My goal when I take on a new client is to provide a safe space for them to share their struggles, explore their true needs, experiment with new ways of doing things with the intent of helping them find healing and, ultimately, peace with food and their body.
There's no exact recipe for how this happens, as each person's journey is unique. That's what I love about the work I do. It allows for creativity and risks within the boundaries of evidence-based treatments.
We begin with an assessment where I try to get a big picture idea of what the person's struggles are and how they fit in the context of their overall life. This is also a chance for the client and I to start getting to know each other. Sure, the data I'm gathering is important, but more important is the development of the therapeutic relationship. Studies show that persons who are recovered from their ED report that it was the relationship with their providers, not any particular interventions, that helped them get better. I deeply care about each of my clients.
So, when you sign up for nutrition therapy with Katy Harvey, you're signing up for a relationship, compassion, empathy, vulnerability, challenges, risks, experiments, and self-discovery. I hope that our interaction is bigger than the work I do.