Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition Therapy with Me

I bet you have a lot of questions about what nutrition therapy for eating disorders is like.

Deciding to come to nutrition therapy is an important step in overcoming eating difficulties and stepping into a friendlier relationship with food and your body. If you haven’t already, check out these links:

  • About Katherine for more information about how I work.
  • Scope of Practice for information about what does and doesn’t happen in nutrition therapy session.
  • Do I need a dietitian? to learn what a registered dietitian is, how we work with eating disorders, and what makes this different from psychotherapy.
  • For Insurance Information, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Specialities

Katherine is skilled at working with most eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, ARFID) and is particularly adept at working with anorexia nervosa. She is able to work with more complex cases involving additional medical or mental health challenges requiring nutrition interventions. In all cases, she helps her clients create structure with their eating routine in a way that meets them where they are while also supporting their personal health goals. She uses a food-first approach, but understands that supplementation may sometimes be necessary. Sessions are informed by CBT, DBT, ACT, parts work, somatic education, Socratic method, mindful inquiry, and Motivational Interviewing. In less severe cases of eating difficulties, such as chronic dieting, Katherine employs the Intuitive Eating model and uses mindful eating strategies.

Approaches

My approach combines aspects of self-care, mind-body integration, and committed action to transform your relationship with food, your body, and ultimately yourself. The goal is to learn how to use your body’s feedback to guide your eating decisions so that figuring out what to eat gets a lot easier.

We start by establishing a workable structure to your eating so that you know that you are eating the right amount for your body and that you are getting your basic nutritional needs met without having to micromanage your diet. We’ll do all this while reducing your anxiety around food and food decisions by creating a felt sense of safety in your body through a better understanding of your nervous system response.

You will then be able to let go of old habits that no longer serve you in exchange for new helpful habits that take the overthinking out of your day-to-day eating. Once your body is safe and consistently nourished, it will be easier to tune into your hunger and fullness cues and use them in a meaningful way.

My approach includes the following orientations:

  • Mechanical eating and meal plans
  • Food-positive, explorative, non-restrictive, non-diet
  • Intuitive eating
  • Mindful eating
  • Embodiment through mind-body therapy practices
  • Learn techniques to regulate your nervous system and create safety
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Health at every size
  • Trauma informed

FREQUENTLY ASKED

Questions

How long is this going to take?

Everybody’s process is different. It depends on where you start, what obstacles you encounter along the way, and your ability to follow through. Ideally, we see each other weekly until you are able to meet our initial goals. For most people, it takes an initial period of three-to-six months before they start sensing a real change. This is just the time it takes for the new habits to fully integrate into your body and feel easy and natural.

After that, we might shorten sessions or meet less frequently. Ultimately, I want you to be totally independent, capable of feeding yourself an adequate, balanced, and varied diet, and engaging in physical activity with minimal stress and discomfort. You are always welcome to come back for a tune-up if life starts to get hairy!

Are you going to weigh me?

Maybe. We’ll talk about it.

Will my insurance cover this?

While I do not contract directly with insurance, I can easily provide you with a superbill that you can submit for reimbursement if you have out-of-network benefits for Medical Nutrition Therapy (CPT codes 9780, 97803, 97804) or Nutritional Counseling (CPT code S9470). You may even have preventive care benefits under the Affordable Care Act. First, you will need a diagnosis from another healthcare provider, like your primary care doctor. You will need to phone your insurance carrier to check your benefits or you can use a handy service like Reimbursify, which will do all the legwork for you and accelerate the claim processing time so you get your money more quickly. If you would like some information on what to say when you call your insurance, schedule a call with me and I can guide you.