We are excited to announce that via our designation as a practicum site we are now able to train advanced graduate students in psychology in evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. This allows us to further our mission of helping to disseminate evidence-based treatments and to bring them to people in Los Angeles County who need them. We are also able to offer a true low-cost treatment option. Our psychology externs will be able to provide individual psychotherapy for adults with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder and teens and adults with disordered eating and body image concerns.
Beginning in August, 2021, the cost for sessions with our psychological externs is $60 per therapy hour. We will also be offering some lower-cost groups. Sessions are available in-person in our office in mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles and virtually with individuals throughout California.
As of June 2021, EDTLA has developed a memorandum of understanding with two local doctoral programs in clinical psychology— the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and Pepperdine University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Each year, up to two advanced-level doctoral students are carefully selected through an interview process to be psychological externs at EDTLA. Psychological externs provide individual and group therapy to adults and adolescents.
All of the psychological externs receive extensive training through EDTLA’s training seminars and supervision program in order to provide quality therapy at lower fees than is typically found in Los Angeles.
All Psychological Externs work directly under Dr. Muhlheim (PSY15045), meaning that treatment decisions and progress are monitored on a weekly basis by an experienced licensed psychologist.
To inquire about receiving treatment from one of our psychology externs, please complete this form (and put Psychology Extern) under “Requested Clinician.”
You can read more about our current psychology externs here.
Title: Historical Trauma and Modern Day Oppression: How Does This Relate to Eating Disorders?
Description: For the past 30 years, eating disorders have been represented as a white, middle-class phenomenon. Due to the lack of representation of people of color and indigenous populations with troubled eating, these communities suffer from high rates of undiagnosed conditions, inaccessible treatment and culturally insensitive practices within the eating disorder world/community itself. In this presentation, participants will have the ability to evaluate eating disorders through a social justice lens that centers the experiences of people of color and indigenous descent people. Participants will learn about historical trauma and the white-thin-cis-hetero industrial complex. This session will also explore the legacies of colonialism on self-esteem, body-image, and food. Providers will receive guidelines on how to make services more accessible.
Bio: Gloria Lucas is a body-positive activist, punx-feminist, entrepreneur, and a public speaker. In 2014, Gloria started Nalgona Positivity Pride – a Xicana-brown-indigenous body-positive organization that focuses on the link between historical trauma and eating disorders – after personally struggling with an eating disorder. Like the womxn of color that came before, she creates spaces for marginalized folks to support each other and heal from the trauma of colonialism, eurocentric beauty ideals, and disordered eating in communities of color.
Gloria’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, MiTú , Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their cats, Pepita and Mister Orange.
Location: The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, Los Angeles) – free parking in the lot (enter on Highland) or street parking
March and April SIG meetings are open to all professionals. During other months SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members. Nonmembers wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org
The Eating Disorder SIG (EDSIG) is an active group of Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) professionals interested in eating disorders, body image, and related issues. The group, founded in 2012, by Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D., is now led by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D. Through presentations and discussion, the EDSIG helps LACPA members explore the field of eating disorders and provides them support as they interact with eating-disordered clients, families, and the community.
To date, the EDSIG has attracted national-level speakers as guests, including Dr. Abigail Saguy (author of What’s Wrong with Fat?), Stephanie Covington Armstrong (author of Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat), and Lisa Kantor, JD, an attorney who won the first published eating disorder decision in California, as well the first federal court ruling that mandated insurance companies to pay for medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses. Other speakers include: Dr. Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick (Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University), Aimee Liu (author of several novels as well as Gaining: The Truth of Life After Eating Disorders and Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovering from Eating Disorders), Ragen Chastain (a thought leader in the fat acceptance movement), Dr. Richard Achiro (author of a recent study on over-the-counter workout supplement use in gym-active men that received international recognition from several news sources), Pia Guerrero, founder of Adios Barbie and body image activist, Dagan VanDemark, founder and policy director of Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, TFFED), Dr. Stephanie Knatz Peck (program director for the Intensive Family Treatment Programs at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center), Jessica Raymond, founder and director of Recovery Warriors and Rise Up + Recover app.
Equally qualified and exciting speakers have already committed to speaking to our group in the coming year, so watch the listserv for details. EDSIG Meetings are geared toward eating-disorder specialists but many talks are likely to be of interest to the more general psychological community. Meetings are held every 1-2 months, typically on a weekday evening, in the Hollywood area. Events are posted on the LACPA calendar and sent out to the email listserv. For questions or to recommend a speaker or request a topic, Dr. Muhlheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members. Non-members wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org.
