Intuitive Eating


In 1995, Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND and Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S together co-wrote the book Intuitive Eating in 1995. The book outlined the Intuitive Eating model and all of its principles. In this approach, people learn about the diet mentality and how it ignites and maintains the problems they have with food. They also practice reading the signals that their bodies send about how much and what foods they need. It is worth noting that there is an ever growing body of peer-reviewed research supporting the efficacy of Intuitive Eating. The model supports people with Eating Disorders and disordered eating alike to repair their relationships with food as well as their body image.

Research has found that Intuitive Eating is linked with:

  • Lower levels of:
    • Bingeing and Purging
    • Dietary restraint
    • Concerns around weight & shape
    • Emotional Eating
  • Higher levels of:
    • Positive body image
    • Self-esteem
    • Well being

Our Director, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, has been a certified Intuitive Eating counselor since 2015. She has an in depth understanding of this approach that was cultivated with direct supervision by Elyse Resch as well as instruction from Evelyn Tribole. 


Eating disorders often start with attempts to manage body weight and shape by restricting food. Our culture and the diet industry play a huge role in building faulty beliefs and interfering with our inner wisdom about what our bodies need. Given this, it is crucial to address these factors. To that end, Intuitive Eating helps people to call out the external messages and related thought patterns that fuel eating disorders. 

Given that deprivation helps to create and maintain eating disorders, this model is focused on granting oneself permission to eat all foods. At the same time, those practicing Intuitive Eating learn to aim toward overall satisfaction when eating. They might listen to their taste buds and consider the texture of a food. They might also think about how a food will likely make them feel, how filling it is and how much energy it provides. In doing so, people who practice Intuitive Eating learn that they can trust their bodies to tell them what they need, when they need it, and when they’ve had enough.

Part of this process involves accepting the genetic blueprint that you were born with rather than spending a lifetime trying to manage weight and shape. It supports movement that feels good and gentle nutrition.


Are you or a loved one struggling with your relationship to food and looking for help? Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind use Intuitive Eating to support people with Eating Disorders and disordered eating. You can learn more about the treatments and services we provide here.


The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers

therapy in several states and internationally.

Learn more about where the staff practices, below.

Pastel skies and a pristine beach in Northern California, one of the areas where The Center for the Obsessive Mind helps people with Eating Disorders to practice Intuitive Eating.


The Center for the Obsessive Mind’s staff therapists offer online therapy informed by Intuitive Eating to people with Eating Disorders throughout California. Our Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego. Whether you’re in Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills or Dana Point, the Center’s staff can support you in your recovery.

The red rock spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah, one of the states where The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers Intuitive Eating counseling for Eating Disorders.


Staff members at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer Intuitive Eating informed therapy for Eating Disorders in the state of Utah. Since we provide online treatment, we work with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.

Clear turquoise waters in the Keys, one of the places where The Center for the Obsessive Mind practices psychotherapy for Eating Disorders in Florida.


Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also offer treatment online in Florida. We see people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, we can provide specialized counseling informed by Intuitive Eating remotely in your area.

The placid, clear waters of Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe, one part of Nevada where The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers therapy.


Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also practice teletherapy in Nevada. So if you’re seeking help in Glenbrook, Incline Village, Reno or Las Vegas, we offer specialized therapy online across the Grand Canyon State.

The Seven Sisters sea cliffs in Sussex, England, one international locale where  The Center for the Obsessive Mind provides counseling.


In addition to all of the locations previously listed, the staff at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer teletherapy to a number of countries internationally. You can learn

Cozy couch and computer: all you need for teletherapy and what your treatment with The Center for the Obsessive Mind could look like.


Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.


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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email us and we will happily provide you with more information.