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Event Series Event Series: Sunday’s Platform

Is Diet CULTure a cult?

June 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Is Diet Culture actually a cult? And are most Americans signing on for an accidental membership in the cult? Is it possible that the majority of us have been indoctrinated with the powerful propaganda of this 90 billion dollar a year industry and we have little awareness that the same tactics used by high-control religious organizations and cults are employed in the ways that we engage with food and our bodies? In this conversation, we will examine the classic components of cults and how these same methodologies are used to keep the American populace engaged in Diet Culture.

All Sunday Programming

9:45–10:45 a.m. Forum
11 a.m. to Noon Platform
12:30–1:30 p.m. Finding Connections Book Club
7–9 p.m. Creative Write Night

Complimentary Childcare (Ages 0-5). 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Open Play (Ages 5 and up). 9:45 to Noon.

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Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson LPC, CEDS is a Missouri-based psychotherapist specializing in trauma, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and couples/family therapy. She has been practicing for over 15 years and in that time she has been a clinician in all levels of psychiatric services including nonprofit social work settings. As a clinician, Katie has vast training and experience with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, complex PTSD, blended families and attachment. Throughout her career, Katie has created a large toolbox of clinical interventions but prefers to work with most clinical issues utilizing Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), ERP and EMDR. She uses a direct and honest approach coupled with compassion to help guide clients into the journey of recovery and healing. As a former educator, she utilizes years of experience with children and families as a guide when she steps into the role of family therapist. As a renowned expert in the field of eating disorder recovery, Katie has been serving regionally and nationally as a consultant, trainer and coach throughout her career. When not in clinical space with clients, Katie spends professional time training and supervising other therapists.


This Platform will feature music by Jeffrey Levine (guitar), Ed Martinez (vocals), Willem von Hombracht (bass). Ed Martinez, a retired Air Force photographer, found a new rhythm in life as a vocalist. With a passion for diverse musical genres, Ed started his musical journey in 2014, lending his percussion skills and vocals to the Collinsville, Illinois trio, Tres Tequilas. Willem von Hombracht loves performing all genres of music, from orchestral and chamber groups, folk music from around the world, traditional Persian music, West African music, traditional Cuban and salsa, Caribbean calypso, Brazilian samba, Mexican Mariachi and Argentine tango. He also loves rock, jazz, and blues. Jeffrey Levine is a member of the Ethical Society and is the songwriter and arranger for the band The Roominators. He’s been playing in bands since he was 15 and has a degree in Music Composition from UC San Diego. You can hear some of his songs on Spotify - “Lefty and the Hatman”, and “Blue Noise Kitchen.”


June 2
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117 United States
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