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Mission

If you’ve been struggling with eating and the scale for years — what you should and shouldn’t eat, what you ate yesterday, what you hope or fear you’ll eat tomorrow — and are yearning for a permanent, positive, peaceful relationship with food and your body, it’s time to reprogram your brain and your body to become a “normal” eater.
 
If you’re ready to recover from your troubled relationship with food once and for all, you’ve come to the right place.

Personal and Professional History

Once upon a time I had a horrible eating problem. I dieted, I binged—often on the same day—and was obsessed with the scale. Then in the late 1970s, I read a book called Fat Is a Feminist Issue which saved me from myself. It helped me heal my longstanding eating and body image struggles and empowered me to change my eating and my life. The two go hand in hand.

After that, I read every book I could get my hands on to resolve my eating problems. They taught me how to tame my misdirected hunger, embrace my appetite, feel sufficiency and satisfaction around food, and take care better of my body, my emotions, and myself. The more I read, the more I healed. Spending time in therapy to end bulimia was icing on the cake. I worked hard at recovery and am now fully recovered from my eating disorders for half a lifetime. I get chills just writing those words.

Fast forward through social work school (Simmons College class of 1988), counseling and supervisory work in drug treatment, and opening a therapy practice, first in Boston, Massachusetts and then in Sarasota, Florida. Now, semi-retired, I enjoy a small (delightful) caseload of clients and spend the rest of my work time writing books and blogs on eating and everything related to it, aka life. I can’t write fast enough to meet my goal of helping others with eating problems heal and flourish.

Instructional and Writing Experience

I am a co-founder of the Greater Boston Collaborative for Body Image and Eating Disorders and a former member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Multi-service Eating Disorder Association of Massachusetts.

For three decades, I have taught, trained and presented at venues such as the adult education centers of Sarasota, Florida and Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts, Manatee Memorial Hospital, University of South Florida School of Social Work, National Organization for Women, Center for Disordered Eating, Bayside Center for Behavioral Health, Boston Women Communicators, Women on the Scene, American Business Women’s Association, Florida Writer’s Association, Minnesota’s Breast Cancer Awareness Association, Lake Austin Spa, Multi-service Eating Disorder Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the Massachusetts Dietetic Association, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, TWICE Educational Seminars, Simmons College School of Social Work, and Feeding Ourselves.

Among other publications, my essays and articles have appeared in Social Work Today, Social Work Focus, The Newsletter for the Society for Family Therapy and Research, Positive Change, Attitudes Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The West Roxbury Transcript, Equal Times, Single Living, the Center for Mindful Eating, and the National Eating Disorders Association. I’ve been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Ladies' Home Journal, AARP Online, Women’s Health, Shape, Self, Berner Zeitung and OK magazines. 

I’ve written eight books (one co-authored), two of which won awards, scores of articles, and nearly 2,000 blogs. Among three of my books, there are 10 foreign-language translations.