My coaching practice emanates from my long struggle with food, weight and illness and my journey to wellness. For nearly my entire adult life, until ten years ago, I lost and gained hundreds of pounds trying every diet imaginable. With my weight hovering around 240 pounds, my doctor warned me I was dangerously close to needing medication to manage my blood sugar. In desperation, I joined Weight Watchers again. Following my typical pattern, I lost a few pounds in as many weeks and then gained, but this time a wise Weight Watchers leader advised me to ignore the scale for a year and instead make a commitment just to come for meetings.
Thus began a new journey toward health and wellness. I learned to estimate portion sizes and keep track of what I ate. I came to understand the difference between nutrient dense foods and empty calories. Weight Watchers became less my guide than my anchor, as I experimented with rejecting their reliance on low fat, highly processed “snacks” and “treats” while embracing high-quality fats. Gradually my body shape shifted at a rate most people would find laughable and consider a fail, but over the last decade, I shed 65 pounds. More important, by ignoring scale fluctuations, I became attuned to my body’s wisdom instead of to a number on the scale. I came to understand the effects different foods have on my body and psyche, and I discovered I could use a food diary to identify foods which cause digestive distress or inflammation and when I use food to satisfy desire. After years of looking to books and experts for answers, I began to find the answers within myself, and I can help you discover and savor your own wellspring of body and soul wisdom.
As a Psychology of Eating coach, I help clients re-imagine and re-define their struggles with food, eating, body and health through a practice which brings together years of experience as a psychologist with expertise in mind-body principles. A clinical psychologist, mother and grandmother, for twenty years I was the Consulting Psychologist for the Family Center at Bank Street College of Education where I counseled parents and teachers and ran parenting groups and workshops. I am trained in Mind/Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO. I hold a Doctor of Psychology degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, an MBA and BA from New York University, and I am licensed to practice psychology in New York and Massachusetts.
My Logo – the Japanese Kanji for Wisdom
Immediately after completing my training in Boulder, I spent several weeks in Japan. I was struck by the beauty and simplicity of Japanese kanji, but even more by their symbolism - kanji are said to have one or more different “readings”, usually determined from context. So too, with people and their struggles with food and body, context is important in deciding which “reading” is right, how to advance, and what path to travel.