Integrating Spirituality into Therapy--My Interview on "Breaking Down: The Podcast"

Integrating Spirituality into Therapy--My Interview on "Breaking Down: The Podcast"

Hello all! I’m so excited to present a transcript of a wonderful podcast I did in San Diego last fall on spirituality in therapy. It is called Breaking Down: The Podcast with Edie Stark, LCSW, and Mia Najor, LMFT. I discussed my background and how I came to understand what integrating spirituality in therapy means, and how important it is to do it ethically. We also talked about the importance of following clients’ lead when attending to spirituality, as well as the unique needs of working with the LGBTQ+ population, as well as with eating disorders in this area. I had so much fun talking with these very deep women. Enjoy!

Read More

How to Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

How to Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

Struggling with binge eating? Feeling out of control of your eating and don’t know where to turn? I have an excellent starting point for you. I discussed what binge eating disorder is and how to get help on a recent podcast on the Embodied & Well Mom Show that I did on with the fabulous Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD of San Diego’s Nutrition Instincts. I have provided a transcription of the main part of the podcast in this blog post. Enjoy!!

Read More

Five Tips for Managing Overwhelming Emotions in Eating Disorder Recovery

Five Tips for Managing Overwhelming Emotions in Eating Disorder Recovery

Have you ever felt so filled with emotion that it was almost unbearable? Do your mind and body feel flooded with feelings such as fear, anger, disgust, frustration, irritability, anxiety, or sadness—to the point at which you feel almost paralyzed? Having an eating disorder in San Diego and elsewhere is so hard. Sometimes the overwhelming emotions can be triggered by things such as discomfort with food and with your body, negative interactions with others, and work and family stress. At such times, it seems like the emotions take over both your brain and your body, and you would do anything thing in the world to make them stop. It is so so hard. Thankfully, there are a few coping strategies that can help you navigate such situations. These coping skills come from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is an approach I integrate in my work with people struggling with eating disorders in San Diego.

Read More

Tapping into Mindfulness: Part 5 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Mindfulness is moment-to-moment nonjudgmental awareness.  It is accessing our physical senses and focusing on the NOW instead of worrying about the past or the future.  Practicing mindfulness in San Diego is so challenging.  We live in a beautiful place, yet our schedules are packed with work, school, appointments, and other family activities.  San Diego is also an expensive place so live, so I think that often we feel compelled to make as much money we can, sometimes to the detriment of our health.  In this post, I’m going to identify three simple ways to tap into mindfulness to help us calm down our overactive brains and have an easier time negotiating the stresses of San Diego life. 

Read More

Diving Deeper into Spiritual Healing: Part 4 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Diving Deeper into Spiritual Healing:  Part 4 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Sometimes when you feel overwhelmed by your spiritual pain, you can think that there is no hope.  It is at these times when you need to dive deep into your pain to let yourself experience spiritual healing.  If you struggle with disordered eating, you know how painful it can be . . . emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually.  Becoming acutely aware of all aspects of your pain as you go about your daily life in San Diego lets you open yourself to healing. It’s like when you have an infection in your arm—you need to open it up and clean out all of the gunk and then put the medicine on it so it can heal.  Spirituality can be your medicine—the balm for your soul.

Read More

Starting Your Journey to Spiritual Healing: Part 3 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Starting Your Journey to Spiritual Healing:  Part 3 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

You’ve recognized that you’ve got some spiritual pain.  Congratulate yourself for the awareness—it’s a hard thing to acknowledge.  You may be thinking, is spiritual healing even possible. Do I even want it?  I feel so far away from God or my higher power in my life in San Diego that it just seems like too big of a gulf to bridge.  I understand that it can feel overwhelming.  I want to encourage you that all you have to do is take the first, small step.  Sometimes you have to walk before you run, and sometimes you have to tiptoe before you walk.  Let’ go ahead and stick that foot out there and start the journey.

Read More

Dealing with Spiritual Pain: Part 2 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Dealing with Spiritual Pain:  Part 2 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Has your soul ever ached? Is it difficult to reconcile living in such a beautiful place as San Diego and feeling such pain?  Have you ever felt so far away from God that it hurt?  Have you ever questioned your belief in God, or in any sort of higher power?  Have you ever wondered how God can exist if there is such pain in the world?  Have you felt angry with God?  Have you ever felt hurt, shamed, disappointed, or discriminated by spiritual leaders?  Many of these emotions and experiences can lead to spiritual pain.  Spiritual pain is a soul-deep ache that is beyond depression or grief.  Spiritual pain is an existential crisis in which the deepest parts of ourselves are crying out, “Is there a God or higher power out there?”  “If so, how could this God or higher power let such pain and suffering happen?”

Read More

Filling Your Spiritual Cup: Part 1 in a 5-Part Series on Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment

Filling Your Spiritual Cup:  Part 1 in a 5-Part Series on Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment

What brings you peace in your life in San Diego?  When do you feel most connected to the world around you—to other people, to animals, to nature?  When do you feel a sense of well-being?  These are some of the questions I might ask my clients when getting them to focus on what feeds them spiritually in San Diego.  In eating disorder recovery, so much of the focus can be on food and our bodies, but what often is a missing piece in treatment is nourishing our souls.  

Read More