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Heidi Schauster, MS, LDN, CEDS-S, SEP


Nutrition and Body Image Therapist/Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy and Somatic Experiencing
United States

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Takes Insurance
Sliding Scale Available
Waitlist Available
Additional information about where I can practice: Although I am licensed as a registered dietitian/nutritionist in Massachusetts only, I can practice as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in any location.
In-Network Insurance Companies:
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan
- Tuft Health Plan
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Mass General Brigham (formerly Allways)
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Eating Disorders
- Body Image Concerns
- Trauma
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Health At Every Size (HAES)
- Somatic Experiencing (SE)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Age Groups Served:
- Children (birth through 12 years)
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

Eating food, connecting with our senses, and caring for our bodies are meant to be pleasurable and life-giving activities. Often things go awry and we find ourselves eating, moving, and generally operating in ways that do not sustain us or make us feel our best. The world that we live in and events in our lives can leave us disconnected from our bodies and how to best take care of them. When we don’t care for ourselves first, it is nearly impossible to care for others well and live out our purpose on the planet. My training includes nutrition science, psychology, Somatic Experiencing (SE)™, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based and insight-oriented meditation, and elements of yoga therapeutics, dance, and authentic/improvisational movement. In my work, I feel called to assist clients, readers, and professionals in improving their relationships with food and their bodies. There is so much conflicting information about how to eat and care for ourselves. I work with my clients to sort through it all, and to use their own inner wisdom to develop a style of eating, moving, and self-care that works for their unique bodies and lifestyles. We also work on how they feel in their bodies and on nervous system regulation, particularly if dysregulation and stress have a role in their relationship with food or their bodies. Individual and group supervision for professionals in the eating disorders field is something that I also enjoy and feel passionate about.

About Me & My Practice

I am a nutrition therapist with nearly 30 years of experience in the field of disordered eating, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), an author, educator, clinical supervisor/consultant, proud mama of two young adults, and an embodiment warrior. I wrote the award-winning book Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self as a professional and recovered person. I use Somatic Experiencing (SE) to help clients who have experienced trauma related to size discrimination, among other kinds of trauma. SE also encourages embodiment and connection to a more expansive view of the body and self, which I am honored to incorporate into my work with clients. I live in the Greater Boston area with my partner and two daughters, about to be college students. I am grateful every day for my family, dear friends, and professional community without whom I couldn’t do this work. Many clients ask what my personal eating style is like. I don't follow any particular "way" of eating. I strive to listen to my body and eat according to my own internal wisdom and with flexibility. I find that my eating naturally shifts seasonally and during changes in my body and lifestyle, and I strive to be present and listen. I write about how to work towards this way of eating in my book Nourish. I most enjoy food that is lovingly and consciously prepared, followed by a dish-washing dance party.

Accessibility Considerations

My current in-person space is accessible and inclusive for all bodies, both my practice office and the waiting area of the Center.

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