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Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate help on your journey to a full recovery

Northern Virginia/NOVA

Clinical and Executive Director

Heather Baker is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist that has been passionate and driven to help clients heal from their eating disorders for over 14 years. As the Founder of Prosperity in 2012, she ensures that everyone that comes to Prosperity receives the best possible care and believes that they can reach a full recovery.  Heather opened a second location in Charlottesville, VA to bring a higher level of care to students at UVA and the surrounding area in 2016. In 2012 and 2014, Heather has spent 80 training hours under Pia Melody in the PIT Model for trauma with a specialty in inner-child work and has also completed advanced training under Daniel Merlis, LCSW in EMDR. Heather has been incorporating using EMDR with client’s with eating disorders to not only help with relief from traumatic memories but also to incorporate change in one’s negative beliefs about themselves that effects their body image, confidence and a sense of low self-worth.

Medical Director And Psychiatrist

Dr. Aditi Malik is Prosperity’s new Medical Director of both our Adult & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs. 
Dr. Malik is board-certified in Psychiatry and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. She completed a residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and is currently affiliated with INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Malik specializes in working with individuals suffering from eating disorders, trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, obsessive-compulsive (OCD), and self-esteem issues, among many others. Her approach is to put patients through a thorough evaluation process, and then select treatments based on both pharmacological and psychological approaches. Dr. Malik utilizes a broad range of therapeutic modalities, including insight-oriented, supportive and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Her work with patients is collaborative with the goal of working towards maximizing their strengths. 

 

Adrianna Rodriguez, MS, MFT, CFBT

Family and Individual Therapist, Certified in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley)

adriannar@prosperityedwell.com

Adrianna is a Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly a decade of experience. Adrianna works with the entire family system to increase healthy lines of communication, problem solving, and helping each family reach their goals. Adrianna Rodriguez is certified as a Family Based Treatment (FBT) provider. FBT is also known as the Maudsley Approach. FBT is an evidence-based treatment and the treatment of choice for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. We are lucky to have one a few certified FBT providers in the state of Virginia right here at Prosperity Eating Disorders & Wellness Center!

The certification process, through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, was designed by Daniel LeGrange, PhD, and James Locke, MD, the developers of FBT. In addition to a 2-day workshop at Stanford University, Adrianna read numerous research and clinical articles on FBT, and received 25 hours of supervision over an 12 month period from a certified FBT supervisor. These supervision hours were crucial in becoming a skilled FBT provider, affording her the opportunity to learn how to apply FBT principles in a variety of challenging circumstances. These include cases with high-conflict parents, recently divorced couples, significant adolescent or parent pathology, and heightened suicide risk. Adrianna has also successfully used modified versions of FBT to treat young adults and spouses with eating disorders.

Adrianna is passionate about helping others increase self-awareness, attain fulfillment and find a balanced and meaningful life. Services in English and Spanish.

Heidi Murphy, MA, LPC

Individual and Family Therapist

heidil@prosperityedwell.com

Heidi is a graduate from Marymount University’s Community Counseling program in 2010, where she has been practicing therapy for almost 8 years.  She is passionate about the power of therapy and changes that can occur when both the client and therapist can be open, honest, and vulnerable with their struggles, observations, and successes.  Heidi seeks to provide a supportive environment within the therapy session that can nurture vulnerability and progress.  She has worked with a variety of populations, including young adults transitioning in life during the college experience, adults with chronic mental health issues, at-risk youth and families providing intensive in-home care, and adolescents and teens with eating disorders.  Her eating disorder treatment and other therapy experience ranges from providing therapy on an outpatient, residential, day program, and intensive in-home level.  Heidi specializes in working with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationships, exercise compulsion and family dynamics.  Heidi focuses on what has “gone right” in a person’s life, versus what has “gone wrong” as a motivation for change.  She encourages mindfulness, grounding techniques, and self-awareness for her clients in order to help them thrive.

