As a Registered Dietitian, I've worked in all levels of care for individuals struggling with all types of eating disorders. Because of this experience, I’m aware that people are at different stages of recovery and are looking for individualized support that meets you where you are at. Therefore, I offer a variety of services tailored to support your ongoing recovery, such as:
Nutrition education to develop a deeper understanding of your body’s physiology and nutrition needs
Menu planning and grocery shopping
Cooking together in your home
Eating meals and snacks together at your home, my office, or in a restaurant environment
Challenging food fears through education and exposure therapy
Exploring strategies to help you replace disordered behaviors with new self-care behaviors
Outpatient Nutrition Counseling In outpatient nutrition counseling, individuals participate in weekly office visits (or as frequently as needed) to receive education and nutrition therapy. This offers you the opportunity to “practice” your nutrition plan on your own in your everyday routine. Everything that is discussed in the sessions is designed to help you become more comfortable using your meal plan as a daily guide to nourish your body.
In addition to nutrition counseling, it is expected that an individual being treated for an eating disorder forms an outpatient treatment team that collaborates with the dietitian. This team includes a psychotherapist, a medical doctor, and a psychiatrist and may include other eating disorder specialists who are providing group, couples, or family psychotherapy. If this team isn’t in place, I can help you form your outpatient team. It is expected that individuals being treated in outpatient level of care are:
Medically stable and have no need for daily medical monitoring
Psychiatrically stable and able to function in everyday social, educational, or work settings
Making progress with the meal plan, weight restoration/stabilization and recovery
Healthy enough to be unsupervised most of the time
I'm very sensitive to ensuring that my clients receive safe and effective treatment at an appropriate level of care that meets you nutrition needs and stage in recovery. Therefore, please note that if after the initial nutrition assessment I determine that outpatient treatment is not appropriate for helping you improve your nutrition at this time, I will offer a referral to ensure your treatment and recovery process is safe and effective.