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Inspiring Conversations with Robyn Goldberg of The Eating Disorder Trap

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robyn Goldberg.

Hi Robyn, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started my career as a registered dietitian nutritionist at the world-renowned Cedars Sinai Medical Center as the inpatient cardiac dietitian. I worked there for five years in the Department of Cardiology and then moved into gastroenterology. I got into my profession based on my family history of heart disease and high cholesterol.

I was the nutrition director at an outpatient eating disorder program (IOP) for eight years which helped me develop more experience in the eating disorder world. I became interested in eating disorders after having roommates in college with bulimia nervosa and learning about their disease. I was on a tennis scholarship in college and since my schedule and routine was different from all my roommates, I became the person they all shared their secret with.

I knew from the beginning of my career I wanted to have my own private practice in Beverly Hills, CA where I grew up and had it there for 24 years until the pandemic began and then moved my practice.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting a business is never easy and I was fortunate to have had the focus and direction of knowing what I wanted to do at an early age. At the time of starting my career, my dad was alive and was my business consultant with guiding me how to create goals short term and long term in developing my private practice.

I have always been a hard worker and in the beginning, it took time for me to know what I wanted to specialize in and also to learn how to market myself.

Struggles certainly happened earlier on regarding developing relationships with other providers and keeping those relationships going and also developing confidence in learning how to explain that I am a “non-diet weight inclusive provider” with explaining what that means.

When I was younger in my career and eager to help people, it took me time to develop confidence with conveying to providers that I would not put people on diets and for them to understand that my role is to help people improve their relationship with food, body and themselves while clarifying the mixed messages that we learn through diet culture.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about The Eating Disorder Trap., Inc?
The Eating Disorder Trap., Inc is a private practice that specializes in helping kids, tweens, teens and adults heal their relationship with food, body, movement and medical conditions.

I work with a non-diet, weight-inclusive approach utilizing principles from Intuitive Eating (IE) and Health at Every Size (HAES). I am a certified intuitive eating counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor through (IAEDP) which is the International Association Eating Disorder Professionals.

I see all ages, all genders, all body shapes and sizes in my practice and offer a nonjudgmental and shame-free space to help my clients achieve food freedom and flexibility without having feelings of guilt, shame or remorse.

I supervise new dietitians and new therapists in the field and love seeing people grow and thrive.

I am proud of my book The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones which came out when the pandemic started and also proud of my podcast The Eating Disorder Trap Podcast.

I wanted to write a book that anyone understands to support a person that is struggling with an eating disorder. It embraces non-gender affirming illustrations and terms and is inclusive to all. Oftentimes people can’t relate to a book as I had many colleagues review my manuscript to share with me what was lacking. My goal was to have a user-friendly resource that a person wouldn’t be intimated to pick up due to not being in the eating disorder field.

I am honored to have changed so many lives and know that my approach, book and podcast are reaching so many and helping loved ones and those struggling achieve freedom.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
My commitment to hard work, being true to my brand, being available to clients, their families and referral sources in the community and responding to them in a timely manner.

I think also being authentic and real has helped my success and connections with people.

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Image Credits

Michael Roud and Ethan Bellows (book pics all Ethan) and non book pics (Michael Roud)

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