Judith Matz, LCSW, is co-author of the Body Positivity Card Deck and two books on the topics of eating and weight struggles, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating and Emotional Overeating, has been called “the new bible” on this topic for professionals. The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care was a #1 bestseller on Amazon and a favorite resource for therapists to use with clients. She is also the author of Amanda’s Big Dream, a children’s book that helps kids to pursue their dreams – at any size! Judith has a private practice in Skokie, IL, where she focuses her work with clients who want to get off the diet/binge rollercoaster and learn to feel at home in their bodies. Through her individual counseling, groups, workshops, presentations and books, Judith has helped thousands of people to develop self-care skills that increase physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing without a focus on the pursuit of weight loss. Through educational programs, she is dedicated to helping people end the preoccupation with food and weight. Judith received her MSW at University of Michigan and earned her post-graduate certificate at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, where she trained in the treatment of eating disorders. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Psychotherapy Networker magazine and a popular speaker at national conferences. Descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including the New York Times, LA Times, Allure, Fitness, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, NBC News Chicago, Huffington Post Live, and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2.
Financial: Judith Matz is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Judith Matz is a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).
Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, founder of the Bodywise® Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program and Clinical Director of The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, MI, has over 30 years of clinical experience and serves as a consultant and trainer for clinicians treating BED nationwide. A founding member and past chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and recipient of the association’s 2016 Pioneer in Clinical Advocacy Award, Amy is a sought after international lecturer, keynote speaker and author. She is the author of Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2018) and has authored several articles, chapters and tv/radio/podcast segments on BED recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and Attuned Eating and Movement (AEM). She is the creator of “Hungerwise™,” a comprehensive outpatient treatment program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling, offered jointly with St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan and nationally online. In addition, Amy maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor, MI.
Based upon her wealth of knowledge and experience, Amy has developed a comprehensive treatment approach for BED that is strengths-based, incorporating Internal Family Systems, somatic trauma techniques, Attuned Eating and Movement (AEM), and a “health at every size” philosophy. Having recovered herself, Amy offers a compelling perspective to treatment that makes her both accessible and relatable for professionals and clients alike.
Financial: Amy Pershing is the founder of Bodywise. She is the clinical director of the Center for Eating Disorders. Ms. Pershing receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Amy Pershing has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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