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The Art of Intentional Eating program is co-led by a psychotherapist and dietitian, who both bring extensive knowledge about the treatment of binge and emotional eating to the group experience. The unique co-led format allows the group to incorporate practical, skills-based learning as well as nutritional education. Our goal is to treat the whole body and mind by addressing client's relationship with food from both nutritional and emotional perspectives.




Melissa is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder, compulsive overeating, and other eating disorders. She has a private practice in Charlotte, Melissa Elder Therapy, where she treats individuals and their families. Melissa has been trained and certified in the MB-EAT program (, a mindfulness based model for binge eating and is a practitioner member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association. She has extensive group therapy experience, including running psychoeducational, family, and support groups. Melissa is an adjunct professor at Sage Colleges where she teaches graduate level students in the Psychology of Eating and Eating Disorders. Previously, Melissa was a supervisor at an eating disorder treatment center in Connecticut, where she led the Intensive Outpatient program and facilitated individual and group therapy. For more information about Melissa, please visit her website at

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Annie Goldsmith holds a bachelor's degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester, and received her training in dietetics through Winthrop University. She has had a variety of professional experiences that include clinical dietetics in a hospital setting, outpatient nutrition counseling, and eating disorders treatment at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. She has experience and advanced training in treating a wide range of issues concerning the eating relationship, including binge eating and emotional eating. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Annie is passionate about helping those she works with to develop a peaceful and nourishing relationship with both food and body. Annie also offers individual counseling though her private practice, more information about which can be found at

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