It's difficult to put words to how profoundly Alexis Beck has impacted and changed my life. After being diagnosed with a pretty severe eating disorder, it's thanks to Alexis that I am now fully recovered, healthy, and happy again. She is one of the most loving, supportive, insightful, and understanding people I have ever worked with and, quite possibly, ever known. Her approach to care is unique and compassionate. Until Alexis, I had never been in a therapeutic relationship where I felt so truly heard and understood. I will forever cherish my relationship with her and cannot reiterate enough the immense pleasure and reward of working with her. Alexis Beck has saved me in so many ways, helping me reach my most essential self--physically, emotionally, and, of course, nutritionally. She is an amazing woman and anyone would be lucky to work with her.
- Chardon B.
I'd suffered from binge eating disorder for over four years when I met Alexis. I'd been hospitalized and had been doing a group meeting program at MGH. Nothing was working. But Alexis kept her promise when she said she'd get me better, and she did so fast with all of her insightful advice, counseling and life tips. She understands the disorder I had like the back of her hand and guided me smoothly to recovery. Her intuition and judgment are phenomenal. She really helped me articulate my problems. I might add she's been a tremendous support for me as I was recovering from a major depression. She's extremely knowledgeable about the field of psychology and was able to tailor her advice as she got to know me better (which she did remarkably quickly because she's so perceptive). I've never had any issues with billing and insurance with her, and I can see she is above and beyond dedicated to her patients. She is so dedicated to me, constantly checking in on between sessions. She is an incredible person who has done so much for me, so much more than any other eating disorder clinician I had. I just want people reading this to know how emphatically warm and dedicated she is. I can say that even if I suddenly stopped being able to pay for Alexis, I know for a fact she'd "work something out" and never just abandon me. She's truly a rare gem to find. I might add, she's got a terrific sense of humor.
- Kitty S.
What can I say except that this woman has changed my life for the better! After avoiding nutritionists for 6 years, having suffered from bulimia and anorexia, I finally took the plunge and sought out help again. My experience with nutritionists prior to Alexis was cold, very text book "eat this, in this amount, avoid that"... But the day I met Alexis, my whole perspective changed.
One of the most important things Alexis has imparted to me is the notion that "food is not the issue, it is what you have made the solution." She got to know ME, not just my symptoms, while simultaneously taking my health issues very seriously, acting diligently.
After avoiding any inpatient treatment for my bulimia for 7 years, Alexis was the only woman capable of lovingly convincing me to take the plunge, while making sure I received only the best of the best residential treatment. She has stood by my side through thick and thin, going out of her way to show her support and commitment to me as a person, not just a patient.
At my worst, Alexis has continued to work with me even when finances would not permit, because she is dedicated to her clients, not her financial gains. This is not a business to Alexis, this is honest and selfless dedication to helping others. This woman will climb mountains for you, when you cannot, and even when you can. The change you may not think is possible in regards to your nutritional/physical/psychological struggles BECOME POSSIBLE when trusted over into the care of Alexis.
- Francis S.
This is the second time I have come to NutritionRx to avail myself of Alexis' services. I am a food user and I am learning why I do so and how to overcome it. The first time I came, 4 years ago, I lost 35+ pounds. This time I am approaching 40 pounds but am having even more success because I process everything that I do. I am also more committed since it is a health issue. I own the problem myself and therefore am more invested in it. As I learn through therapy my motivations, and strategies to overcome them, I have more and more success. Now, I feel like I can do this! Before, it was a hopeless cause of guesswork. Alexis and Samantha have taught me so much about eating in a healthy way. I learned to eat and enjoy new foods. I look and feel so much better. All of this is because this is 1 on 1 personal care. I still have more to learn but I will get there with all the new tools of personal growth techniques I have learned so far. Alexis has amazing insight into the psyche and can diagnose and treat the causes of eating problems. Bravo! A definite life changer!
- Pat D.
"I came to Nutrition and Diet Counseling Associates after years of compulsive eating. I struggled with overwhelming feelings of guilt and desperation, sure that I would never be able to control my eating habits or my weight.
Alexis Beck helped me to understand my thoughts and feelings so that I could begin to change my relationship with food. I am no longer afraid of my own compulsions. I've learned to enjoy eating without binging and I've found healthier ways of expressing my feelings than through food.
Alexis is intuitive, compassionate and sensitive in her assessment of clients. She makes you understand the psychology of eating and the uses of food for comfort and emotional support. What you eat is not isolated into "diet" and "intake" it is examined and explained in relationship to all facets of a clients life. Her ability to verbalized in simple language the "why" of life and hot it relates to the abusive use of food empowers clients to understand their issues around eating and shed bad habits. I was never "put on a diet." I was shown hot to eat smart, while being aware of what triggered my self-destructive eating. Alexis gives you the tools and confidence to make health decisions. I continue to lose weight and my well-being continues to improve, in mind, spirit and body.
