Mindful eating

Letting go of judgment/ Regaining control/ Breaking through barriers/Truly nourishing yourself/ Finding peace

 

Mindful eating applies the concepts of mindfulness to food and the process of eating.  Through this practice, you foster an open, nonjudgmental stance towards food and eating, increasing compassion and letting go of guilt and shame.  This approach offers a radical alternative to dieting and any meal plan that restricts intake in any way.  By opening yourself up to the entire spectrum of eating and recreating your relationship with the process, you will learn to eat in a more balanced way that will help you leave behind unhealthy habits of overeating and undereating.  You will uncover the many hungers that are driving your eating and develop ways to actually feed yourself so that you are satisfied. 

 

Research suggests that mindful eating is especially helpful if you struggle with overeating.  The approach has also helped those with more restrictive patterns.  This is not a weight loss program but can foster a more healthy lifestyle that may ultimately lead to desired weight loss that would have health benefits. 

 

Learn more about this life-changing, research-supported approach (Klein, Skinner, & Hawley, 2012; 2013; Klein, 2016) and begin your journey to freedom from forbidden foods with "Mindful Eating from the Dialectical Perspective: Research and Application," available directly from the publisher (Routledge) or through Amazon.

Individual therapy

Group therapy

Coaching, including text and calls

Seminars & Workshops

At Centered Ground you can learn mindful eating through individual and group sessions; both are supported by coaching, which provides you the ability to call or text between sessions to get help applying skills when you need it the most--when you are faced with the urges and emotions that are linked to eating in a way that is not consistent with your long-term goals and values.

 

Individual Sessions

Individual sessions permit detailed examination of your individual pattern and associated difficulties, which can include negative body image; depression; anxiety; chronic feelings of emotional emptiness; mood swings; impulsive behavior in other areas, such as with alcohol and substances; self-harm; skin picking; suicidality; and relationship issues.  This practice collaboratively identifies key targets for intervention and generates concrete solutions to address both immediate and long-term needs.

 

The Group-Based Program

The structure of the group-based program is a weekly mindful eating group and weekly skills training class (2 options available, based on clinical fit) over 6-7 months.  This curriculum will:

  • help you begin to develop a new relationship with food

  • provide insight into what is maintaining your own patterns

  • offer solutions for changing your patterns, emphasizing:

    • mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance (skills training option 1) or radical openness (skills training option 2)

       

You will receive:

  • materials to help you track your progress

  • materials to help you examine your patterns

  • resources to turn to for further learning and coping

  • access to phone coaching in between groups

  • assessment feedback on your unique patterns related to eating

     

To join the group-based program, you will be asked to make a commitment to:

  • complete screening and orientation

  • attend the group class sessions weekly

  • participate in all mindful eating exercises

  • be willing to examine your patterns and consider other solutions

  • complete self-monitoring and other assignments outside of sessions

 

Cost?

  • Screening and orientation (usually a 90-minute intake, then a 60-minute individual session) at standard session rates

  • $50/mindful eating group session

  • Skills training option 1 (mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, 6 months): $75/1.5-hour group session

  • Skills training option 2 (radical openness, 30 weeks): $85/2-hour class session

  • $50/month food fee for food costs

Additional Opportunities

Seminars and workshops will also periodically be offered.  If there are upcoming events, they will be listed here. 

 

 

​© 2014 by Angela Klein, Ph.D.

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