Treatment for eating disorders is highly specialized, as they are chronic conditions that arise out of the combination of nutritional, body image, genetic, sociological, and psychological factors. Therefore it is important for patients to seek treatment with nutrition therapists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists specializing in eating disorders.
Jeannie works with patients of all ages, from childhood to late adulthood, including:
- 1-on-1 and family sessions
- Phone and FaceTime sessions
- Therapeutic meals groups
- Monthly eating disorders support group
In individual sessions, Jeannie’s style of nutrition therapy begins with answering to the patients’ needs, and a fusion of nutrition education, behavioral, and intensive body image work. At the beginning of treatment she encourages following a therapeutic meal plan designed for recovery from eating disorders. This plan is designed by Jeannie and you as a team, the structure built from your current positive eating habits and balancing in foods that need to be included for your body to heal, replenish and recover. Eventually you can evolve to intuitive eating.
Mindful eating is also supported by Jeannie in practical sessions in the office or restaurant settings, as appropriate. Developing skills in mindful eating is particularly helpful for those who overeat, binge, or respond to food in unhealthy ways.
Jeannie also encourages food journaling, as it often greatly helps to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.
If you have an eating disorder, you have to change the ways that you eat and the ways that you think. Most people with eating disorders have distorted thoughts about eating, food, nutrition and body image. Jeannie will challenge and debunk disordered thoughts and assist in correcting these thoughts with an undercurrent of persistent CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), in which the recovering person changes their cognition/thoughts in order to change the disordered behaviors into health-promoting thoughts and behaviors. As any recovered person will tell you, it is exhilarating to become unburdened of their eating disorder’s nagging thoughts and damaging behaviors. Nothing beats the feeling of freedom from food and body issues after having been imprisoned by them, according to your unique experience.
An important healing aspect of Jeannie’s treatment style includes the Eastern philosophies of Yoga. She will encourage you to travel through treatment with an open mind and heart, emphasizing meditation/MBSR*, contemplation and liberation from the ties that (formerly) bind you to eating disorders and addictions.
Jeannie will also guides you to physical fitness, whether it be through asana (the physical practice of yoga), Pilates, dance, or any mix of aerobic/anaerobic movement that you connect with. Conversely, she will gently guide compulsive exercisers to descend from their physically harmful routines to more moderate, health-enhancing programs for a strong and healthy body.
If you are vegetarian, you will find that Jeannie will support your choice. If you are vegan, and your reasons for being so are ethical and compassionate, she will fully support this too. Many in the field of eating disorders believe you can’t remain vegan and recover, but there are so many great food choices out there, you absolutely can enjoy an optimally nutritious vegan diet that includes all food groups. If your choices for being vegan are rooted from the eating disorder, then changes will need to be made, and with Jeannie’s support and guidance, you will select those foods that are needed to balance your nutritional intake.
You need to eat to recover from an eating disorder.
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*What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program based on the practice of mindfulness. The key to mindfulness is a non-judgmental awareness that enables you to respond with greater clarity, stability and understanding to life’s stressors, rather than reacting in unhealthy ways.
MBSR is an evidence-based treatment modality, relates neuroplasticity to stress reduction, and incorporates moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and body sensations in order to facilitate cognitive restructuring.
When you work with Jeannie, you will find that MBSR is woven into the “fusion” of our work together, mentioned above.