What I Believe
I believe that EVERYTHING we do is an attempt to HELP ourselves. At any given time, our behaviors and habits represent the best or only way we know how to take care of ourselves. We DO NOT purposely hurt ourselves, although the things we do may hurt us. At one time this coping worked well for us. Now it may not work so well anymore. With this premise, I want to help you understand how your behavior and habits serve your needs and purposes. Then I want to help you find more direct ways of helping yourself than through the use (and distraction) of those behaviors and habits.
I also believe that if beating ourselves up was going to make us do and feel better, we would have been happy and ecstatic a long time ago (and you wouldn’t be reading this page). It is NOT about to happen. You ARE NOT one self-loathing thought away from being happy.
Beating ourselves up will NEVER make us feel good but it will ALWAYS make us feel bad and it will eat away at any confidence and self esteem we may have had up to that point. I help people to build the skills that TRULY work to get free of behaviors and habits. I help you to unravel your personal myths about yourself and challenge if they are REALLY true. I help people realize and put into practice what taking care of themselves truly is. Most people I work with have no idea they are supposed to feel good, so they have not built the skill, the practice, of helping themselves to feel good.
I believe in TOTAL recovery from eating disorders. I believe you can learn to trust yourself. I believe you can get through a day eating only when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re satisfied. I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of people who have come to feel better about their relationship to food, their body and themselves. It has truly been an honor to have the opportunity to accompany so many wonderful people into a better, happier life.
Lise Welsh, MA, MFT
I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. I have 2 daughters, love to cook and have been a professional musician much of my life and looove to ride my Harley. It's important that you know I can eat my weight in fried chicken. While I love working with the general population, I have extensive training and experience in disordered eating, supporting sufferers and family members for over 30 years. I grew up thinking about food all day long for years and years and years. I know that if it can be different for me then it can be different for ANYbody.
“Most everyone else who ever tried to help me gave up at some point. Lise never did. She never believed that I was hopeless; never believed that I
wouldn't come out the other side. And her belief in my potential kept my belief in it alive. It IS the reason that I AM alive. Without Lise's guidance and undying patience, I would not be the happily married, mother of two, virtually eating disorder-free person that I am.” LH
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