Eating Disorder Therapists & Registered Dieticians
When most people think of a dietitian, they think of someone who tells them what they should or should not be eating. And while that might true of some dietitians, that’s not the approach we take at Stenzel Clinical. Our goal is to help you figure out what foods make you feel best, and to help you learn to trust your body to communicate what food it needs and enjoys. You are unique, so our treatment varies depending on the challenges you face. If you are suffering today and need eating disorder counseling, call now to speak with a specialist or dietician.
For example, having a dietitian on staff allows us to better treat individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders or avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) by working with them to take steps towards recovery that feels manageable. This might involve planning meals, eating a challenge food together, making plans for approaching food at special events or figuring out how to fit meals around classes, work meetings and other busy lifestyles. It could also involve exploring unhelpful messages that clients have internalized about their bodies, discovering better ways to practice self-care or learning to quiet the mental critic. Along with treatment, we work to debunk the myths surrounding nutrition that are perpetuated in the media that make it harder to increase variety in what we eat.
A dietitian allows for better care not only for those with diagnosable eating disorders, but also for anyone who simply finds food stressful. Whether the stress started because of a busy lifestyle that allows little time for the preparation of healthy foods or because the focus on on eating healthy that has become more demanding than helpful, we can explore the why and how of these feelings and impulses.
In the end, you are the expert of your own body. Our job is to support you in whatever way we can. We are committed to providing a shame-free experience for you no matter what issues you’re facing, and welcome all body sizes and genders. You are unique and so is your eating disorder journey.
Who Can Benefit From An Eating Disorder Therapist?
- People with eating disorders
- People who feel out of control whenever they’re around food
- People who experience stress that makes it hard to eat or causes them to eat more than they would like
- People in early sobriety who want to learn how good eating habits can support the work they’re doing
- Parents who want to help their children develop a healthy relationship with food
- Anyone who wants a better relationship with food or their body
Frequently Asked Questions If You Have An Eating Disorder
1. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
In your first session, you will be asked a variety of questions that will help our dietitian get to know you better. Things such as:
- What your day-to-day life looks like
- What kinds of food you like and dislike
- Whether there are any medical concerns involved
- What your relationship with food has been like throughout your life
2. WILL THERE BE A DIET INVOLVED?
No, our approach does not involve diets as we don’t believe they help. Instead, we help you learn to eat based on internal cues instead of external ones. Sometimes, a loose meal plan is developed if a client wants or needs more structure, but it is intended to be a short-term tool.
3. NO DIET? THEN WHAT WILL WE DO?
We work with you to develop sustainable rhythms that support health. This is a process that is different for each person, but it might include eating a broader variety of foods, eating at more regular intervals throughout the day, incorporating joyful movement into your life or figuring out meals that do a better job of keeping you satisfied.
Whatever your concerns or issues surrounding food might be, we can help. Click here to schedule an appointment.