As a nutrition coach working with clients in the Boston area as well as around the country, I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and weight management, as well as nutrition for the prevention of illness. I am a member of the teaching faculty of Northeastern University.
A Registered Dietitian, my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics is from Simmons College in Boston, MA. I completed a dietetic internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, have a Masters Degree in Nutrition Education from Boston University, and a PhD in Behavioral Health and Nutrition, also from Boston University.
I have extensive experience as a clinical nutrition specialist in eating disorders and weight management, both in my private practice and at Boston University and Boston Medical Center. I have conducted research in public health nutrition, clinical trials for the development of new drugs, and web-based nutrition interventions.
I am trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health behavior change and conduct workshops and consultations to a variety of organizations on Motivational Interviewing. I am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), the international professional group of MI practitioners. MI is a counseling style designed to help the client develop his or her own intrinsic motivation for change. MI is effective in addressing the health behavior changes associated with the treatment of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, eating disorders, renal disease, HIV, addictive disorders, and other illnesses with strong lifestyle components. For more information on MI and available training, go to our training website at www.trainingwithdrellen.com.
I am an experienced presenter, trainer, and teacher. I have taught at the Boston University School of Public Health, the University of Miami, and at Northeastern University. I have conducted trainings for a wide variety of institutions, companies, and other organizations in New England and around the country. I am especially interested in helping clients make changes in their attitudes and behavior regarding food by examining the barriers that keep them from caring for their bodies, minds, and spirits. The goal of this work is to make peace with food.
I am trained as a group leader for Feeding Ourselves, Inc., in Arlington, MA, and currently serve in that capacity. Additionally, I have advanced training in alcoholism and substance abuse treatment from the Boston University Institute on Alcoholism Policy and Training.