FAQ FOR CLIENTS FOCUSED ON EATING DISORDER RECOVERY
Q. Why do you want me to work with a registered dietitian?
A. I highly recommend collaborating with a registered dietitian (RD) as part of the treatment team. Relearning how to fuel your body is an integral part of eating disorder recovery. RDs are experts in nutrition and can provide specialized guidance tailored to the unique needs of individuals in eating disorder recovery. The combination of therapeutic support and nutritional expertise ensures a comprehensive approach to your well-being.
Q. What if I'm a vegan?
A. I welcome clients who follow a vegan lifestyle. My approach is non-judgmental, and I'm here to support you in your journey towards recovery while respecting your values and choices. Whether you wish to continue being vegan throughout recovery or explore the possibility of incorporating non-vegan options, we can navigate these decisions together. I will encourage you to explore your “why” around veganism, to ensure that your reasons are aligned with your value system and not your eating disorder. I will encourage you to work with an RD who is well versed in vegan lifestyles to help ensure you are getting your nutritional needs met.
Q. What if I want to transition away from veganism?
A. I also support clients who may be considering a shift away from veganism as a part of their recovery. This process is approached with sensitivity and understanding. I recognize this shift may feel hard for you, if you have been practicing a vegan lifestyle for some time. Working with an RD will also be beneficial to help support this transition.
Q. Are there situations where dietary shifts may be necessary during treatment?
A. In some specific circumstances, treatment goals may require careful consideration of dietary adjustments. If this is recommended by your medical team or your RD we will need to adhere to these recommendations. I will always prioritize your health. In these circumstance I will work closely with you to find a balance that aligns with your values and supports your recovery. We can explore alternative ways to support your values, even if you need to temporarily shift your dietary patterns.
Q. What does it mean that you are weight-inclusive?
A. Being weight-inclusive means that I approach each individual with respect and dignity, recognizing that body weight is not a determinant of one's worth or sole indicator of their health. I prioritize creating a supportive and non-judgmental space for clients of all body sizes. I focus on promoting overall well-being, mental health, and self-care. This approach is essential for fostering a positive therapeutic environment that respects and values the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
Q. How do you practice body neutrality?
A. Body neutrality is an approach that encourages individuals to shift their focus away from appearance and external judgments. Instead, the emphasis is on cultivating a neutral and accepting relationship with one's body, acknowledging it for its functionality and the experiences it allows. In practice, this involves fostering a mindset that values what the body can do rather than how it looks. As part of our work together, we will explore strategies and perspectives that promote body neutrality, helping you develop a more balanced and compassionate relationship with your body, free from harsh judgments and unrealistic standards.