Lauren Hill, MS, LPCA, LCASA

Lauren Hill is a counselor in Wilmington, NC whose focus is on helping clients find help, hope, and healing in the midst of life's challenges.

She specializes in treating client struggling with eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and postpartum mood disorders.

Operating as usual

Only one week left until the start of our group for girls ages 13-18! We still have a couple of spots left, but we do need you to pre register! Call our office at 910-251-7789 to register!

Anybody else relate to this? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
Love this post by @counselorkate

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Imagined fears are usually waaaay worse than reality. Art by @yeahitschill
If you find your mind wandering off into the worst possible scenario, take a second to wiggle your fingers and toes, notice where you are, and find three things that you can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
Remind yourself of times you’ve worried and how things worked out better than you thought.
#anxiety #fears #recoveringperfectionist #yougotthis #edrecovery

Excited to learn today! Thankful to Eating Recovery Center for providing a livestream of their Learning from the Leaders Teaching Day in Dallas! Making CEs more accessible! 😁🙌🙌🙌 @eatingrecovery

Introducing a new group that my coworker Wendy and I will be leading, starting in September! This group will be for adolescent girls, and will cover topics such as body image, forming healthy relationships, regulating emotions, and more! See the flyer for more info and share with anyone you feel may benefit! Please call our office with questions and to register!

Holding this sweet baby for her nap before heading in for a jam packed day at work! Being a working mom is not easy, but loving what I do everyday makes the struggle worth it!! #workingmomlife

Love getting new resources to use with clients! Can’t wait to dive into these!!

This!! 👆🏻👆🏻

What if, instead of focusing on changing your body to have it look a certain way, you focused on enhancing all the areas of your life that ACTAULLY matter?

Relationships, hobbies, friendships, fun experiences, eating foods that taste good to you!! The list goes on and on.

Start focusing on living a full life and let your body come along for the ride, no matter what size or shape it is! 🙌🙌🙌

P.S. I heard this quote from @jennifer_rollin ‘s body image online webinar for clinicians! SO good!! 🙌🙌 Highly recommend!!!

Yassss! Stop letting diet culture and our broken society convince you that you can’t enjoy the beach, the pool, or any other summer activity that you love because of your body!

How do you get a “beach body”?

1. Have a body.

2. Go to the beach!! 🙌🙌🙌

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The other day in session I asked a client after she mentioned feeling like she didn’t have a “beach body,” who do you think stands to profit off of this whole “beach body” lie?*
It appears the roots of the term are traced back to an old workout video.*
It’s truly brilliant marketing. Make a large group of people feel unworthy of going to the beach in their current body and then sell them a variety of “diet” and “exercise” products.*
It’s time to stop ✋ believing the lies that we’ve been sold through diet culture.*
People of ALL shapes and sizes deserve to enjoy spending time at the beach 🏖 *
How do you get a beach body?? Have a body and then get yourself to the beach. 👏🏻*


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Breaking news! I am sitting here watching the news with my jaw hanging wide open while clapping wildly. @missamerica organization made the decision, led by Gretchen Carlson and the #metoo movement to no longer judge contestants based on outward appearance 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. They have gotten rid of the swimsuit competition and want women of all shapes and sizes to participate. What an incredible step in the right direction! @therealgretchencarlson was asked this morning if she was worried people wouldn’t watch the competition if the women didn’t wear swimsuits 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️. Gretchen responded, absolutely we have to be the change we want to see in our culture. It’s time we send the message that women do not exist to sit and look pretty for others to gawk at!!! As someone who grew up around pageant culture, I’m thrilled to see that little girls will have a different type of competition to watch and aspire to be a part of. One that focuses on brains and talent, not bodies. .
@abcnews #missamerica #haes #bodypositive #bodyimage #bodykindness #bodylove #recovery #edrecovery #food #rd #rdn #womanempowerment #bodypositivity #bethechange

Had the sweetest little visitor in my office today! I wish she could stay all day!! Baby therapy is a thing right?!

Anxiety is a fear-based emotion!!

A lot of the conversations I have with my clients are about fear. (Also about whether those fears are rational or irrational).

Fear of food.

Fear of gaining weight.

Fear of judgment from others.

Fear of rejection.

Fear of abandonment.

And on and on the list goes.

It is normal that we attempt to avoid situations that make us fearful, in an effort to avoid the discomfort that comes with those anxiety provoking situations.

One problem...

Avoiding our fears actually REINFORCES them! In order to overcome our fears, we have to FACE them! We have to EXPOSE ourselves to the things we fear. Over. And over. And over again.

Sure, at first it’s scary and uncomfortable. But over time, the fear and discomfort starts to lessen. Until one day, we realize we aren’t scared anymore!

So today, do one thing that makes you afraid and take the first step to freedom!! 🙌🙌🙌

When I was struggling with my own eating disorder, I spent a lot of time exercising, and moving my body in ways that did not bring me joy (I'm looking at you, running). In my recovery journey, I have had to re-evaluate my relationship with exercise and learn to move my body in ways that feel good to ME. I have learned that I really like riding my bike, walking with my dog, and doing yoga! I love having spur of the moment dance parties in my kitchen! I learned that I do not have to EARN food by engaging in some form of exercise. Likewise, I do not have to compensate for what I eat by moving my body in a certain way, or for a certain amount of time. I would challenge you to let go of the "shoulds" and find ways to move your body that bring you joy!

