HAES-aligned therapy to explore the fullness of your identity, particularly as complicated by disordered eating, pregnancy, or grief (NJ/VA)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ
As a fat person, I have long been familiar with the anguish of living with weight-stigma. As an eating disorder therapist, I came to appreciate the profound and disorienting experience of negative body image driven by body dysmorphia. In addition to confronting the harmful impacts of anti-fat bias and diet-culture, my clients also deal with the negative impacts of racism, ableism, & gender dysphoria on body image. We must both love ourselves & stand up to systems of oppression.
Imagine being allowed to behave and believe as though your body is fundamentally good. You deserve recovery now, exactly as you are today. And the tricky thing, friend? Your body may change. (Or, trickier still, it may not). Let's walk this road together. I bring the confidence of years of direct eating disorder treatment experience to our work. In a recovery process that can sometimes feel daunting and overly clinical, I offer adults, adolescents, & families strategic tools & a warm presence.
Because I work with clients of all faith (and non-faith) backgrounds, I get to witness the infinite variety by which we all explore the same essential questions: why am I here? Who am I? What is my purpose? Spirituality is not so much an "issue" to be dealt with or tidied away through therapy, but rather a framework to develop as you work out the answers to these and other questions through lived experience, spiritual disciplines, and the pursuit of wisdom.
EMDR uses memory as a pathway between old wounds and present distress, in order to heal both. Using a highly-structured sequence of techniques, we will trace your current distress backward. Working through a series of memories that hold the same emotional and physiological resonance as the current stressor, we'll eventually identify a “target memory” for reprocessing. EMDR allows us to apply the resources you have now to the earlier version of yourself that did not have access to them.
Though I adore "talk therapy," I truly appreciate the skills-based structure of DBT, which can be a useful way to ground insight-based therapy with practical application. Fun (or clunky) acronyms are the hallmarks of this modality, which has proven effective for folks dealing with everything from personality disorders & substance abuse to eating disorders & anxiety. DBT categories include Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Mindfulness.
CBT is my bread-and-butter, but I customize your care by incorporating resources from other modalities to best match your needs and personality. If you desire, we can also use your spirituality as a lens to view our work. Broken down, CBT stands for "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy," and operates on the evidence that our thoughts ("cognitions") have a direct impact on choices ("behaviors") and in turn on our feelings. An adjustment to our thoughts, choices, or emotions in turn adjusts the others.
Grief is not a disorder, so grief support in therapy is not about fixing something that is wrong. Instead, grief work is a process of reconstruction, creating & coming to terms with a meaningful life in "the after." Coming alongside you in this space is my sacred privilege. We'll collect the broken bits of memory, belief, & stories linked to your loss, & treat them as a precious raw material. When you’re ready, let’s discover what new thing you create from these exquisite shards of love.