Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir MSc.

Founder and Director of INFACT School, Founder and Director of the MFM Center, Treatment Center for Food Addiction in Iceland.

Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir is a pioneer in the field of “Addiction Model” food addiction counseling and treatment. Once an opera singer and opera teacher, Esther battled food addiction for most of her adult life until she was introduced to a twelve step recovery program that changed her life.

Once in recovery, she opened one of the first food addiction treatment programs in the world. The MFM program in Iceland has treated many people, some of them had tried multiple diets and even surgery in an attempt to live a healthier life. Esther’s program gives them hope and the tools to achieve long term recovery. Building on the “Addiction Model” validated treatment protocol with the support among other on twelve step fellowships, their success rate long term is much higher than any other medical intervention.

After establishing the treatment center, Esther realized that not only the clients needed help with food addiction but also the professionals. She then founded the International School For Food Addiction Counseling And Treatment (INFACT), an international training program for any type of professional willing to learn about “Addiction Model” food addiction counseling and treatment and how to help those suffering with it.

Esther is the past Executive Director and Chair of the Food Addiction Institute (FAI), an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the healing of all food addicts, founded in 2005.

Esther’s credentials include:
Master of Managing Health Services. IC&RC and European Certification Board Certified in Addiction Counseling, Food Addiction and Clinical Supervision and an ACORN Food Addiction Professional. Clinical Hypnotherapist Dip.CH., CPTF, ST Cert. Specialty: Treatment for Food Addiction/Codependency/ Addictions. Past chair of the Food Addiction Institute; Founder and Director of INFACT School (International School for Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment), Founder and Director of the MFM Food Addiction Treatment Center in Iceland.