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Katherine Dittmann, MS, RD

Registered Dietician and Nutrition Therapist

Katherine Dittmann, MA, MS, RD is a registered dietitian/ nutrition therapist specializing in eating disorders, embodied self-care, and nutrition for mental health and substance use disorders. She uses a food-positive, compassion-centered, trauma-informed approach to help people connect with their bodies and eat with more ease.

Because self-care is an integral part of any treatment plan, her focus is on nutrition as self-care, incorporating mind-body attunement, committed action, and the cultivation of an attitude of care and kindness. In short, her job is to make eating easier.

Katherine has nearly 20 years of experience and expertise with eating disorders and other mental health or medical challenges across all levels of care, from adolescents to older adults. She believes that each person with a health issue presents uniquely and must be seen as a person struggling first, not just a diagnosis. Many of her clients with eating disorders have additional struggles, such as anxiety, unresolved trauma, or depression. Katherine is committed to collaborating with the team to understand how all parts influence each other and can affect an individual’s ability to feed themselves. Her work is collaborative, inclusive, weight-neutral, non-diet, and trauma-informed with the intention of creating safety as she builds trust and confidence with her clients.

Katherine is skilled at working with most eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, ARFID) and is particularly adept at working with anorexia nervosa. For those struggling to eat due to other mental health or physical challenges, such as medication changes, physical symptoms, or cognitive/ emotional influences, she provides education on how eating and appetite may be affected by their situation and helps her clients find appropriate food choices and lifestyle changes that work for them. In all cases, she helps her clients create structure with their eating routine in a way that meets them where they are while also supporting their personal health goals. She uses a food-first approach but understands that supplementation may sometimes be necessary.

Sessions are informed by CBT, DBT, ACT, parts work, somatic education, Socratic method, mindful inquiry, and Motivational Interviewing. In less severe cases of eating difficulties, such as chronic dieting, Katherine employs the Intuitive Eating model and uses mindful eating strategies.

Beyond nutrition, Katherine has special training in mind-body therapeutics, mindful self-compassion, and practical philosophy. In addition to the Mind Therapy Clinic, she maintains a private practice in San Francisco. She is the founder of The Compassionate Body Center, an online resource to support those in recovery. She is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and a member of APPA, The American Philosophical Practitioner’s Association.

Katherine is a proud product of the California public education system. Her degrees include a BA in French Linguistics from UC Santa Barbara, an MS in Nutritional Science from San Jose State, and an MA in Philosophy from San Francisco State. She completed her nutrition master’s thesis by investigating eating attitudes, spiritual beliefs, and body awareness in women who practice yoga(Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 2009). Her philosophy master’s thesis, Self-Compassion as an Ethical Attitude in Foucault’s Care of the Self (2021), proposes that when we truly care and treat ourselves with kindness and compassion, we freely engage in a kind of self-cultivation that leads to self-knowledge, wisdom and ethical interactions with the world.


“Above all, the goal of therapeutic meal group is to create more ease with eating and maybe even have a little fun.”

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Eating Disorders, Embodies Self Care, Nutrition for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
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