Nicole Laby

About Nicole Laby

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I believe that my training, professional experience, and life experience have helped form the way I understand the origins of emotional challenges and how we cope with them.

In terms of how I can assist, I work collaboratively with you, to support change and help you to overcome emotional and psychological barriers. Your history and present life experience is the map we can use to understand the basis for your emotional struggles. In a sense, I like to gain a clear understanding of your unique story and then provide support, guidance, and effective tools towards your healing process.

In aiding others to recover from any significant life challenge, I value the process and the opportunity to help.

***Eating Disorders Process Group for Women! Please contact me to schedule an assessment in order to determine group eligibility.***

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Psychotherapy: My Training, Style and Approach

My practice includes care and treatment of individuals, couples, families, and groups. While I specialize in eating disorders, I also have two decades of experience and/or training in the following areas of treatment: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, intimacy issues, substance abuse, sexual abuse/trauma, sexual-orientation issues, and infertility. My use of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy, combined with an art therapy/expressive arts approach, encourages the development of one's unique course to change. Additionally, I believe limitations to creating fulfilling connections to self and others are driven by attachment wounds (occurring within the family system). Part of the work I do involves exploring these early wounds, and then finding ways to embrace life without the weight of their impact.

For more information about my specific approaches, click here.


Eating-Disorder Treatment

I have been treating eating disorders in the Bay Area for over twenty years. My full recovery from a tenacious eating disorder nearly 30 years ago motivated me to work with others suffering from eating disorders.

My documentary film, Erasing ED, and my book, the Erasing ED Treatment Manual, contribute to the healing and recovery from eating disorders. The film and book also serve as training tools for psychology graduate students, and mental and physical healthcare providers. For more information, please visit

In treatment, I focus on three fundamental areas:

bullet Learning new coping skills so that healthy thoughts and behaviors replace the eating disorder.

bullet Increasing self-worth: As you grow to value yourself, the belief that, "I am my eating disorder" and the question, "Who am I without my eating disorder?" diminishes; you learn to find greater value in yourself and in other aspects of your life. Over time, a new and robust identity emerges, leaving the eating disorder identity behind.

bullet Understanding attachment wounds: As the emotional map of one's family is explored, early attachment wounds and family dynamics are revealed. This knowledge helps to clarify the drive behind the eating disorder. You can then learn to rely on healthy coping skills, and safely abandon the eating disorder. Nurturing relationships with other people, food, exercise, and with yourself may ensue in the process.

I work dynamically as a team with your other healthcare clinicians in order to provide comprehensive treatment.


Clinical Consultation and Teaching

In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I enjoy teaching eating-disorder recovery to psychology graduate students, and offering support and/or training to mental and physical healthcare providers. I have 13 years of experience working in the Bay Area as a consultant with clinicians, and with students in their masters and doctorate programs.


Please note that while I do not accept health insurance, I provide end-of-the-month billing statements. You can submit these to your insurance company and may later receive reimbursement.

Payments: Payments are accepted in the form of checks, PayPal, or cash. I do not accept credit cards. Psychotherapy sessions may take place when payment is received on or before your session date.

My fee is $170 for individual sessions, and $185 for couples or family sessions. Women's eating disorder process group is $70 per session, 12 sessions total. Please email me if you're interested in group and want more information. My fee for consultation and/or teaching varies upon the scope of the project. Please contact me to discuss details. I'm happy to help individuals, groups, and/or students learn effective ways to treat eating disorders and help sustain recovery in clients.