Frequently Asked Questions
What is a recovery coach?
- A recovery coach is someone who supports people in recovery from a behavior that you want to practice reducing and/or eliminate. Sometimes a coach will have lived experience and sometimes they don’t.
- I focus on supporting others to heal their relationship with food and body. This includes eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, binge eating, compulsive eating, overeating, "food addiction", embodiment and/or body image.
How is coaching different than therapy?
- Coaches support your recovery and do not diagnose or treat.
- Coaches support you in recovery with mental health challenges, and can refer you to other providers when needed.
- Coaches have the ability to share more of their lived experience as necessary when helpful for the people they support.
- Coaches can meet with people in many different locations, such as, their home, restaurants, grocery stores, work, school, etc. Virtual appointments are possible with coaching, nationally and internationally.
What can you help me with?
- Building the resiliency it takes to recover from an eating disorder, disordered eating, and diet culture.
- Learning how to manage your mental health (anxiety and depression) while you recover.
- Learning how to eat regularly - meal planning.
- Learning how to eat enough food regularly.
- Education on how eating disorders are brain based disorders, not just a result of bad parenting or societal pressures.
- Learning how to be in your body again.
- Building self-compassion
- Building self-care
- Education on the Body Trust® Wellness approach to recovery
- Education on Health at Every Size® approach
- Building resiliency to living with weight stigma
- Managing the eating disorder voice that doesn't want you to recover
How often will we meet?
- This answer varies. It depends on how often you want support. It could be three times a week or once a week. Virtually or in-person. If you are interested in extended in home support, let’s talk more about a custom plan for you!
How do I pick the right coach for me?
- This is a really personal decision. I suggest picking the person that you click the most with when you talk to them. Making sure you have similar values is important in building the trust you need to work with a coach.
Do you work virtually?
- Yes! My online scheduler adjusts to your time zone, so it keeps scheduling easy. I know there are many places in the world that accessing anyone familiar with eating disorder recovery can be very challenging!
Where can I see you in-person?
- I have offices in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
- For extended in home support, I am willing to travel to where you are.
Are you able to coach people internationally?
- Yes! I’m happy to support people outside of the US! We can use my Zoom video conference with access to internet or a phone.
Do you work with people with eating disorders?
- Yes, I work with people diagnosed with eating disorders!
What if I already see a therapist, dietitian, and/or a doctor?
- Great! I’m happy to be a complementary puzzle piece in your treatment team!
- You can pay monthly or per session. My rate is $100 per hour. Sessions do last one full hour.
- I do offer a sliding scale rate of $60 to $100. I do not ask for income verification or an explanation. I just ask that you consider the access to resources that you have and be realistic. I trust that if you need the sliding scale rate that you will use it.
- Capitalism sucks. I do reserve a few slots for people who $60 per session is inaccessible. Please contact me to see if I have openings or to be added to the waiting list.
Do you take insurance?
- No. Coaching is not yet a service that is supported through insurance.
What is meal support?
- Learning new ways of being and interacting with food can be really, super hard. I can eat with you in-person or virtually as a way to support your recovery. Having someone there with you can make a positive impact on your ability to feed yourself.
Will I be able to text and/or email you as part of coaching?
- Yes. I offer texting and email support between sessions.
What about confidentiality?
- I am absolutely about the utmost confidentiality. Everything you say stays between me and you. I will never give your information out to a third party.
What eating disorder are you in recovery from?
- I am in recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive exercise, binge eating disorder, and orthorexia. Yea. . .it was complicated. And this is common. Also known as - Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.
- I am also in recovery from alcohol and marijuana use. I attended Alcoholic Anonymous for 12.5 years.
What if I'm lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, genderfluid, or genderflux?
- Fabulous! I came out when I was 21 and identified as a lesbian for a long time. For several years, I have identified as queer, because I feel it encompasses my sexuality the best. I've also spent time questioning my gender identity. Non-binary seems to fit the best for me. I welcome everyone who is a part of the LGBTQQI+ spectrum!
Are you familiar with different relationship styles?
- Yes. I am familiar with non-monogamy and polyamory. I will not bat an eye at how you choose to be in relationship.
What are your qualifications?
- Bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Cleveland State University.
- 2+ years graduate school for East Asian medicine and Chinese herbalism at National University of Natural Medicine.
- Certified Body Trust® Advocate through Be Nourished in Portland, Or.
- Completed 72 of 80 hours towards becoming a Peer Wellness Specialist.