June Alexander, Founder

I have written nine books about eating disorders since my recovery (my “reconnection with true self”) from anorexia nervosa and other long term mental health challenges in 2006. In 2017, I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). My contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where I was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy. I am currently a co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, a foundation steering committee member of the annual World Eating Disorders Action Day, and an Advisory Panel member for F.E.A.S.T.

Strengths and Skills

In 2007 departed long career in print journalism to write non-fiction for mental health professionals and mainstream.

Writer of books and articles – disseminating evidence-based research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services.
Manuscript editing – for academics/professionals.
Mentoring – life writing as therapy – classes for groups/individuals.

Lived Experience advocate with pivotal role in translating empirical research to consumers of mental health services, through authorship, public speaking, and personal relationships.

Skills for Clients

Life writing as therapy – tailored, private sessions and group workshops.

Academic papers – dissemination of research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services in books and articles.

Books – author and editor

  • Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders – The Diary Healer. Routledge 2016.
  • Getting Better Bite by Bite – A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Co-authors Ulrike Schmidt and Janet Treasure. 2nd Edition: Routledge 2016.
  • Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of an Eating Disorder. Co-editors Lynda Cheldelin Fell, Deborah Pfiffner.  Alyblue Media (USA) 2016.
  • A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder. Co-editors Andrea Goldschmidt, Daniel Le Grange. Routledge 2013.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends. Co-author Janet Treasure. 2nd edition: Routledge 2013.
  • Ed Says U Said – Eating Disorder Translator. Co-author Cate Sangster. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK, 2013.
  • A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders. Co-editor Prof. Janet Treasure, Routledge. 2012.
  • Memoir A Girl Called Tim, Escape from an Eating Disorder Hell, NH Publishers 2010.
  • My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa. Co-author Daniel Le Grange. Routledge. 2010.

Member of

  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
  • Writers Victoria
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

Current positions include

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (Australia) – NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Reference Group co-chair (representing carers and consumers).
  • F.E.A.S.T. – Advisory Panel member.

Sarah Cannata, Editorial Assistant

Sarah Cannata is a trained journalist and passionate storyteller who has worked in Communications for over 10 years. As a teenager, Sarah developed anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder she would struggle with for the next decade. Sarah managed to overcome her illness by the time she was a young adult, however, she hadn’t openly written or discussed her lived experience before meeting June in late 2018 and learning about The Diary Healer website (click here to read Sarah’s story). In 2019, Sarah and June began collaborating and working together to launch new initiatives on The Diary Healer including a podcast and eBook. New projects will continue to be developed in 2020. Sarah is honoured to contribute to the safe, supportive and healing environment that is www.thediaryhealer.com – she can be reached at info@sarahcannata.com and found on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Diana Beaudet, Advisor

Diana Beaudet

Diana is a senior marketing professional, mental health awareness advocate, and the proud mother of two daughters. After living with ARFID and anorexia nervosa for over 20 years, she immersed herself in treatment and found her way towards advocacy as an essential part of recovery. Participating in the first World Eating Disorder Action Day, Diana met June Alexander, who encouraged her to begin sharing her story and utilize writing as a tool for healing. Through this connection, June and Diana collaborated to create thediaryhealer.com website as a companion to June’s book, Using Writing as Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer, and to help others to find a safe, supportive, and healing environment to stay actively and creatively engaged in their recovery. Although no longer involved in the day-to-day management of the website, Diana contributes guests posts on our blog and draws on her professional experience to provide insights on how we can effectively share information to readers around the globe. Diana is based in the U.S. and can be reached at dbeaudet@gmail.com, and found on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.