Chi is a Chinese word meaning aliveness, life force energy or life breath. - also known as Ki, Qi or Prana.
CHI, Creative Health Initiatives, is a place where women have a safe and nurturing environment to actively seek their own CHI; their own life force energy; their own voice. A collaborative dream of its two founders, Tara Arnold and Becca Clegg, CHI is the embodied center for women's healing that both Tara and Becca dreamed of creating as they established their careers as therapists. We both saw a need for a unique and local clinic for outpatient groups for those women in recovery and those women seeking to heal their life in some deeper way. CHI was also founded out of the need for a shift in how we as a society think and talk about recovery and how we in the mental health field provide help to our clients. Our goal is to provide exceptional care, allowing each woman who joins us to access healing and help for their minds, bodies, and souls.
We provide outpatient groups to women who are in recovery from disordered eating and addictions, as well as women working on improving self esteem and social confidence. We help women who want to improve their relationship with themselves and create a more authentic life in recovery. With our focus on our clients’ internal wisdom, we help our clients rediscover their self trust, self respect, and tap into their inner wisdom.
We value existing as a boutique-style, locally-owned center to give our clients an intimate, individualized treatment experience. Our setting is tranquil and comfortable, providing the perfect background for healing and renewal. Our founding female owners are experienced clinicians who have extensive collective experience working with disordered eating, women's issues, and the healing arts. Our goal is to provide high quality, personalized care to our clients through group therapy, workshops, and self growth programs.
“I can no longer stay quiet in this world, I have a voice and I feel it reverberate off my internal walls, making its slow climb upward until its melody can be heard all around.”
― Elin Stebbins Waldal
Our Founders & Clinical Staff
Tara Arnold, PhD, LCSW
Tara is the clinical director and co-founder of Lenox Pointe Psychotherapy, an Atlanta based psychotherapy practice of experts in treating eating disorders and sexual relationships. Dr Arnold is also a renowned speaker in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has presented nationally educating clinicians on DBT techniques. In her practice at Lenox Pointe Psychotherapy, Dr Arnold conducts individual therapy and group therapy in body image, DBT, interpersonal dynamics, and healing eating disorders.
Dr Arnold received her MSW in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Georgia. Tara started her mental health career at Ridgeview Institute in the women’s center in 1997. She continued to practice focusing on adult mental health and substance abuse with a special interest in eating disorders and DBT. Dr. Arnold received her LCSW in 2003, and she has worked in various highly respected mental health facilities such as Ridgeview Institute, Skyland Trail, St Jude’s Recovery Center, and Charter Winds. She has been in private practice since 2003.
In addition to her practice experience, she has taught various social work courses at the University of Georgia, including how to use the DSM, assessment and psychopathology, research, community practice, family dynamics, and others as an adjunct faculty member. She also presents educational lectures at many national social work conferences. She has a great interest in teaching, and she contracts for DBT and eating disorder training for mental health and substance abuse facilities. Dr. Arnold was intensively trained in DBT.
Rebecca Clegg, LPC, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, iadep Approved Supervisor
In addition to being the Co-Founder and Co-Clinical Director at CHI, Rebecca Clegg, is the president and Clinical Director of Authentic Living, an Atlanta-based psychotherapy private practice specializing in the treatment of women in recovery from eating disorders, compulsive overeating, body image issues.
Rebecca is also a writer, speaker and teacher in the field of Eating Disorders, and has presented nationally educating clinicians on the treatment of eating disorders and body image issues. Outside of the therapy office, Becca offer workshops and programs designed to teach people about emotional eating, healing the relationship with food, and reclaiming their internal authority in the creation of their life. In 2018 she published, Ending The Diet Mindset: Reclaim a Healthy and Balanced Relationship With Food and Body Image, a book designed to help all women heal from our cultural obsession with body image and dieting. As a writer and speaker and advocate for eating disorder recovery, Becca's work has been spotlighted on The National Eating Disorder Association’s Blog IAEDP Blog, NBC, Euronews, Your Tango, Recovery Warriors, Voice In Recovery, Nourish-The-Soul, Wise Wild Feminine Radio, Connecticut Working Mom’s Blog, and Prescription For Life Talk Show to name only a few. Her blog, http://www.rebeccaclegg.com/blog/, focuses on inspiring and teaching women how to stop dieting, break free from body image and food obsession, and start living the life they are secretly dreaming about.
In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Rebecca is also a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and recognized as an approved supervisor by the International Association Of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Rebecca is also member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA); a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist; member of the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy; and a Nationally Certified Distance Counselor.
Clinical Therapists at CHI
Danielle Dollinger, MS, LMSW
Danielle is a Licensed Master Social Worker with her degree from The University of Georgia. Danielle has a passion for working with eating disorders, body image concerns and enjoys helping women navigate their way back towards a healthy and balanced relationship with food and life. Danielle also works with women and men around issues including trauma, anxiety & depression, and co-leads a DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) group for women in recovery.
In addition to her work in private practice, Danielle is an outreach coordinator at The Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN), one of Atlanta's first eating disorder education and outreach programs in Atlanta. In this role, she goes into the community and our local schools to educate people on Eating Disorder prevention and recovery. Danielle is a member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.