Suzanne Rubinetti, LCSW, CSW

55 Woodland Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-4220

The Eating Disorders Awareness Project
2017 marks my 30th year working in the field of Eating Disorders. My journey in the mental health field, specifically eating disorders, has gone through many different phases. I remember being a graduate student at New York University and asking my research professor, Dr. Jones if I could poll NYU students about eating and body image and compiling my research paper. I answered phones and scheduled appointments for the Eating disorder center in Livingston NJ back in 1988.

In 1990 I taught a continuing education class on eating disorders for the township of Maplewood. In 1996, I spoke at various Barnes and Noble stores educating the public about eating disorders and signs and symptoms. In 1990, I saw my first few clients in my own practice.

I continued working with my passion throughout the 90’s, taking courses, teaching seminars, being a guest speaker at high schools, colleges and even elementary and middle schools.

My private practice grew in those years and I officially opened my own office on Maple Street in 1991. I spent 6 years at that location until 3 of my former colleagues and I opened the Woodland Psychotherapy group on Woodland Ave in Summit in 1997.

In 2012, I developed and have taught and continue to teach a continuing education course to other mental health providers. The course is entitled Mothers Daughters and Food: Exploring Disordered Eating.

Additional Presentations Include the Following:

October 15, 2008 - Mother, Daughter Makeovers from the Inside Out
I co-presented with author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, Courtney Martin. The conference was sponsored by the Eating Disorder Association of New Jersey and was open to the general public.

May 3, 2009 - Exploring The Relationship Between Mothers, Daughters and Food
The conference was sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Women Therapists and was only for mental health practitioners.

May 4, 2010 - Exploring The Relationship Between Mothers, Daughters and Food
I presented this workshop in Atlantic City and the National Association of Social Work conference.

March 25, 2011 - Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body
I was asked to be a think tank member for this international conference held in New York City. The conference was an international summit to challenge the toxic culture that teaches girls and women to hate their bodies. This was an amazing experience for women all over! Visit the website for more details and information from the conference.

July 2011 and July 2013 - Rutgers University Continuing Education
I taught a course entitled Mothers, Daughters and Food: Exploring Disordered Eating. It was a great class and great experience for me to be able to teach about a topic I feel so passionate about.

April 2012 - Someday Melissa
I attended a screening for the fabulous documentary, Someday Melissa, the story of a beautiful aspiring young woman, Melissa Avrin, who lost her life in May 2009 to bulimia. For more information on the film, visit
-- I thought the film was excellent.

March 2013 and March 2014 - Dove Beauty Workshop
Presented to Girl Scout troop/West Caldwell, N.J.

The highlights of my career have been the remarkable young women and women I have met -- The women who demonstrate courageousness and bravery and the women who work so hard to break free from their eating disorders. The survivors of sexual trauma are some of the most remarkable women.

Judy Avrin was a truly brave woman who I had the opportunity to meet and interview. Judy agreed to meet with me because she knew I was very interested in Mothers, Daughters and Food. In 2009 the world lost a bright, bubbly, beautiful young woman named Melissa Avrin, her daughter. Judy became an advocate for the education and outreach for recovery.
See the interview here .

The second highlight has been the outreach. When I present a Dove Beauty Workshop to girls age 10 and at the conclusion, they talk about all of their positivity and beauty, I know the outreach helps.

Attend a Dove Beauty Workshop   |    Watch the Dove Beauty Sketches YouTube video

When I show a group of middle schoolers a clip on photo shopping and what it really means and they are shocked, I know the information has made a difference.

The lows of my career have been the women who aren’t able to fight the eating disorder any longer. Watching women who I think are remarkable, have hatred and shame so deep that recovery is frightening.

As I celebrate 30 years in this field, I pledge to work more on the outreach and education. Every school needs a presentation on eating disorders. Every doctor needs education and information on eating disorders. Every wellness center in corporate America needs information. I truly believe that the more we educate and increase awareness of this dreadful disease, the more we can change the occurrence. Hence, The Eating Disorder Awareness Project has been created.

With my vast experience I can tailor a presentation to your needs and audience. Some suggested topics I can speak about are listed below:

  • Understanding Body Image: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Eating Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Mothers, Daughters and Food: Exploring Disordered Eating
  • Eating Disorders 101: Learn Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders as well as Treatments
  • The Influence of Social Media on Eating Disorders
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Learn about this disorder and why we are
    seeing more and more of it
  • The New (Old) Face of an Eating Disorder: Orthorexia
  • Mindful Eating

If you are interested in hosting a program, please contact me at (908) 273-4220.