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Candy Bartole MS, LMFT, CEDS is currently in Private Practice in Ventura County, California.

Candy earned her master’s degree from the University of Northridge in California and is licensed by the state of California as a marriage/family therapist. She’s been certified as an eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Candy is an experienced licensed professional and eating disorder specialist who has dedicated her career to helping people recover from their eating disorders and other psychological issues.

Candy started at Anacapa/Steps, a residential drug & alcohol facility, at a time when professionals were realizing when women get clean and sober many times an eating disorder will surface. She has been in private practice in Ventura County for numerous years; however also has a passion for developing successful eating disorder facilities. She was instrumental in developing the counseling program for Pacific Shores Hospital, an acute inpatient eating disorder hospital. She was clinical director of Pathways Family Counseling Center in Thousand Oaks until she turned her focus into starting another intensive outpatient program in Santa Monica. Candy developed and operated A New Journey Eating Disorder Center where she was both the Clinical Director and Chief Operations Coordinator. Candy was also the Assistant Vice President of Eating Disorder Enterprises of California. She most recently designed, developed and was clinical director/program coordinator for La Ventana Eating Disorder Treatment Center. Candy has worked at every level of treatment, acute inpatient hospitalization, residential, PHP/day treatment, intensive outpatient programs and private practice. Along with the treatment of eating disorders she has helped many women with depression, anxiety, OCD, life adjustments, divorce, grief and loss issues.

She has served on the boards for both Los Angeles and Central Coast Chapters of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Candy is an active speaker and presenter in the local and regional areas as well as a contributor for the book “Reflections of ED”. She has appeared on television, does educating and consulting regularly at local colleges, high schools and professional groups. She is consulted by the local newspaper for articles on food and body image. Candy is also a Clinical Consultant for new treatment centers wanting to open programs.

As a person recovering from an eating disorder herself she understands the eating disorder personally as well as professionally.

How I treat

Individual psychotherapy is my primary treatment service. I help you get into action and solution focused to get past being stuck in the problem. I like to emphasize and introduce my clients to concepts and philosophies for building lifelong wellness patterns. I teach useable coping skills and techniques, things you can take home and practice outside of my office. I will assist you in challenging negative thinking patterns and behaviors that no longer are beneficial for a happy and joyous life.

I also work with couples and families providing an active and empathic approach to addressing how families can heal from the effects of dysfunctional communication styles or the impact of a member suffering with an eating disorder, depression, anxiety, loss and/or drug or alcohol problem.

Support groups can also be a powerful, insightful experience to be with others, like yourself, who are healing as well. I facilitate my own groups at my office as well as can refer to other groups that can be added to your treatment plan.