Curriculum Vitae

Emily L. Caruthers, LMFT , ATR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 44947)

Registered Art Therapist (05-217)


Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry – Thalians,  Los Angeles,  CA                                                                                             2003

Selected for highly competitive post-graduate art therapy fellowship in advanced diagnostic skills and treatment interventions.

Loyola Marymount University,  Los Angeles,  CA                                                                                                                                        2002                         M.A., Marital & Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy

Rains Scholar – Awarded research assistant position.

Boston University,  Boston, MA                                                                                                                                                                            1996                         B.A., Religion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cum Laude                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Member Golden Key National Honor Society



 Mid-Peninsula Eating Disorder Clinic  • Menlo Park, CA                                                                              3/2015 – Present    Founder, Therapist

Founded this group practice with the vision of providing the surrounding communities with hope, support and treatment for overcoming disordered relationships with food, body and exercise.  In partnership with other team members we aim to be the one place to go for all outpatient eating disorder treatment needs.

 Private Practice  • Menlo Park, CA                                                                                                                          6/2013 – Present

(formerly located in Palo Alto, CA)

Center for Discovery – Menlo Park  • Menlo Park, CA                                                                                      8/2013 –  9/2014    Program Director

Directed all aspects of residential adolescent eating disorder treatment program.  This included overseeing clinical treatment, management, staffing, intake, and operations.  Introduced equine therapy into regular treatment offerings while in director role.

 The Lotus Collaborative  • Santa Cruz, CA                                                                                                               2012 –  2013        Acting Clinical Director/Clinical Consultant

Contract position assisting Founder/ Executive Director in management, staffing, intake, and operations of this PHP/IOP Eating Disorder treatment program.  Currently working to track and improve utilization review process between program and contracted insurance companies.

La Ventana  • San Jose, CA                                                                                                                                              2011 – 2012     Clinical Director (promoted from Assistant Clinical Director 9/2011)

Responsible for management, staffing, intake, and day-to-day operations of this PHP/IOP Eating Disorder treatment program that launched in February of 2011.  Conceptualized and directed eating disorder treatment for males and females ages 13 – 50+

Eating Disorder Center of California • Brentwood, CA                                                                                        2008                  Program Administrator

Hired for management position in PHP eating disorder program.

Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change • Downey, CA                                                                              2006                  Primary Therapist

Responsible for treatment and care for adolescents in residential eating disorder treatment facility.

Oceanaire • Rancho Palos Verdes, CA                                                                                                                         2005                Primary Therapist

Retained on a part time basis to provide treatment for group and individual clients in residential adult eating disorder treatment facility.  Initiated art therapy group into the treatment offerings.

The Bella Vita • Pasadena, CA                                                                                                                                         2005                Primary Therapist

Hired on a part time basis to provide clinical care and administrative duties for PHP/IOP program treating patients with eating disorders.

Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change • Whittier, CA                                                                             2004   Primary Therapist

Responsible for treatment and care for adolescents in residential eating disorder treatment facility.

 Penny Lane • North Hills, CA                                                                                                                                        2004    Residential Therapist

Responsible for caseload of adolescent female residents in RCL 12 group home setting, referred from probation or DCFS.  Duties included assessment, treatment planning, individual, family, and group therapy, as well as case management.


Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry – Thalians • Los Angeles, CA                                                          2002 – 2003  Art Therapy Fellow & Marital & Family Therapy Intern

Selected through competitive process for art therapy fellowship in rigorous, highly professional environment. Responsible for diverse caseload including families, children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and medically hospitalized patients.

  • Received specialized training in identifying potential forensic concerns
  • Assisted low-income families dealing with psychosocial issues and advocated their needs to appropriate agencies further assistance.


Airport Marina Counseling Service • Westchester, CA                                                                                  2002                   MFT & Art Therapy Trainee

Chosen to work for distinguished training program as primary therapist in community-based outpatient clinic.

  • Selected to pioneer off-site therapy group, treating probationary youths in Watts area of L.A.  Worked directly with supervisor to create curriculum for this innovative program.
  • Presented training to colleagues regarding the Watts program, specifically addressing treatment issues in adolescent offender population.

Metropolitan State Hospital • Norwalk, CA                                                                                                        2001                   MFT & Art Therapy Trainee

Conducted adjunctive art therapy for adolescent female in-patients at acute care facility.  Trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques through Management of Assultive Behavior (MAB) program.  Collaborated closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nursing staff in treatment of intensive population.

Magnolia Park Therapeutic School • Burbank, CA                                                                                           2001                 MFT & Art Therapy Trainee

Provided adjunctive art therapy to six individuals and one group of adolescents at a small non-public school.





Someday Melissa Film Screening – San Jose State University – 2013

Panel Member, Topic: Dangers of ED & importance of early intervention

Radio Interview – KBAY 94.5 FM – 2013

Topic: ED Education, promotion for Film Screening Someday Melissa

America The Beautiful Film Screening – San Jose – 2012

Panel Member

Parent Support Group Guest Lecturer –Mountain View — 2011

Topic: Navigating Levels of Care in ED treatment

Inside Edition Television Segment (segment did not air) – 2006

Topic: Males and Eating Disorders




Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) Professional Member, State Leader                                                    2013

 National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Professional Member                                                2013

 Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Diseases (ANAD) Professional Member                                     2013

 Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) President                                                2006

 Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) President Elect                                       2005

Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) Secretary                                  2002 – 2005

American Art Therapy Association (AATA)  Licensed Member                                            2000 –Present

California Association of Marital & Family Therapists (CAMFT) Licensed Member          Since 2006


Eating Disorder Resource Center (EDRC) – Volunteer speaker and delegate to Lobby day in April 2013, Zocalo Public Square–Assisted with community lectures and annual fundraiser, Habitat for Humanity—Participated on build sites, Southern California Art Therapy Association–variety of positions on BOD including Presidency, Venice Family Clinic–reception & office work, Create-A-Smile/pet assisted therapy–office assistance, Gaining Your Voice Through the Arts–assistant to founder of non-profit, Pegasus–equine therapy for disabled children. Completed LSAT exam, interned in Law Offices. Graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School’s semester Southwest program, participant of Hurricane Island Outward Bound program, experienced in camping, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, regular yoga and meditation practice, completed yoga teacher training program Summer 2013, enjoys running, playing soccer, and walking my dog.

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