Kim Griffin

I am matching up with those clients who long to find connections within themselves, who aspire to process emotions in healthy ways, and who are open to navigating the healing process of depression, anxiety, shame, anger, and the effects of trauma with a devoted mentor to guide you, online or in person. Clients who see hope as the first step on the journey to growth and willing to explore and share in search of deeper meanings. Those who desire understanding to heal doubt, guilt, and harsh self-judgment. Clients who desire more in their life, yet may need help uncovering their true potential. Clients who seek healing, satisfaction, and more joy.

With my compassionate, supportive, and holistic approach to life challenges and painful hardships, my goal is to help my clients move through the healing process safely and harmoniously. Through empathy, authenticity, and even laughter, together we can address your concerns and seek to better understand persistent and relevant patterns throughout your life.

Do you crave more in your life but struggle with figuring things out on your own? It can be hard, but we’re not meant to do it alone. Leaning on others to understand ourselves is part of the human experience of growth. I propose we face life’s trials as a team to address your fears and work together towards a happier, and more fulfilled and peaceful you.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Eating Disorders - It's Not About the Food

By Kelly Lopez

If it’s not about the food, what is it really about?

The eating disorder serves a function, it does a job. Despite the problems an eating disorder creates, it is an effort to cope, shield against, communicate, and solve problems. Behaviors may be a way to establish a sense of power or control, self-worth, strength, and containment. Bringing may be used to numb pain. Purging may be a way to release emotions. When one cannot cope in healthy ways, adaptive functions (behaviors) are created to ensure a sense of safety, security, and control.
According to Carolyn Costin*, some of the “adaptive functions that eating disorder behaviors commonly serve are”:
It’s not about the food, it’s a way of coping with low self-esteem, negative emotions, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, unstable home, difficulty resolving conflict and much more.
*Costin, Carolyn. The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments and Prevention of Eating Disorders. 3rd. edition, McGraw Hill, 2007.
Fuller, Kristen. “Eating Disorders: It’s Not All about Food.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 22 Mar. 2017