Food and weight can be intensely personal for some of us. There are many who struggle moment-to-moment with thoughts about eating and body image, leaving little energy to enjoy peaceful moments in life. At times these thoughts can become obsessions and lead to destructive habits including chronic dieting, excessive restriction, bingeing, or purging. There is often some solace and reward found when these habits lead to weight loss. The habits then become stronger – more ingrained – until they are carefully guarded secrets that isolate us from others and distance us from our true selves. Eventually; however, the all-consuming nature of these thoughts and behaviors becomes tiresome, and we long for the freedom we had before food and weight became central to our existence. How do we get back that freedom?
My approach to weight and eating issues centers on guiding clients to get back in touch with their intuition – the part of them that knows what their body wants and needs to thrive and maintain a healthy weight. The approach I take respects the intense fear that comes up for people when they think about giving up eating habits that have kept them “safe” for so long. I appreciate that my client’s greatest fear is often that their weight will get out of control if they give up their deeply ingrained habits and food rules, and therefore I do not engage in power struggles with clients – having them weigh in each week and telling them what to eat and abstain from. My approach is gentle and respectful of personal autonomy. I can guide you to become your own body intuitive therapist by helping you focus on what you truly value in life and within yourself while loosening the safety chains that your eating and weight obsessions have built over time.
Eating disorders have an incredibly strong and powerful voice. If you can metaphorically think about yourself as a house, your eating disorder probably rules the roost right now. Through thoughtful treatment, we can help your intuitive self emerge so your eating disorder lives in just one room or even in just one closet. Through therapy, when that voice emerges, you will gain tools for putting it back in its place and returning to a space of honoring a healthy spirit and body.
- Dr. Megan Gliniecki