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

  1. Give me a call at (503) 367-9488, for your free phone consultation – we’ll discuss your needs, whether you have an insurance plan you’re hoping to use, and if you have any scheduling preferences. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have as well. I like to “demystify” the therapy process as much as possible. Everyone can benefit from the services of a psychologist, even if it’s simply for a behavioral health or lifestyle “tune-up.” Beginning in Fall 2017, we can conduct this brief contact over a web-based platform, if you’re interested in telehealth services and reside in the states of Oregon or Washington (more coming soon!).
  2. 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- and acceptance-based approach.
  3. Complete this new-client-packet and an insurance verification form (if applicable) 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 ACE (adverse childhood experience) quiz; I’ll be interested in your score and will talk with you briefly about how past experiences might impact current health concerns.
  4. 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!

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

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.”

Words to live by…

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MP900178793“Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans, according to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) report Stress in America™: Coping with Change.”

Further:

“These additional stressors may be affecting Americans’ health. The percentage of people reporting at least one health symptom because of stress rose from 71 percent to 80 percent over five months. A third of Americans have reported specific symptoms such as headaches (34 percent), feeling overwhelmed (33 percent), feeling nervous or anxious (33 percent) or feeling depressed or sad (32 percent)….”

What are your stress management strategies? Is it time to get a tune-up? Check out these resources available courtesy of the APA, or give me a call to schedule a few sessions of stress management “strength-training.”

As I mentioned in a recent past Facebook posting, I’ll be including the ACE’s (“adverse childhood experiences”) quiz in my standard new client packet in the New Year, so we can work together more effectively to identify all of the factors (past and present) that might be impacting your current health concerns. The good news is that with the rise of trauma-informed care, more providers – medical and behavioral health – are utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches to prevent the occurrence of problems that might arise due to a history of trauma, abuse, or neglect, and to more effectively treat any issues if they do emerge. In addition, psychologists are uniquely posed to help individuals build resilience in the face of adversity.

To obtain your ACE’s score and learn more about the ACE’s study, visit this article. I encourage you to share this information with all of your healthcare team members, as appropriate. And I should point out, while the ACE’s quiz is helpful in identifying risk factors, it does not include a review of the various positive experiences (i.e. loving and attentive family members or teachers, supportive role models) that you might have experienced as well, to offset any past negative events.

Finally, remember that it’s never too late to learn how to connect with others and to engage in more skillful, healthy self-care!