Hello. We are a group practice specializing in helping you recovery from disordered eating, an eating disorder or body image challenges.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
At the core of any eating disorder or body image struggles is a sense of unworthiness. The challenges are also a way to cope with emotions. Therefore, focusing on re-learning how to feel is an integral part of growth and recovery.
Your behaviors with food and your body image tell a story. We can use this story to better understand what is going on underneath your relationship with food and body image. We help you change your behaviors so you can have more availability to work on the underlying emotions. In turn, this helps you let go of needing the eating disorder/body image to help you cope.
Growing up you were subjected to many massages and beliefs, usually passed down from your parents but also from the culture. These beliefs and messages impact you today. Therefore, we will help you uncover and change these messages to help you live an authentic life.
Do you hate your body? Do you compare yourself to others? Are you terrified of gaining weight? Do you feel shame about your body? Do you feel like you don't fit in? If you respond yes to any of these, we can help! We approach body image from a Health at Every Size(tm) perspective for a reason; you are good enough no matter your size and we want to help you believe that for yourself!
Eating disorders are painful. They come along to help you out. Dieting is a way to fit in, to belong, to control. It works. Until it doesn't. Trying to control your eating & your body can lead to an ever increasing obsession with food and your appearance. It is still trying to help you but it is also hurting you. A lot. This can change! You can learn to have a really great life without an eating disorder. This life is more authentic, free, and happy. Reach out today!
At the core of an eating disorder is emotional eating. Whether you restrict food and/or binge eat, food becomes a way to manage your emotions. Food is tasty and satisfying and, yes, comforting. That's okay! The challenge comes when emotional eating becomes your way of coping by keeping your emotions at bay. This can lead to feeling out of control and so much worse about yourself. Learn how to feel your feelings and emotional eating will lift. Let us help teach you how! Reach out to us today.