Members of WSSEDO are committed Washington DC area professionals with demonstrated expertise in the treatment of eating disorders. Members share a common dedication for studying, disseminating, and providing quality eating disorder care to individuals and families.
WSSEDO membership is done by level.
Level 1: Students
Level 2: Practitioners with significant experience treating eating disorders (at least 3 years of clinical experience)
Emeritus: Retired eating disorder specialists
Corporate: DC area eating disorder treatment programs
WSSEDO Board Members
3204 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 250, Rockville, MD 20852
As a recoveree, I have a passion for applying my expertise and experience to helping others touched by eating disorders. I have conducted research into eating disorder treatment efficacy, spent 5 years as a managing staff member at the National Eating Disorders Association, and have collaborated with many of the world’s ED experts on projects aimed at improving the quality of eating disorder care. I work with teens through adults, as well as offering consulting and coaching to loved ones of someone with an eating disorder. I rely heavily upon evidence-based practices, employing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Based Therapy (FBT)/Maudsley, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing.
847-E Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Working in the field of eating disorders is an enriching journey – I’m always learning and growing as a treatment specialist. I am a licensed dietician and behavioral nutritionist and have been in private practice in Montgomery County, MD for about 12 years. My special interest is in adapting psychotherapy models to use in nutrition counseling. I have particular expertise in Internal Family Systems (IFS Level I and II), Family Based Treatment/Maudsley, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I help individuals and families understand their eating disorder from multiple angles, and provide the most current, evidenced based recommendations for nutrition and meal planning support.
Judith Asner is a pioneer in the field of eating disorders. In 1980 she started one of the first outpatient eating disorders programs in the DC area. A seasoned therapist, she is trained in Imago Therapy for couples, EMDR, and Internal Family Systems. She is also certified as a coach of the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She has adapted all of these frameworks to the treatment of eating disorders, and therefore can offer the appropriate individualized treatment to each patient. She is the Expert on Healthyplace.com. Her practice includes adolescents, adults, couples and group psychotherapy for eating disorders. She is located on Chevy Chase, Md. Convenient to the Redline Metro. No insurance accepted. No sliding scale
Tracie Strucker, PhD LCMFT
PO Box 157
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Tracie has specialized in the treatment of adult women with eating disorders and emotional eating for over 20 years. Prior to relocating to the DC metro area, Tracie lived in Austin, Texas where she founded La Que Sabe Eating Disorder Clinic. Tracie’s perspective on treatment is informed by her early training in family systems, (Bowen, Strategic, and Object Relations) and later training in Emotion Focused-Interpersonal approaches, along with a generous dose of mind/body/affect regulation techniques. Tracie also has an active consultation practice, supervision groups, workshop style trainings, and frequently presents on the topics of eating disorders and affect regulation.
8605 Cameron Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Art therapy allows you to express and experience thoughts and feelings when words fail. It can allow you to take the conflict away from the arena of your mind and body, into an area where it can be expressed in images and words.
7643 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA. 22043
Beverly sees adolescents and adults, who are anorexics, bulimics, and binge eaters. She helps clients gain insight and learn more positive coping skills, so they can manage their eating disorder in healthier and mindful ways.
Private practice offering individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Dr. Gilbert was a tenured professor in the Psychology Department at Howard University, where she helped found the Women’s Studies Program. She has published numerous book chapters and an extensive number of professional journal articles on eating disorders and body image. She served as WSSEDO’s president for ten years. Dr. Gilbert focuses on helping patients increase self-awareness and self-compassion, thereby enabling them to find healthier, self-loving ways of coping.
7219 D Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt MD 20770
Nutrition is the cornerstone of treatment for an eating disorder. Empowered Eating is designed to provide freedom from food struggles and hope for people struggling with eating disorders and their loved ones. REBEL Against Diets is a program geared towards clients with Binge Eating Disorder, emotional eating and stress eating. By being a REBEL, you will learn a lot about yourself, nourish your mind and body, feel healthier, and prioritize self care. Using the non- dieting approach we will teach you the tools you need to be successful in improving your happiness and health.
9881 Brokenland Parkway
Columbia, MD 20770
Nutrition therapy is a crucial piece of treatment for an eating disorder. Empowered Eating is a comprehensive program led by Certifed Eating Disorder Dietitians in private practice to provide freedom from food struggles and full recovery.
Laura K. Ratner, LICSW, LCSW-C, BCD
4910 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
In private practice for more than thirty years, I work with children, adolescents and adults using individual, couples and family-based treatment. I work with people with anorexia, bulimia and other eating issues along the continuum, developing a plan aimed at complete recovery and that usually includes other professionals. While I believe that each individual is unique, I also believe that symptom resolution is the first step in successful recovery for everyone. It is then that psychotherapy can be productive in addressing underlying issues and co-morbid disorders. In addition to ongoing psychotherapy, I also offer evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning with referrals to other providers. For professionals, I offer supervision and consultation for both eating disorders and for family-based treatment.
