Meet Erica Bobst, LMHC, RN
Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, University of Iowa
Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Iowa
Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Unhealthy relationship with food, Athletic Performance in context of Eating Disorder, Stress, Habit Change, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, and coping with a Sports Medicine injury
Erica is a licensed psychotherapist providing services in our Coralville office for children over the age of 12, adolescents and adults. While treating those with depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions, she specializes in the treatment of individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, as well as Binge Eating Disorder.
In Erica's words, “Eating disorders are vastly misunderstood, and those struggling with an eating disorder face daily turmoil when engaging with food. These illnesses can be treated, and I find the work toward recovery to be incredibly gratifying as steps to elicit change occur. Whether someone desires recovery, struggles with body image, has concerns their son or daughter is impacted by these illnesses or senses recovery slipping, I can help. It is hard, however, and often we ask individuals to take on long-associated fears and cognitions developed from the illness and not themselves. Helping someone toward a life worth living is an absolute privilege.”
Erica completed specialized training through The University of Chicago for use of Family Based Treatment for adolescents struggling with Anorexia Nervosa. She predominantly utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of eating disorders, having specific knowledge in CBT-E and working toward diplomate status in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Professional memberships held include The Academy for Eating Disorders, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa and International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She's an adjunct lecturer within the University of Iowa's Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Department, teaching a variety of graduate-level coursework.
When scheduling an initial appointment with Erica, individuals may be asked a few additional questions by phone to help with the assessment process. This is done to streamline your care and to determine the best fit for treatment as much as we can on the front end of the process, before your appointment. Given the physical impact we often see in the field of eating disorders, there may be a request for a medical exam and related lab work, and Erica may encourage contact with a dietitian to form a full treatment team.