EMDR for Eating Disorders

EMDR for Eating Disorders [close up of an eye]

By Runjhun Pandit, LPCC EMDR….Sounds scary. EMDR therapy, these acronyms make it sound like a scary treatment intervention. And oftentimes, when I mention this to my clients, they feel scared or confused. They do have questions about how it works and how it is different from hypnosis. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a …

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Do I Need to Quit X to Stay in Recovery?

Do I Need to Quit X to Stay in Recovery?

By Carolyn Hersh, LCSW, Staff Therapist A difficult concept in recovery is knowing when to let go of an activity or even a job that could potentially re-ignite the eating disorder. As a therapist I find myself guiding my clients towards the realization that the sport or career path they had loved so much might …

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Recovery When Grieving by Carolyn Hersh, LCSW

Grief and Eating Disorder Recovery

On May 8th, 2017 my mother died due to complications from cancer. It was an unexpected death. I still cannot believe she died. My mom was diagnosed in January and passed away in May. She had gone to the hospital for trouble breathing and never left. I can clearly remember going back to my childhood …

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On Buying Bigger Clothes: The Tale of Nana and Her New Shoes

buying bigger clothes

Recently, I went to visit my grandmother, who is almost 103 years old.  She was complaining of leg pain. She asked me to help her put on her shoes.  I tried really hard.  But in her sweltering apartment (she can’t stand any temperature below 80), I was sweating and the shoes were not going on.  …

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Sleep: Monitoring and treatment of insomnia without drugs

insomnia treatment without drugs

By Elisha Carcieri, Ph.D. “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” Charlotte Bronte In our self-obsessed culture, monitoring and tracking heartbeat, steps, exercise, food intake, and sleep is commonplace. My sister has recently been tracking her sleep using an app on her smartphone, and she encouraged me to do it too. My first response was, …

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Raising the Bar: Competence in Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment

When my friend and colleague, Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, M.A., MFT, LPCC, CEDS, asked me to join her in writing an article on competence for therapists treating eating disorders, I jumped at the opportunity. Psychotherapists are ethically bound to treat within their scope of competence. Yet how does a psychotherapist determine if he or she is …

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My work in Shanghai with clients from all over the world

Eight years ago this month, I moved to Shanghai for a 2.5 year assignment.  I have been meaning to share my reflections.  Here they are: I had been working at Los Angeles County Jail for nearly 10 years when my husband’s business plan for a site-based English Language Learning Children’s business in China got funded …

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August and September 2015 LACPA Eating Disorder SIG events

I have two amazing speakers lined up for August and September.  It’s early in the LACPA calendar year, so join now to take advantage of great speakers for the next 13 months! Monday, August 24 at 7:15 pm Title:  Shift Happens: Cognitive development, flexibility and remediation in eating disorders Presenter:  Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.   …

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FBT Insights from the Neonatal Kitten Nursery

FBT Insights from the Kitten Nursery

I recently began volunteering at the Best Friends Neonatal Kitten Nursery. Best Friends Los Angeles opened its neonatal kitten nursery in February 2013.  The nursery is staffed with a dedicated coordinator and supported by volunteers who sign up for two hour feeding shifts 24 hours a day to help the kittens grow and thrive. If …

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Psychological assistant providing low cost treatment for eating disorders

I remain committed to the practice of and dissemination of evidence-based treatments. To that end, I am excited to announce that I have added a registered psychological assistant to my practice in Los Angeles: Liliana Almeida, M.A, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student, PSB-94020579 is no longer with the practice, but we do have a new therapist in training …

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