The Eating Disorder Center of Montana (EDCMT) is located in historic downtown Bozeman. It is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides between 6 and 15 hours per week of therapeutic programming for patients suffering with eating disorders. Treatment at EDCMT, by way of individual and group sessions is provided by a team of licensed psychotherapists and registered dieticians trained to address the complex issues underpinning eating and body image symptoms. The program is structured to treat adolescents and adults as well as the families of those who are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. The EDCMT works closely with outside medical providers to coordinate care and for the purposes of stabilization. The program is designed as a step-down for patients returning from residential care to facilitate successful transition back to the community and is also appropriate for those who require more intensive treatment to prevent admission to higher levels of care; Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), residential, or inpatient treatment out of state. Each clinician on our team offers Outpatient Treatment in the form individual nutrition counseling, psychotherapy sessions, and the option of weekly group therapy as a continuation (step-down) from IOP programming.
Meet The Team
Meet the professional team from the EDCMT. Working together with family members, schools, and the community, the EDCMT offers tailored programs for treating eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
Jeni Gochin, MA, LMFT, LCPC
Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Jeni Gochin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Profesional Counselor and psychoanalyst. She obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA and her psychoanalytic certification from the Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute in Bozeman, MT. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past ten years at the IOP level of care and in the outpatient setting treating adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, family members and leading parent support groups and eating disorder recovery groups.
Jeni administratively directs patient treatment at EDCMT from intake through the course of recovery and assists in the clinical management of the team to ensure the best possible quality of attention is offered to each patient and their family. Clinically, her approach to treating eating problems is rooted in psychoanalytic thought, family systems theory, and through an exploration with her patients of the life experiences that sustain the distortions that eating and body-image symptoms present to his or sense of self. Her aim is to facilitate the steady disengagement from the symptoms and behaviors in place of developing the insight and capacity to relate differently to food, body, and relationships, and society.
Joseph Scalia III, Psya.D.
Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Joseph Scalia III holds a Psya.D. (Doctor of Psychoanalysis) degree in Psychoanalysis, Society, & Culture from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is a psychoanalyst in private practice, Clinical Director of EDCMT, and Director of Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute, and its Center for Cultural Critique and Intervention. His dissertation was When Child Protection Goes Wrong: Crucial Pitfalls in a Noble Venture. Dr. Scalia is author of Intimate Violence: Attacks Upon Psychic Interiority and editor of The Vitality of Objects: Exploring the Work of Christopher Bollas. He has published articles in Modern Psychoanalysis and The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and, with Lynne Scalia, Ed.D., in Philosophical Studies in Education. He has studied extensively with Christopher Bollas, and with the École Freudienne du Québec.
Dr. Scalia clinically leads the EDCMT treatment team and provides individual, group, and family treatment in the IOP and in the outpatient setting. His work is driven by the ethical imperative that we all struggle to embrace; that of listening to the most troubling aspects of ourselves, and of listening for the unconscious, the ignoring of which fates us to compulsively repeat the very things which ultimately undo us, but whose discovery and welcoming frees us to elaborate ourselves as meaningful, contributing human beings.
Paige Reddan, MS, RD, LN, CDE
Paige Reddan is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Educator. She completed her Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science at San Jose State University after completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Santa Barbara. Paige is responsible for the initial assessment and evaluation of incoming patients and in coordinating care with medical providers in the community as well as with referring facilities. She also sees patients on an ongoing individual basis helping them transform their relationship with food and their bodies, across the continuum of eating problems.
Paige became a Registered Dietitian to help people come to terms with their relationship with food so they can lead healthier happier lives. Her goal is to help clients discover ways to live free from preoccupation with food, and work with the guilt, shame, confusion and fear that can accompany the basic need to eat. Paige, having struggled with her own eating disorder and now fully recovered, knows that our relationship with food is vital to our overall happiness. Paige works collaboratively with medical providers to provide caring, compassionate treatment to adolescents, young adults, adults and family members.
