Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FAND
Eileen Myers is the owner of Eileen Myers, LLC, providing consulting services for Nutrition and Healthcare. Eileen has presented, written, and consulted with business and industry on the topic of behavior change for the past 30 years including developing an international motivational interviewing professional toolkit. She is skilled in stages of change, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and shared-decision making. Her publication, “Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders”, a cognitive-behavioral manual, has served as an invaluable resource for eating disorder professionals and is now on its third edition (2017).
How did you get started in your career?
I was fortunate to be chosen to work in the Behavioral Science Department at Hershey Medical Center while a student at Penn State. Back in the 1970’s I learned to help people focus on hunger and fullness by helping them focus on behaviors rather than calories. At the Medical University of South Carolina in the 1990s, I worked as the Nutrition Specialist for the eating disorders program and was trained on cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. This led to me writing my book, “Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders” to help people in the field of eating disorders be more effective in nutrition counseling.
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
If you are new to the field, find a supervisor or mentor who will help you better understand how to help someone with an eating disorder. If you do not understand the thought process of someone struggling with an eating disorder, you can do more harm than good.
Winning the War Within