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Health at Every Size® Healthcare Provider Listing

Heidi Andersen, MS, LCMHC-S, RYT, Certified Body Trust Provider


Body-Centered Psychotherapist

Reclaiming Beauty
North Carolina,
United States

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Sliding Scale Available
Additional information about where I can practice: My group practice also offers Embodiment Coaching with a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which is available to anyone, anywhere.
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Body Trust Provider, Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Expressive Arts
Age Groups Served:
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

Health at Every Size® is an important framework for me because I have witnessed the damage done to clients when a weight-inclusive approach is not in place. My career started at an eating disorder treatment center that prescribed the same behaviors we were challenging in thin bodied folks to people in larger bodies. I began to seek an approach that treated all people with respect.

In this healing work, I believe it is important to locate the problem outside of ourselves. You and your body are not the problem and you have done nothing wrong. The cultural context of beauty ideals rooted in racism and fatphobia is the problem. Being a HAES® provider means I am committed to listen and learn from people in marginalized identities to understand the impact of weight stigma, prejudice and oppression. I approach health by learning what health means to you, and supporting you in creating weight-inclusive self-care practices to move towards how you want to feel IN your body, rather than changing how you feel about your body. I am not a blank slate, rather I bring my full self, lived experiences and awareness of my privileges into the room.

I have training in Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders, and am completing the Certified Body Trust Provider training. I believe all coping is rooted in wisdom, and that recovery is an additive process. HAES® is a framework that sets the stage for us to come home to our bodies, and supporting my clients on this journey is my passion.

About Me & My Practice

I have been working in the field of eating disorder recovery and body image healing since 2006 and was first exposed to HAES® at that time. The intersecting identities and privileges that inform my perspective include living in an average-sized body (16/18), cis-female, straight-ish, able-bodied, access to food, education, mostly respectful healthcare, middle class SES, supportive family and partner, neurodiversity (Highly Sensitive Person), chronic health issues and history of weight suppression.

I am connected to my Northern European heritage. My maternal line is from Germany, my paternal line is from Denmark. I come from immigrants who faced the loss of deep connection and belonging to seek a better life. This sense of grief and loss of home has been a part of my own body story.

My parents were from Rhode Island and our family moved south until we came to North Carolina. I tried my hand at seeking a different life in Virginia, New Orleans and San Francisco, but made my way back to my NC home and have been living in Asheville since 2002, on land that was stolen from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

I have been a board certified music therapist, singer-songwriter, mother, yoga teacher, and CEDS-trained eating disorder therapist and supervisor. Training with the Center for Body Trust has been the most impactful experience for me to support folks in this healing work.

I believe in creativity and play, and endeavor to incorporate this joy along side the healing work ev

Accessibility Considerations

I am in an office with other like-minded therapists and Nutritionists/Dietitians who are practicing from a weight-inclusive, anti-diet lens. Our office and waiting area are accessible for people in all body sizes. We have gender inclusive bathrooms. Unfortunately, we are located on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator, which may create some accessibility issues for some folks. If this detail is an issue for you, please let us know and we can arrange a session at a different office location or have a telehealth session.

We are committed to continually improving accessibility, and are always open to feedback and suggestions as we learn to see the world from various perspectives.

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