Dr. Muhlheim’s Spring 2024 Training and Speaking Engagements

Speakers at FEAST special webinar [Image description: "Promoting Life in the Treatment of Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders" featuring speakers Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., Judy Krasna, Angela Guarda, MD & Walter Kay, MD. "Wed, Feb 28. 2024" Register at www.FEAST.ED.org"]

Dr. Muhlheim is busy with several speaking and training engagements this spring. See where you can catch her below. On February 4, she’ll be a speaker at the 2024 Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST) of Knowledge. Her topic is Stages of Recovery: Setting Parental Expectations. Registration is available through FEAST’s website. …

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How Much Food to Feed?

Family having dinner and unhappy in FBT [Image description: family of 2 adults and two kids and the teen girl looks very unhappy about eating] Represents a potential family in California doing FBT for their teen's eating disorder

In Family-Based Treatment (FBT), we charge families with nourishing their teens back to health through meals at home. Because FBT is a parent empowerment model, parents are often given little specific guidance about how to do this. If you are like other families with whom I’ve worked, now that you understand this important point, you …

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Should You Let Your Teen Become a Vegetarian?

Should you let your teen become vegetarian [Image description: purple scrabble tiles spelling "vegetarian" above a plate with raw vegetables]

By Katie Grubiak, RDN, Nutrition Illumination and Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D. We acknowledge that vegetarianism can offer benefits for both individuals and the environment. We also recognize that vegetarianism is embedded in some cultures and religions, and most children and teens raised in these cultures thrive. This article does not aim to debate the ethics of …

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Group Therapy for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Group Therapy in California and Online [Image description: purple scrabble tiles spelling "Eating Disorder Group Therapy"]

What is Group Therapy? Group therapy is when several patients are treated together in the same room—or as is often the case today, the same zoom meeting—as other patients with the same problem, usually with one or two leaders or therapists. Group Therapy can be helpful for people with eating disorders and their supportive loved …

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Paying for Eating Disorder Treatment

Paying for eating disorder therapy [Image description: a man's hands pulling money out of a wallet] Represents someone paying for therapy in California

How Can I Afford Eating Disorder Therapy? When seeking treatment for an eating disorder, two of the first questions that often arise are: “How much will treatment cost?” and “How will I pay for treatment?” The answers to these seemingly simple questions depend on a great many variables. Eating disorders are complex illnesses that present …

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Are You Ready for Eating Disorder Counseling?

Are you ready to begin eating disorder therapy [Image description: a man wearing a purple sweatshirt is looking at his calendar on a wall] Represents a person beginning eating disorder therapy in California

Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting help for a while but haven’t known where to look. Or perhaps someone has recently confronted you about your eating and you’re feeling pressured to get help now. Or maybe your problems have recently begun to feel worse. Even so, you’re still not sure it’s the right time. It’s …

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Meet Eating Disorder Therapy LA’s Prelicensed Associate Therapists

Eating Disorder Therapy LA provides training to prelicensed therapists (ACSW, AMFT, and APCC) in the Los Angeles area. Masters-level therapists work as employees while receiving extensive training in evidence-based therapy for eating disorders. Our clinical supervisor, Carolyn Comas, LCSW, CEDS-S serves as primary supervisor of our prelicensed associate therapists. Ms. Comas is a certified eating …

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This Halloween Let Them Eat Candy!

Halloween candy and intuitive eating [Image description: 2 young children in costumes hold pumpkin pails of candy they've collected on Halloween}

This was first written by Katie Grubiak, RDN in 2015 and published on a national blog site. It has since been removed and is posted here with permission by Katie Grubiak, RDN, dietitian for people of all ages at Nutrition Illumination Katie’s Six Tips To Make Halloween Fun–and Help Raise Intuitive Eaters Halloween is a …

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How to Support a Friend with ARFID

Supporting a friend with ARFID in California [Image description: a woman with her hand on the shoulder of another woman who appears distressed] Represents a potential client getting help for ARFID in California

Maybe you have a friend or coworker who is struggles to eat enough for reasons other than body image–or who eats differently. This struggle to eat or eating difference may be something more than a quirk, but something known as ARFID. It may be frustrating to try to have meals with them, especially if you …

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Meet Eating Disorder Therapy LA’s Postdoctoral Fellows

Training eating disorder staff and graduate students in eating disorder therapy in Los Angeles, California [Image description: photo of Dr. Muhlheim using the white board to train other eating disorder therapists]

Eating Disorder Therapy LA provides training and supervision to prelicensed psychologists pursuing licensure in the state of California. Our postdoctoral fellows serve as part- or full-time employee therapists. Under the supervision of our licensed psychologists, they provide individual, group, and family therapy. Our postdoctoral fellows are supervised by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS-S, and Elisha Carcieri, …

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