She/Her/HersMarriage and Family Therapist, MFT Master of Arts, MA Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Dawn Smith-Theodore, LMFT is a certified specialist in the treatment of eating disorders. Dawn has a private practice in Westwood, near UCLA and Agoura Hills, CA. Dawn works with many high school, college students and adults who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues and life transitions. Dawn's approach is relational with transparency, compassion and curiosity. Dawn enjoys working with individuals and families in her office and also offers Telehealth as an option. Dawn is licensed in California and New York as a Marriage, Family Therapist.
Dawn worked for seven years at Monte Nido Residential Treatment Center in Malibu, CA with women suffering from anorexia, bulimia and exercise addiction. She has worked as a primary therapist as well as a facilitator of the weekly multi-family group, cognitive behavioral, dance therapy and creativity groups. She worked for 6 years as an Eating Disorder Consultant for Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu, where she worked with adolescents who suffer from drug addiction, alcoholism in addition to having an eating disorder. Dawn was the Clinical Director of the Eating Disorder Center of California in Brentwood (Los Angeles) for 5 years. Dawn also worked as the National Director of Day Treatment Services for Monte Nido and Affiliates.
She was also an eating disorder consultant at Wonderland Treatment Center in Los Angeles. She appeared on Health Zone with Amy Hendel and Recovery Talk Network as a therapist with a specialty in the eating disorder field. She has also been a guest teacher at Pepperdine University and California State Dominguez Hills. She spoke on a panel about Women’s Issues in Recovery at the Southern California Recovery Summit. Dawn appeared with Tracey Gold in the Lifetime Television show about the treatment of eating disorders entitled "Starving Secrets."
Dawn is an international speaker having recently spoken to the dance department at Boston Conservatory, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts in New York City, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hollywood Connection, Steps on Broadway, Maria’s Project, Brandywine Ballet, Oklahoma University, Kirov ballet School, The Washington Ballet School, City Dance DC, IADMS in Helsinki, Montreal and Tokyo and The Dallas Conservatory.Dawn is recovered from Anorexia Nervosa herself.
In addition to her work as a therapist, Dawn owned and operated her dance studio, A Step in Time School of Dance in Calabasas, CA for 25 years. During her ownership, Dawn has traveled the globe with her students giving them opportunities to perform at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Cruise Ships, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and The Radio City Christmas Show at the Nokia Theatre. Dawn continues to teach dance and is currently working with dance conventions and Ballet companies to educate them about eating disorders in the dance world. She is the author of the book about dancers and eating disorders, “TuTu Thin”.
Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
College student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Family therapy - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Working with dancers - Helping dancers improve and develop healthy relationships with their bodies and food; support in building a balanced life and healthy relationship with oneself
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Private Practice, 2000 - 2020
Monte Nido, National Director of Day Treatment Services, 2014 - 2016
"TuTu Thin, A Guide to Dancing without an Eating Disorder, Author, 2015 - 2015
Eating Disorder Center of California, Clinical Director, 2009 - 2014
Monte Nido, Primary Therapist, 1999 - 2009
Dancer Wellness Workshop, International Speaker
New York: 001040