© 2018 by Deeper Roots Therapy. 

Deeper Roots Therapy

Charlotte, NC 28209



Deeper Roots Therapy

We are all born intuitive eaters, with innate hunger and fullness cues to guide our eating. Along the way, however, we can get lost in the world of dieting, restriction, bingeing and emotion-based eating. Deeper Roots Therapy was  founded by Melissa Elder, LCSW to help clients rediscover their food roots and connect with their inner wisdom to stop bingeing and improve their food relationship. Deeper Roots Therapy is grounded in non-diet, Health At Every SizeIntuitive Eating, and Mindful Eating principles, which are evidenced-based for the treatment of eating disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia. Our clinicians are extensively trained in the treatment of eating disorders, and work collaboratively with dieticians and physicians. 

Melissa Elder, LCSW - Clinician, Founder & Owner

I believe in a comprehensive approach to therapy which begins with a strong relationship and trust between therapist and client. I use an integrative wellness approach, exploring client's emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing to assist them in breaking disordered eating patterns and creating a positive relationship with food.

My primary work focuses on treating binge eating disorder, bulimia, and other related eating disorders utilizing an evidenced-based, non-diet approach. I have extensive experience in the eating disorder field, and have training in several proven treatments for eating disorders including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and relational therapies. ​


  • Adult women and men with binge eating and bulimia

  • Chronic dieters looking to break the diet/binge cycle

  • Pre- and post-bariatric counseling focused on building mindful eating skills

  • Non-diet approach utilizing a weight-neutral framework


  • Fordham University, Master's in Clinical Social Work with honors 

  • Former Intensive Outpatient Program Team Supervisor and Therapist at the Renfrew Center for eating disorder treatment in Connecticut; eight years of clinical practice in eating disorder specialty 

  • Certified MB-EAT practitioner- intensive training in Mindfulness Based Eating (MB-EAT), a  program designed to improve mindful eating and break binge cycles

  • Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) Professional  Member

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Sage Colleges - Graduate School of Nutrition, teaching Psychology of Eating and Eating Disorders course

Courtney Newton Durham, LCSW - Clinician & EMDR Practitioner

I believe that throughout our lives we encounter many challenges and obstacles that can sometimes cause us to lose sight of our goals and live against our values. No matter where you find yourself, I want to meet you there. It takes a great amount of courage and strength to vulnerably express your struggles, weaknesses, shame, and hardships with a total stranger. As humans, we all need hope in something; we all need someone to walk with us on our journey. You can feel empowered by taking the first step towards finding that hope and identifying tools, skills, and techniques that get you where you wish to be.


  • Adolescent, young adult and adult women and men with bulimia, binge eating and restrictive eating

  • Trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) practitioner for all types of trauma, anxiety, phobias and body image issues

  • Behavioral addictions including compulsive eating, shopping, gambling, etc. 


  • Baylor University, Master's in Clinical Social Work  

  • Experience at the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization levels of eating disorder treatment 

  • Extensive training in trauma treatment

Rachel Phillips Tenny, LPC - Clinician 

Do thoughts about food, your body, and weight keep you from living a life based on your values? Eating disorders often appear to be about changing your body, but under the surface, are about struggling to tolerate emotions and distressing situations. You don't have to continue to exist in the chaos of restricting, bingeing, purging, or over exercising. If you are tired of living inside a box created by your fears, I can help.

I believe that full recovery from your eating disorder is possible. Together we will work to identify triggers, break down the barriers that keep you from having a normalized relationship with food and your body, and develop skills to help you tolerate challenging situations in the future. 


  • Adolescent, young adult and adult women and men with bulimia, binge eating, over exercising and restrictive eating

  • Working with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community who are processing sexuality and gender identity

  • Entrepreneurs who are wanting to find a work/life balance


  • Lenoir-Rhyne University, Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Experience at the Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient levels of eating disorder treatment