Anxiety Relief

Anxiety can make daily life a struggle. Maybe you wake up in the morning with a feeling of panic that never goes away. Or perhaps your anxiety makes you over-eat, over-sleep and feel tearful. Other people look at you like you’re lazy or shy, but you know you’re not. It’s the fear of humiliation and the exhaustion and frustration that keeps you from being yourself. It’s not that you won’t do things, it’s that you can’t when you’re anxious. I know you’re tired of living like this. That you want to be able to perform at work, stop emotional eating and stop carrying your anxiety around with you like an unwanted guest. Maybe you’ve tried meds in the past or counseling that didn’t work. Or you could be considering taking a leave of absence from work or fear you’re burning out your friends and family with your cycles of anxiety. I get it. I know you feel like you’re fighting this battle alone. But you don’t have to fight it alone. It is possible to learn to manage and reduce your feelings of anxiety.

I understand your struggle with anxiety. I also know understand how to help you manage and heal your anxiety. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and have over 10 years of hands-on experience as a counselor. I’ve worked in residential, intensive outpatient and private practice settings helping folks heal their anxiety, eating disorders and trauma. I know that many people struggling with anxiety may also struggle in their relationship with food. So, I’d like to share that I have extensive experience working with eating disorder/food and body image related concerns. I completed a year-long intensive training on the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, and I am also an EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) trained therapist. This is one of the fastest, most powerful therapies I’ve found to relieve anxiety, trauma and body image concerns). I’m also a big fan of mindfulness and meditation. My specialties in the areas of anxiety, trauma and eating disorders help me really understand and treat the root of your anxiety. I can also tell you that as a person I know what it’s like to struggle with anxiety! I’ve worked through my own disordered eating & anxiety and I can tell you it is 100% possible to heal and manage your anxiety. So, when you tell me you wish you had an “off” switch for your anxiety or worry I’ll judge your eating patterns, trust me I won’t. I get it. It takes patience & understanding but I know together we can give you the tools you need get to the root of and heal your anxiety. If you’re feeling trapped in your anxiety, call me for a complimentary consultation and let’s help you rediscover how to live life! -Alexandra House, LPC

Alexandra, Anxiety, Blog, Body Image, Eating Disorders

Are You Ready to Let go of Body Image Anxiety for a Funner Summer?

If the idea of putting on a bikini (or any swimsuit) this summer fills you with an icy wave of anxiety that’s colder than any  pool in Arizona…you’re not alone. So many of us struggle with feelings of guilt, shame or terror around wearing a swimsuit. We know that no one is judging us but […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Binge Eating, Blog, Eating Disorders, Uncategorized

3 Ways Anxiety Impacts Your Appetite

Anxiety can have a huge impact on your appetite. You might find yourself worrying about what you’re eating or not eating when you’re feeling anxious. Or maybe you eat to try to calm your anxiety and find yourself eating without even tasting or enjoying your food. You Eat When You’re Anxious or Emotional If you […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Binge Eating, Eating Disorders, Food

Secrets of Successful Intuitive Eating

  You’ve probably heard of intuitive eating. It’s a popular topic on social media. And while I’m a huge fan of intuitive eating (it helped me heal my own relationship with food and I’ve helped many clients turn their relationship with food around following intuitive eating principles) there is a lot of misinformation about what […]

Alexandra, Body Image, Eating Disorders

Lisa Rinna Blames Herself for her Daughter’s Eating Disorder. But What Really Causes Eating Disorders?

Have you ever wondered what caused your eating disorder? Or if you’re a parent of a child with an eating disorder maybe you wonder if you’re to blame. During a recent episode of Desperate Housewives Lisa Rinna’s daughter came forward with her struggle with anorexia. Rinna responded by stating “You know, it’s, like, ‘What did we […]

Alexandra, Binge Eating, Blog, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence

Your Weight Doesn’t Determine Your Health

  The obesity epidemic is a hot topic. So is weight loss or the “battle of the bulge”. In fact, the idea that losing weight is good for your health is so widely accepted that most of us never question it. It’s normal to get weighed during a trip to the doctor and any weight […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Binge Eating, Blog, Eating Disorders, Uncategorized

Are You Ready-ish For (Eating Disorder) Recovery?

