Recovered Living NZ is a team of highly trained eating disorder professionals from the US and New Zealand. We provide 24/7 residential eating disorder recovery support in Christchurch as well as a Day and Partial Program.

We are a not-for-profit organization

Our fees represent a
true cost for services
  • Our vision is to be a world class eating disorder treatment and education center known for quality, expertise, and a fierce belief in every client’s ability to recover.

  • Our mission is to offer a full continuum of specialised treatment from residential care through to virtual outpatient at a single location in New Zealand.

Our Grassroots Story

Kristie Amadio struggled with an eating disorder for 14 years, seeking treatment in both Australia and New Zealand, unsuccessfully. She was told she was a chronic case and should expect to live with her eating disorder for the rest of her life. Not willing to settle for a life with an eating disorder, she flew to America for 7 months of treatment where she eventually recovered 100% from her eating disorder.

The structure, support, and philosophy of the treatment she received was so profound, she vowed to bring a program of equal quality to New Zealand.  First though, she made a name for herself in America by becoming the very first person to provide 24/7 live-ins with individuals in recovery, offering a full follow up program.  She hired a team of Recovered professionals and provided support to over 500 clients in eight different countries with her Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching company, Recovered Living.

2020 marked the beginning of Recovered Living New Zealand.  Frustrated with the amount of New Zealanders being forced to fly to America for life-saving treatment at prohibitive costs, she combined forces with Trudi Baird to begin the work of building her dream.  Recovered Living New Zealand is on track to open our doors early 2022.

Our Team

From February 2022 we will begin our hiring process, sign up to our newsletter (at the bottom right of this page) to be kept informed as to when applications open. 

Lead Eating Disorder Recovery Consultant

TBD: This person has extensive experience working in and directing renowned eating disorder programs in the United States. Their role is to provide training, mentoring and consulting to the Recovered Living NZ team.

Managing Director
Kristie Amadio

Kristie oversees the running of the RLNZ house and provides leadership to the staffing team. She runs primary therapy group, counsels clients 1:1 and holds overview of each client as they come through the program from admission to discharge.

Operations Manager

Sees to the day to day running of the RLNZ house. They manage the logistics of client assessments and discharge, paperwork, and co-ordinate sessions with the clinical and outpatient team. Our ‘ops manager’ arranges staff rosters, keeps the house filled with essentials and is truly the hub of our home.


Our Psychiatrist oversees each client through our Residential and Day Program. They offer an added element of expertise to our clinical team and are available to discuss medication questions, concerns, or general mental health and well-being.

Medical Doctor

While clients are required to be medically stable in order to enter our program, eating disorders and the re-feeding process still come with a host of potential medical issues. Our Doctor is on call for any eating disorder related issues that arise.


Our Nursing team look after medication, take vitals, and manage any physical health concerns you have on a day to day basis in consultation with our Medical Doctor.

Registered Dietician

Our RD works with you to create an individualised meal plan for your recovery. Our Dietician runs food and feelings groups, skills labs, grocery shop outings, is part of our meal support team and sees clients twice weekly.

Lead Therapist

While the RLNZ house is small, the lead therapist role is covered by our Clinical Director. The lead therapist sees each client three times per week, runs weekly therapy groups and is part of meal outings and meal support.

Group Therapist

Our group therapist runs several of our weekly groups depending on the size of the house. They are also part of our meal support team and as the size of our client base expands, will take on clients for individual therapy.

Direct Care Specialists

Our Direct Care specialists are part of our meal support team. They oversee portioning, outings, attend groups and are a constant presence in the RLNZ home.

Yoga and Exercise Therapist

Leads yoga groups twice a week and runs movement groups both doing physical activity and exploring your relationship, philosophy and values with exercise.


Creates the home cooked meals and snacks for the RL household, provides opportunities for clients to help with lunch and dinner prep.