Debra Benfield, M.Ed., RDN/LDN, CEDRD-S, RYT is the founder and owner of a group practice specializes in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Body in Mind Nutrition. With over 30 years of experience in the field she is passionate about providing supervision, education, and client-care centered in cultural humility, inclusion, and social justice along with alignment with the principles of Health at Every Size. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified in Curvy Yoga, Accessible Yoga, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. Debra also participated in 2 years of training in Presence-Based Coaching which she integrates into her work with clients and supervisees.

Debra is committed to offering respectful, compassionate care with the intention to create a partnership with you.

Debra is committed to providing a safe space where you feel comfortable in discussing your perceived strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and growing edge. Depending on your interest and where you are in your own development, specific issues of supervision are:

  • Ethical practice
  • Presence-based and somatic skills
  • Working with internal family systems skills/Nourishing the inner child
  • Prevention of burn out and self-care
  • Trauma-informed care

Debra is committed to supporting best practices in both preventing and treating disordered eating for health and behavioral health care providers and founded the Winston-Salem Eating Disorder Coalition. She is now acting co-president with Aimee Lischke, MD.

Debra’s professional background includes providing medical nutrition therapy as a clinical nutritionist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine for many years and was a faculty member of the School of Medicine for 10 of those years. While at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, she was responsible for a wide range of tasks: nutrition education of medical professionals and patients, clinical nutrition services, research, and administration. She was also in private practice part-time during those years with a transition to full time private practice in 2005. Debra’s experience also includes being a chief clinical dietitian in a clinical setting, a clinical nutritionist for North Carolina School of the Arts, and RDN in an addiction treatment center as well as a behavioral health center.

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