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

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Nationally Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Master’s in Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado Denver

Catherine’s Story

I am passionate about helping people heal their relationships with food, exercise, and their bodies which is why I became a counselor and founded Embrace Strength Counseling in 2011. I’ve always been curious about people’s stories and how we make meaning out of our experiences. I specialize in eating disorders and love working with athletes. I also really enjoy working with anxiety, fertility and postpartum concerns, and perfectionism/self-worth. I’m a Colorado native who loves the outdoors, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. I have two incredible daughters and a goldendoodle named Willow.

Growing up, I loved school and sports. I was perfectionistic and high achieving in both arenas and felt like no matter how hard I tried, it was never good enough. Eventually, I felt like I wasn’t good enough which contributed to my own struggle with an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety for many years. My recovery journey began when I decided I couldn’t live that way anymore or have the things I wanted most in life if I continued down that path. I sought treatment; working hard and discovering an inner strength I didn’t realize I possessed. As a recovered professional, I strive to support others in finding their own recovery so they can get back to living their lives and doing what they enjoy.  

I earned my master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. My approach to counseling is strengths-based and integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I work from a non-diet, weight inclusive, and food freedom lens. I am the Immediate Past President of the Denver Metro Chapter of iaedp (the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and teach master’s level counseling courses at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to counseling services, I provide clinical supervision and professional consultation services.

Lisa’s Story

Hello. My name is Lisa Mareb and I’m committed to helping you build a more fulfilling and passionate relationship with your mind, body, food and spirit. 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!

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor. I’ve been a psychotherapist since 2004 and specifically working with eating disorders since 2010. I have worked at all levels of eating disorder care and understand the complexity of treating this painful disorder. Using an integrative approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, I work with my clients to disengage from the traps of their disorders and build a satisfying life in accordance to their particular values. This work is not just limited to eating disorders- I also specialize in anxiety, depression, personality disorders and life transitions. I also offer clinical, licensure and CEDS supervision to professionals. Being a guide on your path to mind/body wellness is my passion and I would be honored to join you in this process. 

Lisa Mareb, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S: Contract Therapist

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist & Supervisor, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Department of Regulartory Agencies
  • Master’s in Social Work, University of Denver

Emily Forzley, RD: Contract Non-Diet Dietitian

  • Registered Dietitian, Commission Dietetic Registration
  • Bachelor’s in Dietetics, Central Michigan University

Emily’s Story

Hi! I’m Emily Forzley – a Registered Dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. 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. 

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Central Michigan University. Afterward, I completed my Dietetic Internship through Keiser University in South Florida, with a focus on eating disorders. During my internship I spent months learning from clinicians at the Renfrew Center. Since becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2013, I have focused my career toward treating individuals with eating disorders and disordered eating. I have extensive experience treating clients at all levels of eating disorder care – from inpatient to outpatient. My approach to nutrition counseling is non-diet, weight inclusive, and with a strong belief that “all foods fit”. I am currently working to become a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian with iaedp (the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals).