Finding joyful movement

Finding joyful movement

Discovering joyful movement was a game changer for me. I no longer had to suffer through unimaginable workouts because that's what I thought I had to do to be pretty or acceptable. I learned to listen to my body and trust it will take care of me, and you can too.

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The body I live in

The body I live in

In my eating disorder I hated everything about my body. Who am I kidding, I hated my body long before my eating disorder showed up. I don't hate it anymore. I have found peace, acceptance, and love for my body. This is the story of me and the body I live in.

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From Not to Hot…seriously?

From Not to Hot…seriously?

There is a new show coming out soon on WEtv called From Not to Hot and it makes me think of everything that is wrong with our society today: how we view women, what sizes and shapes we deem acceptable, what we expect people to do to their bodies to fit into the cultural beauty mold. Beauty is more than just one thing.

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Freedom and food

Freedom and food

As an eating disorder specialist I meet many women who desire to be free from their obsession from food, even though they don't quite know what that would look like. Here are a few things you can experience when you are at peace with food.

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The resource you need to see

The resource you need to see

As a counselor working with women struggling with body hate, shame, and eating disorders I often find common themes showing up throughout sessions and I will share one resource with a few different clients. Now I'm bringing that resource to you. Read on to find out what the theme is and where I'm sending my clients this week.

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Shame and eating disorders

Shame and eating disorders

Brené Brown defines shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging. People will do many things to avoid feeling shame, including using eating disorder behaviors. If you can relate to this and are looking for help to stop the vicious cycle of shame and eating disorder behaviors, then this blog post was written for you!

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How long will I be in therapy?

How long will I be in therapy?

Deciding to see a therapist is a huge decision and it can be very stressful. Often times when I talk to potential clients during their free 15-minute phone consultation, they will want to know how long they will have to be in therapy for. That's not an easy question to dissect or answer.

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When recovery gets hard

When recovery gets hard

Recovering from an eating disorder is a daily struggle and at times it can feel too overwhelming, but it is possible. Here are some tips, strategies, and personal insights gleaned from my own recovery journey to help you make it through the roughest of times. For those in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR areas, contact me if you would like an eating disorder specialist counselor to help you reach your goals.

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Eating disorders and substance abuse

Eating disorders and substance abuse

A more common combination than people think, substance abuse and/or dependence is often found in people presenting with eating disorders. Here are some things you may not have known about this combo.

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