Professionally, Monika is a therapist, coach, author and consultant specializing in the fields of eating disorders, addiction, and parents of children with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism and other Special Needs. Monika is nationally recognized for her contributions to the field of eating disorders and their treatment. With expertise in individual, group and family therapy, in both outpatient, residential and hospital settings, Monika has over 25 years of experience in the field of eating disorders. She has directed two Eating Disorder Programs and was the clinical director for a multi-location addiction treatment center in New Hampshire in addition to owning a thriving private practice for 12 years.
Among her credits, Monika is the co-author of Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery, 1999; and a contributing author to both Self-Harm Behavior and Eating Disorders, 2004, and The Thinking Mom’s Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum, 2012. She has also authored several well-received articles and essays on the topics of anorexia, bulimia, trauma and healing. She has appeared on several radio and television broadcasts including NPR’s Public Affair, NPR’s The Exchange, Vatican Radio’s Generation Jubilee and Boston’s WGBH Arts and Ideas.
Monika has extensive experience speaking publicly and presenting workshops and trainings on treating and recovering from eating disorders, self harm and addiction. She especially enjoys teaching other clinicians how to transform DBT into an experiential modality. In addition to training clinicians in the art of creatively weaving together multiple treatment modalities to deliver effective treatment strategies to help those coping with both self-harm and eating disorders recover and thrive. Teaching professionals how to identify and distinguish sensory processing disorder and tailor treatment for those individuals is another passion. Monika also speaks and presents workshops to help parents thrive through their experiences of parenting special needs children. She continues to lecture and present at conferences, universities and retreats across the country.
Monika also believes strongly in combining alternative healing with conventional treatment modalities. She has recently teamed up with Dr. Patrick Porter to create an eating disorders series for the revolutionary BrainTap. She is a Certified Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Intuitive and Angel Readings, and Certified Angel Healing Practitioner. She believes in the benefits of meditation, yoga, mindfulness, essential oils and uses them herself. She has much to share with you between her professional experience and knowledge of alternative modalities.
Monika received her BA from Wellesley College and her MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
Monika’s Specialty Areas Chose Her!
Many people are curious about how and why Monika chose to specialize in eating disorders in particular. It may (or may not) come as a surprise that she is fully recovered from a life threatening eating disorder that spanned almost two decades. After fully recovering from an extensive, life threatening eating disorder- not to mention PTSD from abuse, assault and stalking; and then wrestling advanced disseminated Lyme Disease into remission- Monika has dedicated her life to helping others heal and create lives that they love. Realistically, helping others has been in her blood from childhood. Monika had many confusing, difficult and disempowering treatment experiences in her quest for recovery. Once she finally figured out her own full recovery and healing, it wasn’t long before she felt compelled to effect positive change in the field of eating disorders treatment to ensure that others did not suffer the same experiences she did. Most of all she felt compelled to spread the message that full recovery is available to everyone. Even before heading to graduate school for her Masters degree in Social Work, Monika wrote her first book Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide To Recovery in hopes of helping others find true self-love, beat their eating disorders and thrive. She spoke at many treatment centers spreading her message of hope and inspiration for freedom from the critical voice of the eating disorder and advocated for a more empowering treatment model.
Monika has long known the incredible benefits of combining both conventional treatments with alternative healing modalities while harnessing the power of changing your thoughts. She has seen it in her own life as well as in the lives of the hundreds if not thousands of people she has helped recover. She is excited to bring this information to you!
“When we experience adversity and we don’t now what to do, we have to rely on our resilience and trust that we will figure it out and get through it. Now I’m interested in turning that resilience into brilliance, by teaching people new tools and coping skill hacks so they can fully heal and create true happiness in lives that they love.”