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Leslie Barber, LMFT, License #85529
Cyndy Smith, MS, MFT
Private practice/individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, outpatient, support groups*, community outreach, consultations and presentations
3522 El Camino Real, Atascadero CA
Additional Communities Served: All of San Luis Obispo County (Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, etc.), Cal Poly, Cuesta College, and Northern Santa Barbara County
Treatment Model: A Holistic, Humanistic & Cognitive Behavioral approach is combined to assist clients in learning not to fear their needs or wants and how to separate the true self from the eating disorder. "An eating disorder cannot live without us, but only without an eating disorder can we truly live!" Finding ways to separate from the eating disorder takes a great deal of care, understanding and strength. Cyndy works with her clients to move the energy, drive and creativity used to foster the eating disorder into their personal recovery path to reclaim hope, life and love. Her private practice is in a confidential and caring setting where both tears and laughter are a part of the healing process.
Ms. Smith treats all form of eating disorders; males and females; children, adolescents and adults. She also has additional expertise in dealing with sexual trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorders, PTSD, domestic violence, grief and loss issues.
Treating Eating Disorders since the Year: 1982
Payment options: Cash/Check, Insurance, Sliding Scale
Cyndy has worked as a therapist, consultant and program director in various eating disorder treatment settings; including inpatient, intensive outpatient, residential and private practice.
Support Groups: On-going therapy group available for those suffering as a result of restrictive eating, binge-eating, and/or purging. The group meets once a week. Interested group members should contact Cyndy Smith MFT at 805-462-1503 for more information. Most insurances accepted. Sliding scale available in some instances.
Erin Elfant, Ph.D., License # PSY19879
Heidi Lewin-Miller, LMFT, RD
Practice/Individual Therapy, Nutrition Counseling, Outpatient, Holistic
Healing, Family Therapy, Phone Counseling
Additional Communities Served: All of San Luis Obispo County plus Northern Santa Barbara County, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Treatment Model: Ms. Lewin-Miller blends Cognitive Behavioral, Experiential, Gestalt, Feminist Approach, Metaphor,
humor and her own version of a non-diet approach. She also offers Nutrition Counseling separate or in conjunction with therapy, depending on the severity of the ED and depending on whether there is a treatment team or not. Ms Lewin-Miller collaborates with other health professionals whenever needed.
Treating Eating Disorders since the Year: 1983
Payment options: Cash/Check, Insurance (some plans), Sliding Scale
I embark with each client on their journey to recovery with hope, a belief in full recovery and patience. I aim to uncover the purpose the ED serves in their life, provide tools to help them divorce their ED, and to ultimately find meaning and a rich life beyond the ED. I think that my background as a therapist and a dietitian enables me to help my clients in a unique and holistic way!
Libby Parker, RD, License #01027240
Libby's Fit Nutrition
Susan S. Swadener, PhD, RD
Private practice/individual therapy, nutritional counseling, lecturer, support groups
Offices in Los Osos, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA
Dr. Swadener treats all form of eating disorders. She also works with infants and children with feeding problems.
Treating Eating Disorders since the Year: 1974
Payment options: Cash/Check, Insurance
Support groups are co-facilitated with psychotherapist and deal with binge eating disorder. Call for more information.
Marlena Tanner, RD, Registration #929304
Nutritional Counseling, Intensive Outpatient Program, Phone Counseling
1440 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA
Additional Communities Served: Cambria, California Polytechnic State University, Cuesta College
Treatment Model: I offer individual nutrition counseling, meal support, group and individual nutrition education, phone and text support, family psycho-education including guidance through the Maudsley method. Some of the treatment approaches I take include the non-diet approach, "Breaking Free" principles, and intuitive eating; teaching my clients how to reconnect to their bodies and self-trust. I challenge distorted thoughts regarding food and nutrition, engage clients in goal setting, food journaling and incorporate non-punitive exercise when appropriate. I offer individual meal plans, initially basing them on safe foods. I often use the exchange system to create structure with freedom from calorie counting.
Ms. Tanner treats Anorexia and Bulimia; males and females, children, adolescents and adults. She also works with Athletes, Compulsive Exercisers, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity, Compulsive Overeating, Night Eating Syndrome, Pica and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Treating Eating Disorders since the Year: 2003
Payment Options: Cash/Check, Credit Cards, Cencal Insurance, Sliding Scale
Being recovered myself from an eating disorder, I have a unique understanding of the inner workings of the disorder. Besides accepting private clients I also work as a consultant for an intensive outpatient program. I believe in each client's ability to fully recover. In my work, I strive to support each client in healing their relationship to body and self.
Individual Therapy/Private Practice, Group Therapy
1115 Toro Street, Suite H, San Luis Obispo, CA
Additional Office: 27 East Victoria St, Rear Cottage, Santa Barbara, CA
Additional Communities Served: Santa Ynez, Santa Maria, Ventura ,Santa Barbara, Carpinteria
Treatment Model: Angela specializes in the psychological treatment and guidance for women of all ages working to overcome eating disorders, self-injury and compulsive shopping. Her expertise lies in the emotional and personal development of each person she works with. She combines a high level of clinical skill with understanding and a safe, empathic environment. She helps individuals to identify underlying feelings and emotions, and to express them with out needing to harm themselves. Angela's goal is to help her clients achieve a life free from destructive tendencies.
Ms. Wurtzel treats Anorexia and Bulimia; males and females, infants, adolescents, and adults. She also works with Compulsive Exercisers, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Overeating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Treating Eating Disorders since the Year: 1997
Payment Options: Cash/Check
From a Pea to a Pumpkin: A Prenatal Psychotherapy Group for Women with Eating Disorders. A therapeutic community during pregnancy designed to meet the emotional and psychological needs of each group participant. Santa Barbara: Mondays 1:00 - 2:45. San Luis Obispo: Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:30
From a Pea to a Pumpkin: And Beyond: A Postpartum
Psychotherapy Group for Mothers & Their Babies. A therapeutic
community designed for postpartum mothers & their babies to explore
the ongoing transitions of being a mother, attaching with a newborn
and managing emotional concerns.
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