National Recovery Advocate
Shannon Kopp, an Eating Disorder Recovery Center National Recovery Advocate, is the best-selling author of Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life (HarperCollins).
After battling depression and a debilitating eating disorder for seven years, Shannon found hope in the unlikeliest of places: at her local animal shelter. Shannon’s poignant memoir is a story of hope, resilience, and the spiritual healing animals bring to our lives. She vividly reminds us that animals are more than just friends and companions—they can teach us how to savor the present moment and reclaim our joy.
Shannon’s trusted therapist, whom she worked with for more than ten years, utilized components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) to help Shannon rediscover her true self and the sacred, healing power of compassion. Today, as an inspiring speaker in the recovery movement, Shannon shares how these therapeutic experiences helped her to drop the protective shield of her eating disorder and face love and pain head-on. She also shares how her ongoing work with shelter dogs rescues her, almost daily.
Shannon holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Pacific University, and has written for CNN, Maria Shriver, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, BarkPost and more. Her story has been featured in PEOPLE, NPR, CNN Turning Points with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Women’s Health, and Psychology Today. Shannon is the founder of SoulPaws Recovery Project, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit offering free animal-asissted therapy to people impacted by eating disorders. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, son, and wildly adorable rescue dog, Bella.