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Robin Landau, Ph.D

Compassionate Treatment for Adults and Teens struggling
with Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues

Eating Disorders and related issues thrive in isolation. If you or someone you love is suffering with an eating disorder, please do not hesitate to reach out for support.  I am pleased to offer psychotherapy virtually through video-conferencing.

 
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About Me

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist based in Santa Clarita, California, with over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services to adults and teens (14 and over). My approach to treatment is integrative and ultimately tailored to your unique needs. I also believe that you can achieve a life that is more meaningful and joyful by not only addressing your emotional life, but also examining the other areas of wellness that may be out of balance.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles in 2003. I trained at a wide variety of pre and post-doctoral internships including the well-respected Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy in Santa Monica. I opened my Private Practice in Beverly Hills, serving clients for several years until I relocated to the Santa Clarita Valley where I currently see clients.

SPECIALITIES

My areas of focus are eating disorders and body image disorders as well as anxiety, depression and relational concerns.

For more information, please get in touch with me today.

 
 
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Therapeutic Approaches

 

Psychodynamic

Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps clients to explore the ways in which early relationships and emotional expectations have influenced their current difficulties. Clients are not only helped to become aware of their unconscious behaviors, but they are also assisted in exploring how these behaviors have served them. Only after the behaviors are understood and accepted, can individuals work through these emotions with the psychotherapist. The unhealthy behaviors slowly lose their power as they are replaced with healthier means of relating and coping.

Attachment Model

Another crucial aspect of treatment is the development of healthy relationship experiences to replace inadequate earlier ones. The consistency of the developing relationship with the psychotherapist provides a solid foundation from which clients can begin to heal old emotional wounds and ultimately allow themselves to engage fully in their current relationships.

Internal Family Systems

This therapeutic model developed by Richard Schwartz is rooted in the assumption that symptoms and unresolved issues reflect disowned and unintegrated parts of the self.  This assumption of inherent multiple parts is helpful to trauma survivors confused by the paradoxical symptoms with which they struggle. It's deliberate and mindful pace creates a sense of safety for the client. The goal of therapy involves helping the client reclaim and integrate parts of self that were sacrificed in order to feel safe.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Through structured exercises, I help my clients to connect their thoughts, emotions and behavior patterns. I will also incorporate exposure techniques to reduce avoidance behaviors that are negatively effecting my clients. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be useful in helping clients with symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and compulsive behaviors. Clients learn to manage their symptoms with healthier coping mechanisms.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This approach was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. for patients who present with difficulties in modulating their emotions, tolerating distress, managing interpersonal relationships, and remaining present in their everyday lives. This mode of treatment has been shown to be effective in the management of eating disorders symptoms as well as depression and anxiety.

Intersubjective

Within the frameworks discussed above, the in-the-moment interactions between therapist and client are interpreted which helps clients to gain awareness of their manner of relating with others. Clients are then able to make conscious changes to repair or enhance their current relationships.

Group Therapy (Process Group)

I offer Group Therapy in the form of a small Process Group with a maximum of 6 clients.  In a Process Group, clients tend to reenact the same relational behaviors which they exhibit in their "real" lives into the dynamics of the therapy room.  Clients are then given the space to understand and practice relational skills in a safe environment. I will give clients gentle feedback on how their behavior impacts others, help them to enhance their communication and connect with others in a meaningful way.

Eating Disorder Therapy Group

My Eating Disorder psychotherapy groups provide a supportive atmosphere where individuals struggling with various forms of eating disorders are offered guidance and therapeutic interventions.  When treating individuals with eating disorders I emphasize intuitive eating and Health at Every Size® principles.

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Eating Disorders & Body Image Disorders

EXPERIENCE

I began treating clients with Eating Disorders and co-occurring disorders in 2002, in outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. I  was able to focus my work with individuals struggling with Binge-eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa in particular.  I have experience with a variety of populations, since eating disorders affect all ages, ethnicities, and genders.  I am a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) .

APPROACH

My approach to treating Eating Disorders is holistic, as I consider both your physical and emotional health. I work from a weight-inclusive intuitive eating framework in which all foods are "okay" and a healthy body comes in all sizes. The interventions that I use for treatment are evidence-based (backed by Science) along with relational psychodynamic and mindfulness-based techniques. For more information about these methods and more, please see Therapeutic Approaches in the Menu Bar.  

COLLABORATIVE TREATMENT

I understand the need for a treatment team addressing the various needs of my clients. I work collaboratively with psychiatrists, registered dietitians, and internists to provide the best care. 