Heidi leads many of Prosperity’s DBT and CBT groups and brings creativity and fun to her groups.

 

Amy Taddeo, MA, LPC

Individual and Group Therapist

amyt@prosperityedwell.com

Amy has had a lifelong passion for eating disorder advocacy, education, and awareness; as such, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals find recovery from their eating disorders and peace within themselves.  Her compassion, expertise, and empowering approach combined with her passion for working with this population creates a therapeutic environment in which her clients are able to gain insight and produce change while feeling challenged, empowered and supported.

Amy is a recent graduate from Marymount University where she received her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, Amy holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from George Mason University.  While Amy has experience working with individuals of all ages, she specializes in her work with adolescents. Additionally, having lived internationally for many years, she has the ability to work well with individuals of all backgrounds and orientations. Amy is currently completing her residency to obtain her Virginia LPC licensure.  She has a love of animals that she incorporates into both her personal and professional lives, and when not in the office you’ll most likely find her on adventures with her therapy-dog-in-training, Mason.

Chelsea Hall, MSW

Individual and Group Counselor

chelseah@prosperityedwell.com

Chelsea has worked in outpatient and residential settings with a variety of populations, including child and adult survivors of trauma and neglect, as well as both adolescent and adult clients experiencing eating disorders. While her approach with clients is founded on cognitive-behavioral theory, Chelsea incorporates elements of person-centered and family systems theories, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and other modalities, as well as encouraging each client’s unique faith or world-view to shape their treatment. Chelsea’s passion is seeing people begin to recognize their inherent worth, and she is honored to work with clients and families in this process. . Chelsea received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. Chelsea has a background in community organizing and advocacy, and was a founding officer in the anti-trafficking non-profit Southern Arizona Against Slavery.

Nutrition Counseling – NOVA

Nutrition is an integral aspect to one’s overall health and being well nourished is critical in the full recovery of an eating disorder. What you are eating, when, and how much are critical components of your medical and psychological care. Our Registered Dietitians promote client’s self-education, fostering understanding about importance of food for our bodies and brains.

Dietitians also coach clients in various methods to overcome obstacles of healthy nourishment when battling an Eating Disorder, including one’s food rules, beliefs and rigidity around food and to form healthy relationship with food. If appropriate, Dietitians and clients create a personalized meal plan, designed to repair, rebuild and restore client’s bodies and minds. Most important, Dietitians work with patents to reach an honest understanding of current food intake and emotional associates with foods- one of the most important steps in finding recovering.

 

 

Emily McDonough, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

emilym@prosperityedwell.com

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science from the University of the District of Columbia and completed her dietetic internship through Iowa State University. Before coming to Prosperity, Emily worked for the Fairfax County Health Department Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and served as the on-call dietitian with Center for Discovery. Emily focuses on helping clients identify what their underlying assumptions are about food and the effect it will have on their body while providing research-based evidence to either support or disprove it. Emily enjoys translating scientific research into a language everyone can understand and helping clients incorporate these findings into their nutrition plans to achieve good health and well-being. She is passionate about helping clients recover from eating disorders and helping them heal from their unhealthy relationships with food. Clients receive guidance about portions and meal plans, as well as how to identify hunger and fullness cues inherent in their bodies. Emily supports clients with their work to reduce anxiety around food.

Emily is a member of:

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition) Dietetics Practice Group
  • Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group
  • National Eating Disorder Association

Susan Kouzel, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

susank@prosperityedwell.com

Susan Kouzel is a Registered Dietitian who has much training and education in the care for people with disordered eating, weight management, and other nutritional struggles. She received her Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from Radford University. She completed her Dietetic Internship in Asheville, North Carolina, where she received a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She is passionate about helping people struggling with eating disorders to rediscover a healthy relationship with food and help guide them through the process of healing. Her compassion, expertise, and knowledge allow her to provide a nurturing environment where clients feel safe and supported. She helps clients learn the role of food components in the body and begin to build a healthier body and mind through individualized nutrition counseling and education.

