My orientation is eclectic, integrating Imaginal Psychology with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic, and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) tools to recover from disordered eating. As DBT and CBT have the most evidence-based research on successfully treating eating disorders, I use these tools in my approach. In our work together, we will also work on identifying the ways your critical self-talk relates to your compulsive eating, restricting, bingeing, purging, addiction, blocked creativity, depression, anxiety, or codependence. Through compassionate mirroring, pragmatic cognitive behavioral tools, expressive arts, spiritual practice/mindfulness, listening to your body's wisdom, and developing support, you will learn how to strengthen your ability to be with uncomfortable emotions. We will also look at how your family of origin experience has affected your current relationships and what interpersonal tools you would like to keep and which interpersonal behaviors are no longer serving you. You will learn how to be both more present and fiercely compassionate with yourself, no longer needing to compulsively eat, binge, restrict, purge, or engage in other behaviors that block your growth in becoming a fuller human being.
The modalities I have been trained in include expressive arts (drawing, collage, writing, movement, sand tray dialogue, meditation) along with talk psychotherapy. With expressive arts, you are invited to not “be an artist” in the sense of critiquing what you make or who you are, but to explore what emotions you are experiencing, who you are in this moment, and who you want to become. It's not about making good art. It's about becoming more authentically who you are.
I also encourage 12 step participation where appropriate.
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