I believe there are no “good” or “ bad” foods, and that a whole-foods approach to eating provides the most opportunity to consume a variety of nutrients and minerals to support physical and psychological well-being. My philosophy around eating aligns with Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating; I believe it is my role to help you connect to your own knowing of yourself on the path of making decisions on what and how much to eat, rather than providing a prescriptive plan for you to follow. I can and do provide plans and structure as needed, with your input and wisdom at the forefront of everything we work on together. I believe that there is no one way of eating for all people, and that what and how much you eat does not determine your worth and value as a human.
My philosophy on mental health closely resembles the biopsychosocial model of therapy - all parts of a person’s life is connected to mental health – physical, social (society, culture), and emotional. All aspects of life are interconnected, thus play a role in psychological well-being. I view emotional health from a holistic frame, and take into consideration the cumulative effect of experiences we have had in our lifetime, when examining and making sense of present-day challenges. Adverse childhood events could be part of examining the past, but it doesn’t have to be – there are many parts of life that at the time do not seem impactful, yet upon closer examination do in fact influence the way we perceive and interact with the world around us.