Aleta Marie Storch MS, CN, LMHC, CBTP
My Philosophy and Manifesto
I have spent the last 10 years devoted to learning, practicing, and a promoting a Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy, which is rooted in socially-just, weight-neutral and non-diet care. I believe that bodies are inherently different in size, shape, and capability, and that every body deserves respect, compassion, and care. I do not see health as a moral imperative, a reflection of a person's value, or an obligation. My goal is to help you establish a compassionate and trusting relationship with food and your body, and to support you in your journey towards value centered living.
My work is also rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a values oriented modality. I use ACT in therapy as a way to help clients identify what is truly important, and find ways to live a rich and meaningful life even in the presence of difficult thoughts, emotions, sensations, and experiences. Much of my work is centered on addressing shame and self-criticism through the lens of self-compassion.
My goal as a provider is to offer weight-inclusive, compassionate nutrition and mental health support to those struggling with any food or body image concerns, as well as issues related to chronic disease. Through my work, I also strive to dismantle diet-culture, bring awareness to the proliferation of weight-stigma and it's negative effects, and fight against fat-phobia.
My Background and Qualifications
I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#MC60855669) and Certified Nutritionist (#NU60685088). I am also completing my internship to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and plan to take the exam in early 2020. I completed my graduate studies at Bastyr University, an integrative, natural medicine school in Seattle, Washington. My education and training have provided me with a unique understanding of the inherent connections between food, body, mind, spirit, and community.
Association for Size Diversity and Health
Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians and Professionals
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine
Binge Eating Disorder Association
Certified Body Trust Provider Network