My name is Claire, and I’m an American-Lebanese licensed dietitian based in Lebanon.
I pursued a double major (BA Psychology and BS Nutrition and Dietetics) at LAU (Lebanese American University) in Lebanon then travelled to London for a year where I got my MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition from UCL (University College London).
I currently practice as a licensed dietitian specialized in eating disorder recovery. I am also a part-time lecturer at the Lebanese American University (LAU).
My clinical interests include eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, and prevention and enhancement of health through a health at every size (HAES) and non-diet approach.
My research interests include psychological topics such as eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image. I am also interested in self-compassion as a psychological predictor of health.
Values and Mission
My mission is to help people build a healthy relationship with food and achieve health and wellness without the complications of tracking calories eaten and kilometers run.
With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.
Honesty in practice involves fairness and straightforwardness in interactions.
Compassion is a process of connecting by identifying with another person.
Mutual trust is essential for a proper therapeutic relationship.
The therapeutic relationship works through collaboration, a give-and-take interaction between client and clinician.
All information shared, skills taught, and therapy given is based on scientific evidence and research.
Specialized dietitians have a significant role in eating disorder treatment by helping an individual through the process of stabilizing their relationship with food, as well as supporting nutrition needs.
The role of the dietitian in eating disorder treatment presents many chances for supporting a client through their recovery, including aspects such as meal support, grocery shopping, cooking lessons, restaurant outings, meal preparation, nutrition support groups, and individual/family nutrition sessions.
A non-diet dietitian considers the whole person, instead of just your weight, food intake and calories.
Instead of following rigid rules, a non-diet dietitian prioritizes internal hunger and satiety cues over external factors such as calories and eating rules.
Health At Every Size®
A HAES® dietitian aims at helping people of all shapes and sizes find health and wellness with an emphasis on behaviors rather than weight.
Rather than focusing on the number on the scale and assuming that weight indicates health, HAES® practitioners are concerned with their clients’ lab values, genetic predisposition to disease, movement, and quality of dietary intake.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy or MNT is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms through the use of specifically tailored diets devised and monitored by a dietitian.
MNT is useful in certain medical issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), diabetes, and renal failure among many others.