Frequently Asked Questions
This series is about gaining knowledge and working towards understanding the role food AND weight play in your life. Food can be a coping mechanism while weight can be a safety net. While they may serve a purpose, the secondary effect causes more emotional pain, and the cycle continues. We learn that while this coping mechanism may have worked in the past, the side effects are becoming traumatic. You will learn about fight or flight and how to calm you mind and body down so that the need to cope will come from an internal source rather than an external source.
Weight can often make us feel “less than” our counterparts or peers. When we feel “less than” we often believe that we have to behave differently so that people like us; or it could go the opposite way and we can get angry and lash out at others if we believe they are treating us different. We spend more time than we should thinking about our weight, and how we are perceived, that we don’t think about what is truly important in life. It keeps us from uncovering our personal potential (Taitz, End Emotional Eating) Who are you with self-confidence? Would you change anything? It is important to know who you are at a core level, your authentic self. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering, Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
That is an option and there are many success stories coming out of those groups. This class can be a great addition to any diet, and could make you more successful in your weight loss endeavor. This class is also time limited and intimate, so that everyone will have an opportunity to participate.
No. Weight issues have been my focus of study for years, but we can often substitute other issues for “weight”, such as whatever makes you feel “less than”, or whatever has become such a hurdle for you that you can’t see anything beyond it. Much of our belief system was in place prior to adolescence, however it’s important to remember that much of that is the belief of a child. Sometimes these beliefs need to be questioned.
All Counselors (Therapists) are coaches, but not all Life Coaches are Counselors. Licensed therapists have Master’s Degrees and go through rigorous testing in order to get licensed, and are regulated by a state licensing board. At this time there are no certification laws for Life Coaches, but many programs have strict requirements, however there is no requirement to complete a program to identify as a Life Coach. To quote Patrick Williams, “Therapy is about uncovering and recovering, while coaching is about discovering.” (http://ct.counseling.org/2008/12/counseling-vs-life-coaching-2/)