Creating peace with food, your body, and your life.
Carol Fredrek, MA
Registered Psychologist

4 Warning Signs You Might Have an Eating Disorder

by Carol Fredrek Your relationship to food may interfere with your life and prevent you from enjoying everyday activities.  You may feel out of control, anxious, or distressed when you are around food. You measure your self-esteem by how you look or find yourself preoccupied with your weight, letting the numbers on the scale impact [...]

How to Take Charge of Your Anxiety

by Carol Fredrek If you are reading this article you are probably struggling with managing your own anxiety or you know someone that is struggling.  We all feel nervous or worry at times, which can be helpful when it motivates or warns us of danger. An anxiety disorder causes unexpected or unhelpful anxiety that seriously [...]

7 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

by Carol Fredrek In previous posts I have written about body image struggles, body image in midlife, how you measure your body image, and how to move on from negative body image.  This article is a follow up to the last post.  It was based on an interview with a woman that struggles with her [...]

3 Stages of Recovery from Trauma & PTSD in Therapy

by Carol Fredrek This article summarizes the 3 Stages of Recovery that Judith Herman outlines in her book “Trauma and Recovery” and how this model is used in therapy. I will also provide a brief example of how I have work with therapy clients using this model. Trauma is often caused by natural disaster, war combat, [...]

Why You May Be Struggling with Body Image and What to Do About It

"I have poor body image and my eating is out of control!  What can I do?" In psychology, we talk about characteristics which are based on both nature - what we are born with,  and nurture - influences from the environment. Something in your environment at a certain milestone or developmental stage in your life [...]

The Truth About Grief and Loss

by Carol Fredrek You’ve experienced grief and loss at one time in your life.  As a child the loss may have involved the death of a parent, pet, or friend; your parents separation or divorce; the breakup with a boyfriend; or losing an important toy.  As a young adult you weren’t accepted into College or [...]

7 Ways to Minimize the Impact of the Holiday’s on Your Eating Disorder

by Carol Fredrek This is not intended to be a long article, but one that will give you some ideas that might help you over this holiday season.  An eating disorder is a struggle any time of the year, but the holidays are particularly challenging. The holiday season is a difficult time for many people, in [...]

5 Things You Need to Know About Trauma and Eating Disorders

by Carol Fredrek  The link between eating disorders and trauma is well known. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, the prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in eating disorder patients is about 24.3%.  And half of those suffering from an eating disorder also suffer from an anxiety disorder. [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Anxiety

by Carol Fredrek You are likely reading this article because you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, and managing the anxiety is paramount.  A fight or flight response is adaptive and lets you know that you are in danger, physically or psychologically. You might have panic attacks and have trouble breathing.  You might [...]

The Truth About Body Image During Midlife: Feel Beautiful, Glowing, and Empowered

by Carol Fredrek Women’s body image is not a new topic, but has typically focused on young adults or adolescents.  Women’s appearance, how they view themselves and their worth, is just as important to their self-concept as it is for younger age groups. A common myth is that women do not experience body dissatisfaction or [...]