Compromising The Athlete Identity: Why Eating Problems Can Begin or Worsen During Periods of Transition

Dr. Melissa Streno Image on Weekly HopeMelissa Streno, PsyD, CMPC is the Primary Therapist at EDCare Denver. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Psychology. After gaining experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado working with eating disorders, as well as emotional and behavioral disorders, she attended the University of Denver and earned her Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology. Combining her own experiences as a competitive athlete and a strong desire to help those struggling with their own mental health, specifically eating disorders, she pursued her PsyD at the University of Denver.

As part of her role as a Primary Therapist at EDCare, Dr. Streno also maintains the Athlete track. She places great importance on relationship building, an individual’s previous experiences, strengths, and self-awareness. Dr. Streno believes the therapeutic relationship provides an ideal setting to show compassion, practice effective communication, acceptance, accountability, and values-guided action necessary to work towards a meaningful and fulfilling life separate from an individual’s eating disorder.