Over three decades ago I embarked on an incredible journey.
It wasn't my intention. I thought I was just going into therapy to get over my binge eating disorder—what did I know! Sick of obsessing about weight, diets and bingeing, I chose a non-diet approach based on the then unheard of notion that one could trust the body to regulate weight and eating. My therapy was co-led by two women--Susie Orbach (who subsequently wrote Fat is a Feminist Issue) and Carol Munter (who went on to co-author Overcoming Overeating). Giving up dieting was scary, but I was desperate for relief so I plunged in. I quickly learned that my body possessed a unique wisdom that could tell me when I was hungry, what I needed to eat, and how much food it needed. I learned that my body could regulate my weight without any conscious effort on my part. No more diets! No more obsessing about my weight! And no longer was I consumed by thoughts about food every hour of the day.
But that was only the beginning of my journey.
Over time a marvelous thing began to happen. I learned that this same inner wisdom could guide me in more than just my body’s food needs. I could trust that inner voice of wisdom to tell me what I needed emotionally and spiritually as well as physically.
As a therapist I applied the approach to people with whom I was working, and marveled as they grew. Guided imagery, self-generated imagery and exciting new techniques from the field of energy psychology (most notably EFT) have formed the basis of our work together. I’ve learned a lot along the way, both from my own inner work experiences and through my experiences as a therapist--how to listen to that voice of wisdom and how to distinguish it from the endless chatter that fills our interior worlds, and how to find the answers to all our questions by turning inside. The answers are all there. We have only to listen.
What began as an attempt to give up compulsive eating and bulimia (and maybe lose some weight in the process!) led to a revolution in the way I lived my life.
That is what this website is about. It is the fruit of my labors of 30 years distilled into a form that can speed the process of healing unimaginably. It is also the fruit of the labor of hundreds of men and women who have taken that journey as they worked with me in therapy.
Many paths lead to that inner journey. For me it began with an effort to give up dieting and disordered eating. Others have started down the path after a serious illness or a death in their families. The 9/11 terrorist attack has prompted many to embark on the inner journey, awakening their inner wisdom.
Our potential is unlimited. Together we can journey to places of which we have only dreamed.
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