As a coach my focus with you is on the present and your recovery goals. You may discuss your past to give me context and help me to understand patterns you wish to change however I DO NOT diagnose, treat or identify the pathology of your eating disorder. Only a licensed mental health practitioner (your therapist/psychiatrist) can treat and diagnose your eating disorder and any other psychological issues that may also be present.
As your coach I am trained to support you in the “here and now” of your recovery and help you navigate through real-life situations while helping you move towards your recovery goals set by your therapist and/or treatment team. We will also work to reinforce behavior changes as discussed in collaboration with your therapist and/or treatment team.
While traditional therapy session typically last 50-60 minutes in an office setting, as a coach in a support role, our time together can be more flexible as part of the coaching experience is my ability to be available to you during daily, real-life scenarios, for various lengths of time, and outside of traditional “business hours”.
Individual states in the U.S. have different requirements a person must adhere to in order to hold a license as a registered dietitian. Specifically in Texas, an RD must hold at least a bachelor’s degree with focused nutritional academic coursework, complete a minimum of 1200 supervision practice hours at an accredited facility, and passage of a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
As your coach I am trained to help you to build a better relationship with food and meet your nutritional goals set forth by your RD. This support can evolve into many areas such as:
- Eat in real time with you (snacks and/or meals)
- Help you in the moment to challenge food fears and food rules and rituals
- Grocery shop with you to purchase foods on your meal plan
- Grocery shop with you to purchase new and/or challenging foods
- Grocery shop with you to help break habit or rituals such as reading labels or judging food
- Help you prepare or cook a meal
- Help you stock/organize your pantry/fridge
As your coach, I DO NOT recommend or prescribe specific meal plans or provide guidance regarding what or how much to eat in a treatment-like way.
An easy way to remember a coach’s scope of practice is a coach focuses on the “here and now”. For example, I can:
- Help you combat your eating disorder voice when you sit down to have your snack today;
- Help you participate in a social event without using eating disorder behaviors;
- Help you to have a successful experience, right now.
Other various services that are within a coach’s scope of practice include:
- Supporting you through meals, shopping trips, and other outings.
- Help you deal with eating disorder thoughts and behaviors during challenging situations.
- Help you to strengthen your healthy self so you are better equipped to fight back against your eating disorder self.
- Suggest you obtain advice from a licensed clinician or physician if you are seeking a diagnosis or treatment for a physical or mental health issue.
- Refer you to a registered dietitian for nutrition advice or meal plans.
- Deal with your current thoughts and behaviors when it comes to recovery rather than trying to resolve underlying issues or larger psychological problems.
Being trained through the Carolyn Costin Institute (CCI) has prepared me to work as an adjunct to a client’s treatment team in order to implement and integrate behavior changes necessary in their daily lives to reach and sustain recovery. My work with clients is focused on the “here and now” of present thoughts and behaviors in real-life scenarios that are often difficult and challenging for someone struggling with an eating disorder to face. Performing exposure and response prevention work with clients allows you more time to work with the client on underlying, larger psychological issues and/or specific nutritional related goals that are not within my scope of practice.
Having had and recovered from my own eating disorder, I also offer a peer perspective of having “been there” and understanding the complexities a client faces both while suffering and recovering from an eating disorder. CCI has also trained me how to share and use my personal experience in safe and healthy way so that I may be a role model and source of hope and inspiration that recovery is possible.
No. I work with clients who are 18 years and older. I can, however, refer you to other CCI coaches who do work with children and adolescents.
In-person sessions can take place within 20 miles Fort Worth, Texas. (Standard government mileage rate will be charged outside of Fort Worth proper. Mileage can be waived if you would like to drive to Fort Worth) I also provide virtual services via phone or HIPPA compliant videoconferencing anywhere in the U.S.A.)
This depends on the client and how much support they feel they would like and where they are in their recovery journey. Some need more/less at various stages but one thing I have found to be true is consistency is key. A good baseline is to meet at least once per week to review goals, set/achieve challenges, review and celebrate milestones and accomplishments. Each client’s program will be tailored to meet their specific needs and challenges.
It depends on where you are in your recovery. If you are actively struggling in your eating disorder or experiencing other mental health or physical health concerns, I may require that you meet with a therapist, registered dietitian, and/or physician to be cleared for us to work together with their support. If you currently do not have any of these members on your team, I will be happy to provide you with referrals to help coordinate getting you additional help.
If you are pretty far into recovery or possibly just feel that you want to overcome or challenge a few lingering beliefs that are holding you back, we can discuss this in our initial consultation and move forward from there. My default will most likely be that you have at least a therapist or dietitian in your repertoire of healthcare professionals that I can coordinate with.
My baseline fee is $75 per hour. The length of each session will depend on what activity we have planned. Please see my Rates page.