HEALING AND RECOVERY

My passion for helping you heal your relationship with food and your body is rooted in my belief that joy and self-worth can only be created from within.  My goal is to help you challenge internalized beliefs that body size and appearance determine a person's self-worth.  I will help you replace feelings of shame, self-blame, and body dissatisfaction with self-compassion, hope, and balance. I am here to support you as you deepen your understanding of yourself and the complex interplay between underlying issues and your eating disorder symptoms. Eating Disorders are not "just about food" and recovery is possible. 

To learn more about Eating Disorders Treatment, please contact me today!

 
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My Services

Integrative and Personalized Treatment

 

Psychotherapy

  • Adult and Adolescent Individual Psychotherapy

  • Family Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders

  • Eating Disorder Therapy Group (Adults)

  • Eating Disorder Therapy Group (Teens)

  • Relational Group Therapy (Process Groups)

Specialties

  • Eating Disorders

  • Disordered Eating

  • Body Image Disorders

  • Low Self Esteem/Self Worth

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relational Concerns

  • Life Transitions

Other Services

  • Referral to Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist if needed

  • Referral to Psychiatrist for Medication if needed

Sessions and Insurance

  • Individual or Family Therapy sessions are 45 minutes

  • Process Group Therapy Sessions are 75 minutes.  Groups consist of 6 people maximum

  • Eating Disorder Group Therapy Sessions are 75 minutes.  Groups consist of 6 people maximum

  • Fee per 45-minute session is $200

  • I do not accept insurance, however I would be happy to provide a Superbill including diagnosis, procedure code and tax ID to make it easy for you to get reimbursement.

Contact me today to schedule a free consultation.

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My Qualifications

 

LICENSE

2004

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  • License PSY19941

EDUCATION

CALIFORNIA

  • Certificate in Psychoanalytically-oriented Psychotherapy- Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS)

  • Ph.D Clinical Psychology- California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra, CA

  • M.A. Clinical Psychology- California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra, CA

  • B.A. Psychology- University of California at Irvine

PROFESSIONAL

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Los Angeles Psychological Association (LACPA)

  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)

  • The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Valencia, CA

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD

Individual, Family and Group Therapy

Adults and Adolescents 

In-person and Teletherapy

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Beverly Hills, CA

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD

Individual, Couples, Family and Group Therapy

Adults and Adolescents

Clinical Supervisor to Interns

Eating Disorder Support Groups

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-informed Skills Training Groups for Eating Disorders

BHC ALHAMBRA HOSPITAL

Alhambra, CA

Eating Disorders Inpatient, Partial Hopitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Psychological Assistant

Individual, Family and Group Therapy

Adults and Adolescents

BELLA VITA, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE PSYCHOLOGY GROUP

Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Psychological Assistant

Individual, Family and Group Therapy

Adults and Adolescents 

Eating Disorders Support Groups

Pasadena, CA

THE SATURDAY CENTER FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY

Post-Doctoral Intern

Individual, Couples and Group Therapy

Adults

Santa Monica, CA

THE MAPLE COUNSELING CENTER

Pre-Doctoral Intern

Individual, Couples and Family Therapy

Adults and Adolescents

Beverly Hills, CA

VERDUGO MENTAL HEALTH

Glendale, CA

School-based Program, Pre-Doctoral Intern

Individual Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Family Therapy

Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Sand-Tray

GLEN ROBERTS CHILD STUDY CENTER

Assessment Clerk

Psychological Testing - Full Batteries including the Roberts-Apperception Test 

Children and Adolescents

Glendale, CA

FIVE ACRES, BOYS AND GIRLS AID

Clinical Research Assistant- Educational Testing

Childcare Worker

Altadena, CA

LOS ANGELES COMMISSION ON ASSAULTS AGAINST WOMEN

Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate 

Hotline worker

Hollywood, CA

Want to learn more about my credentials? Contact me today!

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Frequently Asked Questions


 

What is Telepsychology?

  • Telepsychology sessions are similar to traditional mental health sessions in that licensed therapists use traditional therapy techniques and activities. However, instead of sitting in the same room, clients and therapists interact via live video conferencing.

  • In light of the recent events and social distancing, therapists are able to utilize Telepsychology as a way of connecting with their clients or continuing the care they have already been providing to their clients. 

  • Getting connected for Telepsychology is very simple.  I will send you a link through your email and all you have to do is click the link at your appointment time.

  • The decision to engage in psychotherapy through Telepsychology is a very personal one. Please know that I have made sure to implement the proper safeguards to ensure that my practice is following HIPAA Privacy and Security guidelines.

  • As a licensed Psychologist in the state of California, I am able to offer Telepsychology sessions to individuals anywhere within California.

How has your practice changed due to Covid-19?

  • If you are a new client interested in working together, please know that I am continuing to provide services through virtual sessions due to the impact of COVID-19.

If you have more questions or if you would  like to book a free 20 minute consultation, please don't hesitate to call or email me.