MARCELLA FRIEL is a mindful eating mentor and natural foods chef who helps health-conscious women love and forgive themselves, their food, and their figure.
Marcella leads retreats and workshops on mindful eating across the United States and works privately with clients from around the world.
Her writing can be found in Elephant Journal, Sivana East, The Tapping Solution Blog, Shambhala Times, and elsewhere. Her online courses, "Lose Emotional & Physical Weight with Tapping" and “21 Tapping Meditations for Emotional Eating and Beyond,” are top-40 bestsellers on DailyOM.
Marcella’s culinary career began in 1994, when she discovered an escape clause in the rat-race contract and left corporate America to cook for cloistered meditators at Gampo Abbey Buddhist monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, under the guidance of Pema Chödrön.
Known for her playful humor, laser-like insight, and deep kindness, Marcella's ability to guide women through their odyssey of healing comes directly from her own experience of healing the multiple complex traumas of her childhood, combined with more than 3 decades of Buddhist meditation practice, 20-plus years of 12-Step recovery, and nearly 10 years as a client and practitioner of Tapping (also called EFT), one of the most outstanding transformational tools ever created.
Marcella is certified in EFT through Tapping the Matrix Academy, founded and run by Rob Nelson in Santa Rosa, California.
“I am forever grateful to Marcella, a jewel of a healer”
–Judi W., New York City
in Clients' words ...
Cathy found self-love, even with chronic illness.
Having attended a Mindful Eating seminar with Marcella in Austin, Texas, I was taken with the idea that Tapping could help me transmute long-held beliefs I had about my body.
One belief was, “I am ill.” For years I had a chronic autoimmune condition that flares up occasionally.
I told myself, “Pain and struggle are my lot in life. This is who I am.”
The Tapping work with Marcella absolutely helped to dispel these beliefs and expand what I am capable of. In our sessions together Marcella always turned me toward unconditional self-love, no matter what.
To own this love wholeheartedly is new. But it’s real, it’s authentic, and it’s happening in my life.
I no longer believe that my life should be compromised because of my inflammation. I am slowly reframing this in my body, mind, and soul, and I see a different future ahead of me.
I feel as if I have awakened from a long Rip Van Winkle sleep, and I can begin anew with much of my tormenting beliefs laid to rest.
–Cathy C., Austin, TX
Dianne released her obsessive yo-yo dieting.
When we first connected, Marcella, I felt stuck.
I've been yo-yo'ing with food all my life. And now I don't feel that way anymore. I don't feel a connection to it. I'm not worried about it.
I've been Tapping several times a week, and my food now is very interesting. I'm not obsessing, I'm not eating crap. I still struggle with portion control, but I'm not bound in it, I don't feel like it's who I am anymore.
I haven't been weighing myself, but I went to the doctor the other day and saw that I lost 6 pounds!
I know my perfect weight is not happiness. I've been at my perfect weight before. I know it's what I become on the way to the goal.
I feel that the rest of the weight I need to lose will happen naturally with the choices I'm making now.
–Dianne C., Phoenix, AZ
Marilia released her traumas quickly with Marcella's support.
I began working with Marcella through one of her online classes, which was practical, dynamic and informative. For a reserved person like me who can’t stand opening up in front of other people, this was a great and safe way to start a journey of dealing with my food hang-ups.
After the class, I hired Marcella to work with me privately on my lack of body awareness and my compulsive eating.
Although I had done Tapping on my own, I discovered the importance of doing it with someone trained for this purpose. In our private sessions Marcella goes further and deeper, allowing the EFT session to be an exciting journey of self-discovery.
The inner changes and discoveries that EFT brings about happened for me in a gentle but fast way, thanks to the ways Marcella conducted each session.
Marcella assumes there is nothing wrong that needs to be fixed in me, just issues that need to be cleared so that I can uncover my innate unconditional brilliance. That approach gave me courage to work more deeply with my troubled emotions.
Marcella’s upbeat and perceptive ways of dealing with deep emotions and traumas made my process of overcoming them more manageable and almost easy. I found her to be very professional but not distant, very perceptive but not intrusive, and very kind but yet firm.
I highly recommend the innovative work that Marcella is doing via online classes, retreats, and private sessions.
—Marilia W., São Paulo, Brazil
Terry lost 15 pounds without even trying.
Marcella, I'm one of those people that's tried everything in the world. I've been dieting for over 50 years!
When we first started working together, I saw the power in Tapping. I decided I was gonna go for it.
I tap every day now, at least twice.
I'll never be perfect. But I'm not worrying about what I eat all the time! I enjoy healthy foods, and it's not like the struggle it was before.
I just eat whatever I want, and I keep losing weight. I've lost 15 pounds without even trying! It's slow, it's not anything dramatic, and that's fine.
I can't tell you how much lighter I feel from resolving some of those old issues that I actually thought I already had come to terms with.
I've been dieting for 50 years now, and I don't have to anymore. This has been life-changing!
–Terry O., Denver, CO
Georgia found a self-love that's deeper than her food issues.
I am so grateful for this work. And for Marcella.
When we first started working together, I was feeling out of control with my eating. I couldn't figure out why I needed to overeat and why I was steadily gaining weight.
In our time together, Marcella guided me always to send love and support to my younger self and everything she struggled with. I cannot tell you how incredibly healing this has been for me.
