Every day, I receive emails asking me how I work as a psychotherapist and
specialist in food allergy management. To answer this, I interviewed a current client, an adult with adult onset food allergy, and asked them three simple questions. Read more below.
What brought you to counseling with Sloane Miller, LMSW?
I was experiencing severe allergic reactions to foods but did not know exactly which foods were causing my reactions. I had visited several doctors and received conflicting information about my food allergies. I was frustrated and searching for information on the internet about adults living with food allergies, and found Sloane's book "Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies". After reading it and feeling like I could identify with so many of her experiences, I reached out to her for support.
What did you hope to happen or change?
I was hoping to learn some tools to help me live a "normal" life with food allergies. How do I dine out now? Travel? Participate in family functions? I was scared and afraid to do anything but cook for myself in my own home. I know that knowledge is power and I felt Sloane could give me the knowledge I needed to get my life back.
What changed for you/how are things different after working with Sloane Miller, LMSW?
First, Sloane was a great listener. She heard me when I was anxious, frustrated and confused. She set me on the right path and taught me how to advocate for myself. This was the most important lesson of all for me. Once I felt confident in my ability to communicate my needs and accept no less than what I needed to feel safe - it was like a door opened for me. We did things in little steps, but I can tell you that I am a different person today than I was a year ago before working with Sloane. I think the world of her!
Thank you Jeannie G!