Dr. Rhona Epstein began her recovery journey at seventeen years old after battling binge eating and bulimia from childhood. Affected so deeply by the recovery process, she determined to devote the rest of her life to helping others out of the same insanity with food abuse and weight obsession.
Her goal was simple: To learn from chemical dependency treatment practices, and apply those ideas to treating addictive eating issues. To address the underlying emotional and relational aspects of addiction-things such as healing past wounds, learning assertiveness, how to set healthy boundaries, forgive, and communicate in open, healthy, honest ways-she studied and completed a marriage and family therapy training program through the Council for Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1988.
Since 1994, Rhona provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy at Life Counseling Services in Paoli, Pennsylvania. While she’s expanded her practice to reach people with a wide range of issues, she specializes in treating addictions and eating disorders. Depending on the client, Rhona integrates either twelve-step recovery principles or biblically-based spirituality in therapy.
She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College in 2009, and her dissertation, Binge-Eating Disorder and the Twelve-Steps (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011), focuses on understanding the strategies most relied upon by successfully recovering individuals. Filled with the latest research on food addiction, binge eating disorder, and related issues, the book includes her lifelong, independent research on what works in recovery.
Dr. Rhona’s latest book, Satisfied, released in January 2018.