For a complete list of topics and speakers to date, see below:
January 2012: Introduction to group and topic discussion
February 2012: Intuitive Eating — Brooke Glazer, RD
March 2012: Psychopharmacological Treatment of EDs — Hope Levin, MD
May 2012: Overview of FBT — Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD
July 2012: Current Topics in EDs
October 2012: The One-Hour Medical School — Linda Schack, MD
January 2013: Viewing of the film, Someday Melissa
April 2013: What’s Wrong with Fat? — Abigail Saguy, PhD
June 2013: Difficulties in the Treatment of Overweight Eating Disorder Patients – Swimming Against the Current — Wendy Rosenstein, MD
October 2013: Yoga, Feminism, & Body Image — Melanie Klein, MA
February 2014: Eating Disorders Affect us All: Eating Disorders in Diverse Populations — Stephanie Covington Armstrong
March 2014: Yoga, Body Image, and Eating Disorders — Chelsea Roff
April 2014: Working with Insurance Companies to Obtain Coverage — Lisa Kantor, JD
June 2014: Intuitive Eating with BED — Aaron Flores, RDN
August 2014: Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? – Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
September 2014: Pregnancy and Eating Disorders – Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS
October 2014: Transgender Issues and Eating Disorders – Dagan VanDeMark
December 2014: The Stages of Recovery – Aimee Liu
February 2015: Adios Barbie: Body Image, Intersectionality, Healing and Advocacy – Pia Guerrero
March 2015: B.E.A.U.T.Y: Paint Me A Soul — Nikki DuBose
April 2015: Temperament, neurobiology, and implications for adult eating disorder treatment — Stephanie Knatz, Ph.D.
May 2015: Misophonia – Jaeline Jaffe
June 2015 – Modernizing Recovery Resources for the Millennial Generation– Jessica Raymond
July 2015: Advocacy and the Eating Disorder World: Why Clinicians Matter– Kathleen MacDonald
August 2015: Shift Happens: Cognitive development, flexibility and remediation in eating disorders– Kara Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
September 2015: Full Metal Apron: Fighting Eating Disorders from the Kitchen Table — JD Ouellette
November 2015: Medico-Legal Aspects of Eating Disorders Treatment Including Denial of Care — David Rudnick, MD
December 2015: When Fit Becomes Foe: Excessive Workout Supplement Use as an Emerging Eating Disorder in Men — Richard Achiro, Ph.D.
January 2016: Elimination is Oppression: The Ill-Advised War Against Obesity– Ragen Chastain
January 2016: Unraveling the Enigma of Male Eating Disorders (CE event) — Stuart Murray, Ph.D.
March 2016: When OCD and Eating Disorders Collide: Assessment and Treatment Planning for OCD and co-existing Eating Disorders – Kimberly Quinlan, LMFT
April 2016: Medical Complications in Eating Disorder Treatment – Lyn Goldring, RN
May 2016: Dieting, stress, and weight stigma – Janet Tomiyama, Ph.D.
July 2016: It’s All Relative: Eating Disorders and Genetics – Stephanie Zerwas, Ph.D.
November 2016: DBT for Eating Disorders – Charlotte Thomas, LCSW
November 2016: in conjunction with the Couples SIG – Panel Discussion: The Impact of Particular Addictive/Compulsive Behaviors on a Couple’s Relationship, and How to Help – Hoarding, Gambling, and Eating Disorders– Regina F. Lark, PhD, Cristin Runfola, PhD, and Margaret Altschul, MBA, MA, LMFT
December 2016: The Healing Power of the Paw: How Animals Can Play a Vital Role in Eating Disorder Recovery — Shannon Kopp
January 2017: The Dangers of Dieting – Glenys Oston, RDN
February 2017: When an Athlete Gets an Eating Disorder – Abby McCrea, LMFT (in conjunction with the Sports and Performance Psychology SIG)
March 2017: Thinking Critically and Cautiously About the Phrase “Eating Disorders Are Biologically-Based Mental Illnesses – Michael Levine, Ph.D., FAED
April 2017: Medical Complications of Eating Disorders – Margherita Mascolo, MD
September 2017: Psychopharmacological Treatment of Eating Disorders – Hope Levin, MD
October 2017: Media and Body Image: How Media Literacy Can Help Counteract Unrealistic Body Ideals – Bobbi Eisenstock, Ph.D.
December 2017: Body Image in Anorexia Nervosa and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Clinical and Neurobiological Features – Jamie Feusner, MD
January 2018: Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: Assessment, neurobiology, and treatment – Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D.
April 2018: Understanding Brain Development in the Treatment of Eating Disorders – Ovidio Bermudez, MD
May 2018: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Eating Disorders: What’s the Connection? – Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D.
July 2018: Men Struggle, Too: My Journey with Binge Eating Disorder – Ryan Sheldon
December 2018: Eating Disorders and the Impact on Siblings – Kym Piekunka
February 2019: Weight Stigma and Disordered Eating: A Multi-Method Approach – Jeffrey Hunger, PhD
April 2019: Historical Trauma and Modern Day Oppression: How Does This Relate to Eating Disorders? – Gloria Lucas
May 2019: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT): Research and Clinical Application – Sheila Forman, PhD (with the Mindfulness and Spirituality SIG)
I am so excited to confirm the next speaker for the Eating Disorder SIG who will be joining us from Washington, DC.
