I am a somatic psychotherapist (soma = body in Greek) and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Individuals who are likely to benefit from my approach are those who wish to increase insight, create an affirming relationship to the body, develop skills for managing emotions, and transform old patterns or behaviors that are no longer serving them. I work both individually or in conjunction with a primary therapist.
Early in my career, I focused on helping individuals find ease and freedom in the body through traditional “talk” therapy and the expressive arts modalities. I developed the first intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in the nation with Dr. Anita Johnston author of Eating in the Light of the Moon. During the past decade I have increasingly incorporated mindfulness and movement into my treatment approach. More recently, I became trained in Somatic Experiencing™, which works on the principle that trauma happens in the body, that healing trauma is possible, and the body has resources and power to help us overcome overwhelming experiences.
I worked for nine years as the Eating Disorder Coordinator at Duke University. In addition to overseeing a clinical team I provided supervision, facilitated workshops, and provided academic training to a wide-range of professionals.
I currently serve as a faculty member at the NC Center for Resiliency and have co-developed a professional training program called Embodied Recovery for providers interested in the intersection between trauma, attachment, and eating – specifically, how the body can serve as a resource in eating disorder treatment.
I have also been collaborating with researchers over the past 4 years to study the effectiveness of somatic-based modalities in the treatment of disorder eating.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets. I use yoga, dance, nature, music, and mindfulness for my own self-care and firmly believe that self-care is critical for those in the helping profession.