I’ve never talked to anyone about my food struggles. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to seek help weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have strengths that you’ve used before that, for whatever reason, aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem in your relationship with food feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now. It is never a weakness to admit that you need help overcoming a problem; that’s being resourceful and proactive.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A Registered Dietitian can help you approach your situation in a new way- teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Also, Registered Dietitians know the science of foods and do not rely on fad diets or gimmicks. Seeing an RD is seeing a nutrition professional.Furthermore, nutrition therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” You can confidently move in a new direction in your life and heal your relationship with food once and for all.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because the nature of this work is therapeutic, it is very important to be honest with yourself and with your RD. If the main goal is to heal your relationship with food, the important part is to be open with the parts of your relationship with food that are disordered. Upon further exploration, it is then that the relationship with food is healed and you are able to move on past the food and feeding issues that have been holding you back.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say until an assessment is completed. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time nutrition therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek nutrition therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of nutrition therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development. Implementing your meal plan or eating guidelines, food journaling, working through food anxieties, and being honest with your emotions around this are all critical to your success.