Wednesday, July 22 at 7:15 pm
Title: Advocacy and the Eating Disorder World: Why Clinicians Matter
Location: The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, Los Angeles) – free parking in the lot (enter on Highland)
Description: Capitol Hill, Advocacy and Eating Disorders –what possible connection do all three of these things have and why should you care about how they intersect? Together we’ll discuss the answer to this question and discover how clinicians have a major role to play in eating disorder advocacy. You will learn concrete ways to advocate for eating disorder legislation –ways that will not take up too much of your precious time, but ways that WILL make a difference. You will also learn how to empower your clients, when they’re ready, to advocate for eating disorder legislation –a process that can be cathartic, empowering and life-changing. And perhaps most of all, you will learn how one voice can make a difference on Capitol Hill –how the impact of one voice has the capacity to send ripples out beyond the halls of Congress, and into the lives of millions who suffer the insidious diseases we call eating disorders.
Bio: Kathleen MacDonald is Director of Social Media & Advocate Relations for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (“EDC”) and a Health Insurance Advocate at Kantor & Kantor, LLP. She believes that eating disorders education, along with early intervention and identification of symptoms and behaviors that can lead to the development of eating disorders is central helping to prevent people from suffering these deadliest of all mental illnesses. Some of Kathleen’s professional experience includes: Patient Advocate for those impacted by eating disorders; FREED Foundation College Speaking Tour; assisting in the EDC’s creation and drafting of the Anna Westin Act of 2015 and the FREED Act (the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act), the first comprehensive bill in the history of Congress to address eating disorders research, education, prevention, and treatment; and writing appeals against the denial of insurance benefits for eating disorder treatment. Kathleen has been involved in eating disorder advocacy since 2002. She currently lives in the Washington, DC., area with a few English Setters, a few cats and a loved one of the two-legged variety.
SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members. Nonmembers wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org
This is a really unique opportunity to hear from someone who has worked on eating disorder policy. New members can join LACPA in July and get 14 months of membership so encourage your nonmember friends to join now and take advantage of this amazing speaker!
I am excited to announce the next 3 upcoming meetings of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Eating Disorder Special Interest Group (LACPA ED SIG). We have amazing speakers lined up. The LACPA membership year begins in September, so now is the time to join or renew to maximize your benefits. SIG events are open only to LACPA members, but are FREE. For information on membership, see the LACPA website. www.lapsych.org. One does not need to be a psychologist to join LACPA; other professionals may join as well.
Date: Thursday, August 28th
Title: Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight
Presenter: Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Location: The office of Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD (2001 S. Barrington Avenue, Suite 114, Los Angeles)
BIO: Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, licensed to practice in New York and California, who treats patients with eating disorders, anxiety/depression, substance use issues, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist, she has worked at Columbia University Medical Center in NYC and at UCLA in Los Angeles and is a member of three eating disorder associations. The author of the highly-praised Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight, inspired by her award-winning blog of the same name, she is often interviewed by media outlets as an expert in the field.
Dr. Rosenfeld is also the founder of the LACPA ED SIG but will be leaving the group in the fall due to relocation. This will be a unique opportunity to hear her speak and also to acknowledge the contributions she has made to the Los Angeles community during her fruitful three years here.
Date: Tuesday, September 16th
Title: Pregnancy & Eating Disorders: Journey Through the Facts and Recovery
Presenter: Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS
Location: The office of Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD (2001 S. Barrington Avenue, Suite 114, Los Angeles)
Bio:Maggie Baumann is a psychotherapist in Newport Beach who specializes in treating people struggling with eating disorders, including pregnant women and moms with eating disorders. She is a former board member for the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and serves as a committee member on the national IAEDP certification board.
Maggie has been a featured guest on nationwide talk shows and TV segment profiling pregorexia and moms with eating disorders. She was a mental health blogger for Momlogic.com, where she shared her own story of suffering from pregorexia over twenty-five years ago. Additionally, Maggie serves as a guest eating disorder expert for KidsinTheHouse.com, a video parenting resource. She is also authoring a chapter on eating disorders and pregnancy for an upcoming book on Eating Disorders in Special Populations (publication date: 2015). Now, Maggie has partnered with Chicago-based residential treatment center, Timberline Knolls, in hosting their Lift the Shame eating disorder support group the first web-based support group for pregnant women and moms with eating disorders. Lift the Shame, is a free group and has members from across the US and abroad.
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 7- 8:30 pm
Title: TRANSforming Eating Disorder Recovery: Deconstructing the Overrepresentation of Eating Disorders in Trans and Gender Diverse Individuals, and How Healthcare Professionals Can Better Serve Our Communities
Presenter: Dagan VanDemark
Location: The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, Los Angeles)
Bio: Dagan VanDemark is the Founder and Executive Director of the pending non-profit T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, based in LA but quickly gaining national reach. Dagan, a genderqueer trans boi, battled bulimia/EDNOS for fifteen years. They have a B.A. in Gender Studies from CSULB, a certificate in Grant Writing and Administration from CSUDH, and they are enrolled in both the Non-Profit Management certificate program at UCLA and a transgender leadership initiative through Gender Justice LA. They speak on university panels about gender variance and sexual diversity, and write/blog extensively about transgender communities’ experiences with eating disorders.
Please RSVP for any or all of the 3 events to email@example.com