Since 1990, Cheryl Ades has been an avid supporter of wellness and healthy, addiction- free living with a particular emphasis on healthy relationships with food. Cheryl entered recovery for her own battles with food in 1990 and in 1994, she began her professional dedication to working as a psychotherapist upon graduating with a Masters in Science of Social Work from University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work. Since 2003, Cheryl has maintained her private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Louisville area where she specializes in food issues, addiction, trauma, relationship/couples therapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing.)
Cheryl has served as workshop facilitator on a variety of topics including “stress and overeating,” “food addiction,” and “emotional eating” in the Louisville area. Workshops were conducted for KASAP (Ky Adolescent Substance Abuse Consortium), the Kentuckiana Foundation for Eating Disorders, Citimorg, Home of the Innocents, Rainbow Blossom, Amazing Grace Natural Foods Store, and Our Lady of Peace Hospital.
Cheryl is a public speaker and writer on the topic of food issues and addiction. Since January 2005, she has been the published author of “Louisville Today’s Woman’s” monthly column “Food Fight.” Her published writings have been printed in Leo magazine as well as Louisville’s Business First. Her Bachelor’s of Arts in Speech Communication from Indiana University, obtained in 1988, as well as on camera experience with news station interviews as well as call-in talk show experience on WHAS Radio add to her confidence and poise in public speaking.
On June 5th, 2005, Cheryl became a single adoptive mother of a Chinese daughter, Lily Zhen, born 8/09/04. This experience has provided her the working knowledge of the joys and trials of parenting and has served as invaluable understanding in her professional life. Cheryl has an innate ability to provide a safe, nurturing environment while simultaneously challenging her clients to grow beyond their comfort zone. Coupled with a sense of humor and a spiritual approach, she has an ability to reach individuals from many walks of life. Cheryl has a deep love for all cultures and her international travels including trips to South America, including Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, China, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Europe, Mexico, the Bahamas enable her to connect with people of varying ethnicities. Cheryl has studied Spanish since 1975 and Mandarin Chinese since August, 2004.
Cheryl offers individual, couples, and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. She feels deeply blessed to be able to do what she truly loves and help heal the world, one person at a time.
She has also appeared as guest speaker on Clear Channel Radio's talk show "The Upside of Talk" as well as WFPK's "Health Works" show.