duty nutrition counseling and coaching. What that means that we will make sure you are eating enough to wake up your metabolism, learn to eat based on permission vs. monitoring, help you see how good vs. bad food rules are obsolete to managing weight and emotions and teach you how to be your own food expert!
What is also important that you will discover is that….
Dieting, binge eating, emotional eating, bulimia and anorexia are symbolic communicators. A way for us to communicate something from within. Because we may be afraid to say how we feel or know how we feel or know how to problem solve the circumstances, we do what we feel is the only option—we use food to numb out, distract, calm, soothe…..
Instead of it meaning something negative, whenever we say I FEEL FAT or I HAD TO HAVE THAT FOOD, it means we need to pay attention. We have a rich opportunity to explore what we are saying about something in our lives.
BECAUSE I FEEL FAT IS NEVER ABOUT THE SIZE OF YOUR BODY. NEVER.
And what so many discover as they do this work is that they are really coming home to themselves. The ancient self that rests in knowing they are loved regardless of size, money in the bank, degrees, status or any other man-made designation of worth.
And of course, I have to have a
It takes COURAGE, COMPASSION
Take the first step to feeling more comfortable in your skin and eating "normally".