In my work, I feel called to help improve relationships with food and body. Please take a look at my About page to find out more about my background and qualifications. My services include Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Writing, Speaking/Consulting, and Supervision for Dietitians/Nutritionists.

Individual Counseling

There is so much conflicting information about nutrition. I work with my clients to sort through it all and to use their own inner wisdom to develop a style of eating that works for their unique body and lifestyle. Though trained in nutrition science and psychology, I have a holistic view of nutrition, the body, and my clients. I use mindfulness-based training, concepts of intuitive eating, and elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation/yoga therpeutics when these seem right for a particular client. I use the therapeutic frameworks of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Health-at-Every-Size (HAES) in my work and encourage embodied eating and living. 

I refer to and consult with psychotherapists, family therapists, medical doctors, naturopaths, psychiatrists, body workers, yoga therapists, and personal trainers because I believe that teams of helping professionals can best support the work of many of my clients. This is particularly the case for those who use food (eating or restricting it) as a way to cope with challenging emotions.

I work with adolescents, adults, parents, and children -- both individually and together. In addition to the treatment of disordered eating, I also counsel clients with concerns about compulsive eating, changes in weight and food habits, food allergies and sensitivities, nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding, feeding children well, and nutrition for general health and wellness. I believe in weight-inclusive wellness and diet culture liberation. I believe that all races, genders, and body types are welcome and worthy of acceptance and love. 

I bill and/or contract with most major health insurance plans, so most or all of your nutrition therapy visits may be covered by your health insurance. I am contracted with Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim insurance, and I can bill Blue Cross PPO plans as an out-of-network provider. Cigna and Aetna are other insurance plans that have covered my work. I always encourage my clients to investigate whether their particular insurance plan covers our visits before we start. All plans are different and sometimes employers put restrictions on what is covered. I will review this, as well as my sliding scale fee for those who choose to pay out-of-pocket, when we connect over the phone.

If you think that I might be a good fit for you and your nutritional concerns, then give me a call at 617-877-2202 to set up a consultation. Send me an email at heidi@anourishingword.com if you have further questions.

Group Counseling

It can be hard to embrace a more mindful, intuitive, non-prescriptive way of eating. Even those of us who have left eating disorders and fad diets behind need support around trusting our bodies' wisdom and eating well. I have created and now offer the No Diet Book Clubs, small therapeutic groups reading books together about improving relationships with food, body, and self.  These run currently on alternate Monday evenings and alternate Saturdays, running in the Fall/Winter and the Winter/Spring, with less frequent drop-in groups in the Summer. These groups become little recovery support communities and an inspiring place of healing that I feel so honored to facilitate. Please contact me at 617-877-2202 for more information or to enroll.

Writing

I am the author of Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self, available here on my website, as well as through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I am passionate about my work and enjoy writing about the ten steps outlined in my book, intuitive and mindful eating, conscious movement, self-care, and health-at-every-size (HAES). I would be delighted to talk with you about writing articles for print or on-line publication on these and related topics. Some nourishing nuggets of wisdom can be found at my blog, A Nourishing Word.  See a sampling of my articles and media appearances here. If you are interested in featuring my writing, please contact me at 617-877-2202 or at heidi@anourishingword.com.

 

Supervision for Dietitians and Nutritionists

One of the most rewarding of my professional activities is providing individual and group supervision for dietitians and nutritionists. Although the clinical supervision model is commonplace in the field of psychotherapy, nutrition therapists often do not have mentoring and counseling support. I believe that supervision should be the standard of practice for those who counsel clients with emotional eating issues. Although nutrition professionals may not work directly with the underlying psychological issues, discussing food brings up so many deeper concerns--both in the client and the clinician. It’s important for nutrition therapists to have a forum to work through challenges and get support when doing this kind of counseling.

I would not be the clinician that I am today without the mentoring and clinical supervision that I have received over the years. It is very satisfying for me to both give and receive clinical supervision as I do this work.

If you are a clinician interested in individual or group supervision, please contact me by calling 617-877-2202.  I am an Approved Supervisor for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), which means that I can support registered dietitians working to obtain the CEDRD certification.

 

Speaking and Consultation

I am an Adjunct Faculty at Plymouth State University's graduate-level Eating Disorders Institute. I teach the nutrition education and counseling course that is part of a unique program that trains professionals in the medical and mental health fields to work with eating disorders. 

I also provide consultation to individuals, schools, and businesses. I have presented widely for universities, high schools, middle schools, dance programs, workplace wellness programs, residential programs, professional groups, and conferences on the topics of nutrition and disordered eating.

Some of my consultations include the Multi-service Eating Disorders Association's national conference, the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals' national conference, Harvard University's Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's annual conference, Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Program, and Reebok International.

I have been featured on NYU's nationally broadcast Doctor Radio (SiriusXM radio), in Shape Magazine, and Women's Health Magazine. During my time at Children's Hospital, I was the media spokesperson for the nutrition department. I appeared on Chronicle (Channel 5 News), NBC's Health Watch, and NBC's Dateline, and was quoted in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Woman's Day, among others. 

If you are interested in hiring me for a speaking engagement or consultation, please give me a call at 617-877-2202