Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD.
Hi, I’m Corinne. I’m a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and certified intuitive eating counselor with over a decade of experience in Marin County, California.
I specialize in eating disorder recovery, disordered eating, and body image concerns – and helping clients break free from the mental, emotional, and physical toll of chronic dieting.
Ultimately, I help clients nurture a caring and compassionate relationship with food and their bodies.
I use evidenced-based treatment practices in my work and also take into account who the client is in the room and what their experiences have been. My work is evidence based and relational. I believe we need science and that every client, every person, and every family has their own unique needs.
I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I offer individual nutrition and body image counseling sessions for those healing from chronic dieting, body image concerns, and disordered eating and 1:1 eating disorder nutrition therapy for those in recovery from an eating disorder.
In eating disorder care, I closely collaborate with other members of a client’s treatment team, like their medical doctor, therapist and/or psychiatrist. With adolescents, I also closely work with parents and caregivers so they can support their loved one in becoming nourished and well. I see clients at my office in Mill Valley, California and online via a secure, HIPPA-Compliant video platform for those in California and select states in the U.S.
You may be wondering… What does nutrition therapy mean?
It doesn’t mean that I’m a mental health therapist – but it does mean that I’m a registered dietitian who stays within her scope of practice of food, movement, and body image. And that in my work, I utilize various counseling skills, modalities, and approaches to better help my clients form a lasting healthy relationship with food, movement, and their body.
Before I share a little about how I work and how we may work together, I’d like to offer you the invitation that it’s never too late to make peace with food and your body – despite whatever you’ve been told or whatever you’ve tried before. A peaceful relationship with food and your body is possible.
Full recovery and healing is possible.
In my client sessions, I strive to create a safe, judgement free, therapeutic space where you can come, process, and learn how to kindly be with (and in) your body. And where you can learn how to make peace with food. My style is a mixture of counseling, coaching, and educating, so clients can gain insight, tools, and experiences in what a healthy relationship with food and their body looks and feels like and so caregivers (if an adolescent) can support their loved one’s healing journey.
In working together, we’ll explore various tools to aid in your food and body image healing journey: nutrition education and science, intuitive eating principles, embodiment practices, self-compassion, body image healing tools, the Health at Every Size® (HAES) approach, self-care, and various self-coaching techniques.
Ultimately, together, we’ll start nurturing some of the most important (and longest) relationships of your life—your relationship with yourself, and your relationship with your body and food.
Here are some of the things we may explore in our work together:
Ending body and food preoccupation. In other words, how to stop thinking about numbers, calories, food rules, and your body so much (because it’s downright exhausting!).
Becoming properly nourished and building a flexible, healthy relationship with food and with time, developing skills to eat in attunement with your body’s cues.
Exploring what it’s like to move and connect with your body out of kindness and respect, instead of out of guilt or feeling like you have to.
Allowing yourself to truly rest.
Acquiring tools, so you can healthfully cope with emotions and be more flexible in your thinking when it comes to food, your body, and movement.
Reflecting upon and redefining your own definition of health for your age, stage, and phase of life.
Removing shame, guilt, and “good’ V “bad,” “healthy” V “unhealthy” labels from food.
Developing skills to approach yourself with curiosity, compassion, and care.
Learning to tolerate and be with uncomfortable emotions, so you can be with your body and yourself, especially during challenging food and body image moments.
Connecting with your values in food and body image healing work.
And surrounding yourself with people, activities, and hobbies that mirror where you want to go in your life and that broaden your concept of self and self-worth.
Things I believe…
All bodies, of all sizes are deserving of respect, care, and kindness.
All individuals deserve weight-inclusive, non-shaming care.
Body diversity is a thing (even if we all ate and moved the same, different body shapes and sizes would still exist).
You don’t have to love your body to have a peaceful relationship with your body, but hey, it’s great if you do.
Eating should be flexible, enjoyable, and fun (not rigid, anxiety-inducing, or preventing you from fully living your life).
Juice, sugar, and cookies (with real butter and flour) are OK to eat. So are kale salads, salmon, and berries.
You can trust your body and with time, your body will trust you too.
Health is about learning how to listen, connect, and care for your body and yourself as a WHOLE human – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually (not necessarily about what you weigh or how hard you exercise, although we can talk about those things).
Everything you need to make peace with food and your body is already right there inside of you – not lurking in another diet, detox, wellness guru, or “lifestyle” program.
With practice, self-compassion, patience, and support, you can rediscover your body’s own innate wisdom, so you can start making peace with food, building a caring relationship with your body, and connecting with yourself as a whole person. Because… YES, this is possible for YOU.
Finally, I believe…
“There is NOTHING wrong with your body, but there is a lot wrong with the messages which try to convince you otherwise.”~ Rae Smith
Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and certified intuitive eating counselor with over a decade of experience in Marin County, California. Corinne works with adolescents, young adults, and adults. She specializes in eating disorder recovery, disordered eating, and body image concerns – and helping clients break free from the mental, emotional, and physical toll of chronic dieting. Ultimately, she helps clients nurture a caring and compassionate relationship with food and their bodies through a non-weight focused, non-diet approach.
Corinne works with clients individually and in groups. She is also the host of The Body Image Podcast.
Corinne began her work in body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders, after spending some time working with clients through the traditional weight-normative approach in the first few years of her career (where the emphasis is on weight and weight loss when defining health and wellbeing). It was here that Corinne realized something had to change, as this approach felt unethical, uncaring, and most of all, unhelpful for her clients. After all, even if we all ate and moved the same, different body shapes and sizes would still exist. With that shared, Corinne has spent the latter part of her career engaged in clinical supervision and various trainings to enable her to competently and successfully work with individuals struggling with food and body image concerns, disordered eating, chronic dieting, and eating disorders. Today, Corinne works from a weight-inclusive approach (where the emphasis is on viewing health and wellbeing as multifaceted and on reducing weight stigma). She is currently working towards certification to become a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). In her work, Corinne uses a variety of tools, techniques, resources, and therapeutic approaches to help her clients nurture a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body.
Corinne graduated cum laude from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and completed her dietetic training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a Masters of Science from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Further professional training was through the completion of Body Image Training for Clinicians, Nutrition Counseling for Eating Disorders, the Big-Hearted Embodiment Intensive Clinical Training for Eating Disorder Recovery, Clinical Approaches To Treating Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders Boot Camp Training and Advanced Training, and The Original Intuitive Eating Pros® certification process to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, among others. Adding to her unique background, Corinne completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through h3 Yoga in Marin County, California and she has taught nutrition at the university level. Corinne frequently speaks on body image, embodiment, intuitive eating, Health at Every Size® (HAES), and eating disorder recovery.
Today, Corinne resides in Marin County, California with her daughter, son, three dogs, and cat.