Our Founders

Real People Who Really Get It!

Dr. Julie and Dr. Ashley are passion-driven clinicians on a mission to help as many people as possible who have felt trapped in decades of overeating, emotional  & binge eating,  chronic dieting, Body hatred and Self rejection.

With 44 years of combined experience, these two heart-driven movers and shakers LOVE helping people to discover the TRUE hidden pieces beneath their compulsive drive for food.

We know your desire to overeat is not simply about food!  We’ll help you connect-the-dots and understand how your relationship with your emotions has everything to do with your relationship with food.  And, we’ll help you value and accept your Body and Self along the way!


Renowned Emotional Eating Specialists

Dr. Julie T. Anné is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Eating Disorder Expert with 27 years of experience as an internationally recognized specialist. Dr. Julie is a frequent media guest whose expertise is featured on network, radio, cable & podcast platforms. Dr. Julie was a featured eating disorder specialist on E! network’s acclaimed docu-series, “What’s Eating You?” and she worked with the cast of abc’s Extreme Make-Over: Weight Loss Edition. Recognized for her exemplary work in the field of Eating Disorders, Dr. Julie was invited to join the esteemed Faculty of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in 2018, where she serves as a Consultant and Guest Lecturer in the area of eating disorders. Dr. Julie is the founder of celebrated treatment center, A New Beginning, in Scottsdale, Arizona and, along with Dr. Ashley, co-founded TheHealthyWeighOut & Inside the Mind of an Emotional Eater.

You will never meet a more enthusiastic,  passion-driven professional than Dr. Julie! Dr. Julie is known for her infectious brand of HOPE, heart and healing which she brings to every person she embraces through her educational and inspirational work.  Insightful, innovative, creative and determined, Dr. Julie helps you to “connect the dots” between your seemingly “bizarre” eating behavior and the many understandable hidden emotional pieces that created your need to overeat.  With empathy and compassion that comes only from having walked a similar path, Dr. Julie helps you to understand the parts of your Self that needed food to emotionally survive and helps you to embrace vs judge the parts that still need to be helped, supported and healed, so that your compulsive drive to overeat is no longer present.

Dr. Julie is THRILLED to now be able to touch the lives of people across the world (yay!) who have requested to learn from Dr. Julie.  Through this exciting, members’ community and educational format, Dr. Julie can now educate, support, cheerlead and celebrate alongside you, as you work on journeying into FULL recovery from disordered eating!

When Dr. Julie is not working to change the world, she is working to support her two incredible daughters (who don’t necessarily appreciate her “expertise” as much as her clients) 🙂  Dr. Julie LOVES adventure and is oftentimes found feeding her soul on international trips, personal challenges and fulfilling her many passions which include writing, photography, activism and nature.

I’m SO glad you are here.  We are going to change your life – together! ~ Dr. Julie


Dr. Ashley Southard is a licensed marriage and family therapist and eating disorder expert with 17 years of clinical experience helping people recover from disordered eating, traumatic experiences, and relationship challenges. Helping people affected by Emotional and Binge Eating has been in Dr. Ashley’s heart for a long time. In fact, she used to work for the Eating Disorders Coalition, lobbying on Capitol Hill for eating disorder legislation that would mandate insurance companies to cover comprehensive treatment for all types of disordered eating. In 2008, she was invited to serve as a Founding Board Member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (now a part of the National Eating Disorders Association), where she helped turn a grassroots movement into a thriving international organization. Dr. Ashley is now living out her professional dream as Site Director and Clinical Therapist at Scottsdale, Arizona’s premier outpatient treatment center, A New Beginning, and co-founded Inside the Mind of an Emotional Eater and TheHealthyWeighOut with her amazing professional co-pilot and soul sister, Dr. Julie.

Dr. Ashley is both a scientist and an artist, skillfully weaving together cutting-edge knowledge with compassion and heart to craft life-changing reparative experiences for people who, in their most vulnerable moments, have questioned if they’re good enough or worthy of love. She lives for those “goosebump moments” with people when the proverbial dots connect, old patterns dissolve, and tears of relief are shed. And she couldn’t be more excited (and grateful) for the opportunity to educate the WORLD about this deeper psychological work that brings a person to FULL recovery, helping to infuse more lives with passion, connection, and HOPE!

And how does this therapist/recovery warrior rejuvenate her own soul? You’ll likely find her playing a ruthless game of Uno with her daughter, chasing the beautiful desert sunsets with her camera, planning the next epic summer road trip with her family, or counting down the days until she gets to dance it out at a live music concert 🙂

You’re not alone in this anymore. We’re here WITH you! ~Dr. Ashley


Want weekly access to our Co-Founders from the comfort of your own home? No matter where you live, our Global Virtual Community, TheHealthyWeighOut Circle of HOPE, will teach you all about our signature approach, “the deeper work,” driving your compulsive overeating behavior. Participate in weekly Educational VideoCasts with Dr. Julie and Dr. Ashley, as well as our two Registered Dietitians, and learn what it really takes to achieve FULL and lasting recovery from emotional and binge eating. Learn More