Rochelle has always been fascinated by people and what makes them tick. In college she studied psychology, but it wasn’t until she recognized her own eating disorder and got treatment that her path forward became clear: She wanted to use her experience to help others struggling with disordered eating. So she went back to grad school and became a licensed marriage and family therapist. Now she specializes in working with those suffering from eating disorders, helping them learn to accept and love themselves.
One of her favorite things about being a therapist is getting to connect with others in a real way, rather than wearing the masks we usually put on in the company of others. She particularly appreciates being able to show acceptance to people as they are—especially the parts of themselves they feel are unacceptable or unlovable. She has seen many clients go from feeling small—almost apologetic for their existence—to feeling like they are allowed to be their authentic selves. This transformation can happen by working through issues like trauma, addiction, or an eating disorder. “It’s beautiful to watch,” she says.
She would love to see mental health care move away from trying to fix people and focus more on helping people learn to accept themselves. Labeling mental health disorders has some value, but ultimately she feels it’s crucial that practitioners and clients work together to uncover the wisdom and reasons behind that person’s feelings and behaviors.
For self care, Rochelle loves to connect and spend time with friends. She also finds it healing to spend time outside, enjoy warm beverages, get a massage, and of course, hang out with her dog, Maya.
Rochelle’s key tips for recovery:
- The biggest game-changer: Learning how to have self compassion.
- Learning to be with and accept emotions. Even the uncomfortable ones.
- Learning to be authentic and not hide.
If you’re interested in taking the next step to healing your eating disorder with Rochelle, get in touch for a free 15-minute intake.