The eating disorder voice. It’s that cruel and convincing critic chiming in - often and relentlessly.
Sometimes it’s louder and other times it’s softer, but it’s omnipresent:
"I should be able to do this. Why can't I do this?!"
“You’ll feel so much better when you lose weight. Remember how happy you were then?”
"Diet starts tomorrow."
"You're not sick enough to ask for help."
"You have to do this on your own. If you ask for help, you're weak."
"You'll never be good / thin / happy / capable enough!"
"Ugh. You're so fat."
"Why don't you have
"Why can't you look more like [fill in the blank]?"
"Just a few more pounds and then you'll be content."
"Losing weight is the answer to [fill in the blank]."
"If my stomach were flatter..."
"I don't have an eating disorder. I know people who look much worse than me."
"I'm so disgusting."
"I can't stop."
"I'm so overwhelmed."
YOU ARE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN AN
...FOR REAL, THOUGH.
Natalie strongly believes in an integrative approach to eating disorder treatment which includes:
cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic, mindfulness & somatic approaches.
Natalie creates an all-inclusive safe space to explore the eating disorder "voice", eating disorder behaviors and the root of the challenges for all bodies, races, genders and abilities.
As someone who has personally struggled with the complexities of an eating disorder, Natalie has an intimate understanding of the struggles one faces when challenging the eating disorder voice and behaviors, though each person's experience is unique.
Please see below for
frequently asked questions.
Each individual varies based on their needs.
Treatment suggestions may change based on the severity of the eating disorder.
eating disorder therapy is unique.
Do you work with a treatment team?
Absolutely! Natalie is happy to collaborate with a treatment team which is already established, or partner with you to build a team that's right for you. It's crucial that you feel safe and supported with your therapist, dietitian and doctor.
With what age groups do you work?
Natalie works with adults, as well as adolescents who are appropriate for outpatient therapy.
Do you practice FBT?
Natalie does not practice FBT, though she does work with parents/families who are supportive of the recovery process.
Do you work with athletes?
Yes. Natalie has years of experience working with collegiate athletes.
What type of therapy do you practice?
Natalie practices from an integrative approach, which means she utilizes various types of modalities. Eating disorders are incredibly complex and Natalie believes they require several approaches, especially considering our uniqueness as humans. She utilizes DBT, CBT, ACT and solution focused therapies (short term, cognitive approaches) to help challenge negative thoughts and the "eating disorder voice", psychodynamic work (root causes, familial context), as well as somatic (body based therapies) and mindfulness. It's been Natalie's experience that pulling in all of these modalities are crucial to the healing and recovery process. Full disclosure - she will NOT push any of these modalities. For example, if mindfulness is not the right fit for you, then no worries - other approaches will be utilized. Furthermore, Natalie does not follow a strict guideline for treatment at the outpatient level - there are no worksheets and there is no specific, strict structure, unless you prefer this type of guidance. Although, she will make suggestions!
What if I'm not sick enough?
Therapy is for everyone. Many people with an eating disorder / disordered eating tell themselves they are not sick enough to seek and ask for help. We all deserve support, including you.