Holly-Renée aka “HR”
Living With Fierce Grace
After winning a near-fatal and years-long battle with anorexia, Holly-Renée devotes her professional life to helping others fully recover from eating disorders. Empowering others "to recover for life," she says.
Holly-Renée graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles, in Los Angeles,California where she earned a Master of Arts in Psychology. She completed an additional internship and training in self-injury and trauma, and also trained at the Loyola Marymount University Art Therapy Program in Los Angeles. She is a Certified eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor (CEDS-S).
She has been an adjunct faculty member in the UAB Psychology Department, where she taught eating-disorder-related classes to honors students. She also maintains a small Birmingham-based private practice specializing in eating disorders, trauma, and self-injury.
She has treated clients with eating disorders for over 15 years, and worked in the field of eating disorders, and women’s issues for more than 20 years.
She has been a consultant for treatment programs nationwide. She founded and developed Alabama's first residential treatment center for eating disorders in 2007.
Before returning to her hometown of Birmingham, Holly-Renée worked with eating disorders throughout the United States. She was the Lead Counselor and consultant at Center for Discovery, an adolescent residential eating-disorder program; Assistant Program Director at Castlewood Treatment Center for eating disorders in St. Louis, Missouri; and a private-practice therapist in Los Angeles, treating those with eating disorders, self-injury, trauma and women's issues.
After 20+ years of full recovery from a nearly fatal 12-year battle with Anorexia Nervosa, Holly-Renée intimately understands how eating disorders can destroy the lives of those suffering with the illness and their loved ones. She genuinely realizes that each struggle is unique and that recovery requires grace and guts to find recovery. She believes in truly individualized, respectful and relationship-based treatment that works in collaboration with – not against – each client.
When she isn’t working, you’ll most likely find “HR” grabbing a cup of joe at her favorite coffeehouse with a book, hanging with friends or chilling in yoga. Anyone who knows her appreciates her quirky sense of humor that helps her keep perspective on this thing called life.