Take your healing to the next level this summer with our Summer Book Club!
Reading The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
I look forward to working with you!
Before proceeding, please note I am out of network with all insurance providers. I do offer Superbills for reimbursement if your health plan provides that benefit. Click here for a script you can use to confirm what is available through insurance. If there are no benefits, I have a waitlist for my sliding scale and equity pricing options. Equity prices are reserved for individuals who hold LGBTIA+ and BIPOC identities.
- A casual chat about your story to make sure we’re a good fit together
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to release my weight loss goals before we start?
The quick answer is no, often times people I work with are not ready to let go of their weight goals but there is a part of them that wants to. There is often an awareness that holding onto weight loss or a particular body standard keeps them stuck in the very same cycle they're trying to break. That said, a willingness to put weight-goals on-pause during a certain period of our work together can help free us to make new decisions around food and break what often feels like a downward spiral.
Will you provide a meal plan I will be expected to follow?
The level of structure and direction I offer depends on where a person is on their journey and what would feel most supportive for them. Some people I work with need specific direction to combat the voice that's telling them to stick with the old approach to food, or perhaps they simply prefer a clear, outlined approach. For people in this situation, I can create a meal plan and explore dishes that will fulfill those recommendations. On the other hand, specific recommendations can activate negative experiences from the past. In this case, I can offer general recommendations. Regardless of the structure we start out with, we always assess how it's going and adjust accordingly.
What changes will we be tracked during our work together?
Many times weight is the change people are most used to tracking. Many people I work with are used to checking their weight to signal if our food-changes are "working" and lets us know if we're on track. When weight change isn't the goal, we work together to identify other measures of success. Often times the data we take note of is qualitative as opposed to quantitative; meaning we notice how we felt as opposed to how many x, y, or z, thing we did. That said, sometimes the number of binges occurred in a week or the frequency of negative thoughts can be a helpful way to gauge the impact of our work.
Will I need to see a therapist as well as a dietitian?
Seeing a therapist in-tandem with a dietitian is not required but often recommended. Depending on where you are in your journey, having a therapeutic relationship with a licensed mental health professional will often enhance our work together. There is a reason we develop these patterns around food. When those patterns get interrupted, the original struggle we were soothing with that behavior resurfaces. Having a therapist to support your capacity to heal these old wounds can be a supportive presence.
Is this work appropriate for adolescents?
The short answer is, absolutely. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to disrupted relationship with food. During this time of life, our protein synthesis is greater than protein breakdown, which requires more nutrients. That synthesis results in 20% of adult height gained during this period of time, as well as 40%-50% of adult body weight. So not only are nutrient needs often higher than in adulthood, their body's are often changing at a faster rate. In addition to body-changes, adolescents are also forming their pre-frontal cortex, which supports in rational thinking and perspective-taking. For this reason it can be exceptionally challenging to calm any fears these rapid body changes may instill. All of these factors combined make nutritions support in our adolescent years exceptionally potetent.
Why doesn't Rejoyn Wholeness accept health insurance?
This is a fair question to ask and the answer is complex. In summary, working outside of insurance companies is one way Rejoyn Wholeness aligns with our core values. Insurance companies dictate who gets care, for how long, and what outcomes determine progress. Their policies are created not necessarily to support wellness but to support the greatest profit as a company. Working outside of insurance with a sliding scale and flexible session frequency allows us the freedom to define health on your terms, at your pace, without having to justify your need or process to an entity that is ultimately concerned with profit.
In his book, How To Be An Anti-Racist, Ibram Kendi suggests that discrimination that results in inequality can only be righted with discrimination that results in more equity. (Equity, meaning a more equal playing field considering prior injustices.) Members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities have faced countless barriers when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare compared to their white, cis-gendered, straight counterparts. From factors such as health equipment and screening tools being designed for higher skin tones, to higher rates of suicide and lower access to LGBTQIA+ community members; not to mention unconscious provider bias that remains unchecked in clinics and hospitals across the country.
Why are your deepest discounts reserved for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+?