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety or memories of past trauma you may be so tired of how it’s impacting your life. The feelings of anxiety, fear of food or inability to feel safe in your body might be so overwhelming. This part of you is so ready to let go of your […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

You Don’t Have to Be Underweight to Have an Eating Disorder

When you picture someone struggling with an eating disorder you probably imagine a young, extremely thin white female. Yet the truth is that eating disorders don’t discriminate. I recently read an article by Carly Dyer (https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/yes-overweight-anorexia-nervosa-143536776.html in which she discussed her struggles with anorexia and being overweight. Carly shared that because she was overweight, she […]

Alexandra, Binge Eating, Blog, Eating Disorders, Uncategorized

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is BS

I remember as a teenager going into my small-town Dr. for my annual physical. Inevitably a chart would be pulled out that showed weight & height. Then my Dr. would talk to me about whether I was in the “normal”, “overweight” or “obese” section. I remember feeling anxiety build as the chart was pulled out, […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

Forget What You Think You Know About Body Positivity

Body positivity or bopo is a hot topic. There are over 90,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag body-positive and a quick google search brings up hundreds of hits. But we seem to be missing the mark with body positivity. I often find people are confused by the topic, thinking it means they must love their […]

Alexandra, Blog, Body Image, Eating Disorders

Can Eating Breakfast with Your Teen Help their Body Image?

Eating disorder experts & research has long suggested that eating family meals is an important part of eating disorder recovery. Psychology research has also shown us links between family meal time and lower rates of teen drug use. More recently a study from the University of Missouri suggests that eating breakfast as a family can  […]

Alexandra, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Uncategorized

Is Your Body Image Impacting Your Sex Life?

Learn 3 signs your body image is impacting your sex life and 3 simple tips to build a better body image, and sex life.

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence, Trauma/Abuse

5 Signs It’s Time To Talk To A Therapist

5 signs It’s Time to See a Therapist   We all struggle with challenges in life. For better or worse struggles are natural parts of life. But sometimes our struggles are more than we can handle on our own. It may also be helpful to know that studies show if you seek help more quickly […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence

Does Exercise Have a Place in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Does Exercise Have a Place in Eating Disorder Recovery? Eating disorder recovery is a unique process. An eating disorder is an addiction in the same way that alcoholism or gambling is an addiction. The difference is that for folks with other types of addictions recovery means abstaining from alcohol, gambling or whatever they may be […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence, Uncategorized

How to Choose A Therapist

I recently stumbled across an article by a woman who detailed why therapy didn’t work for her. Throughout the article (you can check out the original article here) https://psychcentral.com/blog/why-therapy-didnt-work-for-m the author (Amber) identified two different therapists she had worked with and why the therapy hadn’t been helpful for her. My heart felt so heavy as […]

Alexandra, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence

The Problem With Makeover Movies

  As a teen I loved makeover movies. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Pretty Woman, Never Been Kissed, She’s All That or the more recent Netflix TV sitcom Insatiable. There are so many to choose from. I loved how these romantic comedies would build up to the big reveal. The previously mousy, or trashy or […]

Alexandra, Eating Disorders, Uncategorized

The Impact of Purging (Self-Induced Vomiting) On Your Body

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder you may be struggling with a behavior known as “purging”. This is a behavior where a person forces themselves to throw up, typically following a meal. Purging might happen because you are afraid of gaining weight, feel guilty about the food you have […]

Alexandra, Blog, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence

Why I’m Not Against Plastic Surgery

In recent years rates of plastic surgery procedures have gone up dramatically as have the rates of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (a disorder in which a person worries excessively about or has strong negative feelings about their body). It may surprise you to hear that as a therapist who specializes in body image and eating disorders, […]

