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

Eating Disorders During Midlife

  • Middle aged women support group

by Carol Fredrek A common myth in our culture is that women in midlife do not experience body dissatisfaction or disordered eating. It is often minimized, which is evident by its lack of visibility in the media.  However, many studies show quite the opposite. A study of women aged 50 and older, found that 79% ... READ MORE

How Does the Media Affect Your Body Image?

  • Unhappy woman looking out the window

Every woman and girl have been impacted by the media.  It might be advertisements on television, magazines, a search engine, Facebook, Instagram and the toys that children play with.  It might be a Disney movie that portrays women in an unrealistic way or the super models that we see on television and Facebook. With the ... READ MORE

7 Tips To Manage Your Eating Disorder Over the Holidays

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by Carol Fredrek 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 particular for those that have challenges with food, body, and weight issues.  Holiday celebrations often involve social gatherings, family events, and random encounters with food. ... READ MORE

4 Warning Signs You Might Have an Eating Disorder

  • Young woman feeling faint, drinking water

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 ... READ MORE

How to Take Charge of Your Anxiety

  • Happy young woman

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 ... READ MORE

7 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

  • Happy full-figured woman at the beach

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 ... READ MORE

3 Stages of Recovery from Trauma & PTSD in Therapy

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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, ... READ MORE

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

  • Young woman looking in mirror, sucking in belly

"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 ... READ MORE

The Truth About Grief and Loss

  • Grieving woman

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 ... READ MORE

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

  • Holiday meal

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 ... READ MORE