Binge Eating Therapy Eating Disorder Therapy "Embodied Expressions Therapy" "EmEx Therapy" "Sahra Riccardi"

Relationships

Feeling out of control 

with food.

Disordered eating can take many forms.  Our society unfortunately tends to associate eating disorders with bodies that are thin-and usually female.  This means that people who are struggling often don't get help.   Any person in any body shape can experience difficult relationships with food that can take over their lives. 

 

If you have experienced: 

  • developing a secret life around food

  • eating in private, or before attending social events

  • making attempts to hide foods you have eaten

  • fear of eating in front of others or changing the foods you eat in social settings 

  • frequently eat past the point of fullness, causing discomfort or shame

  • "binge" episodes where you eat large amounts of food in a short period

  • labeling foods as "good" or "bad" and feel "good" or "bad" about yourself based on eating these foods

  • feeling like you can't stop eating or "numb out" while eating

  • obsessive thoughts about food

  • feeling compelled to "work off" foods, punishing yourself with exercise or restriction

  • self-abusive thoughts related to food or body (harsh inner critic) 

  • feeling anxious around certain foods

  • serial dieting or "yo-yo" dieting

  • intentional weight gain as a way to avoid physical contact or sexual interest from others

  • throwing away or tampering with foods to prevent yourself from eating them

  • emotional eating or using food as a way to cope with difficult emotions 

 

relief is possible.  A more balanced relationship with food is possible.  A life not centered around food is possible.   

I believe in the body’s ability to heal and love helping my clients connect to their bodies in a safe, self-led way.  My approach enables individuals to develop increased self-compassion, pleasure-seeking, and balance.  I operate using principles from the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) approach and provide a  supportive environment for learning to trust your body, developing skills for intuitive eating, joyful movement, and being real with yourself about behaviors around food.  

 

Together we can help you learn to listen to your body, without feeling out of control. 

Difficult feelings about the body.

Body Image issues rob us of joy and prevent us from leading the lives we want to live.

I help people who want to feel better in their bodies, but don’t know how.  

If you are experiencing: 

  • avoidance of pleasurable activities (pool, beach, physical activities) due to discomfort with your body

  • avoidance of dating or physical intimacy due to concerns about your body

  • unfulfilling sexual experiences due to focusing on your body's appearance rather than pleasure

  • constantly thinking your life would be better if your body was different

  • avoidance of medical care for fear of being shamed about your body

  • self-hate, self-loathing, or self-abusive thoughts related to your body

relief is possible.  If you are stuck in "I'll be happy when..." thinking about your weight or physical appearance, consider how much happiness you have been missing in the meantime. 

 

I believe we are all worthy of pleasure and acceptance.  My approach enables individuals to develop skills for self-compassion, reduce internalized body stigma, and to explore concepts related to pleasure-seeking and joyful movement. 

What changes could happen in your life if you felt more comfortable in your own skin? 

11_edited_edited.jpg
Umber%20Experimental%20Art%20Deco%20Beau

Questions?