Eating Disorders Nutrition Counseling
Treating clinically and sub-clinically diagnosed people with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, and OSFED via meal planning, food logging and exposures, nutrition education, and goal setting. Therapy modalities in DBT, CBT, and FBT (when appropriate with parent involvement).
Assistance with organization of outlining what you need to nourish your body, when you need to nourish your body, and how much you need to nourish your body. Meal Planning is used as a skill in the beginning of recovery from an eating disorder as a way to provide stability, and comfort in the midst of the eating disorder chaos. Often, the level of planning decreases as someone progresses through treatment and discovers trust in themselves to get their nutritional needs met.
Photographing and logging intake can be a valuable tool in the beginning of eating disorder recovery. The accountability of this action have a positive effect on establishing a balanced habitual intake. Food logging also allows real-time comments and expression of emotion in the moment of that meal. Many people also use this to report hunger and/or fullness ratings at that time. Similar to meal planning, food logging is a tool that usually decreases as recovery continues.
Food exposures are a cornerstone within recovery treatment. Increased variety of intake has been shown in research to provide a decreased risk of relapse. As you increase the types of foods you are comfortable with and can remember being successful with, you create a stronger foundation of trust with food. Exposures to uncomfortable and often feared foods is a difficult, and fundamental part of nutrition treatment for eating disorders.
Everyone eats and as such, everyone has experiences to share about food and nutrition. Often much of the information available surrounding the field of nutrition is subjective and not evidenced-based. Human physiology, macro-nutrient science, micro-nutrient science, and the science of metabolism can help to challenge incorrect disordered theories about nutrition that might be fueling negative beliefs about food.
Setting goals is a common tool in many types of coaching, counseling, and therapy. Utilizing thoughts of someone's ideal wants and needs can help to remind one of the original goal that is at the heart of this journey.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders, including eating disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health by focusing on challenging and changing unhelpful, often negative cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
Family Based Treatment for eating disorders (also commonly known as The Maudsley Model) is used to treat adolescents with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. FBT aims to assist the family (mainly the parents) to create recovery in their child with an eating disorder through empowerment and education.