{ABOUT Marnie}

Marnie Davis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor, Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Marnie also has specialized training in Brainspotting and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. She is the current Continuing Education co-chair for the Central Florida iaedp Chapter and has previously served as president and other various board positions. Marnie is owner of a private practice in Maitland, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, body image distress and body dysmorphia, trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression and other co-occurring issues. Marnie has experience working in higher level of care settings and is a Health at Every Size informed clinician, respecting body diversity and creating a body affirming therapeutic environment. Marnie previously assisted in the development of a comprehensive eating disorder treatment model at Rollins College Wellness Center and more recently contributed as a chapter author in a newly released book, Trauma-informed Approaches to Eating Disorders. Marnie is a seasoned presenter, consultant, and trainer and enjoys speaking to various audiences. She served as board member for the Eating Disorders Network of Central Florida for over 10 years and recently joined the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, as an Orlando Affiliate to continue to fundraise, advocate, and promote help, support and recovery for all. Marnie is a volunteer for the Greater Orlando Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) and holds community service, social justice and continued hope for healing in high regard.Marnie enjoys meeting with clients in her private practice and working collaboratively with individuals of varying cultures, ethnicities and sexual orientations, while honoring their stories and their described experiences. 

As mentioned above, Marnie and her friends and colleagues from EDNCF and HOPE recently joined The National Alliance for Eating Disorders family, as Orlando Affiliates, in hopes of expanding their ability to improve access to care for those seeking treatment and support services, in the Orlando area. Marnie plays a key volunteer role in fundraising, outreach, education and coordination and implementation of three, Alliance eating disorder support groups in the Orlando area. The Orlando Affiliates fundraise to host two local, free, clinician-led, gender-inclusive, eating disorder support groups and one free, clinician-led, gender inclusive, friends and family support group. Marnie has been involved in eating disorder awareness and fundraising events for many years and strives to foster support, kindness and hope for healing.  Marnie is honored to serve as an Orlando Alliance Affiliate. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Alliance’s mission; outreach, education, early intervention, support and advocacy for all. 

Upon graduation, Marnie worked as a group facilitator at Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services, leading a variety of groups including DBT, psychoeducation, creative art, friends and family, meal experientials , meal process, and after care support groups. She also facilitated family sessions, meal experientials and friends and family educational sessions with adolescent, teen and adult age patients and their families. Case management and collaborative treatment planning were involved in her daily responsibilities. 

Marnie completed her internship at Rollins College Counseling and Psychological Services, gaining experience working with college-age students with varying issues including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, academic struggles, trauma, eating disorders, impulsivity, and social difficulties. She completed her prepracticum hours at Center for Drug Free Living and assisted with intake/assessment protocol and listening ad supporting those who were seeking help with their addictions. Marnie completed a mindfulness based practicum experience at the Hope Center located in Apopka, FL providing counseling and support for children and families of migrant workers.

 

Prior to gaining her masters degree in counseling, Marnie was employed for over 15 years as a Health Educator in the New York and Central Florida area. She provided educational opportunities to elementary, middle and high school students and members of the surrounding communities. Marnie has always demonstrated compassion and genuineness when working with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds. She has passionately dedicated her life to empowering individuals and assisting children, teens and adults in living quality lives. 

 

During her time as a Health Educator, Marnie developed and implemented a program titled 'Healthy Beauty in Every Body' aimed at empowering individuals to accept themselves as they are and embrace their authentic beauty. Marnie also acted as camp director for 13 years, planning and hosting summer camps for students from the rural and underserved areas of Central Florida.

 

Marnie holds social justice and ally work with high regard. She believes in standing alongside individuals who are members of target and minority populations and advocating against discrimination, oppression and inequality. 

 

Marnie annually presents to the graduate students at Rollins College Counseling Program and at other local colleges including Stetson Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program on topics related to understanding and treating eating disorders and trauma.  Marnie also presents regularly to local mental health providers, iaedp chapter members and local organizations like the Central Florida Marriage and Family Association members on topics including the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and self-injury behaviors. Recently, Marnie has expanded her speaking/training platform, offering advanced training experiences to a wider audience on topics including, Eating Disorders, Ego States and EMDR: Engaging in the Dance. She hopes to continue to expand her training platform at www.elevateemdr.com to enhance the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. Marnie has spent years educating community members, health department staff, coaches, school staff and students of all ages, raising awareness about eating disorders and working to continue the conversation about body shaming beauty ideals and disordered eating behaviors.  For many years, Marnie has spoken at our annual eating disorder awareness walks,, sharing messages about hope, strengths and the healing power of connection.  

Marnie is a volunteer for the Greater Orlando Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) and provides pro bono counseling to those affected by local disasters. TRN is sponsored by Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs.   http://goemdrian.org

 

Professional Affiliations:

Member of American Counseling Association (ACA)

Member of Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF)

Member of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Assoc. (EMDRIA) 

Member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

President of iaedp Central Florida Chapter

Member of Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida and Walk Planning Committee (EDNCF)

Member of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

Member of IDignity

Volunteer for Equality Florida