Shantay Williams

As a Marriage and Family Therapy intern, I provide confidential counseling to help individuals, couples, families, and groups reach their goals. With my Bachelor of Science in Family & Human Development from Arizona State University as the foundation for my work, plus years of experience exploring personal and professional relationships.  I am currently in my graduate program studying Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m ready to guide you on your path toward greater understanding with an open heart that’s free from judgment.

I believe seeking help is a courageous first step toward personal growth and healing. I understand that every individual, couple, and family has unique challenges, and I modify my approach to each client’s needs. Collaboratively, I help my clients identify their strengths and challenges. My goal is to assist clients in gaining insight, finding solutions, and navigating their challenges.

I provide guidance, support, and a listening ear to help you with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or just someone to talk to. I am excited to start your journey toward personal growth and healing.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Shantay Williams

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