Nutrition Therapy

Deciding to come to nutrition therapy is an important step in overcoming food issues and stepping into a friendlier relationship with food and your body. If you haven’t already, check out these links:

Specialties

  • Anorexia nervosa, including weight restoration
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (selective or “picky” eating)
  • Chronic dieting, food and weight stabilization
  • Post-treatment transitions
  • Compulsive exercise and exercise resistance
  • Chemical dependency support
  • Depression, anxiety, and support for other mood-related disorders

Registered dietitians, in general,  have in-depth knowledge and practical experience working with a variety of disease states (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, etc.). I can address those needs as well as feeding issues, should they occur together.

Approaches

  • Mechanical eating and meal plans
  • Food-positive, explorative, non-restrictive, non-diet
  • Intuitive eating
  • Mindful eating
  • Embodiment through yoga and mindfulness
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Health at every size

What’s the first visit like?

The first visit is a time for us to get to know each other. You will have completed a pre-visit questionnaire through the secure on-line portal to give us a head start. I will want to hear your history and gather information about your current patterns. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions. We will start talking about goals and create a plan. I want you to leave the office with something to work with, especially if you are feeling really stuck. Sometimes I follow up with a summary email. As my client, you are free to email me with questions at any time until the next visit.

What happens next?

If I have your permission, I will contact other providers that might have some helpful information for me. I prefer to work as a team in order to give you the best experience. Depending on your needs, follow-up visits can be 50 or 30 minutes. We may meet weekly or every other week. Sometimes my clients keep food logs or follow a meal plan, sometimes they don’t. We decide that together.

Some things we might do together include:

  • Create a meal plan or menu
  • Grocery shop or make a master grocery list
  • Organize food prep
  • Brainstorm new meals, foods, or ingredients
  • Eat together
  • Cook together
  • Take a walk
  • Do some yoga
  • Guided meditations or mindful self-compassion practices
  • Workbooks or reading assignments
  • Food challenges
  • Explore food rules, fears, and beliefs
  • Strategize for managing food and exercise behaviors
  • Nutrition education

How long is this going to take?

Everybody’s process is different. It depends on where you start, what obstacles you encounter along the way, and your ability to follow through. Ideally, we see each other weekly until you are able to meet our initial goals. After that, we might shorten sessions or meet less frequently. Ultimately, I want you to be totally independent, capable of feeding yourself an adequate, balanced, and varied diet, and engaging in physical activity with minimal stress and discomfort. You are always welcome to come back for a tune-up if life starts to get hairy!

Are you going to weigh me?

Maybe. We’ll talk about it.

Will my insurance cover this?

The sad answer is, probably not. Even if I were in-network, the chances that insurance would cover nutrition therapy are slim. It’s best if you call your insurance company to see what your benefits are for nutritional counseling. Several of my clients have had good luck getting reimbursed by their insurance companies. I can give you a superbill to submit for reimbursement.

More questions?

Send me an email and let’s set up a phone call.