Eating Disorders Treatment Center

Adel Eldahmy, MD, Medical Director.
Treating Eating Disorders Since 1984


Need help? Call today:    949. 367.1200
 








Eating Disorders Treatment in Orange County, CA

Help for Eating Disorders in Laguna Niguel, CA

Treatment for Bulimia
Treatment for Anorexia
Treatment for compulsive Overeating
Treatment for Binge-eating 

Psychiatrists and Therapists
Specializing in Eating Disorders

We offer treatment in the following languages:
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • Turkish (Azeri)



About Us
Our Staff

  • Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA
  • Joseph Simpson, MD, PhD
  • Enas Elshiwick,MFT, PsyD - Psychologist
  • Michael Ferguson, PsyD, LCSW - Social Worker
  • Catherine Speckmann, LCSW
  • Mary-Louise Henson, LMFT
  • Aram Amini Nejad,Psy.D.
Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA

Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA  completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine 1984. His fellowship in Psychiatry included the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, Irvine, after which he went to private practice in Southern California.


In 1997, Dr Eldahmy received his HealthCare MBA from the University of California, Irvine.


Medical Director of MDLaguna intensive outpatient Eating Disorders program, Laguna Niguel, CA.


Medical Director of Laguna Behavioral and Long Beach Behavioral.

 

Dr. Eldahmy served as chief of staff at Los Altos Hospital, Long Beach, CA,

Medical Director of Long Beach Eating Disorders Clinic, Long Beach Psychiatric Center, Charter Hospital Eating Disorders Program, Long Beach, CA, Medical Director of Charter Hospital outpatient Clinics in Los Alamitos, CA.


Dr Eldahmy founded Telemed Foundation , a Telemedicine non-profit Organization in 2012.


Member of the American Medical Association.

Member of American Telmedicine Association.

Member of the International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth.

Joseph R. Simpson, MD, Ph.D.

Joseph R. Simpson, MD, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001 B.A. magna cum laude in biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992

Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science, Los Angeles, California, July 2005-June 2006

Chief Resident, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (acute inpatient ward), West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, July 2004-June 2005.

Internship and Residency, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute/West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, June 2001-June 2005

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry Certificate No. 1797, 2009

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, July 2009-present

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, USC Keck School of Medicine, July 2006-present

Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry, USC Keck School of Medicine, July 2005-June 2006

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, July 2009- Present

Provide clinical supervision of second-year psychiatry residents in emergency and urgent- care psychiatry. Lecture to second-year psychiatry residents on forensic psychiatry and medico-legal issues and to first- and second-year psychiatry residents on substance abuse.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, July 2006-Present

Provide lectures to forensic psychiatry fellows on firearms laws, on neuroimaging and genetics in forensic psychiatry. Provide mentoring of forensic psychiatry fellows.
Catherine L Speckmann, LCSW
Catherine L Speckmann, LCSW Change-even good change can be difficult. My personal philosophy toward change is based on empowerment. I like to help people recognize and utilize the tools that are available to them. My background is diverse. I began my career in 1989 as an addictions counselor. The connection between addictions and mental health disorders is strong. Dual diagnosis has always been an area of interest for me. I attended the University of Wisconsin where I received my Masters Degree. I graduated with honors on the Children and Family track. Licensed to practice as a psychotherapist in both California and Wisconsin, I have experience in both an outpatient and an acute hospital setting. For many years, I was the Director of the Child and Adolescent program at a Milwaukee clinic. I do, however, work with all age groups. I have experience in the following areas: Addictions, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar), Self-mutilation, Trauma and PTSD.

I have successfully planned and implemented community support groups that address the needs of: children in foster care, parents of children with a mental illness, social skills for children with ADHD, teens and substance abuse, and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. My practice includes integrating proven, effective clinical treatment methods along with extensive life experience. I will meet you where you are at and assist you in getting to where you want to be.


Enas Elshiwick MFT, Psy D

Enas Elshiwick, MFT, Psy D is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage family therapist. She has experience working with a variety of clients, including, issues of relationships, marriage and family, personality, obsessions, compulsions, drug and alcohol addictions, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, paranoia, and other issues that effect daily lives.

