Uses She/They pronouns
Avery Gudmundsson (she/they) is a Registered Agency Affiliated Counselor (#CG61119092) in the state of Washington. Avery comes to Opal from working in residential treatment centers with both adolescents and adults. Prior to working in the mental health field, Avery spent 9 years as a chef in various fine-dining restaurants across the country, including Canlis in Seattle. Avery holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and is currently working on a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. In addition to working at Opal, Avery is also a peer mentor with The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).
Avery was inspired to work in the mental health and eating disorder field because of their own lived experience with an eating disorder. Avery understands first hand how difficult it can be to access treatment and is passionate about expanding equitable access to evidence-based eating disorder treatment. Avery is also passionate about breaking down diet culture norms so that everyone can have a better relationship with food and their bodies, not just those with diagnosed eating disorders.
Avery lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs, Scout and Ranger. Outside of school and work, you can usually find them in the mountains somewhere hiking, skiing, rock-climbing, or camping. Avery still loves to cook and enjoys sharing their love of food and cooking with anyone who wants to learn.
Special interests include: DBT, Attachment, Attuned/Intuitive Eating, CBT, Diet Recovery, LGBTQIA+ Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Sport and Exercise, Systems of Oppression, and Culinary Skills