I trained at the Institute for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating (IPE), the world's leading school in Nutritional Psychology where I received my certification as an Eating Behavior and Mind-Body Nutrition Coach. In IPE's internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful cutting-edge tools and protocols that enable me to work with your weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others. My work combines the powerful new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition. The skills I use from this training are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health.
I have more than 25 years of clinical experience, having received my Master's of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1990. My scope of social work practice included: bereavement, hospice, addictions, and geriatrics, as well as non-profit management.
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I was a yo yo dieter, beginning at age 15 when I attended my first official weight loss program. I tried them all. I am five sizes smaller today than at my heaviest and have maintained this weight for many years. Today, I no longer go on and off diets; I don't love or hate myself because of the number on the scale (I actually ditched the scale entirely); I eat foods that are live, nourishing and satisfying; and I've learned to slow down with food and in my life. I believe that meditation and visualization are powerful tools to lower stress and create a focus on where I want my life to be. Today my emphasis is on health, wellness and living fully. I enjoy food and do not fear it. I've even learned to cook! My passions include dance (Nia), yoga, boxing (for fitness), walking in nature, reading, and spending time with friends.