 

Dr. Elshiwick has had experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, in a variety of settings, including private practice, agencies and clinics, and with inpatients (where she was the head of the psychology department of the hospital). She is bilingual (Arabic and English), and understands and has experience dealing with issues of adjustments in terms of culture and religion. She is eclectic in her approach, taking into consideration the client's best interest and welfare.

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Michael B. Ferguson, Psy.D., LCSW has been working in the mental health profession for more than 30 years, and has specialized with Chemical Dependent patients with co-existing disorders, i.e., anxiety and depression. He received his Bachelors' Degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University where he graduated with honors, he completed his Masters' Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Ryokan College of Los Angeles.


He served his internships at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California, where he worked with adolescent children and their families. He also trained at L.A. County USC Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with bipolar and schizophrenic populations, and other related psychiatric illnesses.


During his current practice at Long Beach Behavioral and Laguna Behavioral he serves a broad and diverse population who frequently present with depression, anxiety and chemical dependency. During treatment they learn how to deal with uncomfortable emotional conditions, i.e., social phobia, communication problems and other fears without the use of their drug of choice.


Dr. Ferguson has served as Clinical Director for several drug and alcohol recovery facilities. He is certified by the Department of Probation to teach Domestic Violence Classes and currently serves as Clinical Director of a Domestic Violence Agency in South Orange County. He also provides treatment for this population in his private practice.


Dr. Ferguson remains current with research literature associated with professional advancement in treatment and maintains a keen awareness of innovative techniques as he chooses to utilize the most effective methodology in the treatment of clients.


As a practicing psychotherapist with Christian based values, he provides counseling that will help develop and cultivate coping mechanisms which are consistent with Scriptural principals found in the Bible.

Equally important, Dr. Ferguson's ethical standards remain uncompromised while adhering to the highest level of honesty and integrity.

Mary-Louise Henson, MFT
Mary-Louise Henson, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who has maintained a private practice in Laguna Niguel, CA since 1992. Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, she taught elementary school, raised two children to successful adulthood, worked in the fitness industry and co-owned a business.

Her clinical training combined with rich life experience continues to provide her with a unique and evolving perspective on how people can heal, make positive changes, healthier decisions and lead more fulfilling lives. She is able to address a wide range of clinical issues including personal growth, relationship challenges in a technology driven world, infidelity, parenting “stress”, divorce, depression, anxiety, weight management, the fear of aging and health changes.


From 1998 to 2011 Mary-Louise worked with Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, as a behaviorist in Mission’s Sports and Wellness Weight Management Program. She currently teaches behavioral classes in Stress Management and the Psychology of Weight Loss for Mission’s Cardiac Rehab Program. In September 2011, she began teaching behavioral classes for WellDatrix, a medically supervised weight management program based in Irvine, CA.


Mary-Louise has been a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and has recently begun Pilates classes.

Adrienne Pasek, Psy D
Dr. Adrienne Pasek has extensive experience performing neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive assessments in private practice and for governmental agencies. Dr. Pasek provides trainings and presentations to law enforcement agencies and companies nationwide. Dr. Pasek also has broad experience in conflict resolution as a former Executive Director for a non-profit Mediation Center working for the courts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. She is proficient and skilled in mediation and arbitration for parties seeking alternative solutions to legal disputes. Dr. Pasek is also a former Educational Liaison for several school districts. She has vast knowledge of child development and routinely provides screenings and assessments for children suspected of struggling with learning disabilities.
Aram Amini Nejad, Psy D
Dr. Aram Amini Nejad is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. She obtained her B.A. degree from California State University Long Beach, and earned her Master’s and Doctorate degree in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Alhambra, California, accredited by American Psychological Association.

Dr. Amini Nejad’s professional experience and training in mental health have included working with adult individuals, couples and families who struggle with array of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, Trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, alcohol and substance abuse, comorbid disorders, LGBTQ issues, personality disorders, life adjustments and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Amini Nejad also helps individuals who desire to improve their self esteem, communication, marriages and parenting skills.  

Dr. Amini Nejad has great appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism and provides psychological services in Farsi, Arabic and Turkish (Azeri), as well.