Navigating the Food and Eating Minefield

Navigating the Food and Eating Minefield

An interview with Robyn Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD, on what all therapists should know about nutrition, disordered eating, and eating disorders, as well as their own biases and relationship with food

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. We are human beings who can now present ourselves as whole people, with authenticity, purpose, and connection. Especially now, when therapists must develop a personal brand to market their practices.

To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

Interview with Robyn Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD

Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD, began her career at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as the in-patient dietitian in the Department of Cardiology. Over the last 21 years she has developed her own private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, where she specializes in medical conditions, disordered eating, eating disorders, Health at Every Size, intuitive eating and pre-pregnancy nutrition. Robyn promotes opportunity to excel in developing a new perspective with food in association with several medical groups. She serves as a Nutrition Consultant for the Celiac Disease Foundation.  For the last eight years Robyn was the Nutritional Therapist for the Susan Krevoy Eating Disorders Program at Wright Institute Los Angeles was a consultant for Panda Restaurant Group and teaches the nutrition classes for the Motion Picture Wellness Program. Currently Robyn is the Director of Nutrition Service for The Control Center, an addiction IOP, where she sees all the eating disorder patients.  She is a contributing author and is a nationally known registered dietitian nutritionist. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Fix, Shape Magazine, Fitness, Oxygen, Pilates Style, Diabetes Forecast, BH Weekly and Life & Style.  She has been on national television as the eating disorder expert on The Insider.  Robyn has a body image and eating disorder group at several addiction centers in Los Angeles.

Learn more about Robyn at

In this episode we talk about:

  • Diet Culture
  • HAES: Health at Every Size
  • Food freedom
  • Collaboration between therapists and dietitians
  • Treating eating disorders and disordered eating
  • What to look for in the intake process
  • Looking at your own belief system and bias around “fat” and “thin”
  • Why you can’t make assumptions about your clients based on what they look like
  • When to worry about eating patterns of your clients
  • Orthorexia, Anorexia, Bulimia, Restricting, Binging
  • Moving away from the idea that there is a “right weight”
  • What therapists often miss related to eating
  • How to find experts who work with Eating Disorders (what the qualifications are, what the dangers are when you work outside of your scope)
  • Who needs to be on the team to treating EDs.
  • Medical considerations and labs to request
  • How little most people know about how to screen for eating disorders
  • The differences between Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed Dietitians, Nutritionists, Health Coaches

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links.

Robyn’s Website:

Instagram: RobynGoldbergRDN

Academy of Eating Disorders:

International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals: IAEDP

Certifications for Eating Disorder Specialties (CEDRD, CEDS, etc.)

Medical Care Standards Guide – Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders

Certification in Intuitive Eating

Relevant MTSG Podcast Episodes:

Are You Sure You’re a Specialist

Our Next Event:

The Therapy Reimagined Conference in Los Angeles in October 2018!!

Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a Board Member at Large for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more about Curt at

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more about Katie at

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.

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Voice Over by DW McCann

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano

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