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Should I become a Paleo therapist?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I am exploring various educational/career options and I am thinking about becoming a therapist with a focus on food and carb addiction.

Have you successfully worked with a psychotherapist to overcome personal obstacles to weight loss? Has it helped?

I am considering getting an MSW degree so I can help people with food issues, addictions and utilizing mindfulness based stress reduction to get to the underlying emotional issues that folks turn to food and other substances to try cope with.

Would an evolutionary oriented paleo/ancestral oriented therapist be helpful or something you would actively seek out?

I have also been accepted into an RD program. As a therapist there are unlimited insurance paid sessions, but as a registered dietician insurance doesn't pay unless you are already diabetic, and then only 6 15 minute sessions a year.

My thinking is that for people struggling to make lifestyle changes, knowing what to eat is less important than being able to change ingrained (pardon the pun) habits and get over emotional stumbling blocks to reach their goals.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Dual major with biochemistry and psychology?

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:30 AM

You are correct. Food is nothing like the so called "normal 'addictive' drugs" as you called them. I don't have to consume cocaine. I MUST cosume food to survive.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:19 AM

You maybe a therapist, but you are clearly not a statistician.

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on July 29, 2012
at 10:40 PM

I love this idea, mostly because I really could've used this type of therapist for the past 10 years! I would encourage almost anyone to become a therapist. It's a wonderfully fulfilling career that lets you really help people. I'm biased, of course, because I love and embrace therapy, and it's really helped me.

My only caveat would be to be cognizant of the fact that food issues aren't just about food. Food addictions, weight loss obstacles, and food issues in general are symptoms of underlying issues. I'm sure you know and realize this, but I mention it just in case - it's important for a food therapist (or Paleo therapist) to go beyond the food. In my experience, I sought counseling for an eating disorder who specialized in treating eating disorders. After the first few sessions, though, we didn't really talk much about food. I have no idea if she was specially trained to treat eating disorders, but I couldn't really differentiate between her training/skills and my previous therapist. So I'm not exactly sure how to Paleo-ize therapy that would go beyond more typical psychotherapy training. Perhaps some other hackers could weigh in.

Anyway, I encourage this. Can I be your first patient?

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:35 AM

Combined with attention on functional medicine and you got a good niche. I'm thinking that if you teamed up with an organization like metabolictreatmentcenter.com and you can maximize the number of folks you can help!

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:32 AM

I think you should focus on addiction in general. I'd recommend reading "Addiction the Hidden Epidemic" by Pam Killeen. Also look into the work of Abraham Hoffer or Julia Ross. Helping people through diet and nutrients is very noble pursuit and I have a lot of respect for the people that stand apart from our conventional medical system to do that work.

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on July 30, 2012
at 01:42 AM

While carbs can be an 'addiction', they are nothing like normal 'addictive' drugs (cocaine/crack/opiates/benzos). People in America are fat because they over consume CALORIES. Women in Italy are the THINNEST IN THE WORLD and they consume a large % of their macros via CARBS. Next in line - Switzerland where a large % is FAT. So whats the deal? They eat less calories. Period.

There, Im a therapist. That will be $100.00.

2194b1863657b6be2e49ae0dac911c72

(139)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:19 AM

You maybe a therapist, but you are clearly not a statistician.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:30 AM

You are correct. Food is nothing like the so called "normal 'addictive' drugs" as you called them. I don't have to consume cocaine. I MUST cosume food to survive.

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on July 29, 2012
at 11:20 PM

I think this is a fantastic idea! My family has recently made the switch to paleo, and the thought has crossed my mind to speak to a therapist for some advice on how to make sure I'm not damaging my kids' psyche (they are 8 & 10). I want them to have a healthy relationship of food and not be afraid of it - we've been talking a lot lately about unhealthy foods and how they damage our bodies. Anyway, although I've wanted to get a professional opinion, I've also been concerned that if we go to a therapist that doesn't understand paleo, we will be seen as "extreme". So.... YES! I think this would be a great career path for you. And I will be your second patient!

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