My Personal Journey
They say that we teach what we need to learn. So it is not surprising that I have been drawn to helping women (and men) learn to love and accept themselves by making peace with food and their bodies. It has been my own path.
From adolescent through my 30’s, I was either on a diet or bingeing. 30 pounds up; 30 pounds down. The turning point in overcoming the diet-binge yo-yo was when I discovered the non-diet approach and realized that the problem was not food or my body. They were the symptom, not the real problem. My binge eating and my excess weight had been the best ways I had been able to find to manage the emotions that I hadn’t known how to feel, express or soothe. Without the shame and self-judgment that had propelled all the diets – and the binges that naturally followed, it was easier to learn to listen to my body for what it really needed and take care of it. And after years of yo-yo dieting, my weight stabilized at its natural weight.
“Making Peace with Food & Your Body” is my version of the non-diet approach that I have learned through my own healing and working with the thousands of clients and workshop participants I have been honored to work with and learn from over the years.
If you’d like to explore how I can help you get off the diet-binge yo-yo and make peace with food and your body, you can call me at 401-789-0777 or email me by clicking here.
My professional background
I was trained as a psychotherapist at Smith College School for Social Work (MSW, 1981), did a two year hypnotherapy training program with Daniel Brown, PhD in behavioral medicine (1990-1991) and trauma (1991-1992) and have had extensive training in the mind/body connection, attachment, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I am also a longtime practitioner of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness meditation.
I wrote the first edition of my book & guided-imagery CD, Conscious Eating, Conscious Living; A Practical Guide to Making Peace with Food & Your Body in 2001 and updated it in 2005. I began teaching my “Making Peace with Food & Your Body” approach in 1994 – to individual clients, in groups, workshops, women’s expos, holistic centers, college campuses and professional conferences including:
- Psychotherapy Networker Symposium
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
I have been featured on radio and cable television programs and my articles on the “Making Peace with Food & Your Body” approach have been published in newspapers, magazines and e-zines.