Courses

Body Image Course

Body Image Course

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My Clients often feel ashamed, self-conscious or anxious about their body. As a result, they may be preoccupied with achieving or maintaining a particular body shape, or avoiding enjoyable activities due to body shame. The body image course helps clients feel more comfortable, confident and connected with their bodies.

Aspects of the Body Image Course are often included in Psychotherapy and Weight Coaching

Topics include

  • Understanding how you view body: What you like and dislike
  • Seeing the environmental and developmental factors that shape your body image
  • Viewing your body and images of yourself with more compassion
  • Visualizing your life after you have learned to accept your body
  • Exploring what other insecurities are hidden by body image obsession
  • Appreciating all that your body can help you do and experience and learn about yourself
  • Learning how to respect, honor, trust and take care of your body
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Mindful Eating Course

Mindful Eating Course

The Mindful Eating course consists of three sessions that each include an interactive slide presentation. You may take this course with friends to reduce the cost per person.

Topics include:

  • Getting more Joy from every bite using Mindful Eating
  • Fullness, Satiety and Satisfaction from Food
  • Hunger: Physiological Hunger vs. Hunger Imposters
  • Identifying Conditioned Patterns around Eating
  • Self-Care when Eating in social situations
  • Paying Attention to Emotions and Body Sensations
  • Self-soothing without food
  • Self-Compassion for Slips
  • Changing your State of Mind to Make Better Choices
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A bowl of salad with crackers and an apple.
A close up of some pastries on a table

Mindless Eating

We live in a time and place where food is always available, and portions are often excessive. Mindless eating means the needs and sensations of our body are not the primary considerations in determining when and how much to eat, and thus we tend to consume more calories than needed. Mindless eating can often involve ‘eating in a trance’ which is the core of binge eating and compulsive eating patterns.

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is paying attention moment by moment to all the sensations of eating without distraction or judgement. It focuses on sensations produced whenever food is in your mouth, such as tastes, textures, sounds, and the pleasure these create. It registers your body's appetite signals before, during and after each bite—how empty your stomach is and how much nourishment your body needs. Mindful eating teaches us how to notice and adhere to our body’s signals of “enough fuel” and to avoid the discomfort of an overly-full stomach. Mindful eating is a goal in and of itself, with the benefits of a deeper and more peaceful connection with food and with your body.

Though not designed as a weight-loss program, mindful eating has helped me, and many clients lose weight as because it prevents overeating and binge eating.

Eating-Related DBT Skills Course

Eating-Related DBT Skills Course

What is DBT?

 

DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a treatment that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Eastern philosophies and emphasizes the development of mindfulness with non-judgmental acceptance. DBT teaches more than 40 concrete skills and strategies that increases self-awareness and improves your ability to soothe yourself, tolerate distress and cope effectively with emotions. With DBT skills, you can avoid unwanted or harmful behavior including binge eating, emotional overeating, addictive eating, and/or purging.

Individual DBT Skills Education and Coaching

 

For many years, I have taught DBT Skills in both group settings and private individualized settings. I have observed that Individualized DBT Education and Coaching is extremely effective because I can choose skills that are relevant to my client’s current situation and can teach them how to apply the skill immediately during the week between sessions. This enables my clients to practice and remember each skill better than when following a group curriculum.

DBT Skills coaching can be part of broader Psychotherapy or Weight Coaching with me.

I can also coach you in Eating-Related DBT skills as an adjunct to your current therapy if that professional is not an expert in DBT or eating issues.

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Body Image Course

A white flower floating on top of water.

My Clients often feel ashamed, self-conscious or anxious about their body. As a result, they may be preoccupied with achieving or maintaining a particular body shape, or avoiding enjoyable activities due to body shame. The body image course helps clients feel more comfortable, confident and connected with their bodies.

Aspects of the Body Image Course are often included in Psychotherapy and Weight Coaching

Topics include

  • Understanding how you view body: What you like and dislike
  • Seeing the environmental and developmental factors that shape your body image
  • Viewing your body and images of yourself with more compassion
  • Visualizing your life after you have learned to accept your body
  • Exploring what other insecurities are hidden by body image obsession
  • Appreciating all that your body can help you do and experience and learn about yourself
  • Learning how to respect, honor, trust and take care of your body
A butterfly sitting on top of a colorful leaf.

Mindful Eating Course

Mindful eating is part of mindfulness—observing and accepting sensations, thoughts and feelings in the present moment.

Mindless Eating

We live in a time and place where food is always available, and portions are often excessive. Mindless eating means the needs and sensations of our body are not the primary considerations in determining when and how much to eat, and thus we tend to consume more calories than needed. Mindless eating can often involve ‘eating in a trance’ which is the core of binge eating and compulsive eating patterns.

A bowl of cereal with berries and bananas.
A bowl of salad with crackers and an apple.
A close up of some pastries on a table

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is paying attention moment by moment to all the sensations of eating without distraction or judgement. It focuses on sensations produced whenever food is in your mouth, such as tastes, textures, sounds, and the pleasure these create. It registers your body's appetite signals before, during and after each bite—how empty your stomach is and how much nourishment your body needs. Mindful eating teaches us how to notice and adhere to our body’s signals of “enough fuel” and to avoid the discomfort of an overly-full stomach. Mindful eating is a goal in and of itself, with the benefits of a deeper and more peaceful connection with food and with your body.

Though not designed as a weight-loss program, mindful eating has helped me, and many clients lose weight as because it prevents overeating and binge eating.

The Mindful Eating group is a ten-session course with the following topics:

  • What is Mindful Eating and how does it relate to Joy
  • Hunger: What is it and Physical versus Emotional Hunger?
  • Emotions and Body Sensations
  • Identifying Conditioned Patterns around Eating
  • Fullness, Satiety and Satisfaction from Food
  • Self-Compassion for Slips
  • Self-soothing without food
A bowl of soup on top of a table.

Eating-Related DBT Skills Course

What is DBT?

DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a treatment that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Eastern philosophies and emphasizes the development of mindfulness with non-judgmental acceptance. DBT teaches more than 40 concrete skills and strategies that increases self-awareness and improves your ability to soothe yourself, tolerate distress and cope effectively with emotions. With DBT skills, you can avoid unwanted or harmful behavior including binge eating, emotional overeating, addictive eating, and/or purging.

For many years, I have taught DBT Skills in both group settings and private individualized settings. I have observed that Individualized DBT Education and Coaching is extremely effective because I can choose skills that are relevant to my client’s current situation and can teach them how to apply the skill immediately during the week between sessions. This enables my clients to practice and remember each skill better than when following a group curriculum.

DBT Skills coaching can be part of broader Psychotherapy or Weight Coaching with me.

I can also coach you in Eating-Related DBT skills as an adjunct to your current therapy if that professional is not an expert in DBT or eating issues.

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Individual DBT Skills Education and Coaching

If a group setting is inconvenient or uncomfortable for you (or during times in the year when I don't have a group running), I teach and coach DBT skills in private personal sessions.

I can also coach DBT as an adjunct to your current therapy, if that professional is not a DBT expert.