Registered Dietitian, RD, MPH, LDN
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- Disordered eating
- Bariatric nutrition
- Weight loss and management
- Pre-natal nutrition
- Intuitive eating
- Avoidant/Restrictive food intake disorder
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Hormonal related issues
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Compulsive behaviors
- Food allergies & sensitivities
Alexis Beck is a Registered Dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapist in private practice in Brookline, MA. A seasoned clinician and leader in the field of disordered eating, her goal is to help clients form healthy relationships with food, eating, and their bodies.
Alexis specializes in disordered eating, eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), bariatric nutrition counseling (pre- and post-surgery), prenatal nutrition, and Type 2 Diabetes. She works with children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and parents. By offering evidence-based Medical Nutritional Therapy, Alexis helps her patients find relief, recovery, and results.
Alexis attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree in nutrition, followed by a dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She continued her medical education at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed her Masters in Public Health, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in psychology at Harvard. She has been recognized as Dietitian of the Year by the American Dietetic Association and has been in private practice over 30 years.
Alexis's years of experience and supportive, collaborative, and personalized style sets her practice apart. When she is not treating patients, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and interior design.
Eating disorders – This is our unique approach to helping you manage your relationship with eating and your weight. We understand that there are many levels of a poor relationship with food, and it doesn’t mean that you are necessarily over- or underweight. All are on the rise among our adolescents and adults. And the incidence among boys and young men is increasing as well. We are uniquely trained and equipped to support you and your son or daughter through the recovery process. THE A, B, Cs of Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Eating…we get it…and your nutritionist will navigate you through all of this with her team of doctors and therapists and you will get better! It won’t take forever like most programs - you will be amazed at how quickly our patients recover - but not until you are ready. We won’t push you and we’ll take care of your special needs.
Disordered eating – Support for clients whose preoccupation with food and eating is disproportionately burdensome but falls outside of eating disorder diagnostic criteria
Bariatric nutrition counseling – Including before and after surgery
Prenatal nutrition and pregnancy – Dietary planning and support for expectant parents; Weight and nutrition management; how to lose those stubborn postpartum pound
Menopause – The weight and dietary management inherent in these natural elements of a woman's life
Type 2 Diabetes – Navigating a new diagnosis; ongoing dietary support to promote wellness
Obesity / Overweight / Weight Loss Relapse – Do you find it impossible to lose weight? Impossible to keep off any weight you lose? Have you eaten through your bariatric surgery? Menopausal? And cannot get rid of the weight gain? Stress, deprivation and shame are often associated with the process of losing weight. Whether its 10, 20, or 50 pounds - we understand. Offering original, innovative and personalized strategies and techniques, we get underneath the weight and get to the heart of the matter for results and sustained weight loss and weight management.
Avoidant/Restrictive food intake disorder (AFRID) – Often in children; a lack of interest or sensory aversion to food
Body Image – Promoting positive self-image; navigating cultural and societal pressures
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Hormonally driven diet-related issues – Including polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Tufts PPO
- Initial session: $300 (Includes 60min session, food journal review prior to session , personalized nutrition Rx, 1 week daily email reinforcement)
- Ongoing sessions: $295 (60min) or $250 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Alexis can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions
Message to clients
"The relationship we have with eating and our bodies is so so personal. And like other relationships, these relationships can become dysfunctional. And when they do, we can feel shame, alone and lost. It is so important that you have a safe, authentic, empathic, knowledgeable space to share, learn, recover and set yourself free from the challenges of a difficult relationship with eating, food and or your body. I truly understand, having traveled this road myself. Together we can find peace of mind, body and spirit--and recovery."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1985 - Present
Harvard University, PhD candidate
University of California, Berkley, MPH
Cornell University, BS