Erin Elfant, PhD, Psychologist in San Luis Obispo
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety/phobia, depression/ bipolar, chronic pain/ medical condition, sleep disturbance, or dual diagnosis/ substance abuse, you will find that my treatment framework allows you make considerable progress in symptom reduction each week. To bolster our in-person psychotherapy sessions, I provide email exchange throughout the week (at no additional cost) to help you make further progress toward your treatment goals. You will find me to be very accessible, knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective at addressing your specific therapy needs, and you will make important life changes more quickly than imagined.
As the founding Clinical Director of Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential Programs in San Francisco from 2004-2010, I assisted many individuals in achieving full recovery from their psychiatric symptoms. Now in private practice, my clients often share how our work helps them feel and live more freely.
I have more than a decade of experience treating Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, along with chronic pain, anxiety and mood disorders. You and I will work intensely to see to it that you experience the types of changes in your life that you desire and deserve.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Erin Elfant now - (805) 467-7274


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • School: Chicago Medical School
  • Year Graduated: 2003
  • License No. and State: PSY19879 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $130 - $180
  • Sliding Scale: Yes

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network

Erin Elfant's Groups

Interpersonal Process

This group is designed to help participants discover and explore the underlying issues associated with their eating disorders. The open format allows for participants to discuss any present issues with which they are struggling. The goal of the group is to develop healthier ways to relate to oneself and to others.

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Body Acceptance

This group is focused on building a more positive body and self-image. An emphasis on externalizing the eating disorder from one's sense of self is emphasized in order to improve self-esteem. A variety of techniques are used to challenge body-image distortions, including transactional analysis, cognitive restructuring, and mindfulness.

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Meal Support

Each participant brings and eats a meal that is in accordance with their meal plan. This group helps 1) establish healthy, consistent eating behavior; 2) to tolerate and cope with distressing thoughts and feelings that emerge around eating; 3) find joy in eating and sharing a meal experience with others; 4) support participants for taking food risks; and 5) teach to observe without judgment the physiological sensations that accompany eating (i.e., becoming comfortable with feeling full after eating).

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  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Chronic Pain


  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Internet Addiction
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obesity
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal
  • Maudsley
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis


  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017
Erin Elfant, PhD, Psychologist in San Luis Obispo

Erin Elfant

Psychologist, PhD