About Dr. Nina
Do you struggle with an unhealthy, unhappy relationship with food?
☐ You think about food constantly – even when you’re not hungry.
☐ You believe that when you hit your goal weight you’ll be happy and your life can finally start.
☐ You feel that if you weighed less you’d somehow be more in other areas of your life.
☐ You’re convinced that you are addicted to food.
☐ You’ve tried every diet under the sun and while you are able to lose weight, you struggle to keep it off.
☐ You’re starting to think that there must be more to weight-loss than just healthy eating.
I’m Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin Psy.D and I’m a psychoanalyst, author and talk show host specializing in food, weight and body image, with a successful clinical practice in Los Angeles.
In addition to helping people create a healthier, happier relationship to food and themselves, I have a radio show on LA Talk Radio (also available on iTunes) and host a talk show on Focus TV Network. I also write an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, and produce a YouTube video series to help viewers lose weight without dieting, and offer an online program, Kick The Diet Habit. My book “Food For Thought: Perspectives On Eating Disorders” is an Amazon bestseller.
What really sets me apart is my personal experience of disordered eating. With this unique perspective, I can empathize with the shame, anxiety and desperation of food issues, and I also know that complete change is possible. It’s not about willpower!
My Story: How I left disordered eating behind and went on to Win the Diet War.
My experience with disordered eating began as a young child and continued through my adolescence and right through college. I had always been relatively thin but I was in a constant state of anxiety about my weight, often worrying about how others perceived me and constantly looking for approval from my parents, ballet instructors, gymnastics coaches and teachers.
As far back as I can remember, my first thoughts in the morning were always about food and whether I’d be ‘good’ that day; during my last thoughts at night I’d take an inventory of everything that passed my lips. Instead of counting sheep I counted calories and fat grams.
I followed the strictest of diets and was rigid with my food intake. Looking back now, I can see how my secret relationship with food made me feel like I was in control, when in reality nothing could be further from the truth.
When my willpower eventually wavered (which it always invariably did) I’d lose control, binge and then get rid of everything I’d consumed, only to feel nothing but shame.
I spent years looping around that same vicious circle, and eventually I began therapy. During my weekly visits I shared almost everything with my therapist. I told her how I was feeling about relationships, my dreams, hopes and fears. I shared everything in my life except one thing:
I never told her what was going on with food.
Not once in all the time I was in therapy did I disclose my secret and, by the time I left treatment, I was no longer obsessed with food. All my food issues were completely gone and my weight was healthy. I was fit mentally and physically.
How was this possible?
In therapy, I began listening to myself and started being kinder and more self-compassionate. I learned to cope with challenging situations instead of using food as a way to distract myself from them, and I learned how to calm my emotions without reaching for a pint of ice cream or a box of cookies.
I know that it’s possible to liberate yourself from disordered eating because that was, and continues to be, my experience.
If there is only one thing you take away from my story, let it be this: there is always hope.
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Before Dr. Nina came along I was beginning to think I was a hopeless case of lazy lack of willpower… and possibly even powerless to food. Now I realize that I’m giving all of the “power” to food subconsciously to avoid the feelings that come along with procrastination due to unrealistic expectations and self-degradation. ~Michelle W.
Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst specializing in weight, food and body image issues based in Los Angeles.
Considered a thought leader in the field of eating psychology, she has been featured in Psychology Today, The Los Angeles Times, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, Huffington Post, Beverly Hills Times and many other publications. She is a frequent guest expert at summits and podcasts, including The Dr. Drew Podcast, and presented at the prestigious National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Dr. Nina brings a fresh perspective to the treatment of binge eating and other types of eating issues by helping people focus on what’s eating “at” them instead of on what they are eating. In addition to her private practice based in Los Angeles, she hosts a radio show on LA Talk Radio and is a Focus TV Network host on The Dr. Nina Show. She also writes an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, and has a YouTube video series to help viewers lose weight without dieting. Her book “Food For Thought: Perspectives On Eating Disorders” is an Amazon bestseller.
Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D., Certified Psychoanalyst, Licensed Psychotherapist
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