Eating Disorder Therapist
Regina Verhelst (she/her/hers) is an Eating Disorder Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). While providing general mood and anxiety treatment, Regina specializes in working with clients with eating disorders and disordered eating. Regina provides individual and group counseling online, in the Chicago Loop, and at the South Barrington location.
Education and Training
Regina received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her master’s in clinical mental health counseling at National Louis University. Her studies focused on building an integrated approach to understanding and treating mental health challenges, particularly eating disorders; to explore how emotional, relational, and societal factors influence the development of these disorders and the path to recovery.
With the goal of training to be an eating disorder therapist, Regina completed her clinical internship at The Renfrew Center of Chicago. At Renfrew, she provided eating disorder treatment to adolescents and adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and self-injury issues. As an intern, she provided individual and family therapy in addition to facilitating many groups and meal support therapy. Collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team, Regina was trained to apply the Unified Protocol to eating disorder recovery. She administered this evidence-based treatment, centering the underlying emotional factors that influence eating disorder symptoms. Through this whole-person approach, she was able to work with clients to find the factors influencing their eating disorders as well as their individual recovery journeys.
During graduate school, Regina also volunteered with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) on their Helpline, providing resources and support to individuals and their loved ones impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues. In this role, Regina enjoyed connecting clients with longer-term supports to continue their healing journeys. In addition, Regina worked as a tutor for junior high and high school students, supporting them through test anxiety, executive functioning challenges, and difficulties focusing.
After receiving her master’s in clinical mental health counseling, Regina has continued to work with clients experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating in PHP/IOP programs and in private practice. She currently practices under the direct supervision of Dr. Devlin and is working toward earning her LCPC and her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) designation.
Current Clinical Interests
As a Health at Every Size (HAES), eating disorder therapist, Regina loves working with adults and teens with eating disorders and disordered eating. She enjoys providing therapy related to body image issues, life transitions, perfectionism, self-esteem, identity development, anxiety, and depression. Regina incorporates multiple modalities for an integrated approach including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She provides care from Health at Every Size (HAES), intuitive eating, and intersectional feminist perspectives and loves to help clients strengthen the mind-body connection through mindfulness.
Regina believes in the power of growth-fostering relationships to bring about change and prioritizes creating a compassionate space in which clients can show up as their real, true selves. Regina partners with each client to decide on goals for treatment and ways to incorporate their individual strengths. She is grateful for the opportunity to be present with clients as they explore connecting with their values and building a meaningful life.