Alexandra, Blog, Body Image, Eating Disorders

New Study Shows Social Media Impacts Teen Girls’ Body Image at 2x the Rate of Boys

We all know social media isn’t great for our health. Terms like fomo (fear of missing out) have been made to describe the feelings of anxiety these platforms can create & we’re learning more about how addictive these tools can be. A new study coming out of the UK is now showing just how much […]

Alexandra, Binge Eating, Blog, Eating Disorders

Is “Brain Over Binge” The Cure You’ve Been Waiting For?

Kathryn Hansen’s book Brain Over Binge has been around for a few years (published in 2016). The book is still super popular, and several you-tubers have stated it cured their binge eating. I’m all for people working through their disordered eating I think it’s great if folks were able to move through their eating patterns. […]

Alexandra, Blog, Body Image, Eating Disorders

3 Reasons You Need to See Netflix’s New Film Dumplin

Netflix recently launched a new film, Dumplin. The film is about an adolescent girl (Danielle Macdonald) and her beauty-queen mother (played by Jennifer Aniston). The film explores the main characters relationship with her mother as well as her own journey toward self-acceptance. Chances are you’ve heard about the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

This Holiday Nothing is Off Limits

The holidays represent different things for all of us, positive and challenging. Of course, there are challenges and joys surrounding family (both those you are able or not able to see) additional responsibilities and for those struggling with food and body image new challenges around food. A plate of cookies at the office or a […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence

Jameela Jamil Claps Back at Fake Celebrity Weight Loss Promos!

The Good Place Star and body positive feminist Jameela Jamil is firing back at celebrities promoting sketchy weight loss products. I love it when celebrities are honest about their own struggles and the unrealistic pressure they feel. It reminds us that mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. The picture-perfect lives we see on […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

You Can’t Do This Perfectly

Perfectionism. It’s that sneaky little voice in the back of your head. It tells you, ‘who do you think you are?” Or maybe, “yeah that was o.k., but you know you could do this better.”  When you’re struggling with your body image, food or anxiety that perfectionist voice may not feel like a separate voice, […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Blog, Eating Disorders, Self Confidence

No Apologies

I am so tired of women apologizing. I see this all the time. Both with the clients that I work with and women I interact with in my day to day life. Women seem to be trained to feel responsible for everyone else. So many of us say “I’m sorry” unconsciously. We’ve been trained to […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

Don’t Tell Me To Just Eat! What to Do When Your Loved One Hates Their Body (Or Won’t Eat)

It can be so hard to support our loved ones through their struggles with food and body image. We think they are perfect and beautiful. Just the way they are. We wonder why can’t they just eat? Or see themselves the way I see them? You might get frustrated, scared or even angry. These are […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

Sallie Field’s New Book Reminds Survivors of Sexual Abuse, You Are Not Alone

  Sallie Field’s new book Pieces came out a few weeks ago. I’ll admit until recently I didn’t know much about Sallie Field fan. Yet I was super impressed by her in recent book interviews. What impressed me was how real her story was and how brave she was in sharing it. I know that […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

If You Can’t Love Your Body, Try Accepting It

The Body Image Movement (known as #bopo) on social media has become super popular in the last few years. As a therapist that specializes in body image & eating disorders I am thrilled! I’ve seen companies become more body-inclusive in their advertising and celebrities speak out about their body image struggles. Yet I also know […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

5 Feel Good Movies to Help you Appreciate Your Body

What’s better than watching a movie to unwind after a busy day? I love movies as much as anyone else. However, as a therapist that specializes in body image & eating disorders and in the wake of the #me too movement I’ve gotten a little pickier with the movies I enjoy. It’s hard for me […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Blog, Body Image, Eating Disorders

I don’t have time for that ! The busy woman’s guide to self care

The term self-care is getting thrown around a lot these days. Some of us understand what it means. Others may get the concept but think, no way do I have time for thatT! Self-care may recall images of lounging in a bath or expensive spa treatments. For most of us this type of self-care is […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

