Haica Rosenfeld, PsyD, CEDS-S, is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Vermont, Florida, and Venezuela, a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor by IAEDP. She has been working since 2008 in the field of eating disorders and is dedicated to helping clients heal their relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies.
What is your current position?
I am a Clinical Psychologist and work for myself in private practice. I specialize in helping people struggling with an eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting and body shame, and my work is informed by Health At Every Size® and Intuitive Eating principles. I am passionate about advocating for compassionate and weight-inclusive efforts toward improving health care access and reducing weight stigma. I offer individual and group therapy, educational workshops, as well as supervision and consultation for helping professionals in both English and Spanish. I am also the founder of @somohaes and @saludsintallas, both Spanish speaking Instagram accounts that are free of any diet or weight loss messages, combat fat-phobia and weight stigma, and dismantle diet culture’s messages, while offering community and support.
How did you get started in your career?
My interest in the treatment of Eating Disorders started as a pre-doctoral intern in college counseling and was followed by a post-doctoral residency as a primary therapists at a Residential Treatment Facility for women struggling with Eating Disorders. I provided individual, family and group therapies; was a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team; provided supervision to doctoral students; and worked closely with the Utilization Review and Aftercare departments in coordinating level of care changes and overall case management of individual patient care. Working at a residential treatment facility was an amazing and challenging learning experience, but I felt like something was missing. After some years in private practice, being part of the board a local IAEDP chapter, and seeking supervision from other professionals I looked up to, I realized that what I was missing was the Health at Every Size® approach. I went on to work for a retreat center for women and was the primary therapist of a Binge Eating Disorder clinic with a HAES length. About 2 years ago I decided to work for myself again and love it. I have also dedicated part of my work to educating and promoting a HEAS approach in Spanish speaking communities and countries, supporting those who have been harmed by diet culture and educating professionals who want to provide weight- inclusive care to their clients.
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
First, this work can be taxing, especially as we are constantly unpacking and unlearning our own weight stigma. Learning and practicing self-compassion will be crucial if you want to take care of yourself and contribute to this field. Second, build yourself up in community, both personally and professionally. This work can often feel like you are always going against the grain and when you are part of a community of peers that share your values, you realize you don’t have to do this work alone. And third, seek out clinical supervision. Even when it is not required to practice, clinical supervision is an important and necessary way to reflect, unlearn, learn, grow, specialize, and thrive.
If you want to learn more about me and my offerings you can visit my website at www.haicarosenfeld.com, connect with me on social media @drhaicarosenfeld (Instagram & Facebook), and if you speak Spanish visit @saludsintallas on Instagram.
Instagram: @drhaicarosenfeld / @saludsintallas & @somoshaes in Spanish
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