My therapy practice balances “why” and “how”. Understanding yourself is important to make lasting change & practical tools are important in your actual life! I particularly enjoy working with college students and twenty-somethings.
Felicia Kolodner, LPC, NCC, CEDS
2960 Sleepy Hollow Rd,
Falls Church, VA 22044
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 503
Rockville, MD 20852
Felicia is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), is state licensed in Virginia and Maryland and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Felicia is the Director of Reflections Treatment Center at Dominion Hospital and maintains a small private practice in Maryland. Felicia is very active in the field, holding memberships with: The American Counseling Association, National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), Washington Society for the Study of Eating Disorders and Obesity (WSSEDO) and the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). Felicia is currently the co-chair of the Inpatient/Residential Special Interest Group for the Academy of Eating Disorders. Felicia frequently provides trainings in the community to clinicians and consumers on the topic of Eating Disorders.
Joanna Marino, PhD
1101 17th St. NW #530
Washington DC 20036
We offer evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and co-occurring conditions. We specialize in CBT, DBT, and FBT. Our multidisciplinary treatment team includes a psychiatrists, psychologists and dietitians.
Sarah Bennett, PhD
4545 42nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Dr. Bennett provides evidence based treatment to children, adolescents and young adults experiencing eating disorders. She is trained in FBT, CBT, and Adolescent Focused Individual Therapy. She runs a monthly parent education and support group.
Mary Lynn Duvall, RDN
I specialize in working with the continuum of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors and have done so for over 25 years. I work with children, adolescent, adults and families to promote and establish a healthy relationship with food. Learning how to practice self-care and eat responsibly are critical components for overall well-being and a cornerstone of successful eating disordered treatment. Education is power and the more one knows about how to have a positive relationship with food, the better their understanding will be about how to implement it. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition and I work to personalize my recommendations to achieve a good outcome. I regularly coordinate with team members to provide the full compliment of treatment appropriate for those I treat. It is a joy to guide my clients on this path.
As a psychologist in private practice, Dr. Raine Weiner works with adolescents and adults in individual, group, and family therapy. She has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for almost 30 years. In 1991, she co-founded the Eating Disorders Center of Potomac Valley to bring together an outpatient team of therapists and nutritionists. Clients who come to Dr. Weiner’s office are treated with warmth, sensitivity, and respect within a safe, supportive environment in which to recover from eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. In working together, a strong, caring therapeutic alliance develops from which clients feel comfortable and secure in opening up and making positive, enriching, and lifelong changes. Due to her interest in reaching out to the community, Dr. Weiner has spoken at local and national conferences about the treatment of eating disorders and at the United States Capitol for a congressional briefing entitled, “Eating Disorders Treatments: Rarely Covered Health Care.”
5818 B Hubbard Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
We are a multi-practitioner group that works with all ages around Disordered Eating and Feeding concerns. Additionally, we work with the underlying issues such as body image, self-esteem, and mood issues that tend to fuel the eating disorder. We use mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and focus on the client as an individual.
2201 Mt. Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tanya Clausen, LCSW has an expertise in treating anxiety and trauma related eating disorders. She sees adults and couples. Tanya is a certified trauma therapist and is trained in DBT and Emotionally Focused Therapy. She has presented to the community and professionals on topics such as the neurobiology of trauma, emotional regulation and psycho education on victims of assault. Tanya also provides culturally competent therapy in Spanish.
3409 Wake Dr
Kensington, MD 20895
Janie Scholom, RN, LCSW-C is a psychotherapist in private practice in Kensington, MD. She works with children, adolescents and adults, specializing in treating eating disorders, attachment issues and trauma. Janie is a facilitator for the EMDR Institute and an approved EMDRIA Consultant. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, providing personal sessions toward certification as well as individual and group supervision. Janie is especially interested in the development of trauma secondary to attachment ruptures, and to medical interventions and related experiences. She is an assistant for Diane Poole Heller’s Somatic Attachment Training. Janie contributed a chapter on eating disorders and EMDR in EMDR Solutions II, For Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance and More. She has presented nationally on the integration of EMDR and eating disorders.
2440 M St., NW #314
Washington DC 20037
Paula D. Atkinson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, D.C. providing psychotherapy to adults and young adults with difficulties in the areas of eating disorders, negative body image, compulsive behaviors, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Her style integrates principles and practices of psychodynamic theory, self-psychology, mindfulness, transpersonal psychology, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and interpersonal work. She supports her clients in the development of self-compassion, and in releasing what is unnecessary. The feedback from clients is that her style is relatable, warm, compassionate, and authentic.
