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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.
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 a person depends on where they are in 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 simply they just 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. Often when we change our food patterns, weight tells us if those changes are "working" and lets us know if we're on track. When weight change isn't the goal, we must then 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. 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 to support. That synthesis results in 20% of adult height gained during this period of time, as well as 40%-50% of adult body weight. Adolescents are also forming their pre-frontal cortex, which supports in rational thinking and perspective-taking. So not only are nutrient needs often higher in than in adulthood, their body's are often changing at a faster rate. These changes are often accompanied by anxiety, which increases overall distress, and interrupt our connection with our body's need for food.