Why must eating recovery treatment be personalized? How can a flexible treatment program help a client overcome an eating disorder effectively? Why does the scale really not matter at all? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about building a strong, adaptive support structure for patients with Gabrielle Alyse.


Gabby Alyse is the Owner and Clinical Director of Recovered & Restored Eating Disorder Therapy Center. Her journey as a clinician began 9 years ago, after receiving her Master's Degree in counseling psychology from Rosemont College. Since then, she has continued her education and received her clinical license, as well as a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and trauma-informed care. She is also fully recovered from anorexia and is honored to take part in her patient's healing journey.

Gabby specializes in helping teens and young women heal from their eating disorders. She works with both teens and women suffering from anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, and binge eating disorder. She also treats disordered eating, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

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  • Treatment
  • Avoid rigidity
  • It is just gravity


Just like there is no one cause for an eating disorder, we also know there is no one intervention, and everyone deserves individualized care. (Gabrielle Alyse)
Clinicians need to meet clients where they are at instead of only focusing on where their eating disorder is. The therapeutic alliance between clinician and client is crucial to treatment and recovery from disordered eating and must therefore be kept central and maintained throughout treatment.
If you can establish the therapeutic alliance, your clients have a much higher likelihood of getting better because if they trust you, they will try [the] interventions. (Gabrielle Alyse)

Avoid rigidity

Due to the nature of eating disorders and the fact that they represent differently from person to person, one-size-fits-all and rigid treatment programs and methods do not work effectively. Using informed techniques and treatment plans is more effective. The four components of CBT are:
  • mindfulness
  • emotional regulation
  • distress tolerance
  • interpersonal effectiveness
Depending on the needs of the client, clinicians can create a program based on these four cornerstones to center the client’s recovery.

It is just gravity

The number on the scale is just gravity. It has nothing to do with who you are as a person and your value.
A smaller body is not a better body, and it does not lead to a better life because it is really not about our body anyway. (Gabrielle Alyse)
Therapy is a supportive environment where the goal is about healing and not about the timeline. It does not matter how long it takes or where you are currently at because the goal is to get to a place of wellness without discomfort.



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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