Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate help on your journey to a full recovery.
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.
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 nutritionists
- medical referral
- psychological assessment options
Prosperity is a warm, therapeutic, and friendly environment, where we provide effective and efficient treatment by highly trained 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.
Ashleigh Loring Sellman, RD
Lead Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Ashleigh has a wealth of experience as a spcialists in eating disorders from a nutrition perspective. She is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and has been a Certified Specialist in pediatric nutrition. Ashleigh has been especially passionate about food relationships, eating disorders, disordered eating, body image/acceptance and powerful holistic wellness. She has been working with children, teens and adults throughout her whole career and has been employed at UVA’s Nutrition Counseling Center for the last 9 years doing outpatient counseling and running groups.
She started her career as a dietetic internship at The University of Virginia Health System in 2000, then move to UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco from 2000 – 2006 doing outpatient counseling and working with a variety of pediatric populations. In addition, she has spent the last 5 years in adult weight management with a focus on intuitive eating, non dieting approaches; polycystic ovarian syndrome with the frequent overlapping of eating disordered behaviors, and eating disorder clients both with anorexia and bulimia. She has spoken and taught in the community, at UVA school continuing education, to her interns and in group settings to adults or parents the concepts of raising healthy children who remain internally connected and trusting of their bodies. She is interested in supporting her clients to find their own internal wisdom along that path to wellness.
Erin Bulinski, MSW
Individual and Family Therapist
Resident in Counseling
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.
Caitlin Santucci-Kelly, LPC, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC, RYT-200
Program Director, Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and Yoga Teacher
Coming from a clinical background as a psychotherapist, art therapist, and yoga teacher, Caitlin is passionate about meeting each client where she/he is. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with eating disorders and other co-occurring issues at the inpatient, partial, IOP, and outpatient settings. Her specialties include body image distortion, identity development, depression, anxiety, trauma-informed care, substance-abuse, and self-harm. Caitlin often incorporates the tenants of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy into her art psychotherapy approach, tailoring treatment methods for each client’s individual needs. In addition to her clinical work, Caitlin offers yoga for body image acceptance classes at Prosperity.
Amy Campbell, LCSW
Individual and Family Therapist
Amy Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has many great skills that she brings to Prosperity. She has a strong focus in trauma work and is a Board Member of the Greater Piedmont Trauma Informed Community. Through her history in working with victims of domestic violence and leading groups for women and children, working with at risk youth and families and involved in school interventions as a school social worker with students and families, she brings tremendous experience in working with difficult family situations and different levels of pathology while bringing peace and healing.
Amy has also had much experience with a medical model approach being a medical social worker in both general and psychiatric hospitals working with clients in a multidisciplinary team as well as providing individual and family therapy and facilitating discharges and aftercare for clients both adult and children. Amy utilizes CBT and DBT approaches which are very helpful in working with clients with eating disorders.
Amanda Terillo is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She loves to work with individuals to achieve a healthy relationship with food through body acceptance and intuitive eating. Amanda takes a holistic approach to healing and takes into account clients lifestyle and environment. She helps clients embrace food as a tool to achieve health and wellness instead of being the enemy and the focus of self worth.Amanda achieved her undergraduate degree in New York and did her dietetic internship at the University of Maryland at College Park. After several years of experience working with a variety of clients she went on to receive her graduate degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont.
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
703-466-5150 x 808
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 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 Dietician Nutritionist
703-466-5150 x 819
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
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN
AlyssaA@prosperityedwell.com 703-466-5150 x 803
Alyssa Ardolino was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. She went on to complete her 1200- hour Dietetic Internship through the University of Maryland College Park with an emphasis in Nutrition Informatics. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
She has leadership experience as the President/Founder of the Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG) Chapter at Penn State, which
fostered a community of 300 women who supported and encouraged each other to be the best versions of themselves. Being the President of CHAARG showed her how much of a difference she could make in the lives of others. Her philosophy for nutrition is a non-diet approach that encourages people to trust their
hunger cues and enjoy the foods they eat. She believes all foods fit and is passionate about the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of her clients.
Member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Paula Payne, MS, RDN, CEDRD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
703-466-5150 x 814
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, Paula 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:
Paula is a Member of:
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professions
- American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- National Eating Disorder Association
- International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.
Eating Disorder Specialists – NOVA
Heather Baker, LCSW, CEDS
Heather Baker is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist that has been passionate and driven to help heal clients from their eating disorders for over 12 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. She 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 and has since brought healing to many individuals with a traumatic past.
Kate Walker, MA
Kate is a graduate from The George Washington University Art Therapy masters program and is passionate about helping clients process and evolve through the power of creative expression. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, and a psychiatric hospital, employing both art therapy and counseling approaches. Kate is currently pursuing her ATR-BC (registered Art Therapist-Board Certified) and Virginia LPC. Her demeanor is warm and empathic and is able to really help clients gain insight and produce change in their thoughts and mood and behaviors.
