I trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s leading school in Nutritional Psychology where I received my certification as an Eating Psychology Coach. 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.
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. I’ve learned to help clients reach their highest goals not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish.
My experience of Patricia as coach was one where I found myself in a place where I felt safe to share what is true for me, both struggles and dreams. When we explore what lies beneath feelings and behaviors associated with uncomfortable eating patterns and body image, it is with the presence of one who is non judgemental, accepting, and can gently ask those questions that guide us into emotional territories that we can even begin to deepen and heal. Coupled with clear guidance in making changes in our relationship with food, body, and life circumstances, true healing can take place. Patricia has these qualities, while keeping it light when needed, and having a great sense of humor, she is organized, so as the receiver one doesn't have to to try to "keep it all together." I gladly and with pleasure recommend Patricia as coach to anyone looking to heal from these not uncommon challenges.
Working with Patricia has been a wonderful experience. My struggles with weight and body image started as far back as elementary school and over the decades I've tried more diet and exercise programs than I care to recount. While many of them worked initially, none were sustainable. Now in my mid-30's, I'm a mom of two small children with a demanding corporate job and very little time for myself. When I tried and failed several times to lose the baby weight with methods from the past, I knew I needed something entirely different. Patricia created a comfortable and fun environment and coached me through a new way of thinking about total health, mind-body connection, and positive self-care. She provided practical approaches to integrating new behaviors into my hectic life and kept me going when I wasn’t making the progress I wanted. One of my biggest challenges has been adding more movement to my day and I’m so happy that after some trial and error, Patricia helped me find a fitness activity that not only works for my busy life, I actually enjoy doing it! I finally feel at peace with my body and have the right mindset to reach my goals. For these reasons and many more, I highly recommend working with Patricia.