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About

Lindsey Ricciardi, PHD, CEDS

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and related concerns. In addition to completing a focused internship and fellowship in eating disorders, I am certified by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. I am certified as an eating disorder specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

My clients describe me as warm, compassionate, and collaborative. I have been active in the field of eating disorders and related concerns as researcher, clinician, mentor, and advocate for nearly 20 years. As a doctoral student (1999-2004), under the supervision of Dr. Marta Meana, I worked with individuals who had undergone bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Dr. Meana is an renowned expert in women’s health and sexuality and is currently the acting president of UNLV. My clinical research investigating the psychosocial outcomes of surgery was published in a coauthored book as well as several peer reviewed articles. For my internship and fellowship (2004-2006), at the University of Chicago Hospitals, I had the honor of being mentored by two experts in the eating disorder field, Dr. Daniel Le Grange and Dr. Eunice Chen.

 

Dr. Daniel Le Grange is most known for his work developing and researching the Family Based Treatment approach of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in adolescents. Now known as a first line of treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa, this therapy is geared toward empowering the family to take charge of eating disorder recovery.

Dr. Eunice Chen was my first mentor in the clinical application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders. Based on a biopsychosocial model of emotion dysregulation, DBT has been established as a solid treatment approach for individuals who are chronically suicidal, have borderline personality disorder, substance abuse disorders and/or eating disorders.

 

After returning to Las Vegas, I spent seven years as the Behavioral Services Director of Creative Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary treatment clinic for eating disorders and related concerns. I also served for two years as the Clinical Director of Center for Change Las Vegas, an intensive specialized treatment facility for eating disorders. It was during my experience working with Center for Change that I came to truly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of adding experiential therapies. These are interventions that involve other modes of expression and communication such as music therapy, art therapy, psychodrama, and movement therapy, to name a few.

 

Due to the fact that eating disorders and related conditions are combined medical, nutritional and psychiatric disorders, I have worked as part of interdisciplinary teams for 15 years. These teams have including dieticians, internal medicine physicians, psychiatrists, pediatricians, gynecologists, and surgeons. I feel it is imperative to work in close collaboration with other treating professionals from varied disciplines, thus working to create a solid treatment team in the outpatient setting.

 

I am passionate about the field of psychology as a science and as a profession. I have served in leadership positions within the Nevada Psychological Association for 12 years, including President and chair of the Continuing Education Committee. I am an active member of the Nevada Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Eating Disorders.

 

I am also a mother, wife, dog/cat-mom, daughter, sister, friend, and yogi. I consider myself fortunate that I love what I do for “work” each and every day, helping others discover greater peace, purpose, and joy.

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Kimberly Stevens, BA

I am a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I have been training under Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi since June 2019, and I am excited to continue another year of training under her supervision. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for eating disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders, and Family Based Treatment (FBT) for anorexia nervosa through my work at the PRACTICE Community Mental Health Clinic and here at the Eating Disorders Institute. I have been trained in both individual and group therapy, and I strive to give evidence based treatment to all in my care. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a compassionate and warm space that helps my clients move towards a healthy relationship with their bodies and with food.

 

As a teenager and a member of a competitive high school cross country team, I saw the devastating impact of eating disorders and subsequently became passionate about promoting healthy eating habits and a body positive mindset. My research in my undergraduate schooling focused on factors that impact eating behaviors, such as stress, sleep and mood. Currently, in my doctoral program, I am specializing in eating disorder treatment and prevention under the supervision of Dr. Kristen Culbert. My research focuses on biological and psychosocial risks for developing eating disorders.

 

In my free time, I love to run, ski, surf, practice yoga, and cook with my husband. I feel lucky to be working in a field that I care about so passionately, and I look forward to learning and growing together with each client.

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Amber Saint Laurent, MS, LCPC-1

Hi! My name is Amber, I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling Intern. I completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and finished my last year of schooling under Dr. Ricciardi’s supervision. It has been a rewarding experience to specialize in Eating Disorders, and I am excited to continue this work in my post-grad internship.

 

Seeing the prevalence of eating disorders while playing competitive volleyball in high school sparked a passion in me for promoting positive body image and healthy relationships with food and exercise. I believe it is essential to liberate ourselves from unattainable beauty standards and rigid diet rules in order to create a life worth living. I have seen it work for so many clients, and I am excited to continue to work with individuals of all backgrounds to heal their relationships with food and body.

 

In my undergraduate research, I studied a variety of issues including the effects of abuse on self-esteem in romantic relationships, vulnerability’s importance in deepening relationships, and the efficacy of Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the treatment of eating disorders. My focus on training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy has continued through my work at Kayenta Therapy under the supervision of Sara Pelton, LMFT. Under Dr. Ricciardi’s supervision, I have become familiar with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and enjoy using that in practice. I’d love the chance to work with you!

