Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate treatment for your journey to a full recovery.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm.
For adults 18 years and older.
Programming includes twice a week therapy, twice a week nutrition counseling, weekly psychiatry and a family session.
Prosperity uses the evidenced-based therapies of DBT, CBT and ACT.
Holisitic therapies such as Art Therapy, Yoga Therapy, and meditation are used weekly. Clients will have two meals and two snacks while in the program in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Discounted rates at nearby motel is offered. Housing for PHP
Located 1/2 mile from UVA.
IOP Group Calendar – Charlottesville
We provide intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) and outpatient services for all ages, gender and types of eating disorders for the pursuit of a full recovery.
Prosperity’s Teen IOP meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8pm. Age range is 12-18 years old.
Adult Program is for ages 18 and above and also meets from 5-8pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Age Groups are separated to best meet the needs of the patients.
We believe that the best treatment plans are unique to the patients personal needs, strengths, and interests.
Following an initial assessment, your primary therapist may recommend additional groups, medical, or nutritional sessions. Options include:
- weekly or bi-weekly individual therapy
- family therapy
- weekly or bi-weekly sessions with our Registered Dietitians
- medical referral
PROSPERITY IS A WARM, THERAPEUTIC, AND FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT, WHERE WE PROVIDE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT TREATMENT BY HIGHLY TRAINED CLINICAL PROVIDERS WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE TREATING EATING DISORDERS.
Current cost of a full night of IOP is determined by us contacting and reaching an agreement with your insurance.
We will provide an invoice at the end of the week for you submit to your Out of Network Benefits. To discuss this process or to start this process, please call 800-643-7224.
For More Information about our IOP Program, please contact us.
Contact Prosperity in Charlottesville
709 A West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (Star Hill Building)
office: 434-326-4577 or 1-800-862-7224
Nutritional Counseling – Charlottesville
What, when, why and how you eat are critical components of your medical, emotional and physiological eating disorder recovery care. Here at Prosperity, your clinical nutrition expert is an integral part of your recovery team.
Our Registered Dietitians not only educate our clients about food and physiology they also:
- Teach therapeutic eating and cooking skills in a full kitchen.
- Foster clients eating mindfulness and self-awareness
- Enable clients to understand, determine and annihilate destructive eating patterns while constructing new strong, restorative eating patterns
- Enable clients to specifically understand and change emotional associations with food
- Strategize to determine obstacles to healthy nourishment while finding specific, healthful solutions
- Promote clients eating and exercise self-regulation and awareness
- Empower clients to know, understand and change their current internal dialogue and beliefs surrounding food, eating, body weight and exercise allowing them to transform their mindset to be congruent with a recovery pattern.
Staff – Charlottesville
Heather Baker, LCSW, CEDS
CEO, Executive Director
In 2012, Heather spearheaded Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness, a dynamic and one of a kind Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder program. Prosperity originated in Northern Virginia and as the program has grown, she has recognized the need for these services in other areas of the state. Her commitment to the eating disorder field has driven her to open a second location in Charlottesville. This program will serve the needs of UVA students and the greater Charlottesville community.
Heather is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor and enjoys teaching others how to treat eating disorders. She uses the evidence-based therapies of Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as Internal Family Systems, Post-Induction Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Heather believes in incorporating other services to provide a more holistic approach, such as equine therapy, art therapy, yoga, acupuncture, cooking classes, life skills and more.
Dr. Gaare, is an assistant professor of psychiatry, specializing in general child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Gaare grew up in Maryland and Virginia, and majored in psychology as an undergraduate at Stanford University in California. After graduating from UVA School of Medicine, she completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and earned a master of public health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health, focusing on management and quality. After completing a fellowship in eating disorders through University of Maryland at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, Dr. Gaare returned to Charlottesville to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Virginia in 2016. She stayed on after completing her fellowship as faculty in the department.In her free time, Dr. Gaare enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and playing tennis.
