Allowing the healing and recovery process to begin

A Place of Healing

How a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can be an ally.

by Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) it is important to work with clients on an individual basis and yes, direct them to be adequately nourished and make sure their nutrition needs are met.

That does mean educating and encouraging the consumption of food. The dietitian often becomes an easy target as an enemy since eating is the epitome of discomfort and rejection in a client with an eating disorder.

However, the RDN works with the therapist, physician, and other healthcare professionals to make the most beneficial plan for the individual.

The most important thing to remember is that when a body is adequately nourished, only then can it function and thrive, allowing the healing and recovery process to begin.

Know that you are never alone in your journey; together we can find the right path.

To paraphrase Geneen Roth’s words from the wonderful book Women, Food, and God “…we’re not going to solve your issues with food, because it’s not about food, but we are going to walk through the doorway and look behind the door to discover what the issue really is.”

Here, at A Place for Healing, we have professionals equipped for helping you or your loved one find the path to healing, while nurturing hope and working toward recovery.


Monique Richard is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and licensed dietitian nutritionist (LDN) with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition completed through the coordinated program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in dietetics and minor in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. READ FULL BIO HERE.

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