About Diane

Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist, life coach and contributing writer to www.caloriecount.com. Earlier in her career she co-founded the first child sexual abuse treatment program in the State of Rhode Island and routinely testified in court as an expert witness in the area of child sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has over twenty-five years experience working with women and men to help them overcome the sexual abuse trauma they experienced and to reclaim a loving connection with their bodies. Many of her clients struggled with addictions, eating disorders, poor body image, weight concerns and self-neglect. By integrating psychology with life coaching and spirituality she offers her clients an expanded approach to releasing weight and to creating a new relationship with their bodies.


Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, MSW
Boston College, BA, English & Sociology, magna cum laude
The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach


Synchrodestiny Program & Primordial Sound Meditation Training
The Chopra Center
Instructors: Deepak Chopra, MD & David Simon, MD

Ho' oponopono Training
Advanced training in the mystical Hawaiian problem-solving
and healing practice of Ho' oponopono.
Instructor: Ihaleakala Hew Len, Ph.D 

Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine
Mind/Body Medical Institute, Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA and in conjunction with the Department of Continuing Education, Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Hypnosis Training
Completed over one hundred hours of training certified by
the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical training in Energy Psychology:
Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

On the Personal Side

Raised in a bicultural Italian/American family, she experienced a significant trauma as a child when she witnessed the sudden, accidental death of her father at the age of eleven. This early, life-altering experience instilled within her a deep sensitivity to the pain of others and a lifelong desire to be of service to those in need. Transforming tragedy into a gift, she later developed a specialized psychotherapy center helping other children and adults affected by childhood trauma.

She offers her clients a rare combination of professional competencies and skills coupled with an emotional depth and wisdom stemming from her own healing and personal self-growth work.

A strong believer in the importance of self-care and being physically active she is an avid exerciser and completed her fourth marathon in celebration of her 50th birthday!

Crossing the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon!