Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate care on your journey to a full recovery
We are so excited to bring premier eating disorder treatment to the Tidewater area. Our staff have extensive experience in treating all types of eating disorders, ages, genders and are culturally diverse.
This beautiful center contains a spacious kitchen and dining room, Art Therapy room, Yoga Room, and comfortable group rooms. Outdoor park-like setting, close to the Lite Rail and in a central location.
Taking Referrals now. Programs start January 2, 2022
Staff – Norfolk
Kendra Wilson, LCSW-S, CEDS-S
Kendra is excited to join the Prosperity team as the Program Director of our new Norfolk/Tidewater location! She has not lived in Virginia since she graduated with a BS in Psychology from George Mason University and is excited to be closer to family and friends all around the area.
She is a genuine and straightforward kind of therapist, which is informed by her use of an eclectic approach using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) primarily. She recognizes that eating disorders are a complicated set of illnesses that interest with depression, trauma, anxiety, and have an immeasurable impact on life overall for clients struggling with them.
Kendra Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of psychiatric experience in group, family, and individual therapy and has been recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and approved supervisor by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), as well as a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapist through Evergreen Certification Institute, and a Certified Program Educator for the Gottman Institute’s “Seven Principles Program,” which teaches couples how to build and maintain healthy relationships and overcome a variety of conflicts. She loves to keep learning and growing as a person and a therapist and is pursuing certifications/education in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma survivors, RO DBT, and as a certified supervisor in Virginia through the board of social work.
She has served as a hotline counselor, intake coordinator, therapist, facilitator, supervisor, compliance officer, and director in a variety of treatment settings, including Johns Hopkins’ Eating Disorder Inpatient and Day Hospital Program in Baltimore, Maryland, community mental health services, and private practices. She was most recently the Clinical Director and Compliance Officer for Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she has lived and work since 2007.
Having experience in these varied programs has driven her focus in supervision and training new professionals and she is available for supervision of provisionally licensed social workers. Kendra earned an MSW with a Mental Health specialization from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, Maryland.
In her free time, she is another proud dog mom on the Prosperity staff, with three rescue dogs and a dog cam so she can check on them and make sure they are not chewing up pillows and leaving feathers strewn about (that happened!). She is also a certified feng shui consultant, eclectic crafter, avid reader, and can’t wait to get back to photography and travel in the near future!
Meredith Luttrell, MA, LPC
Meredith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Supervisor and is Founder of Balanceworks Counseling Services, an outpatient therapy group practice of therapists and registered dietitians in Arlington, VA, who specialize in working with clients with eating disorders through individual, couple, family and group therapy. Meredith is so excited to use her expertise and passion for Eating Disorder treatment work to help bring higher level of care treatment for eating disorders to her hometown of Hampton Roads as Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness Center.
Meredith views therapy as a collaborative process where the client is the expert on themselves, and the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in helping clients to create change. It is important to have a safe and supportive environment in order to examine hurtful relationship patterns and emotional difficulties, and in turn change negative self-evaluations to better respond to life’s challenges. Meredith is genuinely interested in and committed to helping her clients to gain insight and express their needs in order to engage in more healthy and fulfilling relationships, and make changes in order to live the life they want, free from their less healthy coping methods, like an eating disorder. Meredith sees eating disorder behaviors, beliefs, and rituals as not only about food and body image, but as something that often begins and serves as means to cope with underlying struggles and difficult emotions and experiences. What “helped” to cope or deal with difficult feelings, emotions, and situations at one time will eventually create more difficulties and become an overwhelming struggle in itself that can impact all parts of life. Meredith works to meet each client where they are using evidence based treatments and utilizes aspects of attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and an interpersonal approach in therapy.
Prior to starting her private practice in 2012, Meredith provided therapy to clients in multiple levels of care at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, as well as in the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the DC and Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s after receiving her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. At these sites she provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy to people from a variety of cultural backgrounds struggling with the effects of trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. She particularly enjoys working with individuals and couples hoping to change unhelpful and unfulfilling relationship, emotion regulation and coping patterns, manage the effects of depression and anxiety, and confront new stages in life. She is licensed in Virginia and in Maryland to provide therapy as well as Clinical Supervision, and has taught educational courses and provided informational sessions and groups in self-care, dealing with anxiety, and couples therapy and relationship issues. She has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is finally getting around to working on completing her IAEDP Certification to “officially” hold her CEDS credential. Meredith recently relocated back to her hometown during the virtual world of the pandemic, and loved being back so much that she officially decided to relocate here with her family, including her two rescue dogs (including one therapy dog!), Cooper and Riggs, and just welcomed her first daughter in August!
Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CEDRD-S
Mary is a Virginia Beach native who is thrilled to join Prosperity in bringing higher level of care treatment for eating disorders to Hampton Roads. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor (CEDRD-S) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and has over 17 years of experience in the field of eating disorders.
Living up and down the East Coast and consulting abroad, Mary has maintained her eating disorders specialized private practice since 2006, first established in New York City with offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. While in NYC, Mary served as the lead dietitian for New York University (NYU) and was selected to be the first nutrition consultant for NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus, providing counseling to students, and advising faculty and staff on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders.
Following her time in NYC, Mary served for six years as the Director of Nutrition Services at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers for eating disorders. She also helped to create and open the flagship Clementine Program for Adolescents with eating disorders in Miami, FL. In both roles, she oversaw all levels of care from residential to intensive out-patient. In 2017, after realizing the need for expert eating disorders care in her hometown, she moved her family back to Virginia Beach to provide nutritional care to members of the coastal VA community through her private practice, Mary Dye Nutrition, LLC.
Mary serves as the Chapter Chair of the Mentoring and Connections Committee for iaedp and co-authored “The CEDRD in Eating Disorder Care”, March 2015, with fellow members of the Nutrition and Health Management Committee of iaedp. She is a seasoned speaker and has conducted numerous workshops and seminars across the country focusing on body image, weight inclusivity, intuitive eating, step down care and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Mary completed her masters degree and R.D. training in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with her public health training at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the department of Infant and Young Child Feeding.
Her family includes her husband, two daughters and their rescue pup named Pixel. When not helping her clients find peace with food, you’ll find her at the beach, laying in a hammock with a good book, cooking something new or exploring the beautiful trails around Virginia.