Even if I still don't always make the "best" choices, I am finding more love for myself than before. And that isn't because I've lost the weight. I am going deeper within and finding the love and transformation there.
I have released much of the burden of my past and am finding more clarity looking toward my future.
I feel so blessed to have found this work with Marcella over these past few years.
–Georgia G., Los Angeles, CA
This brave woman released her bingeing while moving joyfully into retirement.
Before I started working with Marcella, I was paralyzed by anxiety, indecision, and fear regarding my upcoming retirement. I was binge eating and felt compeltely out of control.
Marcella began by going to the roots of my fear, which were lodged in stressful past experiences that I was barely able to talk about without breaking down in tears.
As my feelings began to resolve themselves, Marcella helped me craft a vision of my ideal life after retirement.
Those visions are now emerging into reality.
I happily submitted my retirement letter and am moving into the next phase of my life with a clear plan.
The binge eating has been completely released. I’m tapping and exercising daily. I’ve gone down a clothing size. I still have more weight to lose, but I know it will fall away when the time is right.
Most important, the insecurity and fear that have shackled me for 50 years is completely gone.
–Name Withheld, Rawlins, WY
Cara kicked caffeine and discovered the power of self-care.
Marcella possesses a unique and exquisite ability to recognize and unearth negative thoughts that drive addictive patterns.
When I began working with her, I was struggling with a caffeine habit that was depleting my natural energy and masking negative beliefs about myself.
In a three-month period of working with Marcella, I freed myself from caffeine and the negative belief of “There is not enough for me.”
An unexpected and irreversible shift occurred around taking better care of myself and advancing my business and income.
Marcella’s confidence, insight, clarity and warmth puts her at the helm of coaching practices that offer profound personal transformation.
Don’t think twice about giving the gift of working with her to yourself!
–Cara F., New York City
Ellen released a trauma that tortured her for years.
Working with Marcella has been profound. She’s skilled, sensitive, and seems to know exactly how to guide me to where I want to go.
During one rough session having to do with a horrific memory and heavy guilt on my part, I got stuck in despair and felt sure EFT would not work. My problem was too big.
Marcella pushed me to keep going. She was gentle but insistent, backing off and then moving forward again, taking me to that clear space she knew awaited me.
By the end of that session, the pain I associated with that memory felt entirely liberated.
–Ellen Y., San Jose, CA
Renee finally, fully forgave her father.
For the past 50 years, I’ve been carrying a childhood wound that my father unintentionally inflicted on me when I was 7. The negative effects of this incident permeated all my relationships, especially with romantic partners and family members.
I was skeptical before I began working with Marcella. I didn't understand how Tapping worked and was doubtful that it could work for me anyway. However, the pain of 50 years was greater than my fear, and I surrendered to the process.
Using Tapping, Marcella gently guided me back to the original incident and led me through a sequencing process that discharged the negative emotions I associated with that memory. She allowed my experience to unfold organically and never forced me to feel anything until I was completely ready.
Ninety minutes later, I felt as if I'd lost 150 emotional pounds. Not only had the incident been stripped of its painful effects; I was left with new memories about my father that were compassionate, sweet, safe, and loving.
To say that I am dumbfounded is an understatement. Thrilled beyond my wildest expectations is more accurate! I’ve regained the childhood innocence that has been hidden away all these years. And I have finally, truly forgiven my father.
I own a business where I work exclusively with women, some of whom are dealing with breast health issues and many of whom have stressful memories much more severe than mine.
I have added Marcella to our Practitioner Resource List, which we provide to each and every patient. Marcella's work is profoundly important, and I am thrilled to recommend her to my patients.
–Renee Russo, Founder, Thermography Center of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA
After years of struggle, Sharon found freedom in Marcella’s online course.
I've struggled with compulsive eating as long as I can remember.
Most of my early memories are of food, always sweets and carbs. I've tried many ways to deal with it, though I gave up on standard-type diets and calorie-counting decades ago.
I gave 12-step recovery a good shot but ended up worse off than I started.
I then settled on different types of low-carb diets, then my overeating turned into sugar/carb binges. I've gone up and down it seems like a million times. I've felt like my choices were to eat whatever I want and give into being fat, or try to control it with low carb/no sugar and then deal with the out-of-control binging every so often.
Nothing seemed to work for me for any long period of time. I was committed to counseling but that turned out to be a waste of time. I tried applying the Brain Over Binge/Rational Recovery ideas, they were a bust.
About 6 months ago I finally accepted that I can't control it, and I'm defeated. There was nothing left for me to do except love and accept myself.
Then one day as I was at the mall binging on cookies, I went into a bookstore and saw a very popular book about tapping for weight loss and body confidence. I bought it and jumped right in.
It seemed to be "working" for a while but then I fell back into old behavior. The author’s tapping scripts weren't touching the spots I needed.
When I came across Marcella’s course “Lose Emotional and Physical Weight with Tapping” on DailyOM I was totally ready, and it's been an amazing thing for me. I don't even know how to say it ... I feel different. Marcella’s course taught me how to use tapping to address my issues.
I have a good sense now of why I was wanting to eat and what it was doing for me. I love the way I've been eating since! Even if I were to binge though, I know I would love and accept myself even with that.
Having the tool of tapping is the big difference as well as the commitment to love and accept myself.
—Sharon W., Onalaska, WI