Kathleen Nelson, LCPC
Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. After obtaining her BA in Psychology, she worked in residential homes for emotionally disturbed youth, and provided in-home therapeutic services to families who were struggling with a variety of emotional symptoms. She served as director of an outpatient family-based program for several years after finishing her Masters program at Montana State University. Kathleen works with children, adolescents, and adults, with a goal of creating capacity to live more connected and meaningful lives. Her interest in eating disorders stems from a growing prevalence of symptoms relating to food issues in her practice. She is curious as to what each symptom is expressing unique to each individual. Her work is guided by training in attachment and developmental theories, play therapy, family systems theory, and psychoanalysis.
Laurie Thatcher, LCSW, NCPsyA
Individual and Group Therapy
Laurie received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1994 from the University of Utah and her psychoanalytic certification in 2011 from Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute. Laurie has worked with a variety of populations over the past 25 years including: homeless families and children, students in rural school districts, families and adolescents in a mental health agency, youth in wilderness programs, women in substance abuse treatment and adolescents and adults in private practice. Laurie has been working with eating disorders in her private practice since 2004. She is particularly interested in working with all levels of athletes from competitive to recreational and people passionate about outdoor recreation. Psychoanalytic theory provides the foundation to her treatment approach, simultaneously she is interested in how current popular approaches such as mindfulness, DBT, and ACT can be used to along side psychoanalytic treatment to provide successful treatment outcomes.
Rachel Patrick, RDN, LN
Rachel is a native Montanan who earned her Bachelors degree at Montana State University. She pursued a career as a dietitian, with the core belief that nutrition is a basic physiological need that underpins our ability to think and thrive. She brings to her work campus experience with students counseling students at Western Kentucky University. Rachel actively seeks to help bridge gaps in the patient’s experience through counseling, support, and exposure to a variety of foods and food encounters. She is motivated by the freedom that can be found from the nourishment and enjoyment of food and by helping patients find different avenues in their relationship with eating. She has a background in fitness and seeks to promote new ways of thinking about fueling and movement. Rachel facilitates breakfast meal encounters, individual nutrition counseling, and coordinates client involvement in the community garden.
Meghan Womack MS, RD, LD
Meghan is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nutrition from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Meghan assists in the intake process and sees patients individually, leads meal support groups, and coordinates medical care with providers in the community.
Both life and work experience have taught her that there is no such thing as a “perfect” or “optimized” way of eating and the importance of food runs much deeper than a way to sustain life. Prior to working with individuals with eating disorders, Meghan worked in long term care facilities for over 3 years. Meghan has worked with individuals with eating disorders at both the outpatient and intensive outpatient levels of care. Her goals as a nutritionist are to help individuals and families to establish enjoyable and sustainable habits involving food that allow the individual to be free of confusion, guilt, and obsession when it comes to food and the body. With disordered eating behaviors and eating disorders on the rise, it is her passion to help clients find peace with food and their bodies with the hope of changing our society’s rigid and judgmental conversation about food and body image to a one of openness and acceptance. She enjoys the team approach for the treatment of eating disorders and collaborates with other eating disorder professionals in the community to provide the best care possible for both teens and adults.
Alexa Hueser, MS
Individual and Group Psychotherapy
Alexa earned her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University. She works with clients from a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspective, while drawing upon elements of attachment and emotion-focused therapy. Alexa is passionate about her role as a therapist, which stems from years of personal experience in individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. She believes in the inherently healing nature of the therapist-client relationship. Alexa has received additional training in cognitive processing therapy for adult trauma, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children, and worked in the crisis counseling field for two years as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. Her interest in working with eating disorders is based in curiosity surrounding possible unconscious conflicts the client’s symptoms may be masking and the role in which disordered eating behaviors has played in the past. She holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature, and often incorporates elements of reading and writing into her therapeutic approach.
Amy Strom has been teaching yoga in Bozeman for the past 16 years. She is a 200 RYT certified yoga teacher. She is currently working on her Yoga Therapy training and has received 50 hours speciality training in Yoga for eating disorder recovery. Being in recovery herself for the past 5 years, Amy is passionate about using the practice of mindfulness in both yoga and Buddhist meditation in relationship to self knowledge and recovery.
She currently teaches yoga for the Eating Disorder Center of Montana, the Cancer Support Community, Montana State University and Mountain Yoga in Bozeman. She is also available for private yoga training.