EATING DISORDER THERAPY WITH ELAINE
I am an Eating Disorder Therapist, but you might also call me a body image promoter, fad diet assassin, and family meal mender. I help people who long to move through their eating disorder and begin their life on the other side. I want you to be able to sit down to a plate of food with confidence that your choices are nourishing and treating your body just as they should, not for your head to be filled with messages you’ve heard from your aunt on that diet or those magazines in line at the grocery store. Your body is not nearly as judgy about your food choices as your brain is and I don’t want you to be either.
Prior to private practice, I was the Executive Director of T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating helping individuals and families navigate this disease, advocating for quality care, and helping educate the community on the warning signs and dangers of eating disorders.
I’m particularly drawn to work with families, teens, and young adults because I’ve seen the impact early intervention can have on recovery.
I love to help young adults break free from the hell of eating disorders.
I love to help parents feel confident in their parenting again and guide their teens to health and joy.
I love to help teens recover so that when they leave for college they have the confidence to manage the transition. So that eating disorder behaviors aren’t an option and they have a stronger sense of who they are and what they stand for.
I’m one of few therapists in Western North Carolina trained in Family Based Treatment (aka Maudsley or FBT.) While I don’t want to bog you down with treatment modality talk, I will say the data on FBT is significantly more impressive than any other evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. With only a 6 month to 1 year course of treatment and maintained recovery rates over 90th percentile 5 years post-treatment, it is a godsend to teens with eating disorders and their families.
I’m happy to offer late afternoon and evening appointments for your convenience.
With regards to education: I received my Masters of Social Work from Western Carolina University and my Bachelors from the University of Georgia. I went into social work because of its emphasis on systems and social justice. Whether it’s battling the injustice of cultural messages that allows an eating disorders to thrive, or the system you will create for yourself through treatment, I believe these are the key to healing.