Feature Friday: Eating Disorder Therapist Dr. Stephanie Waitt
Happy Friday from BALANCE! Today we are excited to feature Dr. Stephanie Waitt who is a passionate eating disorder specialist in Sherman, TX!
Dr. Stephanie Waitt specializes in treating eating disorders at her practice, Texoma Specialty Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a PhD in Health Psychology, and has over 10 years experience working with women, men, and adolescents who struggle with eating disorders, trauma, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. She was a member of the team that developed the eating disorder program at the treatment center Timberline Knolls. Her experience includes working with individuals dealing with eating disorders in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. She takes a non-diet, intuitive eating, and Health At Every Size approach, and is currently pursuing an Eating Disorder Specialist Certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professional Foundation (IAEDP). She is also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Stephanie openly writes and speaks about her past struggle with orthorexia, and the glorification of dieting in the fitness industry, when she found herself obsessed with dieting and exercising as a way to escape her stressful job as a trauma therapist in the beginning of her career.
In her work with people she aims to help young men and women find balance, peace, confidence, and happiness with their bodies, relationships, and life. She emphasizes the importance of self-care and encourages people that being a little selfish is a really good thing. Stephanie is also an online body image and self esteem coach. In her recovery coaching Stephanie helps people learn to find peace with their bodies and ditch dieting. She is the Author of the teen self-esteem e-book, I Am Awesome!, which gives tips on confidence and self esteem for teens.
In a great Thriveglobal.com article on Orthorexia written by Stephanie, she shares the powerful words, “There is a way to find balance and freedom and not live a life consumed with thoughts about food, exercise and your body. Being consumed with thoughts about your body, obsessing about food and exercise is not comfortable but there is support and relief. You can change your life without changing your body.”
We could not agree more with these words of wisdom! Changing your life and finding freedom is always possible. We at BALANCE thank Dr.Stephanie Waitt for being an active member of the eating disorder community and using her personal story to inspire others!