How Personality Connects to Food/ Body Issues with Travis Stewart

by | Feb 14, 2023 | Eating Disorders, Intuitive Eating for Christian Women, Podcast Episodes

Today Heather talks with Travis Stewart, a licensed professional counselor and leader in the eating disorder recovery world. Travis and Heather discuss how understanding our core needs and motivations, which some may classify as part of “personality” can help us understand our proclivity toward certain behaviors around food and body. In today’s show you’ll hear Heather and Travis discuss 9 self-protective strategies along with the 7 core needs of the heart (based on work done by Mark and Debbie Laaser).

See which of these needs resonate most with you and listen as Travis and Heather talk through how these may look in the life of someone struggling with body image and eating issues.

7 Core Needs of the Heart

  • To be Heard and Understood
  • To be Affirmed
  • To be Blessed
  • To be Safe
  • To be Touched
  • To be Chosen
  • To be Included

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About Travis Stewart:

Travis graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1991 with a degree in advertising and immediately began working with the international ministry of The Navigators, mentoring students. After 8 years, his desire to better understand how people change, and through his own experience of receiving help from a professional counselor, Travis decided to return to school. He earned a Master of Arts in Counseling (2001) and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2003), both from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Travis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri.

Travis has experience with a wide variety of issues which might lead people to seek out professional help. This includes special interest in helping those with compulsive and addictive behaviors such as internet and video game addiction, eating disorders, shopping addiction, and spirituality.

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