Alia Mai MSW, RCC

Therapy for Eating Disorders & Self-Harm

I understand your need for comfort.

Self-injurious behaviors are often dismissed as attention-seeking or minimized and misunderstood. This can be harmful, as it may lead those struggling with these issues to feel ashamed and reluctant to seek help.

Research shows that both eating disorders and self-harm are ways to soothe the nervous system and regain control. My approach is based on this understanding. I focus on reducing shame and tackling the root cause—finding healthier ways to soothe your nervous system and addressing the underlying issues.

My approach

I use various methods in my practice, with somatic therapy being a standout tool for healing. Somatic therapy explores the mind-body connection, addressing how emotional issues manifest physically. Together, we learn to tune into bodily sensations and release tension.

Often, we hold onto tension to shield ourselves from pain or disconnect from our bodies to protect our minds. While these coping mechanisms may have served us in the past,
it’s important to recognize if we are still using them.

Through somatic therapy, we can safely process and express stored emotions, fostering self-awareness, emotional balance, and resilience. My aim is to empower clients with new tools for emotional regulation that they can use throughout their lives.

If you’re struggling with disordered eating or self-harm and feeling unsure, you don’t have to face it alone. These behaviors can deeply affect your well-being, even without a specific diagnosis. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental space to explore your experiences and support your journey towards healing and self-empowerment.