Avis Rumney, LMFT, is a master therapist and award winning author with over 30 years of experience helping people with relationship issues, codependency and emotional eating.
Avis has helped hundreds of clients create happier, healthier lives. She works with individuals and with families, recognizing that many of the problems that people bring to therapy are embedded in past and present relationship patterns. She helps couples repair damaged relationships so that partners can better understand and respond to their mates and develop stronger bonds and a deeper connection with each other. She helps clients stop self-harming and addictive patterns, own and express their feelings, and learn to accept and respect themselves and others. Avis has particular expertise in helping people recover from addictive eating patterns -- emotional eating, undereating, overeating, binging -- and from the relationship patterns that contribute to eating problems.
As a therapist, Avis is warm and compassionate and engages clients to explore and articulate what is true for them. She believes that within each of us is the desire to heal and grow, and that with guidance and support, we can achieve a way of being that honors who we are and how we want to be.
Avis has written articles, book chapters and books on eating issues and addiction. She contributed the chapter, "Through the Looking Glass" to the book, Extraordinary Women Who Freed Themselves From Food & Weight Obsession. Her first published book is now in it’s second edition as Dying to Please: Anorexia, Treatment and Recovery. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists bestowed upon her the Clark Vincent award for “literary contribution to the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy." Most recently, she co-authored with Larry Fritzlan the book, My Addicted Child: Codependency, Enabling and the Road to Recovery, which describes family-based therapy for treatment of addictive behaviors.
Avis brings to her work the wisdom and skill she has acquired in her years as a therapist as well as her personal experience of recovery from an eating disorder. She can guide you and your loved ones, one step at a time, to build healthy and satisfying lives. Avis sees clients in her Corte Madera office, located in Marin County just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Avis has the heart of an artist. When she’s not transforming lives through therapy, writing, and speaking, you can find her growing dahlias, painting watercolors, and designing unique wire-wrap jewelry. She is happily married and lives with her husband and part-time dog in Mill Valley, California.