Sara Pyatt, LMHC, CEDS
Sara is the owner and program director of Mindful Me. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan in 2003 and her Master of Science degree in General Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2005. She began her career in the field of eating disorders in 2005 as a residential counselor at Lotus House, a residential treatment facility for those with eating disorders. In 2006, she became a therapist at Selah House, which continues to thrive as an inpatient treatment facility for those with eating disorders and is located in Anderson, Indiana. At Selah House, she treated outpatients, led and co-led several Intensive Outpatient Programs, participated in and facilitated residential groups, and led the Residential Aftercare Program. In 2008, she began working at Center for Hope and Family Solutions as an outpatient therapist specializing in eating disorders, where she continued to work for six years. In 2010, she became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Indiana and was given the designation of Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). The CEDS designation is granted to those who have exhibited expertise in the field of eating disorders and have achieved high levels of experience and education in this area. Sara is passionate about helping people with eating disorders during their journey to recovery, and she opened Mindful Me in 2014 in order to provide much-needed specialized treatment services for this population. She lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband and two children.
KATIE DEGRELLA, LCSW
Katie is the lead therapist for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and also provides outpatient services. She is a trained psychotherapist who earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Purdue University. While attending Indiana University Graduate School of Social Work, she worked as a personal trainer and enjoyed the coaching aspects of personal training as well as the satisfaction of helping others to achieve their goals. After graduation from Indiana University with her Master’s in Clinical Social Work, Katie worked at Legacy House as the Child and Adolescent Specialist, treating children and families who were survivors of violent crime and trauma. She then spent two and half years working and studying at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, California. During this time she also worked as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team at the Dr. Susan Krevoy Eating Disorder Program. The two and half years included an intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program with 5 hours of supervision per week with professionals of different disciplines. This experience helped Katie to understand how to apply different treatment modalities to address root causes of psychological issues that ultimately bring about long-term and lasting changes. Katie launched her private practice in Santa Monica, California, and specialized in clients suffering with eating disorders and the co-existing mood disorders, as well as other psychological issues, including trauma. Katie discovered mindfulness and became excited about its implications for treating eating disorders. An essential element to the therapeutic process is to help a client to integrate mind, body and spirit. The advances in the field of neuroscience have made it possible to validate that mindfulness is a powerful treatment tool when used with psychotherapy. Katie holds clinical licenses in both Indiana and California. She is passionate about her work and believes that it requires a life-long commitment to continued education and personal growth to be able to effectively help others.