Body Trust® is an approach to healing body shame and disordered eating based on the clinical work of Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD. Certified Body Trust Providers and Advocates are multi-disciplinary professionals who have completed a rigorous and intensive training. They are dedicated to speaking on behalf of justice and inclusion. To become certified, Body Trust® providers agree to not promote dieting, specific food philosophies, or promise weight loss.
Are you wondering what it’s like to work with me? I hope the following information will be helpful.
First of all, NO judgment!
I will not be judgmental of your body size, your food behaviors, or your feelings. We all do the best we can with the resources we have at any given time. My purpose is to understand what’s going on with you (especially in relation to food and body feelings), and to help you see the possibilities for different ways of relating to food and your body that can be richly rewarding and satisfying.
Below are the specific descriptions of the services I currently offer. These sessions are conducted either by phone or by video conference via Skype, Zoom, or Facetime, depending on your preference.
Discovery Session (20 minutes, no charge):
This is a brief “get to know you” session that gives you the opportunity to speak with me by phone, so we can decide whether we are a good fit for each other.
Limited Assessment ($60 to include an extended 30-minute Discovery Session)
I offer this service as a companion service to the Discovery Session, as a way for you to get a better sense of how you might benefit from working with me. I will provide you with a couple of very brief questionnaires to complete before the session, then during the Discovery Session I will reveal what your answers tell me about your current relationship with food, and how I can work with you on that relationship (if needed) to help you find more peace, joy, and satisfaction.
Comprehensive Assessment ($150 for 90 minutes):
This session will be devoted to learning many important things about you. Specifically, I’d like to hear about your history with food and your body, and how that is influencing your current feelings about your body and food, and patterns of eating and living.
Since we can’t totally separate food and body feelings and behaviors from everything else in our lives, we’ll also talk about various circumstances in your life right now that impact how you eat and live, and how you feel about your body. Other topics will include your general quality of life and well-being, and how you take care of yourself physically and emotionally in ways that don’t involve food. I have some forms that you can complete beforehand that we’ll use as a framework for some of our discussion.
After gathering all this information from you, I will suggest a plan for how we can work together to help you reach the level of peace and satisfaction you are seeking in your relationship with food and body.
Follow-up sessions ($90 for 45 minutes)
Based on what I learned about you in my Comprehensive Assessment, and what you tell me about where you’d like to go from there, we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty of finding that peace you seek. The number of sessions we need to get to that place of peace will depend a lot on your starting place, and also on your degree of willingness to try new ways of approaching your relationship with food and your body. For someone who is new to practicing the concepts of intuitive eating and body acceptance, probably at least 8 to 10 sessions (including the initial one) will be needed to give you the amount of support that will help you truly feel a lasting peace with food and your body.
Depending on what you need, our sessions may include actual eating practice, to help you learn to focus on the sensations and feelings you experience when eating, and perhaps to help you get more comfortable with foods you may fear.
Guiding Principles for Fat Body Peace:
- In case you would like more information about the principles I follow in helping clients to find peace with food and body, here are some websites you can visit, terms you can explore, and even some books you might want to read.
- Body Trust® (www.benourished.org)
- HAES® (www.sizediversityandhealth.org)
- Competent Eating® (www.ellynsatterinstitute.org)
- Intuitive Eating (book by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, current edition published in 2012)
- Body Respect (both a concept and a book by authors Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor)
- Self Compassion (The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion)