Is your mind constantly racing with thoughts screaming that your body is too big, too small, too muscular, too curvy?
Do your days revolve around meal planning and exercising to ensure the scale goes up or down?
If you find yourself constantly thinking about what and how you’re going to eat, how many calories you’re going to burn off in order to consume your favorite “cheat meal,” or are hyper-focused on achieving the [photo shopped] bodies that spawn social media outlets I am here for you.
I am here to teach you how to love and accept the body you were given; to nourish that body without obsessing over the details; and to help you discover where the root of your disappointment comes from. I specialize in the treatment and support of adolescents & young adults diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. I utilize evidence-based approaches that often times involve support systems. Involving family or other close friends (FBT) is the most effective form of therapy for adolescents with specific eating disorder diagnoses. Together we will explore the many facets of your or your loved one’s diagnosis and experience food and body freedom once and for all.
Body Acceptance & Embracing Imperfection
“Body Positivity: Body diversity and embracing all body types, shapes, sizes, colours and revelling in the beauty of the human form,” – Body Image Movement. Way too many women (and a growing number of men) live their lives through comparison. Comparison to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show models; to the latest TV, movie, and media stars; to their best friends; to the fellow gym-goers; to everyone and anyone..except for themselves. Let’s explore what it means to love your body for the shape & size it was made to be. Learn to break away from the dieting, the self hate, and the constant comparisons, and embrace your beYOUtiful self.
Perfection is often something many of my clients struggle with, something our society breeds through social media. Perfection takes us down a deep dark hole of unrealistic expectations that invariably get unmet over and over again. Whether you’re an adolescent or an adult, I am here to help you break the cycle and learn how to embrace your own imperfections as well as the imperfections of the world we live in. I aim to guide you to a place of peace, a place that doesnt get rattled with each ‘off’ motion. Together we can learn how to sit with the discomfort of uncertainty and of making mistakes, together we can learn to be imperfectly perfect.
Disordered Eating & Chronic Dieting Support
Are you trapped in diet culture? Perhaps you’ve never heard that term before, but something about it is resonating with you as you read this. Likely because we live and breathe diet culture everyday; through instagram, other social media platforms, magazines, TV shows, and movies we are spoonfed constant bits of information suggesting our bodies need to look a certain way, and if they don’t we should feel ashamed of ourselves. With that shame comes the yearning desire to resort to the latest diet or clean eating trend to manipulate our given shape or size and come out the other end “leaner” and “stronger” than ever! Sounds fab right!? WRONG. Unfortuantely, this never works. In fact, diets fail us 95% of the time. We seldom see articles about the true facts behind intentional weight loss because the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar cash-pot. If you find yourself constantly resorting to “clean eating,” low calorie or carb diets, Paleo or Keto diets, rigorous exercise programs (that you don’t even enjoy), or the numerous other trends on the market, and you finally feel like enough is enough, I’m here for you. Let’s once and for all find peace with your relationship with food and exercise.
& Stress Solutions
Trauma: not simply getting in a terrifying car accident or having a loved one pass away before our eyes, trauma can come from so many life events. Unfortunately, this type of trauma can lie at the core of so many of the regular behaviors we so wish to be rid of. Let’s peel back the layers of the traumatic events in your life, determine your justice, and find peace of mind once and for all.
Life: hitting puberty, growing apart from a best friend, moving, leaving for college, getting married, getting separated, moving out of your parents’ home, struggling financially…life is hard. All of the above and so much more all in the span of a short number of years. These events greatly impact our daily lives and mold our futures. I am here to listen, to guide, and to help you break free from your daily struggles.
In a world filled with dedicated cookie dough shops, designer cupcakes, beer & bacon festivals, and cheese-lover’s pizza, we have access to delicious food around every corner. While these wonderous goodies should most-definitely be enjoyed by all, sometimes they become a bit more of our norm rather than a part of a balanced lifestyle. For some of us this leads to feeling crappy more often than not and feeling helpless or out of control around food. Eating tasty foods that emotionally satisfy us is equally as important as eating foods that are filled with nutritients. Having a life where both of these options exist is a life worth striving for, a life that likely includes food and body freedom. I am here to guide you on your journey to a more wholesome, more balanced, life, one fruit and chocolate chip cookie at a time.
Beyond Body Support Groups
Summer Adolescent Group: Ages: 13-17: Join Lexie in the park to explore body liberation through a series designed to help bring awareness to the factors effecting our ability to accept our given bodies. Each week we will dive into a component of the six-week curriculum including how heredity impacts our body shape, how the physical body is severely impacted by extreme altercations (dieting, excessive exercise, binge-restrict cycles, low carb/calorie diets, etc), how the desired female body type has changed throughout the decades and around the world, & MORE!
“I really liked learning about how eating disorders harm the body. I thought it was all mental.” -Past Participant
Year-Round: Ages: 13-17 & 18-25 (two separate groups): Each week we will gather to support one anothers strengths & weaknesses through suggestions and a safe place to share. Engaging with those who have similar experiences can be beyond therapeutic and can help move your journey in the right direction. This group is not designed to be a substitute for individual therapy, but rather as an additional support. The group is great for individuals dealing with body shame of any kind, those that recognize that their days are consumed with calorie counting or exercise planning and want to break free, or those diagnosed with an eating disorder that are already on the road to recovery.
Virtual Therapy & Coaching
Most of the services I provide can be done so virtually! This is super exciting if you live outiside Colorado or perhaps too far of a drive from my office. If you don’t live in Colorado, our time together will be called “coaching,” but rest assured, you will be getting the same servcies as my in-person clients. We will meet on a HIPAA compliant platform and you get to pick a place that feels most comfortable for you- how awesome!
The only service I cannot provide virtually, as your sole provider, is eating disorder support. When you’re in the grips of an eating disorder it is important to have a well versed team at your finger tips. This most definitely includes a dietician &/or a physician (that I communicate with regularly) who lives close enough to your home to monitor your vitals and weight each week. This is necessary to ensure the recovery process is headed in the right direction and to make sure your safety is always considered first and foremost.