Emily Caruthers, LMFT, ATR

My aim is not to help you manage your disordered eating but to help you free yourself from it. To have full recovery.


Emily is a marital and family therapist and registered art therapist who has more than a decade of experience specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.  She completed her undergraduate degree in religion, graduating cum laude from Boston University, and received her M.A. in marital and family therapy (clinical art therapy) from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  She was selected for and completed a highly competitive post-graduate fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, Thalians - Department of Psychiatry in Los Angeles focusing on advanced diagnostic skills and therapeutic interventions.  Emily has a breadth of clinical experience in settings including a state behavioral health hospital, behavioral health group home, non-public school, community clinics, and specialized eating disorder work in a number of well-known treatment programs at levels of care ranging from residential to outpatient.  

Her work with eating disorder treatment includes roles ranging from clinical and program director to her current role and the founder and director of Mid-Peninsula Eating Disorder Clinic.  Emily is passionate about the supervision of interns and helping to create a thriving diverse community of eating disorder professionals.  Equally close to her heart is advocacy work.  She has been involved with the Eating Disorder Resource Center of Silicon Valley (EDRC) for many years in a variety of capacities.  Her main interests include efforts to ensure proper funding and resources for the awareness, education, treatment and prevention of eating disorders.  Locally, statewide, nationally (or with social media) even globally, she believes we can shift the tide of stigma and shame that gets in the way of those who need help.  She is also passionate about lifting the financial barriers to treatment that many face.

Emily grew up as a New-Englander and developed a love for rainy days and all four seasons.  She flirted briefly with the western half of the country through a snowy stop in a Colorado mountain town and had a brief career in the publishing industry in New York City, prior to finding her way out west.  She landed in Los Angeles, came to understand the beauty of the left coast and meandered north finally rooting in Silicon Valley.

When Emily is not at work you can find her running with her dog, reading a good book, or dreaming up new hobbies.  Her favorite thing about the Mid-Peninsula is the breathtaking beauty of this part of the country.