Carli Safier, MEd, NBCC, LPC Intern
Supervised by Kelly Peyton LPC-S
Emily Travis, MPH, RD, LD, CEDRD
First and foremost, we identify as Christian women. Growing up in south Texas, we were unconsciously familiar with church culture. However, neither of our faith journeys became personal until we were in high school and college. For the both of us, mental health struggles and disordered eating reared their ugly heads in college. Through our personal experiences with mental health, our faith journeys deepened. We were both fortunate to have friends, and therapists, who showed us grace, love, and provided the space for us to process how God could be integrated into mental health recovery.
This changed everything.
After becoming friends, we quickly realized our joint passions in the eating disorder field; integrating recovery and faith. When discussing our dream and vision for the Nourish support group, our excitement began to build around the opportunity to reach more women. The hope of Nourish is to provide a space for Christian women to process and navigate the journey of integrating faith into recovery.
Carli & Emily
The rest of the team
Sarah Benefiel, LPC
Hi! My name is Sarah Benefiel and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. Throughout my clinical journey I have continuously witnessed the strength of integrating faith in treatment and exploring how someones faith has grown through difficulties, diminished, or fallen somewhere in between. My experience includes working with all ages in all levels of care and I specialize in eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, and family dynamics. During my own personal experiences with mental health and through recovery from an eating disorder, the one thing that was constant was how Jesus never gave up on me. My hope is to walk alongside those in recovery to provide a safe and healing space while planting a reminder that Jesus hasn't and won't give up on you either.
My name is Abbie Womack, MS, LD, RD. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, and moved to the great city of Houston where I got married and completed my dietetic internship! I have experience treating eating disorders at the outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization levels in both an individual and group setting. I feel passionate about eating disorders specifically because the physical, mental, and spiritual are all so intimately connected and I get to know my clients on a deeper level due to the nature of the work. These days, it can be so difficult to live in a culture that encourages us to manipulate food and exercise in order to manipulate our bodies. I work from an intuitive eating philosophy and a non-diet approach to help clients create a peaceful relationship with food/their bodies by including all foods in balance, variety, and moderation, accepting their “today body,” and incorporating exercise in a life-enhancing way.
Abbie Womack, MS, LD, RD
Hi, I’m Kylie Mitchell! I’m a non-diet dietitian who works in private practice with those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating and compulsive exercise. In 2009 I launched, immaEATthat.com, a blog that evolves as I evolve, but currently discusses: intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery, motherhood, what the bible has to say about food + body image, pursuing health regardless of body size, and accepting one’s natural body size. I grew up in the Church, but once came across the phrase that God doesn't have granddaughters and grandsons, only sons and daughter. That was something that drove me to grow in my personal relationship with Christ, instead of just accepting my parent's faith as my own. After having my first child was when I realized I knew Christ, had a relationship with Him and He was alive in me. In multiple ways, life has felt simpler and more meaningful since then. I'm excited to be a part of Nourish to help women realize the consistent lies they are believing when it comes to eating and being in their bodies.