Virtual eating disorder dietitian in College Park and Columbia, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Welcome! My name is Sydney Richards and I am a Registered Dietitian dedicated to helping people achieve food and body freedom. I would like to tell you a bit about myself.
Although I currently reside in Pennsylvania, I grew up in Maryland and, thus, have an appreciation for crab cakes and Ravens football. In my spare time, I like reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my loved ones. This includes my miniature Goldendoodle, Tucker, who is constantly attached to my hip.
My passion for anti-diet work began several years ago while I was counseling in a corporate setting. It was here that I witnessed clients lose time, money, happiness, and precious mental space day after day, all in the pursuit of “wellness.” This experience was so disheartening that it led me to search for another answer. Eventually, I found intuitive eating and it was truly a “lightbulb moment.” I began sharing this concept with clients and saw how transformative it was for them to approach food from a framework of self-care instead of self-deprivation.
Now I work with clients in eating disorder recovery at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient level. I am a Health at Every Size © aligned practitioner and in the process of becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I love empowering people to find their voice against diet culture and re-discover a way of nourishing, moving, and viewing their body that is enjoyable and sustainable.
My counseling approach is fun-loving, compassionate, and collaborative. Clients, after all, are the expert on themselves! I provide recommendations that are science-based and individualized according to how each client wants and needs to be supported. I also aim to create a safe, judgement-free space because I understand that eating is a deeply personal experience.
I primarily see clients virtually, which allows me to offer flexible hours in the morning and evening. Reach out if you would like to work together!