Hi, I’m Stance. Through life experience, education, hard work and lots and lots of trial and error, I’ve come to believe that food freedom and body acceptance are the keys to living the life you’ve always dreamed of. And I’m here to help you create that reality. If I can do it, I KNOW you can do it!

I’m an eating disorder recovery and body image coach. That means I can help you:

  • Break up with Diet Culture.
  • Start having some fun, today, despite your imperfections! (I have some, too!)
  • Help you make peace with the body you’re in right now.
  • Set boundaries and respond to social challenges.
  • Advocate for yourself in medical settings
  • Navigate intuitive eating
  • Identify your personal struggles, inspirations and goals, and help you live your best life.

I provide one-on-one coaching, group support, and yin yoga to those who haven’t yet been given the opportunity to embrace their bodies as they are. If you’re ready to begin, I can promise an inclusive, diverse, kind, and compassionate space for those ready to begin the journey towards self acceptance and food freedom.

I identify as proudly queer and serve clients of all gender identities.

All are welcome here.

Like a lot of people my age, my family was deeply rooted in Diet Culture. Some of my earliest memories involve going on (and off) diets with my mom, who had been put on diets by her mom decades earlier. I now realize we were trapped in a harmful and futile generational cycle–desperately trying to control our lives by controlling our bodies and being constantly reinforced by the culture we live in.

Looking back at myself as a young adult, I see pervasive fatphobia (toward myself and others), a really complicated relationship with physical activity and an unshakeable conviction that my life wouldn’t begin until I was thin. As in thin enough. Friendship, human connections, being comfortable and happy in my own skin–all those were off the table, far in the future, when I somehow, finally, managed to attain the “perfect body.”

Over twenty years, I waged war on this body of mine, which didn’t seem to want to conform to my demands. (Like most bodies, it expanded and contracted.) And guess what–getting as thin as I thought I needed to be didn’t fix me!

I tried to shrink my body. Instead, I shrunk my life.

And then I learned that my body wasn’t the problem. That, In fact, it’s an ally. And my life began to expand. Short version: now my world is big!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is eating disorder recovery coaching?

  • Coaching is a great ADDITION to a recovery TEAM. Eating disorder recovery requires collaborative care. Coaching is NOT a substitution for seeing a therapist, doctor or dietician. In most cases a coach works along side those professionals.
  • Coaching involves day to day support in putting recovery into practice. Coaches provide accountability and support to meet you where you are in your recovery.

What is body image coaching?

  • Body image coaching is a deep dive into your relationship with your body. We will work on finding body neutrality, understanding the body positive movement, learning what self-care really means and how to truly take care of yourself, and more.
  • Weekly or biweekly 1:1 meetings on zoom
  • In most cases, this is not collaborative with other health professionals (but it can be!)

How do I know what’s right for me?

  • If you have a diagnosed eating disorder and are actively pursuing recovery, eating disorder recovery coaching is for you!  However, you DO NOT need to be diagnosed to participate in eating disorder recovery coaching. Through an intake call we will determine the best fit for you.
  • If you are struggling to accept your body, struggling with body changes, or generally suffering from the pervasive diet culture that we live in, body image coaching is for you! You may also benefit from this type of coaching if you’re further along in ED recovery, and want to continue to strengthen your relationship with your body and self.

What’s the difference between individual and group coaching?

  • Individual coaching occurs 1:1 with me on zoom. While there are other people who participate in individual therapy you will not interact with them in any capacity.
  • Group coaching occurs with 4-8 other people and me on zoom. All the people in the group will be working through the same homework and programming, and you’re able to interact with each other.
  • You can participate in both individual and group if you’re interested!

How does yoga fit into your coaching? And what is yin yoga, anyway?

I’m not big into yoga for fitness, so if you’re looking to sweat for 60 minutes in a hot room, that’s not it. I do, however, find yin yoga to be an incredibly connected experience with myself and my body. It was through yin yoga that I began to see movement as something other than just a way to burn calories. Yin Yoga involves a lot of assisted and supported stretching with guided meditation as we go. I am a 200 hour trained yoga teacher and have 2+ years of experience teaching guided meditations.

Will you help me lose weight?

Not intentionally. Sometimes people lose weight as they let go of the grip that diet culture has on them, but I won’t be prescribing any diets or doing anything to help you intentionally change your body shape / size. I will absolutely talk about this very normal and understandable desire, and we can work on solutions to finding happiness that don’t involve a diet.

Is it wrong to want to lose weight?

Absolutely not. We live in a world in which thin will always be in, and we are fed a daily slew of media to remind us of that exact fact. It takes work to rewire your thinking on this, but we can get there!

Can you help me even if I work/live/date a body shamer?

I can! Especially if you’re willing to give this body shamer some boundaries. I can help you come up with the boundaries and how to execute them, but a desire for change is all I need to be motivated to help.

Do you work with men?

YES! I believe that men also face body image difficulty and pressure. I am happy to work with people regardless of their gender identity.

Do you work with teenagers?

YES! I have 7+ years in education and no teenagers scare me. I love working with teens!

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