When Food Is the Enemy; Recognizing Signs of Anorexia

Last week an Israeli Instagram model, Avital Cohen shared she had struggled with a fear of becoming fat, which lead to an eating disorder. Avital proudly showed before and after photos. In this case the after photos were of her in recovery and having returned to a healthy weight. Avital shared that she was “afraid […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders

Princess Diana’s Public(ish) Struggle with Bulimia

Princess Diana is remembered for her beauty, selflessness and grace. Even after her tragic death over two decades ago she is still one of the most recognized and celebrated celebrities in the world. Perhaps less known is the fact that she also struggled with bulimia. Bulimia is an eating disorder in which a person purges […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Blog

Why You Can’t Out think Your Anxiety (and what to do to instead)

  There is a quote I love that goes, “you can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it”. How true is that for anxiety? Often when we’re anxious we try to “out think” our anxiety. We imagine worst-case scenarios, spend hours obsessing and planning how to deal with potential problem scenarios and […]

Alexandra, Blog, Eating Disorders, Trauma/Abuse

Why Survivors of Abuse (Including Oprah) Often Struggle with Their Weight

Oprah is an icon in our culture. We know her on a first-name basis and it would be hard to find someone in the US who isn’t familiar with her or the empire she’s created. Sadly, Oprah is almost as well known for her yo-yo struggles with her weight. Whether through the media criticizing her […]

Alexandra, Body Image, Eating Disorders

How to Get Body Confidence, Ashley Graham Style!

                              Last week plus size model, body activist and all-around badass Ashley Graham defended herself against a social media troll who made the comment “I thought you worked out”. Ashley responded by saying, “Girls with cellulite and rolls can’t work out […]

Alexandra, Body Image, Eating Disorders

Can Mindfulness Help You Get Your Sexy Back?

It can be hard to feel sexy or even just attractive or good enough in our modern culture. Airbrushed images bombard us daily, and we’re constantly encouraged to “improve” our appearance through plastic surgery, makeup tricks or changing our hairstyle. I want to be clear that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be attractive […]

Alexandra, Anxiety, Eating Disorders

Quick Tips to Tame Anxiety

It can strike at any time…that debilitating feeling of panic…. the racing thoughts start, your mind begins to go over “what if” scenarios and next thing you know you’re struggling with fighting off a panic attack. Become aware of your anxiety triggers: If you suffer with anxiety there are likely triggers (people, places, things) that […]

Alexandra, Eating Disorders, Food

How to be a Healthy Eater

If you struggle in your relationship with food you may have lots of emotions surrounding food; fear, guilt, anger, excitement. Many who struggle in their relationship with food don’t have an idea of what a “healthy eater” looks like or what healthy eating would mean in their life. Furthermore, many people who don’t struggle with […]

Alexandra, Eating Disorders

How do I know if I’m Hungry?

We eat for lots of different reasons, entertainment, comfort, to satiate a craving or physical hunger. If you struggle with emotional eating it can be difficult to tell when you’re physically hungry v. craving a particular food or eating to cope with emotions. Yet ultimately food can soothe your physical hunger and a grumbling stomach […]

Alexandra, Eating Disorders

5 Signs You May Be An Emotional Eater

5 Signs You May Be An Emotional Eater You reach for a bag of chips after a long day of work. You get into a fight with your spouse and find yourself craving something sweet.  After dinner everyone in your house has gone to bed and you find yourself craving bread and fighting the urge […]

Alexandra, Eating Disorders, Krystal

Commonly Asked Questions and Concerns for Eating Disorder Counseling

Here we hope we can answer some of your questions about what you may expect from counseling for an eating disorder: What is an eating disorder? What’s body dysmorphia or body image? An eating disorder is a mental health disorder in which an individual engages in “behaviors” surrounding food. This may involve restricting food intake, […]