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Rachael Hartley, RD, LD



Rachael Hartley Nutrition
Columbia, SC + virtual,
South Carolina,
United States

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Special Instructions: Email is the easiest way to reach out and schedule.
Sliding Scale Available
Additional information about where I can practice: For coaching services, may practice country-wide.
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Eating disorders
- Anorexia
- Bulimia
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Diabetes
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Age Groups Served:
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- transgender and nonbinary folks
- neurodivergent folks
- recovering clinicians
- Jewish
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

At Rachael Hartley Nutrition, we aim to provide individualized nutrition care to help our clients discover a way of eating that feels good for them, physically and mentally. Mainstream dietetics usually treats people with a one-size-fits-all approach to eating, and sadly this can get replicated in non-diet spaces too. We love to explore the nuances around food, health, and non-diet approaches like intuitive eating. We hope to understand you as a human, offer validation, reduce shame, and help you tap into your internal wisdom to build skills for confidently feeding yourself. As Health at Every Size providers, we strongly believe in your freedom to define what health means to you. We are here to help you move towards that vision of health without a focus on the scale. In working with clients, we use a variety of approaches and techniques adapted to our individual clients needs, including intuitive eating, mindfulness, somatic approaches, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and a trauma-informed lens. Being provides with multi-privileged identities, it is extremely important to us to honor our clients lived experiences and knowledge. Instead of showing up as the "nutrition expert" with a plan to "fix" your relationship with food or unwanted eating behaviors, we aim to build a therapeutic relationship built on trust, understanding, compassion and humor, and figure out your “food stuff” together.

About Me & My Practice

Like most dietitians, I used to think nutrition was all about “eating less” and “eating right.” I believed what I was taught about weight and health being one and the same. But as I started working with clients, I quickly realized this approach wasn’t helping and was in fact causing harm. I saw how the focus on weight and rigid diet rules turned something that should be a simple act of self care into an anxiety and shame-filled chore For the past 8 years I have been practicing from a weight-inclusive lens. Over these 8 years, I have received extensive training in HAES-aligned approaches, including becoming a certified intuitive eating counselor, attending various HAES-aligned conferences, countless seminars led by fat activists and fat practitioners, and individual supervision. Most of all, I’ve learned through my work with fat clients through listening to them and their experiences. More about me: Therapeutic Style: collaborative, validating, casual, relational, humorous, creative, individualized, loves a good analogy Personality: empathetic, accepting, goofy, intellectual, curious, extroverted introvert (it’s a thing) Values: compassion, autonomy, joy, flexibility, understanding, creativity Favorite Foods: cheese (!!!), Asian noodle dishes, roasted broccoli, tiramisu, passion fruit, bagel with lox Passions: traveling with people I love, like my husband, friends, and family; my Bernese Mountain Dog (Rose Bern); exploring old historic neighborhoods in Boston (where I live)

Accessibility Considerations

I (Rachael Hartley) am completely virtual, and happy to use closed captioning in sessions if requested. RHN associate dietitian (Kate Bennett) sees clients out of a clinic in Columbia, SC. The office is wheelchair accessible and lobby has multiple seating options including sturdy chairs and couches without arms. There is an all gender bathroom. Kate's office has a high weight capacity chair and couch.

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