Ashley Steelman, MSW
Program Manager and Psychotherapist
Ashley is enthusiastic about helping people become the best versions of themselves. Her sincere and direct approach promotes personal insight as she encourages the development of skills that help individuals and families function at their best. With a diverse background in consulting and counseling, Ashley is comfortable identifying trends, synthesizing information, and helping clients connect with what is important to them. She is comfortable in a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
With spirituality as a tenant of her work, Ashley is passionate in her efforts to help clients overcome eating disorders, trauma, and other inflicting problems while helping her clients find peace with themselves, and establish healthy boundaries with their environment. She has experience working with military and civilian clients in the areas of PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger management/stress tolerance, eating disorders, and reintegration challenges post deployment. Additionally, she is interested in helping individuals achieve work life balance by helping them go through a personal strategic planning process. Ashley is comfortable working with individuals, families, and groups across the lifecycle of care. She holds two master degrees in I/O Psychology from East Carolina University and in Social
Work from University of Southern California, she also holds a B. A. in Psychology, and has received certification in Military Culture.
Adrianna Rodriguez, MS, MFT, CFBT
Family and Individual Therapist, Certified in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley)
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 Lapham, MA, LPC
Individual and Family Therapist
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.
Amy Taddeo, MA
Individual and Group Therapist
Resident in Counseling
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.
Sarah Morehouse, MA
Sarah Morehouse is a recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh, receiving her Masters in Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue), and holds her BA in Psychology from George Mason University. She is licensed with COSCA, the professional counseling association in Scotland, and is currently in the process of obtaining residency for LPC licensure in the state of Virginia. Sarah has over 2 years of counseling experience in a counseling center and high school, and 10 years of experience in therapeutic riding and horsemanship. In addition, she holds her certification in therapeutic horseback riding instruction with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.
Currently, Sarah is enrolled in The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Institute’s Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapist certification program and is set to graduate in Fall 2018. This classifies her as a resident in equine-facilitated psychotherapy. During this time, she is supervised by Dr. Veronica Lac, the founder of the equine therapy program with Prosperity.
Having worked with horses for over 24 years, Sarah understands and advocates for the power that horses can have in helping to heal. Having been involved in multiple equine-facilitated psychotherapy workshops, equine-assisted learning workshops, and working in the field first-hand, she has continued to show how working with horses can improve mental, emotional, and physical health. She specializes in work with teenagers and children, in addition to having experience running groups, workshops, and working with adult and senior populations. She has been trained both in the humanistic/client-centered (person-centered) and psychodynamic therapeutic approaches, though works mostly with in the client-centered approach, focusing on felt senses, the here and now, and relational development, adapting to clients’ needs within the session.
Sarah is passionate about her work and continues learning new approaches, stays abreast of current research, and is truly passionate about helping people heal through working with horses.
Adult Group Calendar – NOVA
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.
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.
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.
Addresses the challenges, successes, and influences of body image on self-esteem throughout the recovery process.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy: Why Horses?
Animals, particularly horses, have been long considered to have a beneficial impact on people’s emotional well-being (see Heart to Heart article below). When you interact with horses, you have the opportunity to establish a relationship and everything it entails, including trust, respect, authenticity and effective communication patterns. Because of the experiential nature of this approach, issues such as anxiety, relational disconnections, and coping with triggers can be addressed in the interaction with horses, in the moment.
Horses live in the moment, thus teaching us to be aware, mindful, and to reconnect with ourselves and our bodies. This experience may range from learning to regulate our breathing with the horses, to sensory experiences, and being able to experience life and mutual relationships mindfully and authentically.
Horses can guide us on a journey to rediscovering our joy, our feelings and expressiveness and reconnect with our healthier selves.
Prosperity works in partnership with the herd in Herndon, VA at SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program. Davorka “Dada” Suvak is the Founder/Executive and Program Director of SPIRIT. She is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and FEI Riding Instructor.
Our resident equine-facilitated psychotherapist, Sarah Morehouse MCouns, provides individual therapy sessions and group sessions, working with the herd at SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program. She uses The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Institute approach to equine-facilitated psychotherapy and is currently training with Dr. Veronica Lac, the founder of the equine therapy program at Prosperity.
Sarah Morehouse, MCouns, is a dual practitioner trained in the humanistic or person-centered and psychodynamic approaches with her Masters in Counseling (Interpersonal Dialogue) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is licensed with COSCA, the professional counseling association in Scotland, and is currently in the process of obtaining residency for LPC licensure in the state of Virginia. In addition, she holds her certification in therapeutic horseback riding instruction with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.
For more information, please see our brochure on equine-facilitated psychotherapy services.
Prosperity also works in partnership with the herd in Purcevile, VA at Project Horse Empowerment Center. Darcy Woesnner is the Director who started Project Horse to help those with anxiety, depression, trauma, social skills deficits, behavioral issues, substance abuse, lack of self-confidence. Project Horse works with children, teens, couples, families and groups.
Prosperity is proud that a percentage of proceeds from sessions will go towards supporting SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program and Project Horse Empowerment Center and Embrace the Reigns, which are non-profit organizations.
For intensive family work, we offer retreats in Ohio that are sure to change the dynamics, relationships and communication within the family system. Check out http://herdinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Family-Retreats-Brochure-.pdf for more information and to register.
Or for an individual experience: http://herdinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Individual-Intensives-Brochure-.pdf