Erica Ives has been practicing as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 34566) for over fifteen years and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and women’s issues. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1994 and went on to obtain her MFT license in 1997. Erica demonstrates a passionate devotion to this significant field of healing. Her work as a therapist began with the treatment of adolescents who suffered from depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and self-mutilation predominately as a result of some form of trauma. Erica sought out extensive training in the area of trauma and its correlation with the development of eating disorders and various other addictions. Her many years of training continued along this path and developed into the specialty of eating disorders, women’s issues, and addiction, all of which are very closely connected. She has consistently been in private practice while simultaneously working closely with other professionals and clients in a multiple array of environments. Erica has worked as a Clinical Director of an eating disorder treatment center, trained and supervised therapists working towards licensure, and educated communities on prevention and treatment of eating disorders. In addition, Erica coordinates and facilitates after-care support groups focused on relapse prevention. She strongly believes that one of the most critical times to have a treatment team in place is upon discharge from inpatient or partial hospitalization care.
In her own recovery and also someone who has watched loved ones battle with an eating disorder, Erica has had personal experience with many of the same struggles that brings one to seek therapy and passionately believes in life with freedom from an eating disorder. Erica views recovery as being unique to each and every individual and understands the vulnerability shared throughout the therapy experience. She values and creates a safe, nurturing, and empathic environment for one to successfully begin their journey of recovery. Erica teaches the tools for one to achieve a life filled with balance, awareness, and well-being to live on a mindful path of recovery.
Erica is a member of numerous organizations including:
IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) www.iaedp.org
AED (Academy of Eating Disorders) www.aedweb.org
NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association): www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists): www.camft.org
ANAD (National Eating of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders): www.anad.org
EDC (Eating Disorder Coalition) www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org