The Next BFYB Certification Training Will Take Place In the Fall of 2022.

Dates to be arranged. If you have trained in Level 1 and are interested please email me at to be placed on the mailing list for when the dates are released.

Next Training:

Thursday November 3rd “Meet & Greet” 4-6pm EST
Friday-Sunday November 4th-6th 9-5pm EST (Live Zoom Training)
Friday-Sunday November 18th-20th EST (Live Zoom Training)

Registration Opens September 1st!

The level 2 six-day training is broken into 2 long virtual (through Zoom) weekends:

Full day Friday-Sunday 9-5pm ET  and a meet and greet the first Thursday evening 3-5 pm ET.


Learn how to teach this unique 8-week therapeutic program based on the brain-based knowledge of eating disorders and the world of neuroscience.

You will learn why the evidenced-based skills of interoceptive awareness, embodiment and self-compassion are critical to long-term recovery and how to properly deliver these skills in a safe and effective way. This somatic-based training will prepare you to deliver this program in a group format or by coaching your client through it individually.

You will gain an understanding of Polyvagal Theory and how the somatic and brain-based skills of interoceptive awareness, mindfulness, and self-compassion, help your clients learn emotional regulation from the inside out. Their body will become a primary source of information and emotional regulation. They will develop the skills necessary to reduce fear and anxiety and learn how to work with and prevent getting stuck in self-harming and self-critical cycles.

This training is open to all clinicians, dieticians, and certified eating disorder coaches to be offered out individually, into your community, or within your treatment program as this program can be integrated alongside any other theoretical framework.

This program was developed through my doctoral research on self-compassion, my book Befriending Your Body, a pilot study on the program, and over 28 years of clinical knowledge working with those struggling with disordered eating and body image issues.

Your clients will develop a new respectful and trusting relationship with their body, food and self for integrated and lasting healing and freedom!

What you will gain:

    • An in-depth understanding of interoceptive awareness and brain-based knowledge regarding eating disorders and your client’s nervous system.
    • Learn how to effectively intervene in their sympathetic response and what skills and interventions work to regulate that and why
    • How to teach your clients about their inner body (nervous system and brain) so that you are no longer just discussing image
    • How to take an assessment and intake of their “body’s history” and their relationship with it to help them move forward into re-establishing a new one
    • Learn skills that reconnect and re-establish brain-body signals for a deeper connection to self and full recovery
    • Learn a unique and new systematic delivery method of self-compassion.
    • Learn why our clients need it to be a different delivery method of self-compassion and what that is and the “how” to deliver.
    • Explore skills of self-compassion and how self-compassion sustains recovery through action and responsibility
    • You receive a fully executed manual with detailed word-for-word description of the practices and teachings week by week to guide your clients through.
    • Learn how to deliver the skills both in a group format or individually
    • An understanding of Polyvagal Theory and how the BFYB Program and interventions are guided by the theory
    • Why a trauma-sensitive approach is so important for our clients

There are two levels to the full certification process. Level 1 and Level 2

Level 1 

Partake in one of my virtual BFYB Programs held through Zoom. You will join as a participant, and work through the program personally, along with others, so you can personally embody and experience the work.

Because the work is experiential it is VERY important that you, as a practitioner, are willing to explore and feel what the practices are like for yourself before you can effectively train and give these off to another.

The next Level 1 will take place in August. Please check back for dates soon!

Level 2- Certification Process

The level 2 six-day training (broken into 2 long weekend training, full day Friday-Sunday and a meet and greet the first Thursday evening) takes place through a Hybrid program, with both recorded teaching videos and through “live” Zoom sessions.

In this training you will learn nervous system and brain-based recovery and the evidenced-based practices that guide the program; the practice and delivery of the psycho-educational material, and the delivery of the practices and program.

Certification requires the completion of the training and follow-up group supervision sessions

After the completion of the training you will be required to participate in three, once a month, hour-long Zoom Group Supervision Sessions for final certification. Dates and times to be arranged with the group.

Next Certification Training will take place Fall 2022!


  • Level 1:
    • $399.99/349.99 for the 8-week virtual program
  • Level 2 Certification:
    • $1,450 includes a fully guided manual. Access to the online lectures will be made available two weeks before the training begins and you will have access to the material for three months after the start date.
  • Three Group Supervision Sessions:
    • $120

$1,570 for the full BFYB Professional Certification Status (includes a listing on my website and BFYB Certification logo for marketing)


  • My experiences with BFYB have been so meaningful and impactful. Throughout the Professional BFYB training, I was reminded again and again, why I do the work I do (as Registered Dietitian). I have always enjoyed working with people, talking about their relationship with food and their body. Through this training, I solidified my understanding of how I can go beyond my academic education to help others in their recovery from the repercussions of Diet Culture. Every body deserves to live in peace, harmony and freedom from weight stigma and our society’s harmful definition of an ideal body. I am empowered to take my lived experiences, along with all that I have been fortunate to learn from Ann, and help guide lasting and life-altering positive changes in the lives of others.

    J. G. Registered Dietitian
  • Thank you Dr. Ann for such a unique experience. It was an honor to learn from the source herself. Your work has touched me in so many ways and I look forward to passing on the self- compassionate approach to freedom from disordered relationships with food and body. As I continue to use the somatic practices and meditations with my clients, I have noticed a shift in my own comfort level. I believe having done the practices has helped me to lead and have an idea of what to expect. I, like others in the group, used to only feel comfortable giving meditation or breathing practices for homework but now I notice myself asking clients if I can guide them through a practice during sessions. I know which ones to use for what , I.e Finding Your ground: F,S,&S for increased anxiety, or Compassion with Another Meditation for someone who is struggling with relationships/feeling alone. My clients seem to enjoy it. I also use the card deck and I use my own experiences with the cards to teach common humanity.

    S. B. Clinical social worker
  • The approach of self-compassion for disordered eating or eating disorders has given my practice an invaluable understanding of the treatment of eating disorders. I have also found that its application continues to positively affect those who struggle with other mental health issues. I use the practices, that I have learned in this program, almost daily with clients. Everyone responds in a type of awe and appreciation. It is an education that has exponentially improved my skills and understanding as a clinician.

    L. T. Clinical social worker
  • After this training I realized that we can teach people to discover self-compassion through these somatic practices and self-reflections. I saw in my own body how these practices can regulate the nervous system. I found hope that people can recover long term from the devastating effects of eating disorders, disordered eating and struggles with body image. I came to appreciate the order of the program, too, and how we build the connection of body and mind and use this foundation to begin to approach the challenge of finding self-compassion. I came to see how self-compassion can in turn support the difficult work of taking steps to take care of one’s body and mind. I personally grew through this work as well. After this program I found myself thinking more self-compassionate thoughts, and the strident ubiquitous voice of self-criticism wasn’t so loud anymore. I even found myself feeling genuine gratitude towards my body and a greater desire to take care of it. I use the somatic techniques in my own life to tamp down anxiety and ride out difficult feelings.

    R.K Nutritionist