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Joni O’Donnell, M.Ed., CPC, CEIC


Non-Diet Life Coach & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

Perfect Amount of You, LLC / Joni O'Donnell Coaching
United States

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Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
- Intuitive Eating
- Non-Diet Life Coaching
- Body Image Coaching
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Intuitive Eating Counseling
- Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (E.D.I.T)
- Cognitive Behavioral Coaching
- Anti-Diet
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- Weight stigmatized folks
- Menopausal/Post Menopausal
- 50+
- Perfectionsists
- People Pleasers
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

I approach my coaching from the belief that my clients are the experts of their bodies, and I hold that belief for them until they are able to believe it themselves. My coaching starts from an area of safety. My client’s worlds have typically felt very unsafe for many years and we take the time together to gently begin to unlearn what they have been taught to believe about themselves. I focus a lot on self-compassion and self-trust so clients can begin to climb out from under the shame that has been heaped upon them and begin to develop self-confidence and self-worth. My approach to health has primarily been shaped by my own experience of weight discrimination and anti-fat bias. I practice from a Health at Every Size framework because I believe all individuals, regardless of their weight or size, deserve respect and the same level of care and attention that would be provided to any other human being. I have suffered multiple instances of weight related medical trauma throughout my life and I feel very strongly about helping other women who have had similar experiences. I have learned to advocate for myself in the medical world and I want to help my clients do the same. I am also a firm believer that health is not some high moral achievement that everyone has a responsibility to attain. An individual's choice needs to be respected and access to care needs to be improved.I put Health at Every Size into practice by helping shift power back to my client.

About Me & My Practice

I came to this work organically, on my own journey through weight stigma, anti-fat bias, medical weight trauma and recovery from an eating disorder. I have been living in a fat body all my life, though there were times I would work hard to shrink myself at the demand of a doctor, or the misguided encouragement of family and friends. It took me years to climb out from under the shame and trauma I lived with. And, being human, it still rears it ugly head being that we live in such a fat-phobic society. I spent the majority of my life in education and family services and began coaching women about 6 years ago. My professional training includes obtaining my professional coaching accreditation through ICF (International Coach Federation). When I began to specialize, I trained and obtained additional certifications as an Intuitive Eating Counselor, Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, Non-Diet Life Coach and Cognitive Behavioral Coach. I have received additional training around the topics of weight stigma, body image, diversity in eating disorder treatment, body politics and body liberation. I have been practicing under the Health at Every Size Lens for approximately three years. Outside of work, I love playing with my cats, dinners with my family, swimming, dancing, and rainy days when I can stay in my pajamas and catch up on some binge-worthy TV.

Accessibility Considerations

In my current practice, I only meet clients virtually and have not had any issues with creating a physically accessible space. If I did, however, you could be certain that any space my clients would enter would never create any sense of anxiety and fear of not feeling safe or comfortable. I have lived that life myself and would ensure my clients would not experience that pain and shame with me.

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