Welcome!

We hope reading this is your first step towards finding increased freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment in your life . . .

At Embrace Strength Counseling & Nutrition, we specialize in working with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, anxiety, depression, self-worth, fertility and postpartum concerns, personality disorders, life transitions, and personal growth. We work with teens and adults, offering individual counseling, telehealth counseling, nutrition counseling, meal support, group counseling, and clinical consultation and supervision. We have evening and daytime appointments available in-person and virtually!

Our team is passionate about providing effective counseling and nutrition services within a caring, authentic relationship. We strive to empower you to overcome whatever is holding you back from living the life you want to live. We want to support you in embracing who you are and living courageously.

Regardless of who you are, our team is here for you. We work from an inclusive, strengths-based approach. We aim for you to feel seen and heard and we believe everyone is deserving of respect, support, treatment, and recovery.  

We would love to connect and see how we can support you in living the life you want to live!

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
Brené Brown

Catherine Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS Founder & Director

 “My passion is helping people heal their relationships with food, exercise, and their bodies. As a recovered professional, I strive to support others in finding their own recovery so they can live full, meaningful lives connecting to what is important to them. I also really enjoy working with anxiety, fertility and postpartum concerns, and perfectionism/self-worth. My therapeutic approach is strengths based and inclusive. I am the Immediate Past President of the Denver Metro Chapter of iaedp and currently serve on the iaedp Board of Directors. Outside of the office, I love spending time in the outdoors, reading, cooking, and hanging out with my husband, two incredible daughters, and goldendoodle Willow.”

Catherine Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS

Founder & Director, Embrace Strength Counseling & Nutrition

I’m committed to helping you build a more fulfilling and passionate relationship with your mind, body, food, and spirit. As a therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, I believe that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible and worth it- and I am proof. As a teenager, I suffered from anxiety and bought into the myth that I needed to be thin in order to have value. I developed an eating disorder that, with the help of a therapist, my community and my yoga practice, I was able to overcome and I can proudly declare myself recovered for over 20 years. In my free time, I enjoy cooking for friends and family, yoga, walking my dog Potatoes, and most of all riding my motorcycle on the beautiful roads Colorado has to offer!”

Lisa Mareb, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S

Contract Therapist, Embrace Strength Counseling & Nutrition

Eating disorders are not just about the food – they are much more complex than that – but food is an important part of the equation when it comes to recovery. As a dietitian, I help clients navigate the intimidating world of food and nutrition without judgement and with a lot of compassion. Outside of being a dietitian, I am a full-time dog mom to my pup Libby. I’m also an avid skier and self-proclaimed chef (really, a foodie). I strive to live by example to show that food is meant to be enjoyed, and does not need to be feared. My approach to nutrition counseling is non-diet, weight inclusive, and with a strong belief that ‘all foods fit’.”

Emily Forzley, RD

Contract Non-Diet Dietitian, Embrace Strength Counseling & Nutrition

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