From an early age, I had no doubt that the field of psychology was for me and that I wanted to study it at Carnegie Mellon. The training there was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. The emphasis on research and critical thinking was embedded in every single class. At Carnegie Mellon, we were taught to critique and evaluate research studies for threats to its reliability, validity, experimental design, and methods. We spent years learning statistics and regression analysis in order to interpret the data and evaluate the findings.
Understanding how to make sense of “scientific” claims is essential especially if you are a consumer in today’s weight loss industry.
Dieters have more than 30,000 diet plans from which to choose all of which involve some type of food restriction based on “scientific” data. Many of my clients have suffered attempting to navigate through these “facts” that are often contradictory, harmful, and based on a single flawed study.
Too many people work so very hard at maintaining diets that simply do not work.
It is certainly heartbreaking to witness the repeated cycle of physical deprivation, mental anguish, and shame only to watch your loved ones regain all the weight, and often even more. The real problem for dieters is not their lack of willpower, but the solutions offered to them. Most programs offer short-term weight loss solutions at best, and repeatedly make false and deceptive claims about the safety and effectiveness of their weight loss plans.
My goal is to help my clients interpret the real data, understand the whole truth behind the research, and to really consider for the first time that it is the diet that has failed them; they did not fail the diet.
What it comes down to is this, I still love the fields of psychology and research, and I am more passionate than ever to use my skills and knowledge to help people find peace with their bodies, minds, and souls.
Understanding the connections is not easy work, but sometimes you have to make bold moves to get to where you really want to go in life.
My deep desire is to help you in that process. I really believe that healing can occur and that our energy that has been rooted around food and body for so long can be reinvested into other areas of our lives to make us, and those around us, much happier people.