 

In my free time, I love to play volleyball, practice Krav Maga and yoga, read, play the piano, and spend time with my husband and two dogs.

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Kayli Wrenn, MA

I am a 4th year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I will be working under the clinical supervision of Lindsey Ricciardi, Ph.D. for the 2020-2021 academic year. I have been trained in both individual and group psychotherapy and provide evidence-based therapy from an integrative perspective. My therapeutic approach is influenced by theories such as client-centered therapy, attachment theory, and existential factors. I often incorporate mindfulness practice and “here-and-now” interventions into sessions. I aim to create a therapeutic space that feels safe, warm, and empowering for clients. I also strive to continuously collaborate with clients in order to ensure that treatment is meeting their needs.

 

I have specialized in the treatment of trauma/PTSD and personality disorders through both my research and clinical training. My research has focused on personality traits and attachment styles. During the 2019-2020 year I worked under the clinical supervision of the Veterans Administration VISN 21 Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator: Nicole Anders, Psy.D. I am trained in evidence-based protocols such as Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I have clinical experience working with eating disorders and related concerns and look forward to working at The Eating Disorder Institute of Las Vegas.

 

In addition to life as a doctoral student, I am a dog-mom who loves to collect books and travel. I practice mindfulness through meditation and yoga. I am a Las Vegas native and have witnessed how body image issues and discrimination based on weight are prevalent in the community. I am very passionate about promoting self-compassion, body-positivity, and self-esteem. I’m grateful to be working in the field of clinical psychology. I also feel very fortunate to have worked with a diverse array of clients who have been willing to allow me to be present for them during discussions about both past and current experiences in their lives.

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Kayla Bell, RD, MPH, LD

Hi! My name is Kayla and I’m a Registered Dietitian who specializes in supporting folks with eating disorders. I attended the University of Washington where I earned a Masters of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences and completed the coursework & dietetic internships necessary to become an RD. After graduating, I signed on with The Emily Program where I enjoyed working full-time with clients at their Seattle residential eating disorder rehabilitation facility.

 

Even though I’m a dietitian, I’m not concerned with “the perfect diet”. In fact, I’m not interested in diets or weight loss at all! I’m what you call a non-diet RD. I embrace a Health at Every size paradigm which emphasizes respect, critical awareness, and compassionate self-care.  I advocate for all foods in moderation (and sometimes moderation means a little or a lot!) with plenty of balance and variety. There are no good and bad foods in my world – there is just food! When nothing is off limits, the guilt and shame of eating can slowly disappear.

 

Using an evidence-based Intuitive Eating model, we will honor your body’s innate wisdom and work to dismantle food rules that govern what, when, and how much to eat. We’ll also work together to recognize damaging cultural norms around food, body and exercise by breaking down the myths that support unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.

 

Eating disorders and related issues affect everyone, including men, people of color and LGBTQ+ folks. My approach to nutrition honors inclusivity and respect. Everyone is welcome.  My goal is to work collaboratively with you on your personal journey.

 

When I’m not working with clients, I enjoy reading, watching sports, traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and eating.

 

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Cristina Ciobanu, MS, NCC, LCPC-1

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Intern with a Master’s degree in Counseling & Development from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Colleagues have described me as warm, peaceful, and creative, yet also strong in my commitment to contribute to the well-being of my clients. Being a foreign transplant (Europe), I consider myself a culturally-sensitive mental health professional who is passionate about changing the world one person at a time. As ideal as that may seem, I believe that small, self-compassionate, and mindful steps can lead to us closer to the person we wish to become. “Better, not perfect” is my motto!

 

My passion for wanting to specialize in eating disorders under Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi originated in my diverse cultural background. Having travelled to and lived in various parts of Europe as well as the United States, I was exposed to the cultural differences that were present in people’s relationship with food and to the ramifications involved for the individual’s social, professional, and personal life. What fascinated me the most was the diversity of messages we receive regarding food, body image, and self-worth, how they can be so different from region to region, and how it all relates to those deep beliefs we, knowingly or unknowingly, hold about ourselves and our world. As I continue to deepen my knowledge of eating disorders under Dr. Ricciardi, my goal is to become a specialist in this field and to refine the mental health counseling skills I have already acquired through past experiences.

 

These past experiences include working extensively with survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence, various forms of abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual), anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and exploring spirituality. I take a special interest in the topic of Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), which refers to a personality trait involving sensory processing sensitivity. Many individuals experience extensive empathy when experiencing certain events without even knowing that they possess this personality trait that, despite its ability to cause difficulties for the individual, it can be a true gift when acknowledged and honed. Other professional experiences that I enjoyed include research in neuropsychology and personality traits.

 

When I am not counseling clients, I love spending as much time as possible in nature, either locally or nationally, meditating, reading, or simply moving to music in any fun way I can. Here is a fun fact about me: I used to sing professionally and I also played the violin when I was a teenager.

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