Meet Jennifer Rollin, an eating disorder therapist in Rockville, Maryland, serving Montgomery County.
Jennifer Rollin helps people overcome eating disorders through her clinical practice at The Eating Disorder Center, and also shares helpful content on her social platforms. On Instagram alone, she has garnered well over 100,000 followers.
Jennifer helps people with body image issues, eating disorders and anxiety.
Oftentimes, eating disorders come with a whole host of other conditions, which are referred to as comorbidities. Jennifer helps with these too, and puts together a wellness plan to help clients envision a perfect life where food and body image aren’t always on their mind.
We asked Jennifer why she wanted to become a therapist, and specifically why she wanted to specialize in helping people with eating disorders. She told us that she once experienced an eating disorder herself, and at one time, it consumed most of her thoughts on a daily basis.
Jennifer offers therapeutic support and helpful strategies geared towards teens and adults who are struggling with body image issues, which often keeps them stuck in certain areas of their lives. She also helps adults who are struggling with eating disorders including binge eating disorder. anorexia, bulimia, OSFED, disordered eating and compulsive exercise.
Jennifer has been an advocate of talking about the lesser-known eating disorders since she became a therapist. Because of the media’s fascination with showing people at their lowest weight, other eating disorders that fall outside of anorexia and bulimia are often underreported in the press.
When we asked Jennifer what her mission is as a therapist, she said, “The impact I want to have is if I can even help one person have a healthier relationship with food and their body, that means everything to me, and that’s incredibly rewarding.”
Jennifer goes on to say that she founded The Eating Disorder Center to expand her impact, and she adds it’s the reason why she’s on social media, writes and does other forms of work that can help people.
“Even if you’re not a client of mine, or you’re not in my practice, you still see my content. I want to spread inspiration and hope and recovery from eating disorders.”
The aspect of Jennifer’s work that lights her up the most is when she gets to work one-on-one with her clients and meet with her team.
These are words of encouragement and advice that Jennifer Rollin wants people to be aware of: “At the end of your life, you’re not going to be reminiscing about counting calories or spending all of your time at the gym, so I hope everyone can live a life according to their true values.”
She goes on to say it’s important to appreciate people for attributes that are not going to change throughout their lives. “I think as a society, we seek so much validation, you know, from our bodies as well.”
“Compliment people about their personality or the way they make you feel as a person.”
“I think those kinds of compliments are more valuable.