About Rhona

Rhona Epstein began her recovery journey at seventeen years old after battling binge eating and bulimia from childhood. Affected so deeply by the recovery process, she determined to devote the rest of her life to helping others out of the same insanity with food abuse and weight obsession.

She completed her master's in counseling psychology in 1986 from Temple University of Philadelphia, and worked with individuals and families facing drug and alcohol addictions in both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers. Her goal was simple: To learn from chemical dependency treatment practices, and apply those ideas to treating addictive eating issues. To address the underlying emotional and relational aspects of addiction-things such as healing past wounds, learning assertiveness, how to set healthy boundaries, forgive, and communicate in open, healthy, honest ways-she studied and completed a marriage and family therapy training program through the Council for Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1988.

Since 1994, Rhona provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy at Life Counseling Services in Paoli, Pennsylvania. While she's expanded her practice to reach people with a wide range of issues, she specializes in treating addictions and eating disorders. Depending on the client, Rhona integrates either twelve-step recovery principles or biblically-based spirituality in therapy.

She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College in 2009, and her dissertation, Binge-Eating Disorder and the Twelve-Steps (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011), focuses on understanding the strategies most relied upon by successfully recovering individuals. Filled with the latest research on food addiction, binge eating disorder, and related issues, the book includes her lifelong, independent research on what works in recovery.

Rhona's latest book, Food Triggers, released in December 2013 via Worthy Publishing.

What Rhona's Clients Have To Say...

"I've been inspired and encouraged by Rhona. Her gentle, yet passionate approach is so compassionately welcoming. She understands and relates to the dreary depth and despair of eating disorders, and doesn't judge those in the midst of an active disease. Instead, she motivates by example, with an irrepressible hope that promises a better way of life."

"I was a non-person when I first went to see Rhona. I was afraid to open my mouth. I felt as if I had no worth. No one would think what I had to say was important and neither did I. I had no right to be heard and didn't want to be seen because of my size. Rhona nursed my self-esteem. She guided me to a support group where I found recovery from compulsive eating. Rhona supported me through the ups and downs of life which were challenging and always, always prayed for me. In short she saved my life because she has given me tools to face life. Today I am a more confident, beautiful woman who is realizing her worth and learning to speak up for herself. Rhona gave me a voice."
~ M.J.

"A gifted and compassionate therapist with decades of experience in the field of food addiction, Rhona Epstein gently guides those suffering from compulsive overeating on to a path of physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Rhona's insight and wisdom offers hope to individuals who have lost hope. With a perspective that focuses on a physical problem that is in need of a spiritual solution, Rhona encourages her clients to keep plugged in to the Power of God. There is hope. Rhona helps to show the way. I am grateful beyond words for Rhona's love and support--- what a blessing she has been in my life. One day at a time, by the grace of God and with Rhona's help, the miracle is happening for me!"
~ J.D.M.

"I have known Rhona Epstein for almost 30 years. During that time, she has developed into the compasionate, mature, responsible, likeable and knowledgeable therapist that she is today. Rhona is someone who understands what her clients with food addictions struggle with, because she has successfully faced and overcome her own battle. I wanted what Rhona had and as a result, I became her client about 18 months ago as part of a small group. Each person's walk is their own, and I appreciate and value that Rhona "gets that". In working with Rhona, you get to the heart of the matter."