FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
frequently asked questions
things you may be wondering…
Whether you’re new to nutrition counseling, veganism, or just new to us, we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions below to make the process easier.
Where and how often do we meet?
All sessions are online via a secure telehealth program.
How often we meet depends on what level of support you need. We see the majority of our clients once a week at first, and then spread sessions out to every other week.
We have some clients we’ve been seeing for years and have less frequent check-ins. You can discuss with your dietitian what level of support is recommended.
what does nutrition counseling entail?
We provide highly individualized nutrition counseling, meaning your sessions are tailored to you. We do not have a one-size-fits-all program.
Some strategies we use are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, self-compassion, parts work, somatic therapy, and more.
The initial session will consist of a review of your health, eating, exercise, and body image history. We’ll discuss where you currently are, where you want to be, and what you consider to be your top priorities or goals.
Follow-up sessions allow us to dig deeper into underlying factors and core issues, discuss barriers and challenges, and devise a plan together that feels realistic, manageable, and attainable for you. Along the way we will be assessing, monitoring, and evaluating how you’re doing and adjusting as needed.
How much do sessions cost?
Initial sessions are 60 minutes and cost $175.
Follow-up sessions are 45 minutes and cost $130.
Do you accept health insurance?
We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and out-of-network with all other insurances.
If you self-pay, we can provide you a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
We recommend calling your insurance and asking what they cover for nutrition services.
How does payment work?
We highly recommend calling your insurance company before our first session to verify coverage for nutrition services.
For co-pays and self-pay sessions, you can pay with a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover and Diners Club) through our secure online platform.
While we have the ability to take HSA cards, that doesn’t always mean your HSA card issuer will approve the charge. We recommend calling your HSA card issuer and asking if they cover nutrition services.
I want to eat more plant-based for health reasons. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Research shows that including an abundance and variety of plant foods in one’s eating pattern is associated with many health benefits. We can help you learn ways to incorporate more plant foods into your day in delicious, easy ways without dieting or food rules.
Can I work with you even if I don’t like my body and want to lose weight?
Of course! Our approach is inclusive of everyone and we can work through your body and weight concerns together. We will talk through your experiences and feelings and create a plan to help you feel your best.
We do ask that you consent to the weight-neutral approach and understand that we do not provide weight loss services.
If you are looking for a dietitian to put you on a weight-loss plan, that is not us. However, if you want to explore how you feel in/about your body and why you want to lose weight, and work on creating a more peaceful relationship with food, exercise, and your body, we can help you with that!
I want to transition to a vegan lifestyle but I am in recovery from an eating disorder. Is this OK?
This is a very nuanced situation. It’s important to work with your care team to ensure your mental health is always the top priority. We can help you determine if this is a smart choice for you right now and if it is, we can develop strategies that come from a place of care and compassion rather than restriction.
What are the residency requirements for virtual sessions?
Due to state licensure laws, you need to live in one of these states in order for us to be able to work with you via telehealth:
What is Health At Every Size®?
HAES® is a weight-inclusive approach to health and social justice framework trademarked by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). HAES does not mean that everyone at every size is healthy, but rather that everyone, no matter their size, has the right to pursue health in ways that are meaningful to them. The five principles of HAES are: weight inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being and life-enhancing movement.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive Eating is an anti-diet framework that has been used in more than 150 published research studies. It promotes sustainable healthy habits and prioritizes internal cues rather than body weight and external factors. The 10 principles of intuitive eating are: ditch the diet mentality, honor your hunger, make peace with food, challenge the food police, discover the satisfaction factor, feel your fullness, cope with your emotions with kindness, respect your body, movement – feel the difference, and honor your health – gentle nutrition.
Can I work with you if I don't have body image concerns?
Yes! Many of our vegan or vegan-curious clients are looking for help covering their nutrient needs and may not need help with body image.
Do you work with people with eating disorders?
We take folks with eating disorders on a case-by-case basis. We require that clients with active eating disorders have a care team including a physician and therapist at a minimum.
We can determine during the introduction call and initial session if we’re a good fit.
You can also search for treatment options on the National Eating Disorders Association website.
Do I need to be vegetarian or vegan to work with you?
Absolutely not! We work with all kinds of clients and will never pressure you to go vegetarian or vegan.
Do you work with kids?
We take older teen clients on a case-by-case basis. We do not work with younger kiddos.
Do you work with people who are pregnant?
Yes! We can offer you information, guidance, and support as you navigate pregnancy nutrition and body image.