What does working with an Eating Disorder dietitian look like?
The short answer is that our work together can look a lot of different ways! Because of our team’s dedication to individual care, we spend each session (and time in between!) thinking and talking about what is most important in the moment and what will help you reach your long term nutrition goals. Eating disorder nutrition therapy might be unlike other nutrition care you’ve received in the past because, while we do talk about the specifics of what you eat, we also spend lots of time talking about your relationship with food, your body, and your perspective on health and wellness as a whole.
What does the first session look like?
The first time we meet is a ‘get to know you’ session for both of us! Our team takes a relational approach to our work together, meaning that we really value this first opportunity to know what is important to you and to get to know you as a human. We spend lots of time asking questions that you may or may not have been asked before, spanning topics from your relationship with food growing up all the way to your current eating habits and behaviors to medical concerns.
I do not have a diagnosed ED, can I still work with you?
Absolutely! Our dietitians work within the framework of weight-inclusive care for a variety of conditions. Whether you would like to work on a specific health condition or just explore your relationship with food from a non-biased, anti-oppressive lens, we are here to help.
What is the typical length of treatment, how long would we work together?
While everyone’s nutrition care is unique, we generally believe that working together on a weekly basis for at least the first 6 weeks helps to establish a rapport and flow that build a foundation for our work together. Of course, we work with your schedule and your financial capabilities to meet on a regular basis.
Depending on what you are coming to see us for, our work together can last from several months to several years. We have many clients who we’ve seen through high school, college, marriages, babies, and other big life events. We love being able to help you manage life transitions in the context of eating disorder recovery. Some folks will also take breaks and come back when life calls for it. Together we can decide what makes sense for you.
I want to work on my relationship with food and I want to lose weight.
Can you help?
Yes and maybe! We would love to hold space to explore what feels important to you about healing your relationship with food and what feels important to you about losing weight. What we can’t promise is that your body size will change as a result of working with us, but what we can promise is that we will always listen and validate why it makes sense that you might want to change your body. We will sit beside you to work through grieving the thin ideal and all of the experiences that have impacted your relationship with your body.
What else is important to know about working with us?
Like our name implies, our team of dietitians firmly believes in freedom from all systems of oppression. We are constantly working as individuals to unlearn our own biases and acknowledge our personal privileges. Liberated Plate Nutrition aims to be a safe space for all humans to improve their relationship with food and their bodies by providing gender inclusive, anti-racist, and social justice oriented care.
Do you accept insurance?
In order to put 100% of our focus towards you, our client, our practice is not contracted with any insurance companies. We recognize the value of a strong and connected support system. As a result, our fees account for not only our one on one sessions, but our fee also includes:
communication with the rest of the care team outside of visits including (but not limited to!) your therapists, psychiatrists, other medical providers and caregivers
providing brief email support to you and/or loved ones
completing continuing education in specialized areas
attending group and individual supervision
How could I still use my insurance?
If you would like to use your insurance, we can provide you with a Superbill upon request. A Superbill is a receipt for your nutrition therapy sessions, which you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement depending on your individual coverage and plan. You are responsible for submitting your Superbill to your insurance company. If you aren’t sure about whether or not you will receive reimbursement for nutrition counseling with our practice, please contact your insurance provider. Regardless of whether you intend to submit a Superbill to insurance, payment for your appointment is due at the conclusion of your session.
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Do you offer reduced rates?
We do offer a limited amount of reduced rate slots for those who cannot afford the full rate for nutrition therapy. However, we do not offer reduced rates for the initial intake appointment. If you are interested in working with us, but finances are a barrier, reach out to email@example.com to discuss reduced rates.
We are partnered with Project Heal to help make high quality nutrition therapy possible for folks who have barriers to accessing treatment. Find out more information here: https://www.theprojectheal.org/