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Elisabeth Gruber, PhD

Eating Disorders and Chronic Medical Conditions Expert

I’m Dr. Liz Gruber and use she/her pronouns. As a teen and adult psychologist in
Florida, I’m passionate about helping people heal their relationship with food and
their bodies. Within this specialty, I’ve seen the impact eating disorders has across diverse backgrounds. This clinical passion is reflected in my membership of the
International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals and my recent
publication on Latinx women’s relationship with beauty in an international body
image research journal. Additionally, I specialize in complex trauma and chronic
medical conditions.

Whether from childhood sexual abuse, debilitating chronic pain or other life
experiences, oftentimes we experience deep feelings of “not being enough” or “not
belonging” that shows up in different ways. This can include anxiety and mood
disorders, skin picking and other obsessive-compulsive tendencies, identity issues,
relationship issues, life transitions, first generation issues, behavioral problems and
more. Regardless of our identities, a lot of us are taught that vulnerability is a
weakness and self-silencing “should be” prioritized. Avoidance of uncomfortable
physical and emotional pain can then become very natural whether conscious or
not. However, such avoidance can be costly to your physical and mental well-being.

I earned my master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University
Chicago and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a Behavioral Health minor from
New Mexico State University. I completed my predoctoral internship at The Ohio
State University and post-doctoral residency at Florida Atlantic University’s
Counseling Centers. During my extensive clinical training in different geographic
regions, I provided individual, group, and relationship counseling in a variety of
healthcare settings to diverse individuals across the lifespan. Collaborating on
multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment teams and in primary care settings have
shown me the importance of treating the mind and body.

As there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health, I use mindfulness, self-
compassion, feminist, CBT, anti-diet, and Health At Every Size frameworks. My
values of inclusive perspectives to mental health are integrated throughout. I
collaborate with clients on therapy goals, creating meaning, and recognizing
strengths. During the counseling process, I balance supporting and challenging

you to relate differently to uncomfortable thoughts and feelings so they no longer distract you from your potential.

This might be your first time seeking counseling or another attempt to connect with
a therapist that gets you. I work to establish a trusting and compassionate space
connecting through humor, validation, and transparency. I encourage you to
email me at or call 561-600-1914 to schedule a FREE 30
minute phone consultation for you to get a better sense of how we might work together I look forward to hearing from you!

Please visit my website if you are interested in learning more about how I approach my practice

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