The Pursuing Private Practice Podcast with Jennifer McGurk and Guest Anna Sweeney
In this episode:
The topic of self-care is more important than ever, and Jennifer welcomes Anna Sweeney to better understand and define what it means, on this inspiring episode of the Pursuing Private Practice Podcast.
Anna shares her journey of discovering Intuitive Eating while working as an eating disorder dietitian, and how she regrets the way she had been previously working with clients, motivating her to learn more and expand her understanding of Health At Every Size®. She tells how she started out in private practice part-time while still working at a clinic, and with her chronic health condition becoming more challenging, her transition to open a solo practice, Whole Life Nutrition, to better accommodate her circumstances.
Together, they shine a light on self-care and how Anna now balances her changing self-care needs with the challenges of clinical work and running a business. She explains how her condition forces her to be more thoughtful of boundaries and limitations, and work in alignment with her values and needs. They also discuss how demonstrating self-care for ourselves as a provider is a good role-model for clients.
It’s really important for us as well to acknowledge and make space for our own stuff. I don’t think it makes us less effective at our jobs; quite contrary, we learn more about ourselves and are able to provide more quality care because of our life experiences. – Anna Sweeney
Some of the topics discussed include:
- How her vulnerability with a disability levels the field and deepens her connection with clients, by being a human first, practitioner second.
- Her definition of self-care with her changing needs, and how she has to continually re-define what that looks like.
- Her reflection on the success of her Instagram account, and how she shares her writing skills to talk about things that really matter.
Self-care makes it possible for us to do this work, particularly from a running a business perspective. Making sure we are tending to ourselves in all the ways makes it possible to show up in the best of ways professionally. – Anna Sweeney
This Pursuing Private Practice podcast episode was recorded before the traumatic events of the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States.
Jennifer McGurk recently did an encouraging support group call and training for the Pursuing Private Practice group on Thriving in Uncertainty. Right now is an incredibly difficult time for our world with the COVID-19 virus and ripple effect of trauma felt around the world.
The recent Pursuing Private Practice call was recorded to be shared with everyone: Sign up at pursuingprivatepractice.com/thrive
ABOUT ANNA SWEENEY, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S
Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, Certified Intuitive Eating Specialist and owner of Whole Life Nutrition Counseling, a nutrition therapy practice dedicated to the thoughtful treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns. Anna practices weight inclusive nutrition care and is dedicated to empowering her clients to notice and refute the influence of diet culture in their lives, and understands that nutrition and interaction with food is both unique and personal. Anna is also a full-time disabled person and uses her lived experience to enhance the work she does.“Self-care makes it possible for us to do this work, particularly from a running a business perspective. Making sure we are tending to ourselves in all the ways makes it possible to show up in the best of ways professionally.” – @dietitiananna #pursuingprivatepractice #podcastClick To Tweet
RESOURCES FROM JENNIFER
- Training Programs for Dietitians
- 10 Steps to Build a Weight Inclusive Business
- 10 Mistakes Professional Make in Private Practice
- 5 Secrets To Make Money and Make An Impact In Your Private Practice
- 5 Reasons Why Your Clients Binge Eat
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Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CDE, CEDRD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist whose mission is to help dietitians Be the Dietitian you were Meant to Be. She is an expert in the field of eating disorders and also supervises other Registered Dietitians as an iaedp approved supervisor. She is the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY and leads a team of dietitians who support the philosophy, “Feel fabulous about food!”
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