A Mindful Approach To Making Peace with Food


Integrative Therapies




Life can be hard, an integrative approach to healing can help.


If you are feeling overwhelmed, over-stressed, and burdened by uncomfortable emotions, you may benefit from working with someone in a integrative therapeutic setting.

I offer a wholistic approach to health and wellness. If you struggle with an emotional attachment to food, struggle with body image, or if you want to become healthy and have no idea where to begin, I can help guide you on your path to a healthy relationship with food and with yourself. Having difficulty managing your weight, or struggling with disordered eating can be stressful and may lead to feelings of depression, loneliness, anxiety and a negative self image. Creating a healthy, balanced life takes time, effort and exploration, I would love to help guide you on your journey to a full, healthy life. In addition to working with those who struggle with disordered eating and body image struggles, I also see those struggling with anxiety, challenging life transitions and PTSD.

Through my unique combination of training and skills, I help others create a healthy, balanced life through self-acceptance, stress management, coping skill development, mindfulness, meditation, EMDR therapy, creative expression and nutrition awareness. I am dedicated to supporting others along their path to optimal health and wellness.

 

EMDR Therapy

 

EMDR therapy has transformed my clinical practice in working with women who struggle with an emotional attachment to food, eating disorders, negative body image, anxiety, somatic pain and PTSD. EMDR allows a reduction in emotional and physical distress, increased self-awareness and a renewed perspective on the present moment. I have been especially inspired by the power of EMDR when women feel a deeper sense of acceptance both internally and externally. This renewed self-acceptance and awareness creates a deeper connection to the core of their being as well as a sense of balance and peace within.


According to EMDR International Association:

"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, and many other mental health conditions.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. 

EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way."

 

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a specialized form of counseling that is an effective way of exploring and expressing feelings, thoughts, experiences and challenges in a deeper way. Art making naturally taps into a deeper level of awareness and can access growth, self-awareness and healing more completely. Participating in art therapy does not require any special artistic skills or abilities and can be beneficial for anyone. As humans we all have the desire to create, to move towards wholeness and healing.

The American Art Therapy Association Definition of Art Therapy:
"Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

Today art therapy is a widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. During individual and/or group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth."

I see individual clients for all of my services in midtown Manhattan. Please call 718-482-7197 for more information.

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