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, MSW, LCSW - Clinical Supervisor, 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 somatic therapies, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and relational therapies. My approach is trauma-informed and multi-dimensional, helping my clients tap into their internal wisdom to reconnect with their bodies and the eating process. 


  • 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

  • Reconnecting clients with their bodies using somatic, body-based therapies to improve body image and self-awareness around food, eating patterns and emotions


  • 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 

  • Embodied Recovery Practitioner - trained in somatic, body-based therapies

  • Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) Professional  Member

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

  • Safe and Sound Protocol certified practitioner 

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

  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-300 with advanced training in yoga therapy

Courtney Newton-Durham, LCSW-Senior 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 - certified EMDR practitioner 

Rachel Phillips Tenny, LPC - Senior 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 

Autumn Jules, LPC-A - Clinician

At times, life can feel overwhelming and we may begin to feel stuck; I believe reaching
out for help shows true strength and courage. Whether you are struggling with your
relationship with food, your relationship with your body, or with understanding and
tolerating your wide range of emotions, together, we will work towards helping you live
a life aligned with your values.


My goal is to create a safe and comfortable space for you to discuss and work through the things that are holding you back. I will meet you where you are in your journey and together, we will work towards a future of healing and personal recovery.


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


  • Southern New Hampshire University, Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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

Rebecca Glavin, MSW, LCSW, MBA - Clinician

My practice focuses on health and wellness. I believe that we all can improve our well-being by harnessing insight and intentionality in our personal and professional lives. I enjoy working with women to help them become aware of their thoughts, emotions and actions. I believe it is from a position of self-awareness and vulnerability that long-lasting changes can be made. I am particularly passionate about working with women on how their own disordered eating patterns affect their loved ones, especially their children. I believe that in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance, women can feel empowered to work through behaviors that are inhibiting them from living their values.


- Women concerned about how their disordered eating patterns affect their families

- Women's wellness both personally and professionally

- Women and couples struggling with infertility

- Children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, family dynamics and school behavior concerns



- Boston University, Master's in Clinical Social Work

- University of North Carolina Charlotte, Master's in Business Administration with focus in Organizational Psychology

- Experience in Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Therapy levels of eating disorder Treatment

- Counseling experience in the educational setting

- Extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Deeper Roots Therapy

Charlotte, NC 28209