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 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

  • Addressing sensory and nervous system dysregulation (i.e.  fight, flight or freeze patterns) using somatic techniques for embodiment and auditory intervention through the Safe and Sound Protocol


  • 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 

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

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

  • 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

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


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 

Rebecca Glavin, MSW, LCSW, MBA


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

- Addressing somatic and nervous system dysregulation through the Safe and Sound Protocol. 



- 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

- Certified  Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Provider

Jennifer Kogut, MS, LCMHC


- Adolescent, young adult, and adults with bulimia, binge eating, overexercising, emotional eating, and restrictive eating

- Adolescent, young adult, and adults with substance use disorders, anxiety and depression

- Trauma Informed Care


- Capella University, Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

- Experience in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Inpatient Detox, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Therapy


Does change scare you? I believe too often individuals underestimate their capability in navigating life’s challenges. I believe when we are vulnerable and authentic to our experiences, we can confront our “stuck points” and begin moving forward. I’m here to help you start moving forward.

My approach is person-centered as I believe therapeutic approaches should be tailored to the individual. Together, we can evaluate areas of life contributing to your distress and identify skills to assist you in gaining emotional tolerance; preparing you for whatever life throws your way. I provide a warm, empathetic, nonjudgmental, and safe space. I will accept you in any capacity the day may bring; you do not have to navigate this alone. I look forward to working with you!

Cara Westover, LMFT

Each person has unique past experiences that influence their present, which is why I take a unique approach to therapy with all of my clients. I’ll utilize a wide variety of modalities to shape your therapeutic experience so that you achieve the outcome you desire. I am warm and compassionate, but also candid and frank. I am a trauma informed therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and family systems.

When I studied clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology I focused on cognition and what shapes us as individuals in each moment. Early childhood development, family dynamics, and abrupt traumatic experiences all affect how we see ourselves and the world. If we can learn to separate and become aware of the underpinnings of our inner workings we have the ability to change how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.

Our work together will empower you to connect the dots with how your past experiences have influenced your current thoughts and behaviors. My goal is to help you make decisions from an authentic place, as the person you want to be.


  • Adolescent, young adult, and adults with body dysmorphia, self esteem/body images issues, bulimia, binge eating, overexercising, emotional eating, and restrictive eating

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

  • Adolescent, young adult, and adults with substance use disorders, grief and loss, anxiety and depression

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

  • Family dynamics/therapy and couples counseling


  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Masters in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

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

Natalie Schaeffer, LMHCA



-Young adult and adult women and men struggling with restrictive eating, over exercising, bulimia, binge eating, and body image concerns 

-Young adults and adults struggling with identity concerns, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse 

-LQBTQ+ individuals processing identity and sexuality 



University of North Carolina and Charlotte, Master’s in Mental Health Counseling

Experience in Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient levels of eating disorder treatment

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Have you found yourself being pulled from your true self and life path due to overwhelming thoughts related to food or body size? Whether you are struggling with food restriction, bingeing, or purging, you do not have to continue living under the grasp of food and body thoughts. Together, we can work to identify triggers, understand behavioral patterns, and create effective skills in order to deal with stressors moving forward through life. Working from an integrated counseling style, I will be by your side each step of the way, developing deep trust and a team approach to create a life worth living. The first step in this empowering and worthwhile journey is reaching out for help - I look forward to starting down that road with you!