About Anita Johnston:

Anita Johnston, Ph.D., CEDS, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist. She is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, which has been published in multiple languages, and she has authored book chapters in Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research Treatment Gap and The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook, along with numerous articles in professional journals.


Dr. Johnston has been treating disordered eating for over 30 years.  She is the Co-founder and Director of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii. Currently, she serves as Clinical Director of ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorders Programs on Oahu as well as the ‘Ai Pono Residential Facility on Maui.  She is also Clinical Advisor to Focus Treatment Centers and Consultant to EATFED in Sydney, Australia.


As a recognized international workshop presenter, Dr. Johnston lectures around the world to professional organizations, conferences, universities, medical institutions, and the community at large.  She is best known for integrating metaphor and storytelling into her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie disordered eating behavior and other struggles with eating, weight, and body image. More … www.DrAnitaJohnston.com


About Elisabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD

Elisabeth Peterson is a Certified Eating Disordered Registered Dietitian through IAEDP.  As the owner of Peterson Nutrition & Fitness in Richmond Virginia she became aware, years ago, that people struggling with eating disorders in her area had very limited resources geared toward understanding and recovery from eating difficulties.

Driven by a deep sense of empathy and compassion for that population she embarked on a journey to educate herself to understand and treat eating disorders.  In her practice it became apparent to her that the nutritional component alone would not lead to a cure.  She recognized that full recovery from an eating disorder requires the expertise of a team including Registered Dietitians, Physicians, Therapists and the support of others in the form of groups.

Elisabeth attended conferences and workshops presented by Anita Johnston and became enthralled with Anita’s approach through her book “Eating in the Light of the Moon.”  As Elisabeth found success in treating eating disorders supplemented by the premises of Anita’s book, she approached Anita to request permission to use her material as a foundation for new group therapy ideas Elisabeth wanted to develop for her practice.  Elisabeth collaborated with a colleague to create “Eating in the Light of the Moon” groups, which integrated art therapy, guided imagery, journaling, music therapy and discussion with the concepts of Anita’s book, all within the comfort and safety of a woman’s circle.

Elisabeth then created the “Wise Women” groups to provide a place for women to practice the skills learned in the “Eating in the Light of the Moon” groups and stay connected to other women who can empathize with their struggle and support each other.  The power of women sitting in circle and sharing their stories is phenomenal.  The healing success rate experienced from the collectivity of the treatment team bolstered by the strength of the groups based on Anita’s book spurned Anita and Elisabeth to collaborate and produce the “Light of the Moon Café.”  More…www.PetersonNutrition.com