- Debra B.
I have been seeing Alexis for almost two year now; she has truly helped turn my life around. She has helped me understand that neither food nor my body is the enemy. I love food, I love to eat. I disliked my body and the way it look and I had a love/hate relationship with food.
I started to see Alexis, who was recommended to me by my doctor, because I got fed up. I was almost 30 years old and was taking a good look at my life. I realized that I was almost 30, had been 'fat' since I hit puberty at 11. I was done. No more. I refused to spend my life obsessed about the way I look and what I eat. This is when I decided to go see a nutritionist.
From the first visit on, I was 'hooked'. Alexis' philosophy is to reconcile her clients with their bodies, for her clients to learn to accept and love their bodies and make the best with what they have. Alexis helped me understand how my body works, she helped me understand why I was eating the way I was (big time emotional eater!), she helped bring my body to a 'comfortable' healthy and beautiful level, she helped me feel comfortable within my own skin and take ownership of my life again.
My birthday is next week and believe me, I am going to have cake and I am going to enjoy it for what it is.
I would recommend her in a heartbeat probably to everyone. It is almost inevitable in our society today to develop warped relationships with food and body image. I would say that Alexis is a life saver in the sense that becoming comfortable with one's body and to sop obsessing about food and diets, allows one to truly enjoy life, lose weight and order your disordered eating.
I really can't say enough about her. I think that a traditional nutritionists who tells you to go on a diet and then are done with you do not work. Alexis takes a 'whole life' perspective and it is the only perspective that will truly help take ownership of your body and your eating.
- Dorian L.
I decided I wanted to see a nutritionist - my doctor referred me to Alexis. I knew that I needed to do something different to lose weight and more importantly to keep it off.
The process was surprisingly simple. Early in the process, we carefully looked at what I ate, when I ate, and why I ate. We created the menu together and it was tailored to my eating preferences and tweaked to minimize fat or carbohydrate intake. At first I thought, "I can not do this ...". Alexis has the remarkable ability to make 'dieting' painless. She works with you to make sure that you feel satisfied throughout the day so that you don't overeat. I have been seeing Alexis for about one year now; I have exceeded my weight loss target and I am not at all deprived. I am in complete control of my eating and that makes me in charge of my weight and it feels terrific!
The best part of this whole thing is that I don't cringe when I look in the mirror.
Alexis' process is about the individual. I view her role as a guide to help you embark on this discovery process. I found Alexis to be non-threatening, extremely approachable, and very knowledgeable. I feel like I am completely equipped to maintain my weight for the rest of my life. Thank you Alexis!
- Helen H.
Once I entered high school in the 80's I knew something was wrong with my eating habits. There would be times when I would eat a meal a day, but I never thought twice about it due to the compliments I received for losing a few pounds.
When I entered college in 1988 I had no idea of calories burned vs. calories consumed and gained the freshman 15 plus come. By senior year I had enough of the excess weight and began to exercise compulsively and ate one meal a day. Once again my weight dropped, this time to the lowest it had been since Junior High school and I felt great and in control.
That summer after graduating I took it to an all time low of 90 pounds and looked in the mirror only to see pockets of fat. The summer before my marriage, 1996, I was living off of one ear of corn and abusing laxatives. Sadly I had to hit absolute rock bottom before I picked up the phone to call Alexis Beck's office, and that was back in 1997. I can honestly say that when I spoke to her over the phone I felt that I had finally found someone who understood me and wouldn't judge me. I found hope for the first time in 10 years.
I had seen a few nutritionists before and once I was ordered to eat steak and peanut butter I found every excuse not to return. Alexis is the one woman who understood my fears and worked with them and me. I still see her today and it's now 2003. Alexis has been my north star for the past 6 years. Not only did I learn why I was anorexic, but I also learned how to beat this horrible and sometimes deadly disease.
Two years ago I gave birth to a beautiful, health baby girl and I gathered the strength to leave a destructive marriage. I can honestly say I never knew happiness until today and I still pinch myself some mornings. For the first time in 32 years I can look at myself in the mirror and smile back at the reflection I see. Thank you Alexis for giving me a second chance at life.
- Kerry L.
My name is Samantha Q. and I have been working with Alexis Beck over the past two years, since I was twelve years old. She has been a big help towards my success at weight loss. Alexis taught me many things, like what foods to cut out of my diet that have made a huge difference. She also taught me about portion control, entity food, and how to maintain my diet both at school and when I am out with friends. I have learned so much from her that I feel like I have the ability to control my own weight. In fact, now I feel like weight loss is simple. Overall, I have lost twenty five pounds, and I am very close to reaching my ideal weight.
- Samantha Q.
Alexis is phenomenal! She is a highly intelligent and intuitive clinician whose therapeutic techniques are leaps and bounds ahead of her peers.
- Kelly O.