Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional Counseling

You'll find counseling and dietetic support in partnership with SPU's Student Health Services.

Food & body image therapy

Access the Patient Portal to request a Nutrition Counseling Consultation today.

What is nutritional counseling? It's counseling and support for disordered eating, clinical eating disorders, body image issues, non-diet approaches to weight and health, and more.

Examples of disordered eating include

  • Emotional/stress eating
  • Chronic dieting
  • Guilt and shame related to eating
  • Preoccupation with food and body
  • Obsessive/compulsive exercising

Examples of clinical eating disorders include

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Orthorexia Nervosa 

Questions to ask:

  • Do you weigh yourself or find yourself preoccupied with numbers on the scale or with counting calories?
  • Do you feel shame, guilt, disgust, fear after eating something "bad?"
  • Do you think about controlling food and/or your body that you don't have much mental space left for other things in life?
  • Do you base your self-worth on how you look or how/what you eat?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be dealing with disordered eating or an eating disorder.

Medical nutrition therapy

  • Transitioning to eating on or off-campus
  • Navigating dietary restrictions: food allergies, intolerances, vegetarianism, veganism, etc.
  • Optimizing nutrition for better energy and mental focus
  • Managing specific medical conditions such as: diabetes, high cholesterol/lipid levels, IBS, PCOS, etc.

Treating your food & body concerns

At the Student Counseling Center, our coordinated treatment team includes a therapist, dietitian (nutrition counselor), and a medical provider (in coordination with Student Health Services). Prefer to seek these services in the Seattle community? Ask us about a referral, and check our resource guide.

Request a Nutrition Consultation (through the Patient Portal)