Melissa Elder


Melissa Elder


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Social Work - C009689
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance
  • MedCost
Fees: I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation and my regular fees for sessions are $150 for an intake appointment and $125 for regular appointments.
Free Initial Consultation


Charlotte, North Carolina 28226

My Approach to Helping

I focus on healing people's relationship to food and treating Binge Eating Disorder and related issues including emotional eating, anxiety, and depression. Through mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic work I treat the mind and body together. My clients often have long histories of dieting, chronic over-eating, bingeing and/or a poor relationship with food and their bodies. I work with each client to develop skill sets to break the bingeing cycle and connect them back to their intuitive selves in order to create a happy, healthy relationship with themselves and their eating. I see women and men (primarily adults), as well as couples and families when an eating disorder is creating a challenge in relationships. I also run a mindfulness-based group called the Art of Intentional Eating, a 10-session group to build mindful eating skills and break the dieting/overeating cycle. I am passionate about helping people learn to trust themselves again and connect with their ability to eat intuitively with freedom from bingeing, dieting and emotional eating.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Binge Eating Disorder
Chronic dieting/overeating
Unhealthy relationship with food
Anxiety - especially related to food and body image
Depression - especially related to food and body image

My Role as a Therapist

My role is to be your guide through this process - you are the expert on your body and self; however I find my clients with binge eating / disordered eating there is a sense that they have lost touch with their bodies and the eating process. My goal as your therapist is to rebuild this relationship so you have the long term skill set to thrive. I want my clients to engage in therapy fully and learn to trust themselves again - I do not want my clients to be in therapy forever! My goal is for every client to become an intuitive eater so they have long term, lasting success.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

When choosing an eating disorder therapist, it is very important to work with someone well grounded in treatment of this specific disorder. While generalist therapists may treat eating disorders as a secondary practice, I highly recommend that clients seek out a specialist due to the complex physical and psychological nature of eating disorders. I specialize in binge eating and have been extensively trained in this disorder and it's treatment specifically. I work to stay current with the scientific literature on binge eating disorder to provide my clients with the best possible methods for success. I previously ran the intensive outpatient program for an eating disorder clinic in Connecticut and have training in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness therapies which have been shown to be the most effective for treating Binge Eating Disorder.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Binge Eating Disorder, Emotional Eating

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Eating and Food Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
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