Becca Clegg, LPC, CEDS
Who I Am
Clinical Director + Founder of Authentic Living
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
I’m so glad you’re here and reading this. That means deep down you’re ready to make real changes in your life. I want to share a little bit about me, my practice, and the work that I do so you can have a deeper understanding of what this process is all about.
I started my private practice in 2006 and specialize in working with women who want to heal disordered eating, emotional eating and negative body image issues. I also work with individuals around issues that are commonly present with disordered eating, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, addiction, codependency, and self esteem concerns.
Before going into private practice full time, I practiced throughout Atlanta in hospital and outpatient settings, addressing a variety of mental health issues. During my time in outpatient settings, I worked extensively with eating disorder issues, and gained invaluable experience in helping people heal their relationship with food.
I’ve also worked as a health coach in a medical setting, collaborating with clinical dietitians and physicians to offer an integrated approach to weight loss, nutrition and disease prevention. From my own experience and through working with eating disorders and in weight loss clinics I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to healthy and sustained weight management. Now I share that healthy approach to as many people as I can.
In 2015, My partner, Dr. Tara Arnold and I founded CHI - Creative Health Initiatives - A Center For Mind + Body Wisdom. CHI provides women in transition and recovery, and those seeking a deeper connection with their spirit, therapy groups and self development programs both in our center in Atlanta and online. For more information, visit www.creativehealthinitiatives.com.
My formal training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wofford College, and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, I am also a Member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA); a member of IADEP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals); a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist; member of the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy; and a Nationally Certified Distance Counselor.
Outside of the therapy office, I also offer workshops and programs designed to teach people about emotional eating, healing the relationship with food, and managing weight loss in an empowered and healthy way.
As a writer and speaker and advocate for eating disorder recovery, I’ve been spotlighted on The National Eating Disorder Association’s Blog roll, Voice In Recovery, Nourish-The-Soul, Wise Wild Feminine Radio, Connecticut Working Mom’s Blog, and Prescription For Life Talk Show In Atlanta, GA. My blog, Life Beyond The Diet (http://lifebeyondthediet.com/blog/), focuses on inspiring and teaching women how to stop dieting, break free from body image and food obsession, and start living the life they are secretly dreaming about.