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Are you tired of feeling controlled by your eating disorder?
Are you ready to live a full life?

Let's do this together.

 

Seeking Help Takes Courage

This is your first stop on the journey towards a recovered life

Whether you've gotten treatment for your eating disorder before, or this is your first time I imagine you feel tired, fed up and ready for change. I'm here to remind you that you don't have to do this alone


You may have been turned away from therapy, or rejected in other ways. One of my main goals for us is to help you feel accepted and safe, perhaps for the very first time. Therapy is based on a relationship that is different from many of the ones you are already familiar with. I see us as a team—we’re in the trenches together working to find you a new and better path.


This work is about transformation. It is a balance of exploring the depth of your past as well as instilling tools for the here and now. Over time, our process can lead to uniquely beneficial shifts: relief of stress, improvement in coping, a different perspective of yourself and others, capacity for self-compassion and a greater hold over your own life. 

 

How I can help

Whether you have been struggling with an eating disorder, self esteem or body image issues, regular psychotherapy with a specialist can start the healing process.

We might be a good fit if you need help with any of the following:

  • Anorexia

  • Bulimia

  • Binge Eating

  • Complex Trauma

  • Attachment Issues

  • Dissociative Behaviors

  • Fear of Abandonment

  • Self Harm Behaviors

  • Fear of Food

  • Impulsive Behaviors

  • Compulsive Exercise

  • Emotional Eating 

  • Emotional Instability

  • Relationship Issues

  • Body Image Issues

  • Low Self Esteem

My clinical expertise includes treatment of eating disorders, complex trauma, mood disorders and personality disorders. I treat adolescents, adults, and families. 

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About Hayley

Helping people recover from their eating disorders is my life mission

I am licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher based in Washington, D.C. 

I approach my clinical work with a broad perspective—seeking to understand and treat all aspects of the human experience. As both a licensed psychotherapist and registered yoga teacher, I offer a unique framework that allows us to focus acutely on the relationship between body and mind.


I recognize that for a lot of people, the body hasn't always been a safe place. Whether as a result of an eating disorder, self harm behaviors or trauma, there can be a lack of trust and safety in one's own skin. My goal is to help people to have more calm and centeredness within themselves—to help people come home to themselves. Additionally, I strive to help people have more stability and connectedness in their relationships. I place a strong emphasis on building both emotional and physical safety in the therapeutic relationship. In addition to building trust in therapy, we will focus on concrete skills such as grounding, breathing, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Eating Disorders Treatment

We'll work together to deal with the symptoms of your eating disorder – the restriction, the binging and/or the purging, overexercising and constant body evaluation. Beyond that, my hope is to help you understand the emotional function that the eating disorder has played for you and help you to find healthier ways to meet those needs.  Often eating disorders are one piece within a larger picture that has to do with not liking yourself, not feeling competent and effective at other things, and not knowing how to get along with other people. I understand this and want to help you to move beyond symptom reduction to true and deep healing.


Trauma Treatment

Because eating disorders and trauma are often so inexorably intwined, I've moved beyond my specialization in eating disorders to study the more global impact of trauma on the body and mind. We might be an especially good fit if your trauma has caused you to have unsteady or unstable relationships, mood swings, numbness or self-harm. I orient myself in attachment based therapy, DBT-informed therapy and Yoga Informed Therapy. I've also acquired specialized training in trauma sensitive yoga, somatic experiencing and very soon will have completed training in EMDR. 

Yoga 

As a yoga teacher and therapist, I deeply understands the effect of eating disorders, trauma, anxiety and depression on the body and mind.  In addition to addressing thought patterns and feeling states, I help to work with these conditions on a body level. I've found that this additional consideration in therapy has been tremendously helpful for the people that I work with, whose difficulties in living are often centered on the body.

 

Services

Together, let's decide on a treatment modality that works best for you

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Individual Therapy

50 minute one on one sessions to explore your past and build skills for the here and now

Group Discussion

Group Therapy

Connect with others who know what it's like to struggle. Learn what it's like to not be alone.

Yoga at Home

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Nourish your mind and body through the healing practice of yoga. Regain a sense of body awareness and body acceptance.

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Video Counseling

Without leaving the comfort of your home, tap into the benefits of therapy from your personal device.

 

Eating Disorder Recovery Groups

Currently, I am offering two process groups for recovery-minded adults struggling with eating disorders. Topics include dealing with body image, fighting back against the eating disorder “voice”, making treatment choices and finding freedom from food rules.


These process groups are designed for folks who are struggling with an eating disorder or have a history of an eating disorder. Together, group members process the challenges and successes of recovery. Participants are encouraged to relate feelings, share their own experiences and offer compassion and support. If you don't want to do this alone, if you want to be seen and understood in your recovery struggles, a group could be a great choice.

Wednesdays 11am | Fridays 9am

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Answers You Need

 

Do you accept insurance?

I am what you call an out of network provider and do not accept insurance at this time. However, I provide the documentation you need should you wish to seek reimbursement through your insurance.

What is your therapy style?

My therapeutic style is rooted in attachment theory which means I see the interpersonal relationship as a tool for growth and healing. Despite that, I will frequently pull from DBT, mindfulness and even yoga to meet your specific needs.

What groups do you offer?

Currently, I offer two eating disorder process groups. One on Wednesdays at 11 and the other on Fridays at 9.

If you are interested in either of these groups, please don't hesitate to give me a call. 

Who Do You Treat?

I treat adolescents, adults and families. Eating disorders effect everyone involved.

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Office Locations

By appointment only

1350 Connecticut Ave NW

Suite 203

Washington, D.C. 20036

4545 42nd St NW

Suite 101

Washington, D.C. 20016

 

Get in Touch

Think we might be a good fit? Don't hesitate to reach out today for a free 15 minute phone consultation. 

202-540-0278

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