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Less struggling and more living.
You dream of living a more extraordinary life but place limits on yourself because of how you feel about your weight or appearance.
You’re tired of hiding from the camera, being the one who’s always snapping the family photos or positioning yourself just out of frame because you can’t stand having your picture taken.
And you just wish you could get dressed for a night out without rejecting every single outfit in your closet then calling your friends and faking illness because nothing looks or feels right.
If you feel like you’ve got a firm grasp on pretty much every other aspect of your life but lose control when it comes to food, I can help.
Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Over the years I’ve explained the difference between psychotherapy (or therapy as we’ve come to call it) and psychoanalysis to prospective clients in many different ways until a past patient gave me this great analogy: “I’ve done therapy, but that is nothing compared to what you do. Therapy is like snorkeling; you just put your head down and bob around under the surface a bit and see more interesting things. But this is like deep-sea diving; we go really deep below the surface, shine a light on what’s hiding in the darkness, then come up slowly without getting the bends.”
Here’s the thing: when we go really deep under the surface and shine a light on those dark places, we illuminate the true issues or conflicts that are leading to whatever is going on with food – which is a ‘symptom’ of the problem, even though it feels like ‘the’ problem.
Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatment can help you:
• Spot and predict the circumstances that make you want to turn to food and form strategies for dealing with your triggers when they arise
• Release obsessive behaviors like counting calories, fat and carb grams and weighing your food so you can enjoy food in a way you may not have done before
• Let go of limiting beliefs about your body, weight and dieting that no longer serve you
As a psychoanalyst with personal experience of disordered eating, I have a unique understanding of what it’s like to struggle with weight, food and body image issues.
Reaching out to a therapist for the first time is a big step. It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge your challenges and seek out help, but once you do we’ll talk, get to know each other a little, and when you feel comfortable moving forward, you can make an appointment. All sessions take place in person at my practice offices in the Los Angeles area.
What to expect from your first session: At your first session you’ll be asked to arrive a little early to complete a self-assessment outlining what has brought you to therapy. Your answers to these questions will form the basis of our discussion during your first session, but we’ll also talk more about what you hope to achieve from the therapeutic process as a whole. There is no firm guideline on how long therapy should last; each and every patient is different and the number of sessions you undertake will vary depending on your individual needs.
Session Times & Fees: A single session with me lasts 50 minutes and is priced at $250.
As a psychoanalyst specializing in weight, food and body issues, I’m often approached by patients and other therapists looking for advice and consultation as to how they should direct their sessions in order to achieve their desired outcomes for themselves and their patients respectively.
Consultation sessions generally take place over the phone or via Skype.
What to expect from consultation:
Consultation provides the opportunity to discuss the best strategy and approach for dealing with certain challenges, not the details of the challenges themselves.
For that reason it should be stressed that consultation should not be considered a substitute for therapy.
Consultation might therefore be used to:
• Discuss any previous experience you have of therapy and your feelings towards it now
• Gain insight on how you should go about hiring a therapist to meet your specific needs
• Agree upon the main themes or issues for your future therapy sessions
• Discuss options for dealing with a challenging aspect of therapy when other approaches have proved, as yet, unsuccessful
Session Times & Fees:
A 60-minute session with me is priced at $275. 30-minute sessions are also available, priced at $150.
Make an Appointment:
Kick The Diet Habit
Not looking for individual therapy? You can still benefit from my expertise.
I developed the Kick The Diet Habit program to help you stop dieting for good.
I give you specific strategies, guidelines and step-by-step actions on exactly how to do this.
Imagine life if you were not obsessing over food and second-guessing every bite? This program helps you lose weight naturally, without dieting or deprivation. This 30 day program will help you identify and change what is weighing “on” you instead of focusing on what you weigh. When you stop dieting, you truly start living.
Dr. Nina, 26lbs (down) and counting. You change lives! ~KH Phillips
Never have I seen so many outstanding dieting/self-esteem videos from one person. I am extremely impressed and I’ve view lots of them. Thanks again! ~Debbie
I always resisted calling my bulimia more than just a bad habit. Until I read Food for Thought. The book dispelled my resistance dramatically to delving deeper into the origins of my disordered eating patterns.
Dr. Savelle-Rocklin states: "Bulimia is a symptom that contains and expresses a plethora of meanings; it can be understood as a defense against painful emotional experience, an expression of ambivalence, an attempt at mastery, and a means of self-regulation."
That is only a taste of the mind-blowing tidbits of information sprinkled throughout Food for Thought, many of which are drawn from examples of different patients battling with eating, weight and body image.
I have a ton of books on my bookshelves. But this is one I keep close.