Before you go any further, you need to know I align with the Health At Every Size framework and believe all bodies are good bodies regardless of shape/size/ability. I am fully anti-diet and pro-liberation.
There are quite a few people you could see for eating disorder therapy in Ann Arbor, so why work with me? It’s pretty simple:
Recovered from an eating disorder myself, I get it.
Your eating disorder is not your fault and wanting to hold on to it while also wanting freedom doesn’t make you weak…neither does being scared of recovery.
You’re terrified. You want life without constantly thinking about food–where to get it, how to avoid it, where to hide it, how to get rid of it. You want to move your body without worrying about calories or trying to figure out when it will finally be enough. You want to stop hiding so much. And yet, this eating disorder has been your constant, your friend, your savior. I know that feeling.
You want to lose weight….and you feel ashamed about it.
Of course you want that–that’s what the world wants you to believe is the key to your happiness! I honor your right and ability to make decisions about and for your body. And I will never encourage you to diet or avoid certain foods (unless there’s an allergy or other medical necessity) because diets don’t work (I can offer you lots of scientific literature about this) and because manipulating your food and trying to change your body is what got you here. Most of my clients struggle with their bodies, most have a desire to change their body in one way or another. No shame. Come as you are, all of you, desires and struggles and fears and hopes!
I am a weight inclusive 117% Health At Every Size therapist.
I am passionately furious with the way diet culture has taught us to equate a certain body size and shape with beauty, lovability, and worthiness. Many therapists will talk about being “weight neutral” but I choose “weight inclusive” because neutrality breeds oppression and privilege. My practice is inclusive of ALL bodies, recognizing the individual circumstances and interplay between power and privilege that impact your ability to feel safe within your body.
You can rid yourself of your obsession with food, weight, body, exercise. Forever. I can tell you right now that it’s not a “12-week plan to regain your life.” It might take awhile…because it’s going to center gentleness and give power to your autonomy. I don’t tell people what to do, how to think, or what they’re doing right/wrong. I don’t believe in a world like that.
Dealing with your eating disorder is a big deal and things might feel worse before they feel better, but if you are ready to take a step toward yourself, therapy will give you your life back.
Some of our tasks for eating disorder therapy may include…
…working toward the reduction and elimination of eating disorder and obsessive exercise behaviors…in time.
…learning how to listen to your body when it’s communicating to you
…practicing giving your body what it needs (food, rest, water, touch, connection, etc)
…shifting away from a mechanistic way of thinking about/relating to your body towards companionship–we will aim to do things with and for your body and soul rather than doing things to and on your body
…healing the body-hatred you inherited from diet-culture
…developing a list of values outside of your eating disorder.
…learning how to ask for support and determining what does/doesn’t feel helpful
…developing insight into disordered thinking, attitudes, and behaviors; the underlying causes of their eating or exercise disorder; and their destructive patterns.
…understanding the connections between food/body beliefs and your emotions
…practicing naming and experiencing your feelings and saying “no”
…disconnecting your weight from your worth
…learning about ways diet-culture has lied to you…and getting mad about it