Dr. Barbara Birsinger, specializes in the symbolic meaning and soulful purpose in disordered eating and weight issues, working with individuals and groups for three decades to promote intuitive nutrition, size acceptance, and health promotion. Barbara engages with clients to feel at peace with food, experience joy and vitality in their body, and find true nourishment and passion in life, by using techniques to create neuro-resets and transform the beliefs and identity structures that hold behaviors in place.
Barbara trains health professionals in her unique, evidence-based approach, the Behavior Decoding Method™, a Webinar Training for ED licensed professionals, and she is now adapting this online course for health/wellness/lifestyle coaches.
Currently, Barbara is launching her NEW e-learning course and coaching program, for those who personally struggle with the frustrations of disordered eating and weight-related behaviors. In addition, she is honored to be the faculty at the 1440 Multiversity Retreat Center for a Weekend Public Retreat on Decoding Food and Body Talk.
Mother of two young adults, Barbara is passionate about helping others heal, and changing the cultural myths and standards that affect both youth and adults. Much of her approach is based on healing her own experience of an eating disorder over 33 years ago, from research, clinical practice, and from others whom she shared experiences. Conducting a new research study in partnership with Stanford University, Barbara is also authoring a book on her popular, self-discovery process, Decoding the Spiritual and Symbolic Meaning in Hungers, Food Cravings, Body Talk and Weight, which was also the basis of an RCT Study for her Doctorate Dissertation in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine.
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 of Petaluma, and formerly at the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa, and the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. Barbara conducts private and group sessions with clients in person, and virtually via phone, Zoom and Webinars.
Dr. Birsinger is on the Advisory Board of Directors and formerly on the Executive Board for a decade, most recently 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 and prevention 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.
See below here, for Education, Titles and History.
Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition
Theology Doctorate Degree in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine
Health At Every Size® Educator/ Eating Behavior Specialist
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-RD/Nutrition Therapist (IAEDP)
Clinical Supervisor for Professional Certification for Eating Disorder RDs (IAEDP)
Certified Master Transformational NLP Practitioner (Neuro-Linguistic Programming at Marin NLP)
Licensed HeartMath® Biofeedback Coach/Mentor
Licensed Spiritual Health Counselor/Ordained Minister, Non-denominational
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 three decades, Barbara has authored programs specializing in developing her own unique and powerful processes to restore innate intuitive eating, size acceptance, and body esteem, 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.