Empirically Validated Treatments

There are many types of therapists who provide counseling. At EDTLA our therapists utilize treatment techniques that have been scientifically validated through extensive research.


Empirically validated treatments are those that have been studied in clinical trials and demonstrated effectiveness with specific disorders. Having trained in an eating disorder research clinic during graduate school in the 1990s, EDTLA director, Dr. Muhlheim gained an early appreciation for treatments validated by clinical trials and an understanding that there is a large amount of flexibility inherent in manual-based treatment. Throughout her career she has continued to pursue training in other empirically validated treatments including CBT for panic disorder, Family Based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. Dr. Muhlheim and her associates strive to keep their work current and grounded in recent research. Ms. Wright also provides evidence-based treatments including CBT for eating disorders and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).