"Named must your fear be before banish it you can."


Rhonda Scarlata, LCSW

Rhonda received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Tennessee in May 2000. While employed at the Vanderbilt Mental Health Clinic as a mental health clinician she completed over 2,000 supervised hours of psychotherapy. In October 2002 Rhonda passed her licensing exam becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She then began a private practice to include psychotherapy services and mental health consulting. From September 2004 to June 2005, she was hired by the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as a consultant to the Eating Disorders Clinic. From March 2004 to June 2007, Rhonda worked as the part time Social Worker for the Legal Clinic at the Vanderbilt Law School. Since July 2007, she has devoted herself full time to her private practice.

Rhonda has been an active member of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) since 2003. In 2007 she was appointed to the EDCT Board of Directors and became their President in July 2010. She has been a member of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute (NPI) since 2000 and served on their Board of Directors from February 2004 to January 2007. Rhonda completed a two-year (180 hours) Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) training program in May 2004. Rhonda’s training specific to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) includes the following:

  • Advanced Applications in Cognitive Therapy, August 2012, 30 hours (course instructor: David Burns, MD).
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy: From Action to Insight Workshop, October 2006, 6 hours (course instructor: Steven Hollon, PhD).
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workshop, September 2000, 11 hours (course instructor: Marsha Linehan, PhD).
  • Cognitive Behavioral Training Workshop presented by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, August 2000, 20 hours (course instructor: Steven Hollon, PhD).

Rhonda’s training specific to the treatment of Couples and Relationships includes the following:

  • Collaborative Couples Therapy, October 2014, 6 hours (course instructor: Dan Wile, PhD).
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2, April 2014, 20 hours (course instructors: Bill Bumberry, PhD and Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD).
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1, June 2013, 12 hours (course instructors: Drs. John and Julie Gottman).
  • Imago Relationship Therapy, May 2009, 16 hours (course instructors: Harville Hendrix, PhD and Wendy Patterson, LMFT, LCSW).

Rhonda’s training specific to the treatment of Eating Disorders includes the following:

  • 2012 EDCT Forum: The Perfect Storm: Body, Brain and Cultural Influences on Eating Disorders, November 2012, 8 hours.
  • 2011 EDCT Forum: Opening the Door to Recovery: Key Interventions for Eating Disorders,
    April 2011, 6.5 hours.
  • 2010 EDCT Forum: Sex, Love and Eating Disorders: The Hunger for Connection, April 2010,
    6 hours.
  • 2009 EDCT Forum: Eating Disorders & Obesity: A National Crisis? April 2009, 6 hours.
  • International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) – Bridging Science & Practice: Prospects and Challenges, May 2008, 20 hours.
  • 2008 EDCT Forum: Coping with Trauma: Feeding the Injured Self, April 2008, 6 hours.
  • 2007 EDCT Forum: What Works: Making Theory Relevant, April 2007, 6 hours.
  • 2006 EDCT Forum: Understanding the Many Faces of Eating Disorders, April 2006, 6 hours.
  • 2005 EDCT Forum: Disordered Eating: Conversations with the Professionals, April 2005, 7 hours.
  • 2004 NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) Conference: Getting Real About Eating Disorders, October 2004, 10 hours.
  • 2004 EDCT (Eating Disorder Coalition of Tennessee) Forum: Unraveling the Mysteries of Eating Disorders, April 2004, 6 hours.

Prior to receiving her Masters in Social Work, Rhonda worked in the business of consumer product sales and marketing for Procter & Gamble, S. C. Johnson Wax and Perrigo. She received a Masters in Business Administration in May 1991.