My Résumé

Present

Currently, she is a therapeutic consultant and coach in private practice working with individuals, groups, schools and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, at The Body Positive Institute Counseling Center in San Rafael, the Riverside Counseling Center of Petaluma, and formerly at the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa, and the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.  In addition, Dr. Birsinger conducts workshops and research, professional trainings, and develops innovative products for education and practice.

Dr. Birsinger is on the Executive Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President of Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc. (EDRS), an all volunteer, San Francisco Bay Area based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting community awareness of eating disorders, professional education and collaboration, and providing limited treatment scholarships to individuals that need financial assistance for treatment. She is also on the Board of Andrea’s Voice Foundation, and Advisory Board of the Healthy Teen Project.

She can be reached by email on the Contact page.

Education

University of California at Berkeley

Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics

Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition

Holos University Graduate Seminary

Theology Doctorate Degree in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine

Titles

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-RD (IAEDP)

Registered Dietitian / Nutrition Therapist / Eating Behavior Specialist

Licensed Spiritual Health Counselor/Ordained Minister, non-denominational

Clinical Supervisor for Professional Certification for Eating Disorder RDs (IAEDP)

Certified Master Transformational NLP Practitioner (Neuro-Linguistic Programming at Marin NLP)

Licensed HeartMath® Biofeedback Trainer

History

Dr. Birsinger’s professional work began with managing health programs in hospital, medical and community health settings, and later moved into private practice consultation with corporate executive and employee groups, national and local health care organizations, athletic, model and performing arts companies, health spas, schools and educational organizations, community groups and individuals.

She is a contributing author in the reference textbook Health Promotion in the Workplace. Over the past two decades, Barbara has authored programs specializing in developing her own unique and powerful processes to restore innate intuitive eating, size acceptance and body esteem (now called Health At Every Size®-ASDAH), working to end ending compulsive eating, eating anxieties, weight obsession and weight-related behaviors.  Dr. Birsinger has also worked with Intensive Outpatient Programs and Residential Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency.