About What I Do

In my professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement.

My work combines the powerful new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition. The skills I use from this training are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health.

I trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s leading school in Nutritional Psychology where I received my certification as an Eating Psychology Coach. In IPE's internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful cutting-edge tools and protocols that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others.

 

About Who I Am

I’m a lot like you.  I struggled with feeling like food, body shame and general overwhelm ruled my life.  I was never fully at home in my skin.  In fact, I fought food for over 15 years.  The suffering and shame with that is unspeakable.  Thankfully, I also had a deep fascination with healing and growth, so I wasn’t going to settle for yet another diet and “quick fix it”  approach. I wanted REAL transformation. 

Thankfully, I found an entirely different approach that was nourishing, pleasurable and sustainable.  Simply put, it was life changing.   I have much compassion for these areas of struggle and equal faith that they can be overcome!  This is why I do that work I do.  I want to help you live into the freedom that is on the other side of these challenges

My name means “youthful.”  This explains why the older I get, the more I like to play. Dance is a non negationble in my life.  I also love to trail walk and remember how to breathe deep in yoga class.   I literally have boxes of prayer journals.  My favorite playmates are my husband who is also the love of my life, daughter and son. I am fiercely devoted to my sister tribe as well and believe that trust is everything.

I have a degree in communications and have worked with women for over 10 years in various mentoring settings, including spiritual formation. As a massage therapist, I understand the mind/body connection and the importance of how the unfinished business of our lives manifests into tension and disease. As a mother of two, I've found that caring for ourselves is also a gift we give to our family and friends.  It's not easy to live your best life, but it is possible.


I realized that my never ending pursuit for a well-rounded, healthy, “perfect” life was producing a consistent low-level stress within me. I was constantly under self-attack. I questioned every decision I made, big or small, and that included my decisions about food, which created a lot of stress around most of my eating experiences. Julia directed me to a place where I am increasingly more aware of that self-attack and I am learning the importance of having compassion on myself. Julia’s coaching and prompting is freeing me up to live a more aware and awake life with less self-critque and more joy.
— KEN