CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Ph.D. in Social Psychology Expertise: Mindful Eating Psychologist, Weight Watchers International for 9 years Clinical Professor at Langley Porter Psychiatric Board Member, The Center for Mindful Eating Director: Mindful Eating Teacher Training
Board Certified: No – there is no required certification for my specialty
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 20+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Psychologist, Weight Watchers International for 9 years (retired) Clinical Professor at Langlet Porter Psychiatric Board Memeber, The Center for Mindful Eating Director: Mindful Eating Teacher Training Author: The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems Author of numerous articles on Mindful Eating
I work with individuals, groups and families from a mindful meditation perspective. Clients experience and practice various forms of meditation (from ancient to modern) that focus on both food for the body and more importantly, food for the heart. My services focus on insight into the nature of craving and how to release from its destructive forms.
Yes I believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder and I define recovery as:
1. Significant increase in a minimum of 10 mindful eating skills that reduce reactive/autopilot.emotional eating patterns; kindness practices for one’s body; 2.Eating based on satiety cues with a focus on quality not quantity; 3. Engaging in mindful eating practices in a variety of setting (stress, restaurants, parties, work, when alone and/or with family, friends, etc. 4. Knowing ways to mindfully relate to relapse; 5. Committed to daily “food for the heart” practices; 6. Enjoying food rather than using it as punishment
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors, Other-Must be 18 or Older
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Binge Eating, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight.
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Support Groups, Other-My approach is education clients in mindful eating – learning how to manage and regulate appetite, learning how to relate to feelings of emptiness, etc., through mindfulness of the breath, body, feelings, thoughts, loving kindness and compassion.