Kristine Flanigan, Psy.D., Registered Psychological Associate
Supervised by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.
Who I Am
Hi! I’m Kristine Flanigan (she/her), a registered Psychological Associate in California.
What I Do
It is my calling to work with individuals who struggle with eating disorders and body image concerns. As a former fashion industry professional/fashion designer, I am deeply aware of the pressures exerted by social and traditional media to conform to societal ideals. I feel passionate about challenging these ideals and creating a safe space in which individuals can connect with their souls and repair the connection to their body.
With over 5 years of experience across all levels of care with multiple treatment centers, I know that eating disorders are complex. Not only do they often co-exist with other mental health concerns, such as anxiety, trauma, depression, obsessions and compulsions (to name a few), but they are also a very unique and personal experience. I like to work with clients to identify the underlying drives and motivations behind each struggle and help “untangle” what may feel overwhelming. It is my goal to meet clients where they are at in their journey to achieve a mind, body, and soul connection and lead a life that is fulfilling to their authentic self.
I believe each client has different needs and as such, I operate from an integrative perspective that is tailored to these needs. Using evidence-based techniques, I often draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as humanistic, family-systems, and attachment modalities. I believe in constant learning and growth and expanding my skillset and am excited to continue to do so under the supervision of Dr. Muhlheim at EDTLA.
More About Me
I love learning and sharing my knowledge with others. I hold 5 higher education degrees (3 in Psychology, 2 in Fashion) and I love being able to tie my passions together. I do this through speaking engagements for schools and the general public wherein I get to advocate and educate on eating disorders, body image, and the connection with the fashion industry/media. I also serve as Marketing Co-Chair for the Central Coast Chapter of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) board.
In my free time, I love creating/crafting, spending time with friends and family, and curating my closet. Don’t be surprised if you see me sprinkled with pixie dust, as I also frequent the happiest place on earth, where my inner child is delighted by the sighting of my gal pal, Minnie Mouse.
How I Help
I believe that we are all capable of achieving what we believe to be our optimal life. If you will allow me, I can help you to learn more about yourself, challenge your negative beliefs and old thought patterns, and find alignment with your authentic and highest self. It is important to me that we build a solid therapeutic relationship where you feel supported and safe in order to foster the life of your dreams.