Happy International No Diet Day!!

Here’s a bit of info for ya...DIETS DON’T WORK! Not only do approximately 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost within several years, but dieting can also be what leads to the development of eating disorders.

Up until about five years ago, I lived most of my life governed by food rules and was brainwashed by diet culture. But no more. Everyday is “no diet day” for me! Life is too short to deprive yourself of foods you enjoy! So ditch the diets friends, and say hello to food freedom!

Preach @drcolleenreichmann! Sugar has been labeled by society as evil, addictive, and “bad for you”. NEWS FLASH: there are no “good” and “bad” foods! Putting a moral value on on food does nothing but perpetuate feelings of guilt and shame for giving our bodies what they are asking for and needing!

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☝️You heard it here first.
Sugar is just the diet industry’s demonized flavor of the week.
It has no moral value-you are not “good” for avoiding it or “bad” for having it.
ALSO-breaking news: sugar is also NOT addictive. You know what craving a lot of sugar/feeling uncontrolled around it really means? It means you are probably not allowing yourself to have enough of it!
Now pass the ice cream (no I do not mean Halo Top)🍦

If you’re struggling with anorexia, or know someone who is, check out this amazing new resource from @jennifer_rollin called “Finding Freedom from Anorexia”! This webinar comes with a 20 page workbook and other resources and teaches helpful recovery skills to help you in your path to freedom!! The link for more information is below!

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**Edit** incidence per 100,000 kids*** Imagine your child decides to stop eating. You can't get him/her to eat the foods they normally enjoy. That's strange... Then it becomes days, or weeks. You're worried about their growth, their brain health, their body. You're overcome with fear of how to reverse the thinking and the disordered eating. Or you witness body dissatisfaction and shame on the face of your beloved, precious little one and wish you could wipe it away forever. ❤️
Children are incredibly vulnerable to the language we use when talking about food, health, body, size, and appearance-based worth and this includes dieting. Rarely does a parent explicitly teach a child to diet. What does happen, is kids hear you say "cheat day", "bad food", "fat is bad". They hear your guilt and shame and then they absorb it on and before you know it your 5 year old is worried about their own body without the tools or cognitive development yet that can support what they heard from you about your own body. Disordered eating and eating disorders among children are a huge public health issue. Please consider how you are talking about food and bodies around your kids and around other people's kids. We have an excellent book list on these topics for parents on our website --> RESOURCES --> RECOMMENDED BOOKS. ❤️Tagging @annalutzrd & @katzavrd Who are doing amazing work in the area of developmentally appropriate nutrition messaging for children and gave us an incredible webinar earlier this month!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

Working mom life is tough. Hard to leave my baby and get to work after a night with hardly any sleep...but feeling excited to meet with some awesome clients! Fueled by coffee in my NEDA mug! Hoping to help some folks find some hope in their journeys today!

Restricting foods that we view as “bad” just causes us to want them more and can eventually lead to binging. We inevitably will have the foods we are trying so hard to avoid, which will then lead us right back into the restricting/binging cycle as well as feelings of guilt and shame. Break the cycle. #allfoodsfit

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Cravings are the body's way of telling us that we're missing something in our lives—whether it’s nourishment, satisfaction, or any other element of eating. Cravings aren't there to “sabotage" our eating plans. Instead, they're meant to act as cues to our brain that our body is in need of something. Intuitive eating teaches us how to listen to those cues and meet our needs, again and again over time, so that we eventually develop a deep trust in our body’s wisdom. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Diet culture encourages us to demonize our cravings, and to buckle down even more aggressively in response to them. But the more we restrict, and the harder we try to talk our bodies out of what they want, the more we’ll be driven toward that very thing.
Instead of playing into diet culture's hands and struggling in a tug-of-war with yourself, explore what happens when you let go of the rules and let yourself have what your body wants and needs—making food choices from a place of self-care, not self-control. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thank you to Judith Matz for this quote, and for coming on the show this week! Be sure to give the new episode a listen :) If you want to hear more about HAES, intuitive eating, and body liberation, head on over to wherever you get your podcasts and download the latest episode of Food Psych today!
And if you’re ready for a deeper dive into all things anti-diet, come check out my intuitive eating online course at ❤️


Back in the office after maternity leave and now accepting new clients!! Visit our website for more info (link in bio) or call the office at 910-251-7789 to schedule!

Back in the office after maternity leave and now accepting new clients!! Visit our website for more info (link in bio) or call the office at 910-251-7789 to schedule!

Love this post by @with_this_body!!

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Terrorizing higher weight bodies with the constant fear/threat of death does not help anyone’s health or wellbeing. It breeds fear, paranoia, extreme behavior, restriction, isolation, and othering. “But fat people are going to die!!!” Yes, AND everyone else is too. Enough with the fear-mongering!

#FatBodiesAreGoodBodies #HealthIsNotAMoralObligation #EveryBODYDeservesRespect

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