About Kathy Elkind

About Kathy Elkind

From Shame to Self-Acceptance:  My Journey

In my earliest years, I was connected to the rhythms of nature. My kind and gentle mother, and my father, an amateur ornithologist, taught me to really understand the natural world around me.

At the age of 8, my contentment shattered when I realized I was different from the other kids. I had a hard time learning to read, and found out that I had dyslexia. I was ashamed and embarrassed whenever I had to read aloud.  I tried to hide the fact that I could not read from my friends.  At home, I would eat to soothe this feeling of being less than whole.

Thus began my difficult, complicated relationship with food.

I made it through college and graduate school, and I learned to love reading. But whenever I had to write for an assignment, the shame would rear its ugly head, bringing back the feeling that I was not good enough. I knew the right foods to eat, but continued to overeat or binge to comfort myself and numb my emotions. Looking back, it is easy to see the pattern. While I was able to manage my weight through exercise, I was never satisfied with my relationship with food or my body.

I’m not that woman any more.  By allowing myself to experience those uncomfortable feelings, and with the help of an Eating Psychology Coach, I have learned to accept my body's natural weight and understand the compulsion to overeat. I'm not perfect, and it was not a quick fix. It was a journey.

Today, I am beginning to acknowledge that in some ways, my bountiful life is a direct result of being “different.”  My dyslexic brain is wired differently. I am perceptive and sensitive, and I possess intuitive powers that I wouldn’t trade if given the chance.

In my work with clients, my intuition and sensitivity allow me to see where the shame is and where we need to work. My gentle nature helps me to offer emotional comfort as each client dives into their own pool of discomfort and guilt, and learns to float, not flounder.  My gift is in my ability to guide them to self-compassion, which will bring forth the beautifully imperfect person they are.

In my 50’s, I love who I am.  As a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, my calling is to guide others on the journey from shame to self-acceptance. To learn more about coaching http://www.elkindnourishment.com/eating-psychology/

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Kathy Elkind became a Certified Eating Psychology Coach in 2013 after training with Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.  Her love of gardening, connection to the earth and its seasonal rhythms, and desire to cook with the healthiest foods, led her to The Nourishment Cleanse. She trained with Halé Sofia Schatz, author of If the Buddha Came to Dinner.  Kathy has also taught cooking and nutritional classes for Growing Places Garden Project.

Kathy is a Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. She trained with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. She has taught the 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program 6 times. 

In her earlier years, she managed a bakery and was an elementary school teacher.  Kathy now lives with her husband in Vermont. She has two children who have flown the nest.

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