(818) 697-1113

Elisheva (Elie) Dorfman, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I want all my clients to be able to have a peaceful relationship with food and with their bodies and I want parents to feel empowered to know how to raise children to have a healthy relationship with food. I want my clients with eating disorders to be provided with evidence based treatments and to have the best shot of getting back to their lives as quickly as possible.

Elisheva Dorfman graduated from USC with her Masters in Family Therapy in 2008. She interned at the Homebound program (for adults with agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders) at the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, as well as at Jewish Family Services family and adolescent division. She also interned for a year at UCLA's anxiety disorders program. She is currently in private practice where she specializes in the treatment of feeding and eating disorders for children, adolescents and adults. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders and is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She has extensive training in body image work and works with clients with body dissatisfaction, body dysmorphia or body image concerns. She is one of 3 clinicians in Los Angeles who is trained in Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders (aka the Maudsley Method) which is the gold-standard for treating eating disorders in children and adolescents.


She also specializes in early childhood feeding and works with families with pediatric feeding challenges, such as picky eating, weight concerns, food hoarding, over eating,
under-eating, and selective eating. She lectures and writes about evidence based early childhood feeding practices and is passionate about helping parents raise children who are body-positive and have healthy relationships with food.

My practice is largely comprised of teens and adults who struggle with food (Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or ARFID) and/or their families (which I treat with Intuitive Eating, CBT-E or FBT). I also like working with teens or adults with anxiety (which I treat with CBT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A form of talk therapy that trains clients to recognize
patterns of unproductive thinking and learn healthier responses to challenging situations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Enhanced (CBT-E): CBT applied specifically for the treatment of Eating Disorders by creating a distinction between unhealthy thoughts and maladaptive behaviors.


Family-Based Therapy (FBT): Is a therapy modality specifically designed for children and
adolescents struggling with eating disorders in which family systems are treated as a resource towards a goal of independence and healthy nutrition for the client.


Exposure Response Prevention (ERP): is a form of CBT therapy specifically for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and OCD. ERP works by training clients through distress tolerance by gradual and methodical exposure to stressors without activating the need for compulsions.

Intuitive Eating: Is a clinical orientation towards the treatment of eating disorders with the approach that each client is a respective expert on the needs of their own body. Clients work with their therapists to understand the rhythm and intuition of their own body.

Treatment Approach

Specific Challenges
Stress-related Issues
Skin picking
Religion-specific challenges
Parenting Issues
Panic Attacks
Marital Issues
Intimacy Issues
Body Image Issues
Eating/Food Issues
Fertility Issues
Hair Pulling
Disorders Treated
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Panic Disorder
Specific Phobias
Eating Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Anorexia Nervosa
Binge Eating Disorder
Bulimia Nervosa
Mood Disorders
Bipolar Disorder

Elisheva is an out-of-network provider

Individual Psychotherapy (50 minutes): $135

Family-Based Therapy: $190

Insurance may reimburse up to $120 for Individual psychotherapy**

Rates & Insurance

Sunday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Monday: 8 AM - 3 PM

Tuesday: 12 PM - 3 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 1 PM


Community & Identity Statement

Elisheva works extensively with a range of individuals and families. Her common theme is that my clients struggle with anxiety or food in some capacity. Elisheva has experience helping clients with the Orthodox Jewish community, although she routinely works with clients from a diverse range of cultures and identities.

Elisheva works with the following age cohorts:
Children (5-12)
Adolescents (12-18)
Young Adults (18-35)
Adults (35-65)
Older Adults (65+)