Susan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Paula Payne, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

paulap@prosperityedwell.com

Ms. Payne has her bachelor’s degrees in Dietetics from James Madison University, and a Bachelor’s in Agriculture from Ohio State University. She also earned a Master of Science degree in nutrition from University of New Hampshire and completed her American Dietetic Association Internship at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University. Prior to her career as a dietitian, Ms. Payne taught chemistry and physics at several independent schools. Paula has a passion for horses and country living. When she is not working, she can be found caring for her donkey, Elvis or training her horse, Sarah for dressage. In 2015, Ms. Payne became a certified eating disorder registered dietitian, and is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professions
  • American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • National Eating Disorder Association
  • International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.

Alison Seramur, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

alisonh@prosperityedwell.com

Alison received her Bachelor’s and Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods with a concentration in Dietetics from Appalachian State University.  She completed her dietetic internship in Northern Virginia through Appalachian State University.  She has always had a passion for helping others and in particular children.  She grew up attending and then worked as a camp counselor at an all girls sleep away camp in Western North Carolina, which really helped shape her into the person she is today.  She is driven to help people with eating disorders after her experiences as a competitive gymnast and a collegiate athlete.  Through her life experiences, she is compassionate and relates to clients to provide a safe and nurturing environment while helping clients rebuild a positive relationship with themselves and food.

Alison is a member of:

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pediatric Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group

Adult IOP Group Calendar – NOVA

5:00  Body Image/Bed

6:00  Meal Support

7:00  Empowered Relationships

5:00  Body Bio

6:00  Meal Support

7:00 Life Skills and Process

5:00  DBT/CBT

6:00  Meal Support (catered)

7:00  Art

Adolescent IOP Group Calendar – NOVA

5:00  Mindfulness

6:00  Meal Support

7:00 Body Bio

5:00 CBT/DBT

6:00  Meal Support

7:00  Art Therapy

5:00  Empowered Relationships

6:00  Meal Support (catered)

7:00  Body Image

Art Therapy

Art is an expressive modality that allows clients to explore boundaries in relation to rules and freedom associated with body love as well as inter and intra-personal dynamics.

BED Binge Eating Support

This group allows individuals struggling with binge eating to address thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with binge eating, to include loss of control eating that may occur post gastric bypass.

Body Bio

This group allows clients to explore food myths and rules as well as discuss the role and expectation food plays in our lives. In this, education on food and the body are addressed.

Body Image

Addresses the challenges, successes, and influences of body image on self-esteem throughout the recovery process.

CBT/DBT

This is a skills group that focuses on the ability to manage distress tolerance and develop interpersonal effectiveness. Clients are encouraged to think about the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors in an effort to develop new cognitive processes.

Empowered Relationships

Our relationship with ourselves and others is explored as it relates to love, trust, patterns, and fears. Relationships can be the greatest source of joy and pain, in this group we discuss the ideal state of our relationships and explore aspects that facilitate or detract from healthy relationships.

Life Skills and Process

Clients are able to process life events, patterns, and recent stressors or successes in a supportive environment. This is done to facilitate effective functioning throughout the recovery process

Meal Support

This involves eating with others in a safe environment where goals, challenges, and successes can be processed and shared. Meals are required to meet standard criteria so that clients are able to explore well rounded meals that meet their nutritional needs.

Mindfulness

As part of the holistic approach to wellness, clients are able to explore the benefits of acupuncture, stress reduction and mindfulness yoga, and essential oils.

Sibling Therapy

Designed to address the unique needs of individuals whose siblings struggle with an eating disorder. It will address the specific challenges, strengths, questions, and supports available to help siblings process and effectively cope with the unique stressors eating disorders place on family dynamics. Please note this is not included as part of the IOP program and will not be billed through insurance unless otherwise approved. Ages 13-25 welcome.