Initial Session (90-120 minutes):
Eating Disorder Recovery:
In our first session, we will discuss what behaviors you are doing with food, and how to change these so you can become healthy and functioning in your life again. When undergoing therapy for an eating disorder, it will not work as well if you are malnourished and your brain is not functioning properly. Our main focus will be working through barriers that are preventing you from providing adequate nourishment to your body AND your brain.
Your behaviors with food might cause you to feel shame and guilt, and that you must continue to keep these behaviors a secret. Carrying around this shame and guilt only makes it worse, and further perpetuates the eating disorder behaviors. We offer a safe space where you can feel free of judgment to be able to discuss your behaviors and lift some of the shame you are carrying.
You didn't fail the diet, the diet failed YOU!
Our society is obsessed with thinness and diets. If you look at any magazine or internet headline everything is giving us the message that we need to be thin in order to be happy. Losing weight can be so complicated; less calories, low carb, high fiber, low fat, high fat, more cardio, but you should lifts weights too because that burns more calories in the long run, etc, etc, etc. Figuring out all of these messages and which ones you should listen to and which ones you should ignore can be so complicated and confusing! It’s enough to make anyone give up.
The reason is that diets are a short term solution to a long term problem. Diets leave you feeling deprived, hungry, and often cause you to eliminate entire food groups, or label foods as “good” or “bad”. This leads to an overeating backlash once you reach your ‘goal weight’. In addition, labeling food as “good” or “bad” perpetuates feeling guilt and shame any time a “bad” food is consumed. All of this is a recipe for feeling extremely frustrated!
Our sessions focus on discussing your personal weight and health goals, and how to achieve them. No diets. No restriction of any food groups. Our goal is to help you get back in touch with your hunger and fullness cues, your cravings and what they really mean, as well as your body and how you can view it as an ally; rather than something to hate and reprimand every time you gain back the weight you lost after your latest diet.
Children and Adolescents
Please note that parents/guardians of minors are expected to participate in some or all nutrition sessions along with their child. The level of caregiver participation varies with the child's age. Additionally, recommendations to attend Family Based Therapy may be advised based on your family's needs.
Why follow up?
Follow up appointments not only help to keep you accountable but provide you with the necessary support to continue to meet your nutrition objectives. We will continue to focus on understanding and healing your relationship with food, body image, exercise, and/or weight.
The frequency of follow-ups varies greatly depending on the client, but typically (in the beginning of treatment) they are weekly. Sometimes follow-ups are every 2-weeks, monthly, or every few months.
Follow Up Session (60 minutes)
Follow Up Session (45 minutes)
Follow Up Session (30 minutes)
Facetime or phone sessions are available for clients.
Please note that we want to ensure the highest quality of care for our clients.
Therefore we only take on a select number of patients at a time.
Experimental and Exposure Sessions:
Grocery Store Tour (60 minutes)
Is grocery shopping a daunting task you? Let our dietitians help you navigate the aisles of your favorite store and help you learn how to become a smarter consumer.
Cooking/Kitchen Evaluation (60 minutes)
Learn how to return to the joy of planning for, preparing, and enjoying food in your own home for not only yourself but for those you love.
Snack/Meal Sessions: Face challenging foods and settings, on your own timing and with specialized support from our team of dietitians. This will be
30 minute snack session
45 minutes snack session
60 minute meal session
Payment and Fees:
Payment is collected at the time of service.
Branz Nutrition Counseling, LLC does not bill insurance directly. We are considered an out-of network provider for your insurance. Your dietitian will be happy to provide you with the information necessary for you to submit a superbill (medical receipt) to your insurance company to receive reimbursement although we cannot guarantee reimbursement.
Many people choose to pay for services through Health Savings Accounts and Flex Spending Accounts, which do not require a diagnosis or limit services in any way.
Cash, check, and credit cards are also accepted.
We want to be mindful of your time, therefore please be mindful of ours. If you are needing to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please give a 48-hour notice by calling 618-207-4366 in order to avoid a $50 fee.
When appointments are canceled or rescheduled with adequate advance notice, it is more likely that another client in need will be able to use the time-slot. When appointments are canceled or rescheduled at the last minute, or a client fails to show up for an appointment, another client may be deprived the care they need.
New client visits require our dietitians to block out large time slots, making last minute cancellations and rescheduling of visits even more problematic.
If more than 2 sessions are canceled in a short period of time, we reserve the right to no longer work with you as a potential or current client.