HAES Eating Disorder Dietitian and Nutritionists

courage to nourish dietitians

Welcome to Courage to Nourish!

Supporting you in finding the courage and skills for long-term food and body peace

We are a team of compassionate and knowledgeable eating disorder dietitian nutritionists dedicated to supporting you in eating disorder recovery. Courage to Nourish was founded by certified eating disorder dietitian Alex Raymond. We started this practice because we believe you deserve a safe and compassionate space to heal.

At Courage to Nourish, we create meaningful connections with our clients leading to long-term, positive change in eating disorder recovery. Our hope is through gentle care and guidance, we can support you in becoming comfortable and confident in your food choices and your body while living a meaningful life.

We take on a limited caseload to assure you get the highest quality care. We currently have openings and would love to support you or a loved one.

Let’s Work Together

We provide eating disorder recovery nutrition, intuitive eating counseling, ARFID nutrition therapy and eating disorder support groups.

eating disorder recovery

Eating Disorder

As Certified Eating Disorder Specialists, we specialize in recovery nutrition. Our extensive training allows us to provide expert guidance.

intuitive eating

Intuitive Eating Counseling

We believe it’s possible to break free from chronic dieting. We support our clients in achieving intuitive eating through a weight-inclusive approach.



ARFID recovery requires unique and compassionate understanding of this diagnosis. Several of our dietitians specialize in ARFID nutrition and follow a gentle, encourage approach.

Feeding a healthy family


Family nutrition presents unique challenges. We provide guidance to maintain joy at mealtimes and cultivate positive relationships with food.

virtual and in person groups


We offer various support groups to those struggling and their loved ones. We’d love to have you join one of our positive, encouraging group sessions.

We have in person availability in Columbia and College Park, Maryland and Alexandria, VA. For those at a distance looking for an eating disorder dietitian, we offer convenient virtual sessions.

What clients are saying

Working with Alex has been life changing. I have struggled with an eating disorder for 20+ years and until this year I thought I was going to have to live like that forever, and so I accepted that. After working with Alex for many months I have realized that there can be full recovery and food freedom.

What clients are saying

Shira at Courage to Nourish has changed my life. I reached out during a particularly tough time and the support I’ve received has been invaluable in overcoming lifelong struggles. If you’re looking for inclusive, intuitive eating and food support, she is worth the investment!

What professionals are saying

As a therapist who specializes in working with clients with eating disorders, I frequently refer to Courage to Nourish, and have had the opportunity over the years to share many clients with them. I believe that it is vital for client’s recovery to have access to highly skilled and empathic dietitians, and myself and my clients have been able to trust in them being on their treatment teams to help with this very important aspect of recovery.

What clients are saying

I worked with Emilee during one of the heights of an eating disorder relapses. I had had many dieticians prior to this time and I was beyond apprehensive about working with someone. At that time I needed much more than one hour of help each week, but Emilee didn’t stop. She made sure she did everything possible in each session, even outside of the sessions. She is relentless to do her best, with a smile on her face every step of the way (which may be one of her most effective treatment practices: giving hope, promise and motivation for recovery). Each week working with her was a moment to see the face of freedom, joy, and life. I have been so grateful for her and would certainly recommend her.

What clients are saying

From my very first phone call with the Courage to Nourish office, I felt validated and seen. I was nervous about seeking help and the front office staff immediately put me at ease! After that working with Kathryn Karukas has been a dream. She develops a great rapport and is interested in me as a whole person beyond just my struggles with disordered eating. She is so easy to talk to and I look forward to our sessions weekly even when we need to talk about difficult topics. Kathryn is compassionate, a great listener, and challenges me when needed. I highly recommend Kathryn and the Courage to Nourish office to anyone who struggles with disordered eating and wants to heal their relationship with food, exercise, and their body.

What our clients are saying

If you or a loved one is struggling with their relationship with food, or exercise, or think they have an eating disorder – do not hesitate to reach out to Courage to Nourish! Making that call is so hard, but I promise, you will be greeted with the most understanding and compassionate specialists out there. They literally saved my loved one’s physical health and, in turn, their mental health. They are not just dieticians that specialize in eating disorder, they truly understand the emotion behind it all. If I could give them a 10 star, I would.

What professionals are saying

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Courage to Nourish team! They are deeply empathic and highly skilled dietitians, who are committed to providing excellent care to their clients. They also do an amazing job at collaborating with other members of treatment teams.

Our Locations

Our Courage to Nourish eating disorder dietitians have three office locations in Columbia and College Park, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia for in person appointments.

We offer specialized eating disorder treatment at all locations. For those at a distance looking for an eating disorder dietitian, we offer convenient virtual sessions. We provide virtual eating disorder nutrition counseling for individuals in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, DC, Florida, California, Arizona and Colorado.

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The Body Image Workbook

Use this workbook as a tool to guide you in your body image work. We hope it will support you in discovering a more meaningful relationship with your body.

Body Image Workbook