Hannah was able to quickly get to the core of issues and help me reveal what was really going on to make me want to turn to food, or anxious thinking.
I realized my “food issues” were really “life issues” and one could not be addressed without the other. I told Hannah in our last session, “Hey, I’m not depressed anymore.” And this is pretty remarkable because earlier this year I had decided to take antidepressants and then stopped because I was trying to conceive. I am amazed that I don’t need a pill to feel good anymore.
I think it is also very interesting that after several weeks of practicing some of the slowing down techniques Hannah encouraged, I became pregnant! The work we did really prepared me mentally and physically for creating human life.
I now look in the mirror and try to find the things I like, instead of all my supposed flaws. I also feel a lot more comfortable being in just my undies or naked around my husband! I know that might sound strange, since we are married, but I still always felt a bit self-conscious, and I feel like it has allowed us to be more intimate.
I have to say I just FEEL better. I feel more positive.
Hannah’s approach is extremely logical. There is no “magical thinking” that is not supported by scientific fact. But that did not make the changes any less “magical” feeling.
It is very different from anything I have ever experienced and quite frankly, the only thing that has “worked.”
Considering the massive amounts of money, time, and stress I have spent for years on everything that has never worked – I would say working with Hannah is a bargain – and a Godsend! She has helped me find a balance, peace, and inner wisdom I did not know existed.
I had life-long struggles with food and weight that I never thought I could break – dealing with the agony of one failed diet after another. I was so ashamed of my body and my behavior, and had no one to talk to about these issues.
After six months of working with Hannah, I’m no longer obsessed with food. It truly is amazing! Her non-judgmental support and guidance helped me to see the big picture. Now I’m enjoying real food and participating in activities that nourish my body and my spirit.
All I can say is, the changes for me have been phenomenal.
From the time I was eleven years old, I have been on some kind of diet. By the time I was 18 I knew the caloric content of every food imaginable. It seemed to me that with all the knowledge I had about food, I ought to be able to calculate the perfect diet for me, but my relationship with food remained a struggle. As much as I tried to analyze my diet and the foods I was eating, I continued to feel like my relationship with food was out of control, falling victim to binges on sweets and junk food.
During our first session, Hannah said that over the course of our work, I would learn to listen to my body and trust its messages. This totally confused me because I had come into this process hoping to find some solution to change who I was so that I could finally have healthy dietary habits. But over the past 3 months Hannah has helped me realize that my problems with food are not character flaws.
Hannah has given me invaluable advice and perspective that has helped me break out of negative thoughts. She helped encourage me to be patient with change, and cheered on all my small victories along the way to keep me motivated. Every week she gives me great exercises to try, books to read, and has helped me find where I can make time to make healthy changes in my life. I’m so pleased to see how much I have grown in our first three months of the program.
Working with Hannah has been so revealing, a joy, and worth ever effort I’ve had to make in order to explore, discover and change. She has a knack for understanding what it means to truly listen, provide insightful answers, and help me begin to achieve a deeper understanding of myself, how I take care of this body and soul and therefore my effectiveness when giving back to the world.
–Nathan T., 29
After floating for years through what seemed like an endless sea of self-help books, I was desperate to find a solution for the stress and anxiety that I felt were taking over my life. Hannah’s all-encompassing approach has helped me to develop a completely different kind of awareness of my body, mind and spirit. Instead of letting feelings of guilt and remorse take over when I am feeling stressed and upset, Hannah has taught me how to take on a new role– that of using my “inner counselor” to intuit what my body needs in any given moment to feel at its best. I’ve learned that sometimes, just the simple act of eating some greens or going for a walk might be the best medicine; and I love the empowering feeling I get when I’ve used my own inner wisdom to make this kind of discovery!
–Kristen W, 29