Life’s experiences can escalate and weigh on you, conceal your intentions for a better life, and lead to dissatisfaction. Along the way of life, you are wounded and make stories around that. Those stories are most often erroneous, created by a young, vulnerable part of you that had no resources to help you when the wound occurred. Weight gain and couch potato inactivity creep in and you stop paying attention to your body. You may feel “less than” and out of shape. Poor eating habits only further drag you down. You become uncomfortable in your own skin. Your body image suffers. You feel unfulfilled at the deepest essence of your being.
I believe that inside of you there is a radiant authentic Self, a whole, unbroken essence—and when you seek, find and acknowledge that, you rediscover self-love and serenity that innately dwells within.
Through clarity of what your body needs and being open to discovering the parts of you involved in your relationship with food, along with mindful eating and experience of initiating action, you will find the peaceful place where every day you feel centered in yourself – clear, thoughtful and aware, fulfilled and accepting of who you are. You can live fully and unconditionally, nourishing your body in a healthy way that nourishes your spirit.
You and I partner on this journey. We create a sturdy foundation of hope using your rich history and experience in creating change in your relationship with food along with my expertise in understanding the pulsation of emotions involved in that relationship. As a nutrition therapist, and your partner, I hold the space for you of compassion, connection, clarity, and curiosity in your inquiry. I provide a framework to empower you to find your path, one that allows you to shift in ways that align with your own authentic truth and deep longings. You have unique qualities that can enhance optimal health and wellness. With support, in steady, small steps, you begin to heal and transform your relationship with food.
We have conversation about your needs and from there create a sustainable action plan that is personal to you.
I support you as you connect barriers to change to a toolbox of powerful and effective techniques that lead to successful transformation, as you need. Mindfulness, healing inner dialogue, and a myriad of integrative approaches give you the freedom to blend mind, body, and spirit into your approach.
Through exploration of triggers and unconscious behaviors, you’ll discover the ability to identify deep-seated patterns that do not align with your internal and conscious goals. You’ll discover your personal desires and establish realistic expectations and goals. We work together in the effort, and as awareness grows, the change you seek begins to happen. I believe in your ability to do this!
Initial Consultation: Our first session is a nutrition assessment. This includes some preparation on your part (see forms below). We will review medical history, eating patterns and preferences, ethical values, spiritual practices, and discussing your particular nutrition needs.
It’s deeply and inherently important to prioritize four aspects in your life in this order:
- Joyful movement
- Stress management / mindfulness
You’ll be introduced to the parts of you involved in your relationship with food, including emotional and stress eating. Then we continue to develop relationships with these parts to bring healing energy to them. In doing so, you can experience a shift and transform around food and body. Dependent on your needs, we may touch on food choices your body requires for optimal healing, meal planning, grocery shopping, updating your nutrition knowledge database, reviewing food records, and how to handle eating out. We may check in with your sleep hygiene and joyful movement, chat about anti-inflammatory dietary patterns to heal your body, and list self care techniques to calm your nervous system. We may explore elimination protocols for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other digestive issues. We’ll always end with an action plan. If appropriate for your learning style, you’ll be invited to use the Good Measures app, a state-of-the-art digital platform (available via iPhone, Android, and the Web) to help support you in behavior change related to eating and activity.
Follow-up Sessions: We’ll review your progress based on goals and objectives that feel right to you, update your plan as needed, and brainstorm barriers and resistance to moving forward. Lifestyle events occur, like business travel, vacations, holiday meals, and office party birthday cake and we’ll explore internal reactions to making space for these in your plan. We may review food records and meal plans, revise nutrient intake that reflect weight change, and ideas for making your kitchen friendlier and easier to work in.
For One-On-One Nutrition Counseling:
Please download the forms shown below (except the Digestive Health Questionnaire unless you are specifically seeking digestive health counsel), complete these at home, and bring them with you to our first appointment. This important information about you will help us know where to start.
- Client Agreement and Registration
- Insurance Script (Please note some PCP referrals cannot be backdated.)
- HIPAA release
- Lifestyle Questionnaire
- Digestive Health Questionnaire
Arriving on time offers you a full professional session; arriving late means your session will be shortened to accommodate the needs of others who have appointments following yours. As unplanned issues may arise that lead you to reschedule your appointment, 24 hours notice is needed in advance of your appointment; if less than 24 hours notice, you will be charged a late cancellation fee of $100 for that time scheduled and held just for you. If there is availability in the same week for you to make up the missed appointment, there will be no fee assessed.
We meet at the Center for Integrative Healing, 23 Main Street, 2nd floor, Suite A, Watertown Square, Watertown MA. This is the building next to CVS and accessed either through CVS or the alley between our buildings. There is ample metered parking behind CVS. For your initial appointment, there is a comfortable waiting room for you.
My Massachusetts License is #1630