True eating disorder recovery is possible. A supportive, team approach, including a counselor/therapist, a dietitian, and appropriate medical providers, is most beneficial for this process.
Julie shares an office suite with two outstanding Therapists who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. She works closely with them to coordinate the best care possible for mutual patients. Joint sessions with both Therapist and Dietitian are available for patients. These two Therapists are listed below.
*Note: If you would like referrals for other counselors/therapists in Richmond who work with eating disorder recovery, please ask. Referrals are available.
Julie Samitt, LCSW
I'm a depth psychotherapist with an emotion focused approach. I do my best work when I am listening to deeply understand the inner conflicts holding others back from their richest potential. Whether that be in relationships or their intended or called to purposes in life, or both. I've found that symptoms are a call to look more closely at the root of distress. I am here to help individuals and families understand more fully how to feel connected even when it seems impossible. I have taught clinical practice and social justice at VCU in the MSW program for the past five years and am a registered supervisor in Virginia for LCSW candidates. I have relationships with VCU Counseling and Athletic departments as well local and national Eating Disorder facilities and practitioners.
I am well versed in referring to higher levels of care and continuing recovery work after treatment at those levels. I have worked at all levels of care for the treatment of mental illness and Eating Disorders. I received my BS from North Carolina State University and my MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have numerous post-graduate certificates in Psychodynamic Pscyhotherapies and Eating Disorder treatment.
Eliza is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in individual therapy using an integrated approach. She believes that therapy is a place to explore who we are and how we want to move forward with our lives; at what is holding us back and impeding our own personal growth. Her approach is to work together with individuals to unearth current and past dysfunctions that are no longer working for them and to help navigate a new way for clients to see themselves and the world around them. As a foundation with all clients, She helps them examine their patterns of thought, feelings and behaviors. She aims to help clients better understand the impact of their past and current relationships on their present life. Using a strength-based, person-centered perspective while integrating mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral strategies as well as psychodynamic and other insight-oriented therapies, she seeks to help clients work towards awareness, increase insight and ultimately begin to experience positive change. Eliza received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MA from The George Washington University. She has over 4 years of experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders/disordered eating, life transitions, relationships, and self-esteem/self-worth in a private practice setting, in addition to three years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with eating disorders in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatients settings. Contact Eliza Valentine
Conveniently located in downtown Richmond, VA next to VCU campus