Erin Bulinski, LCSW
Individual and Family Therapist
Erin earned her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland. Erin’s true passion lies in helping those struggling with eating disorders and body image distortion. Her other specialties include substance abuse, anxiety, self-harm, and trauma-informed care. Prior to joining Prosperity, Erin’s practice involved working in a community health setting outside of DC with children, adolescents, and adults. One of Erin’s greatest strengths is her ability to quickly develop a trusting relationship and connect with clients and their families. She matches her direct, goal-oriented nature with great compassion and empathy. Erin uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients develop a greater understanding of how their thoughts affect their eating disorder behaviors. Erin also utilizes tenants of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, tailoring treatment to each individual client as needed.
J Brian Suchocki, M. Ed., CSAC
Resident in Counseling
Brian earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College and has since worked with both adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including outpatient, residential, and emergency/crisis services. Most recently, he has been a program manager and lead clinician for an adult residential treatment center located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Brian’s clinical philosophy is rooted in the tenets of Carl Rogers’s person-centered therapy, William Glasser’s Reality Theory and Choice Therapy, and Miller and Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing. He believes in meeting people where they are, operating from a humanistic and strengths-based perspective, and motivating people to move towards their identified goals in order to achieve self-actualization. Brian is a practitioner of existential counseling and through his practice, strives to help individuals find purpose and meaning in their life and address the predictable challenges of the human condition.
Areas of clinical interest include substance abuse disorders, trauma, and eating disorders.
Jaclyn Powell, MS RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Jaclyn is especially passionate about working with clients who want to take their lives back from their eating disorder and develop a healthier relationship with food. She specializes in using a holistic approach to wellness and addresses client’s struggles from all angles. Using a HAES approach, she specializes in intuitive eating, joyful movement, and mindfulness. Jaclyn has degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition from Johnson and Wales University as well as a Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Washington State University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Jaclyn has experience working with all levels of care at some of the leading recovery centers throughout the nation throughout her career and is thrilled to find a home at Prosperity.
Hannah Noland, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Hannah Noland is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She completed her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as EDRD Pro. Hannah embraces working from a holistic perspective and enjoys helping people create a positive relationship with food. She is passionate about utilizing both intuitive eating and health at every size principles to help clients achieve recovery and improved wellness.
Kendall Holloway, MAPC
Resident in Counseling
Kendall is a resident in counseling working towards licensure. Kendall earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University and her bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Prosperity, Kendall’s practice involved working within a trauma agency that focused on sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, anxiety, and self-harm. Kendall works with adolescents and adults in providing services to individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, substance use disorders, and other mental diagnoses. Kendall strives to help clients gain insight within themselves and process their emotions and life-stressors in a safe and welcoming environment. Kendall’s goal is to meet the client where they are within sessions and help the client improve their life by obtaining the goals set out by the client at the beginning of treatment. Kendall primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a part of her therapeutic modality, incorporating Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) as needed, however, tailoring treatment to each client. Kendall believes that recognizing how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connect and influence our lives can be a powerful insight into improving different life-stressors.
Eva Melendez, M.S.Ed, QMHP-A
Resident in Counseling
Eva is a resident in counseling working towards licensure. She graduated from Old Dominion University (ODU) in 2019 with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Eva graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Childhood Studies.
Prior to joining Prosperity, Eva completed her internship experiences, as part of her clinical training, with individuals 16 years-old and above who identify as being members of the LGBTQ+ community, HIV-positive status, or have undergone trauma (i.e. sexual violence, intimate partner violence, grief/loss, crisis). Her other experiences include working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, relationships, stress, school issues, substance abuse disorders, and other mental health diagnoses. She strives to create a warm and safe therapeutic environment for others to gain greater self-insight and awareness through exploration of one’s thoughts, feelings, and how they relate to one’s behavior. She primarily uses Relational-Gestalt therapy, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to help individuals challenge and modify maladaptive thought patterns that often lead to harmful behaviors and emotions. However, she tailors her treatment to the specific needs of the client. Eva views counseling as a collaborative process, aiming to help clients discover their strengths and potential to work through life problems. She seeks to empower her clients discover this potential and learn skills and strategies that will help them achieve their goals.
Supervision by Aimee Brickner, Ph.D., LPC.firstname.lastname@example.org