The Body Image Counseling Center is a therapy practice located in Jacksonville, FL. Specializing in eating disorder prevention and recovery, The Body Image Counseling Center has helped hundreds of adults, teens and children successfully heal from eating disorders through counseling and nutrition services. Other counseling specialties include couples counseling, grief counseling, family counseling, anxiety and stress-related counseling. Lori, Liz, Caitlin and Eleni have educated the public through articles, books, workshop and television appearances and have been featured in national magazines and print news.
Lori Osachy, Clinical Director
Lori Osachy, MSS, LCSW wants to live in a world free from eating disorders and body hatred. A nationally recognized authority in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and related mental health issues, Lori has successfully counseled adults, children and families for over twenty years. She regularly lectures, teaches and is the author of numerous articles promoting eating disorders education among health care professionals and the lay population. She has been featured in several national magazines and is a regular mental health consultant for print news and television. She received her BA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and her MSS from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Elizabeth Lagasse, RD/N, Certified Intuitive Eating PRO
I discovered Intuitive Eating when I began training to become a counselor for eating disorder patients. It was love at first sight. Throughout my education and up to that point in my professional career I had a hard time reconciling rigid nutrition doctrine with real-living. Intuitive Eating and the concept of Gentle Nutrition made it all snap into focus for me. I was even more hooked after also discovering Health at Every Size and the concept that weight and health are not as intertwined as is popularly portrayed and that diets are much more harmful than good!
I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with a BS and MS degree in Nutrition. I have been a practicing Nutritionist for over 16 years, with over 10 years specializing in disordered eating concerns and Intuitive Eating. I was introduced to the field of eating disorders and Intuitive Eating as a member of the University of Florida Eating Disorder treatment team. Other areas of specialization include pediatric nutrition and "picky eaters"/ Division of Responsibility and Medical Nutrition Therapy. I am a HAES friendly and weight neutral dietitian.
Caitlin Wohlscheid, BCBA
Caitlin is a board-certified behavior analyst and her passion is helping parents and kids get along better to create a peaceful environment at home. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a science that uses principles of learning to quickly reduce problem behaviors and increase healthy behaviors that are important in everyday life.
Caitlin can work with you, your adult child, and/or your minor age children on the following behaviors that may be hurting the quality of family life:
- Aggression towards others
- Verbal aggression (screaming, profanities, etc.)
- Eating disorder behaviors (purging, over-exercising, not completing meals, problem behaviors during meals, etc.
- Communicating wants/needs
- Engaging in coping skills
- Completing non-preferred tasks (chores, homework, bedtime routine, etc.)
- Food acceptance
- Sleep Training
- Play/social skills
- Adaptive skills (hygiene, dressing, eating, cooking, etc.)
- Accepting “no”
- Waiting appropriately
- Transitioning between activities
- Complying with demands
- Finishing meals
- Engaging in healthy exercise
Melissa La Manna, LMHC
Melissa La Manna is passionate about helping young people overcome anxiety and stress, especially related to school. Her former teaching career makes her uniquely qualified to coach students to face their fears and create balance to overcome anxiety and eating disorders. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Florida and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Melissa has prior experience in elementary school teaching and working with students that have special needs. She currently is program director of the UNF Eating Disorders Treatment team.
Ashley Kiser, BCBA
Ashley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, specializing in parent training, behavior management, and skill acquisition. By using individualized plans to accommodate each client’s needs, Ashley utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to facilitate growth in a variety of skill areas.
Ashley’s passion includes giving parents the tools necessary to empower them and facilitate behavior change, as well as guiding individuals through behavioral and emotional challenges to drastically improve quality of life. Ashley believes that children are not a distraction from the most important work; they ARE the most important work.
Some common maladaptive behaviors and areas targeted with ABA therapy include, but are not limited to:
- Non-compliance with demands/tasks
- Aggression towards others
- Self-injurious behavior or self-harm
- Tantrum behaviors
- Non-compliance with taking medication(s)
- Language acquisition
- Time management and organizational skills
- Coping skills
- Parent training
- Social skills
- Emotional regulation
- Mealtime behaviors