Uses She/Her pronouns
Caitlin Jacobsen is a certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach and Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate (#CG61111985) and comes to Opal with experience working in the Milieu at the Eating Disorder Center of Portland where she oversaw all daily activities with both adolescent and adult groups. In addition, she is the founder of Endurecovery, LLC, where she specializes in working as a Recovery Coach for endurance athletes individually and on the team-level to create positive cultures around body image, fueling, exercise and sport.
Caitlin is originally from the South Side of Chicago and grew up in an underprivileged family, raised by a mother with a high school education and a disabled father. From an early age, Caitlin learned the power of gratitude, empathy, deep compassion and privilege. Yearning for a life full of opportunity and freedom, Caitlin sought education and athletics as her way out. At age 18, she moved out West to run cross country and track for DIII Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. It was her experience as a collegiate athlete that has influenced her studies and career. She holds a B.A. in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College, M.S. in Integrative Physiological Sciences from UCLA, certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA and is a certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach through the Carolyn Costin Institute.
Caitlin is passionate about helping change the way women’s bodies are treated and respected as athletes on a systemic level, stemming from her own personal experiences as a collegiate distance runner. She firmly believes in the importance of individualized support for the athlete with an eating disorder. She is also passionate about gender-informed, HAES approach in the Eating Disorder community. Caitlin believes in the resiliency and strength of our bodies to heal and change throughout our lives, whether that is from trauma, pain, motherhood or other life events. She is firmly grounded in supporting others through their beautiful recovery journeys and fully acknowledges her privilege as a white, cis-gendered, thin-able-bodied female and uses her platform and power to advocate for the rights of others.
Caitlin lives in Issaquah, Washington with her two strong, athletic daughters, one very creative and cuddly son, scientist/inventor husband and 10 year old rescue dog, Clover. Caitlin feels a deep connection with nature and loves cooking, gathering with loved ones over a nourishing meal or around a campfire. She is a competitive trail runner, poet, loves live folk music, camping, hiking, exploring and jumping in Alpine Lakes.