"I help women in a cycle of obsessing about food to turn mealtime into an act of self love."
Anne Cuthbert is a Portland therapist specializing in eating disorders
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I know first hand what it is like to deal with food and body issues. For years, I struggled with food issues and hating my body. I compared myself to every woman I saw and resisted exercising refusing to give into what other people told me I should do and how I should look. I ate to hide how I was feeling and to avoid being close to anyone. I thought I couldn't be loved if I was fat.

12 years later, I am pleased to say all that has changed for the better. I no longer use food to cope. I feel good about myself, my body, and my life. I am now passionate about helping others recover as well. I love that my job as a counselor is helping you to eat whatever you want and feel good about it.

Along with my personal and professional experience with eating disorders, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA.

My counseling experience spans 8 years and has included studying and working with experts in the eating disorder field, teaching counseling and communication skills classes, and assisting and managing several personal growth seminars and support groups. I have provided counseling to people with a variety of relationship issues, including adults who were abused as children.

I look forward to working with you.

Anne
Look for my forthcoming book "If Your Hunger Could Talk: Listen to Your Body to Transform Your Relationship with Food and Live a More Authentic Life"

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About Anne

 

As a therapist, I will help you discover how to:

• eat and enjoy the foods you really love, without worrying about gaining weight
• accept and even like your body
• find and maintain your healthy weight naturally through uncovering the underlying causes for your behaviors
• focus on and improve your relationships by helping you move away from blaming food and your body
• learn to like yourself, your whole self

As a counselor, I go beyond traditional talk therapy to help you to learn healthier coping skills around food, your body, and your life in general. I use a counseling approach that will help you address the root causes of your problems around food. Through therapy, you can end the cycle of using food and hating your body to cope with your emotional needs.

In counseling, I'll help you make step-by-step changes that will help you overcome your problems around food and help you feel good about your body. Food issues and having a poor body image are symptoms of deeper needs that need to be met. In order to make permanent changes you need to get to the root of the problem and find healthier ways to meet your needs. In the end, counseling will help you overcome your problems with food and how you feel about your body. Overall, you will develop a richer and more satisfying life.

These are the steps we will take that will help you finally make peace with food:

Step 1: Take the Shame Out of Eating
This step will help you end the cycle of viewing food as good or bad that translates into good me / bad me. You will learn to change your mindset around food – to recognize your thoughts around food and to change your interaction with it

Step 2: Safety in Hunger and Fullness
In this step, you will learn what hunger / fullness feels like and be able to address the place of greatest discomfort, whether it is being too hungry or being too full so that you no longer fear it.

Step 3: If Your Hunger Could Talk: Listening From a New Place
In this step, you will fine tune the messages you send yourself. Go deeper into your body to discover what you actually want and need. Truly listen to what your body is hungry for and give it what it really wants.

Step 4: Living in the Body You Have
In this step you will directly address your body image. What is the relationship you have with yourself? You will learn to experience feeling good in the clothes you wear and living in your body now, rather than in some future time while your life passes by.

Step 5: Loving the Body You Have
In this step, you will go deeper into your body image and learn to love your reflection. You will use exercises and techniques to help you experience your body from new perspectives.

Step 6: Healthy and Happy Exercise
In this step you will learn how to engage in healthy exercise habits. Whether you exercise too much or avoid exercise, you will take the steps to enjoy moving your body while still listening to what it needs

Step 7: Move into Your Life with Self Trust, Self Love and Acceptance
In this last step, you will learn how to have a long term relationship of self trust, self love and self acceptance. We will create structured, healthy boundaries around food and body image that allow you to enjoy your life more fully while honoring your relationship with food to help you identify areas of growth and improvement.

If you are serious about and ready for the next level of healing your relationship with food and your body image, I invite you to call or email me for a “Make Every Meal an Act of Self Love and Acceptance” Breakthrough Session

In this session, you will
• Create a sense of clarity about your perfect relationship with food.
• Find out the essential building blocks for getting in control of your eating – for good.
• Discover the #1 thing stopping you from having a healthy, easy relationship with food.
• Identify the most powerful actions you can take to stop struggling with overeating, bingeing, and/or purging.
• Complete the session with the excitement of taking the next step toward being totally comfortable and in control with food.

I only do 6 of these each month, so call or email me now. You can also sign up on my online calendar by using the link at the bottom of this page. I look forward to speaking with you.

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