Paula is also a registered yoga instructor at the highest level, teaching yoga classes and serving private yoga students for over 14 years. She uses yoga practices and meditation tools to treat anxiety, depression, destructive thinking, negative body image, and compulsive behaviors. Paula has her own history with body hatred, compulsive eating and exercise. Please visit www.pauladatkinson.com for more information.
23077 Charmay Pond Place
Ashburn, VA 20148
Dr. Martha Ireland is a Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist, IAEDP Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor, and a Distance Credentialed Counselor with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Martha Ireland is a seasoned intuitive psychotherapist and a licensed psychiatric clinical nurse specialist who embraces a variety of healing methods and is grounded in both theory and practice. She operates a private practice in Virginia and works creatively with many women, men and older adolescents dealing with eating disorders and related issues.
Dr. Ireland is the Co- founder of Virtual Therapy Connect – a HIPAA compliant web and application portal offering a variety of distance therapy tools for clinicians and she personally works virtually with clients residing in VA, DC, MD, DE, NJ and CA. She and routinely speaks about integrating technology and psychotherapy.
Jill Fuster MS, RD, LDN
11300 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Jill Fuster provides individualized nutrition assessment, counseling and behavioral strategies to help children, adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders. She has been in private practice in the DC area for over 15 years. She is familiar with multiple treatment approaches and enjoys working with different therapists and other health professionals in the area. She looks forward to collaborating with professionals near her new office location in Rockville near Grosvenor and White Flint. Jill has successfully lead meal groups in the past and plans to initiate new groups in the future.
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Vienna, VA 22182
Dr. Doshi’s private practice focuses on the treatment of eating disorders, weight management, insomnia, and anxiety. She uses ACT as well as CBT in her treatment approaches with clients.
2110 Gallows Road, Suite D
Vienna VA 22182
Dr. Gary Litovitz, a board-certified psychiatrist, is the Medical Director of the Reflections Eating Disorders Treatment Center in Falls Church, VA and has a private outpatient practice in the Tysons corner area of Vienna, VA where he treats adults and adolescents with Eating Disorders. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and has over 2 decades of experience treating Eating Disorders in both outpatient and hospital settings providing diagnostic consultations, psychotherapy, pharmacologic management, and oversight of a comprehensive treatment team.
450 W Broad St, Suite 201
Falls Church, VA 22046
I am a body-life coach for women and men recovering from eating disorders. Most of my clients have chronic pain and injuries that resulted from over exercise combined with compromised nutrition. I develop comprehensive recovery programs using corrective exercise and activity guidance to improve their strength, resume daily activities and hobbies. I teach my clients how to exercise in a safe and healthy way, rebuild a positive relationship with their bodies and make self-care decisions that honor their own needs.
Reflections Treatment Center at Dominion Hospital
Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization
2960 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, VA 22044
Reflections @ Dominion Hospital provides exceptional evidence-based care to males and females ages 11-adult struggling with Eating Disorders. Our comprehensive therapeutic program provides medical, nutritional and emotional support. With 8 inpatient beds, we are able to provide 24-hour care to patients in needs of constant support. Our 12-hour day Partial Hospitalization Program allows patients who do not need 24-hour support to have comprehensive meal and therapeutic support. As one of only three programs in the country to be Disease Specific Certified by the Joint Commission, Reflections provides unparalleled individualized care.
The Body Image Therapy Center
Intensive Outpatient and Standard Outpatient Treatment
9192 Red Branch Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045
2639 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Body Image Therapy Center is Maryland and D.C.’s premier outpatient treatment center offering comprehensive and compassionate care for those with eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders like substance abuse, self-harm behaviors or other destructive habits. We are a two-tier program starting with our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), a 4 night a week program divided between our adolescent family-based therapy program and our adult program. Once a client’s eating disorder is in remission for 4 weeks, we step them down to our Standard Outpatient Program (SOP). This level is also for clients coming into the program for the first time whose eating disorder behaviors occur less than once a week. We are an experiential based program that uses a classroom kitchen for exposure and response prevention and life skills development at both levels of care. Our DC location in Woodley Park is set to open in July 2015. Free groups include a parent support group, adolescent support group, and an Eating Disorders Anonymous group.
The Renfrew Center
4719 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
The Renfrew Center of Bethesda specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, & related mental illnesses. Programming consists of day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy. For more info visit www.renfrewcenter.com.
The Renfrew Center, established in 1985 in Philadelphia, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary as the first free-standing residential treatment facility in the United States exclusively dedicated to the treatment of women with eating disorders. Now with sixteen locations throughout the country, Renfrew has provided more than 65,000 women with the tools they need to succeed — in recovery and in life.
WSSEDO members provide information to be listed on the website as a benefit of their paid membership. WSSEDO does not endorse or recommend any particular providers, nor does WSSEDO claim responsibility for the treatment they provide. It is your responsibility to select and interview your provider.