An experience in which reality is distorted, bent, to reflect something that is not there; that which does not exist.
This can parallel your experience with your body image, the eating disorder voice, your eating disorder’s false promises, and it is always subjectively experienced.
There is a knowing that is held within attuned eating disorder therapy that allows for intentional connection. This is the foundation of a hopeful therapeutic relationship. Tidal Creek Counseling meets you where you are as we explore your story and create awareness of what keeps your eating disorder around.
Life hands us unexpected things that stir up stress and other emotions. In session we practice creating space for adaptation to learning, implementing new skills, processing progress and setbacks, and ultimately participating in recovery that encourages healing.
Together, one session at a time, we navigate the ebb and flow of recovery towards a life of seeing beyond the eating disorder mirage.
My clients often share a similar story - what may have started as a means of control, independence, or way to cope with emotional waves, resulted in an eating disorder or disordered eating. Sound like you? Here’s the thing… whether you struggle with Binge Eating, Anorexia, Bulimia, Arfid, or OSFED, eating disorders do not start as destructive. Yet quickly, they begin to interrupt life, increase social isolation, anxiety, depression, and medical issues. Good news... You can recover!
We also know that eating disorders seldom walk alone. Tidal Creek Counseling not only works to challenge the eating disorder through therapy, but also helps explore co-occuring disorders such as trauma, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, compulsive exercise, and body image disturbance.
The cost of the initial 90-minute intake is $200 and 50-minute follow-up individual/family sessions are $150. Sliding scale is offered based on financial need - please ask about the sliding scale if paying for therapy may be a barrier to scheduling a session. I am not currently taking insurance, but am happy to provide a Superbill at the time of your session, so that you may seek reimbursement from your insurance company.
Showing up where you're at is what's most important to me. My personality is lively and bouncy and I bring that energy into our sessions. All I ask of you is to show up authentically too. Sometimes that means inviting additional supports or thinking outside of the box to try new skills or a walk and talk in beautiful Nocatee.
If you're so, so tired of the daily battle with that voice telling you to eat more or less, exercise more and more, or compensate for eating, and you're looking for someone to be in your corner as you challenge that voice, I'm your person.
Maine native, Florida transplant. I'm known for having a really, REALLY big laugh. I am loud and loving and wear my heart on my sleeve, both sleeves! My family, consisting of my husband, our three kiddos, pup, and two kitties, love heading down to the beach and paddling on the river.
Education + Credentials
MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Florida)
VP of International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) - Jacksonville Chapter
We'd be a good fit if....
You're never satisfied with how your body looks, even if you've reached your "goal weight".
Your family, friends, or medical providers are sharing their concerns around your eating patterns, exercise habits, or change in weight.
You're looking for continued support around a previously diagnosed eating disorder or disordered eating.
Family Based Therapy (FBT)'s strength is family participation in therapy, which allows healing toward the client’s recovery, including individual work and holistic developmental goals.
FBT is evidenced based and currently the first line treatment for adolescents who are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa or OSFED (Atypical Anorexia Nervosa).
“Enhanced” cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders, or CBT-E, is empirically supported treatment for adults, in which the focus of treatment is primarily surrounding the mechanisms that maintain the disorder in present time, opposed to what started the disorder. This involves exploring the desire for control, negative self-judgments and critical self-
evaluations, social isolation, minimizing other areas of their life.
Join me and learn to surf the waves! As a DBT therapist, I believe in the usefulness of the skills the Dialectical Behavior Therapy model practices. DBT skills offer clients who struggle with Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder effective tools to help identify, change, and tolerate emotions. In practicing Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance, clients have skills to tolerate the urges that lead to binges or purging.