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Words to live by…

Words to live by, in 2018 as well!

a Mindful Meal

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A reminder

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Family Eating Breakfast

Not White, Not Rich, and Seeking Therapy: “Even for those with insurance, getting mental healthcare means fighting through phone tag, payment confusion, and even outright discrimination…”

If I can’t see you, I’ll direct you to someone who can. Don’t give up. Therapy works.

 

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How do I get started?

Thanks for your interest! If you are interested in meeting with me to target emotional or binge eating, health concerns, depression or anxiety, stress reduction, or other life challenges, please take the following steps:

  1. Take a look around my website to get a sense of my approach. I’ve worked as a psychotherapist for over 16 years, and have recently made a shift to structured services that emphasize skill-building and psycho-education. I’m a good fit for many clients but also not shy about suggesting a colleague who might be even more helpful.
  2. If you would like to talk further, give me a call at (503) 367-9488. I typically return calls during weekday office hours. Please leave me a message that includes your name, number, and best times to reach you. I find it helpful to know about any scheduling preferences, and if you’d like to use a particular insurance plan. I am an in-network provider with many plans, including BlueCross BlueShield, PacificSource, Aetna, and First Choice Health. Please note that I am no longer accepting new Providence/Optum/United Health or Cigna plan members.
  3. Schedule your intake appointment. This initial session will last about 55-60 minutes and will give us both a chance to meet & confirm that it feels like a good fit. I’ll ask questions about your current concerns, listen to your story, and offer treatment recommendations based upon my mindfulness- based approach.
  4. Complete this new client packet prior to coming in for your intake appointment. If you need me to email it to you, or set it out early in my waiting room to complete prior to our session, just let me know. In addition, please take the self-compassion test and the ACE (adverse childhood experience) quiz; I’ll be interested in your scores and will talk with you about how past experiences (as well as self-compassion and resiliency) can impact well-being. As a side note, please be advised that I do not provide letters for emotional support animals; I’ve been receiving this request increasingly over the past year, and here is why I stick to my therapeutic role and do not engage in such evaluations.
  5. Prepare to engage, experiment, and learn – moving forward together, we’ll discuss (and practice) ways of building awareness, strengthening skills and strategies, and increasing behaviors that are more in line with your goals and values. It’s time to get your life (and health) back – and unhook from the struggle!

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Teaching girls bravery, not perfection

How willing are you to face discomfort and take risks? Or have you learned that “getting it perfect” is the most important?

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Healthy SnackRead this great article reviewing the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program and how it helps with “emotional” or binge eating struggles:

“Traditional techniques for tackling the obesity epidemic often don’t take into account the strong drivers of eating: negative emotions, cravings and impulsivity, particularly in the face of highly palatable food,” says University of California, San Francisco, psychology professor Elissa Epel, PhD, who has collaborated with Kristeller on several research studies using MB-EAT. “Mindfulness training gives us more control over these strong drives and makes us more aware of the triggers of overeating that come from outside of us.”

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Words to live by…

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