Eating Psychology Counseling

What is Eating Psychology Coaching?

Eating Psychology Coaching is an exciting and cutting edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns. As an Eating Psychology Coach, my approach is positive and empowering.

I don’t see your eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with you” – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight and health. Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more.

By working on the places that are most relevant for you, success is more easily achieved. As an Eating Psychology Coach, I look to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.

About My Training

I trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s leading school in Nutritional Psychology.

In IPE’s internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful cutting-edge tools and protocols that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others.

My work combines the powerful new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition. The skills I use from this training are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health.

How is My Approach Different?

For far too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings or that we need more control. The majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice.

The result is people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food and a healthy metabolism. In my professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology.

By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement. In my training at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, I’ve learned to help clients reach their highest goals not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish.

What is Dynamic Eating Psychology?

Dynamic Eating Psychology is an important new field originated by Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It’s a positive, empowering and transformational approach that’s designed for anyone who eats. Each of us has a unique, fascinating, and ever changing relationship with food.

Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the primary importance of this relationship. It sees our challenges with eating, weight and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve. Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with clinical eating disorders.

Dynamic Eating Psychology though, is for everyone. It affirms that our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen. And it recognizes that our challenges with eating, weight and health are intimately connected to other primary life dimensions – relationship, family, work, sexuality, our search for meaning and fulfillment, and so much more. Dynamic Eating Psychology is a powerful breakthrough approach.

What is Mind-Body Nutrition?

Mind-Body Nutrition is an exciting and timely new field that advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health.

Originated by Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, it goes far beyond classical nutrition by focusing on the fascinating connections between brain, body, and behavior. Simply put, what we eat is only half of the story of good nutrition.

The other half is who we are as eaters. Mind Body Nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more profoundly influence digestion and calorie burning. And it offers practical and results-oriented strategies for the most commonly seen eating challenges and health issues of our times.

Additional Specializations

I also have training in herbal medicine and aromatherapy, and am well-versed in a number of healing and dietary systems including the raw food diet, Ayurveda, macrobiotics and the Japanese way of eating, the Atkin’s, Zone & Paleo high protein diets, wild food foraging, probiotic fermentation and nutritional supplementation.

Let Go of Dieting

Nonetheless, I advocate that we need to let go of dieting, first and foremost realizing that food must be pleasurable, since our body, mind and soul are nurtured through the joy of eating. This entails that we slow down, breathe deeply and become more attentive to the dining experience, savouring everything that we choose to put into our bodies. The majority of weight problems, digestive complaints and eating disorders such as weight gain, compulsive and binge eating can be effectively addressed through a psychology of eating that pinpoints habits, routines and aspects of our lives and experience that may need close examination and alteration. My approach to food and nutrition is to work closely with my clients to come up with a way of eating that suits their individual tastes, lifestyles and dietary requirements. Using a vast array of expertise and life experience, I gently and skillfully counsel my clients into such problem areas in order instigate new patterns that can alleviate the initial complaint.

Mind Body Sessions Include

First sessions are typically 2 hours. This includes a 30-minute information gathering consultation, followed by a 30-minute tuning fork session in healing room (optional), a 30-minute infrared sauna & vibraphirm break, and then another 30-minute office assessment. Dr. Stothers takes a holistic body mind approach with a focus on initially detecting the root cause of the disorder or symptom through a combination of counseling and healing methods aimed at tapping into the client’s emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

Follow up sessions can include a variety of sound, eating psychology body mind wellness or addiction coaching and treatments that address the causes and symptoms of the client’s health and wellness concerns. The length of sessions and course of treatment may vary depending on the severity and depth of the issues being addressed.

2-hour sessions $ 175

3-month packages: 6 sessions, every other week $ 690

3-month packages: 12 sessions, every week $1,260

Monthly Packages Include

weekly or biweekly one-on-one counseling/sound therapy sessions

follow-up emails and text messaging support

between-session “homework”

in-promptu calls as needed

assessments or debriefings

complementary 20-min. infrared sauna, 10-min. vibraphirm,

high pH/ionized/mineral water (in-house clients only), herbal tea

individual or group recovery exercise classes

vocal, sound healing classes or group sessions

Local (in-house or Skype), National & International (Skype) sessions available.