Phone: 805-756-2511
Fax:     805-756-6525

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | M-F
Building 27

Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Campus Health & Wellbeing supports a multi-disciplinary approach to eating disorders including mental health counseling, medical monitoring, and nutritional counseling. Our providers bring empathy and encouragement to students struggling in their relationship to food and body image. If you are experiencing disordered eating, you can reach out to either Health or Counseling Services to schedule an initial medical or psychological evaluation. Recovery is possible; we are here to support you.

Nutrition counseling is an essential component of eating disorder care. At Campus Health & Wellbeing, we follow Health at Every Size (HAES) and all-foods-fit eating guidelines. By restoring adequacy, consistency, and variety to your eating patterns, and by honoring your individual genetic blueprint for body shape and size, we hope to help you find ease and enjoyment in your relationship to food.


Counseling Services provides time-limited, comprehensive, evidenced-based outpatient eating disorder treatment for students with eating-related concerns. Please contact 805-756-2511 to make an appointment.




An eating disorder specialist will meet one-on-one with the student to assess symptoms, gather relevant history and psycho-social information, and provide clinical impressions and recommendations. In some cases, treatment at Counseling Services is deemed an inappropriate fit for the student’s needs and community referrals will be given. Information on the levels of care suited for a patient's needs can be found on the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website.


Individual Therapy


One of our eating disorder specialists will provide evidenced-based, time-limited one-on-one outpatient care. The exact nature and length of treatment is decided on a case-by-case basis.


Group Therapy


We offer two groups related to eating, body image, and exercise concerns.

  • Nourish is a three-session educational and motivational enhancement group. Students will participate in exercises that help them learn more about their disordered eating behaviors, the effects of nutrition deficiencies on mental and physical wellbeing, and what to expect from ongoing treatment and recovery.
  • Be Body Positive gives participants the chance to learn how to overcome conflicts with their bodies to lead happier, more productive lives. The goal is for people to gather information from a place of trusting their own intuitive wisdom in order to develop balanced and lasting self-care practices so they can focus on the parts of life that have purpose and meaning.





Medical care for eating disorders includes evaluating and monitoring medical stability, assessing associated physical symptoms, and providing referrals to specialists  as needed. Our medical providers are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness. 


Education/Support for clients and loved ones






Support Groups


Community Referrals

Off-Campus Medical Providers for Eating Disorders

  • Lindsey Faucette, DO
    1495 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (800) 696-6756
  • Taryn Pearl, PA (Dr. Thomas Nguyen)
    892 Aerovista Place
    First California Physician Partners
    (805) 395-3277
  • Brittany Bell, PA (Dr. Silver)
    35 Casa Street
    First California Physician Partners
    (805) 395-3277

Off-Campus Registered Dietitian Referrals for Eating Disorders

We recommend you contact your insurance provider before reaching out to a registered dietitian. We also recommend that you work with a dietitian who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Each of the community referrals listed below includes dietitians who are Certified Eating Disorder Specialists. This may not be an exhaustive list.

  • The Yellow House Project
    2598 Main Street
    Morro Bay, CA 93442
    (805) 225-7302
  • Not Your Average Nutritionists
    Digital Dietitians (virtual services)
    3940-7 Broad St., #163
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 225-3027
  • SLO Eating Disorders
    1411 Marsh St. Suite 108
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 305-2254
  • Cynthia Saffell, LCSW, CEDS, RD (prefers to do psychotherapy over nutrition)
    1461 Higuera St. Ste C, San Luis Obispo, CA
    (805) 305-2254
  • ED Referral is a resource for searching for on-line and in person support for eating disorders including dietitians. You can also search for in-person RDs and other practitioners specializing in ED in your area.
  • Christina Gaunce, RDN, CEDRD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She offers on-line meetings as well as several free on-line courses.
  • Elyse Resch, M.S., RDN, CEDRD, F.iaedp, FADA is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Fellow of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, the F.A.D.A. means Fellow of The American Dietetic Association, and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She offers phone meetings.

Off-campus Mental Health Providers for Eating Disorder Students

  • Erin Elfant, PhD
    865 Santa Rosa Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 467-7274
  • Leslie Barber, LMFT
    Online therapy
    (805) 307-3740
  • Heidi M Lewin-Miller, LMFT, RD
    1110 California Blvd, Ste. E
    (805) 468-4908
  • Julie Messer, LMFT
    697 Higuera, Ste. D
    (805) 503-8193
  • Karen Schneller, LMFT, CEDS
    1530 Monterey St. Ste A2
    SLO, CA 93401
    (805) 316-7124
  • Christina Martinez, MFCC
    Virtual services
    Former ERC online founder
    Mississippi, with California licensure
    (901) 502-6480
  • Jennifer Swanson, EdD, LP, LPCC
    Avila Beach, CA 93424
    (805) 420-1505

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