What does Validation mean?

Validation is acknowledging that another person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have a cause which is understandable.  It is not necessarily agreeing with another person.

What do it? Validation improves our relationships and makes other more receptive to what we are communicating.

Enjoy the video!

Quote by Robert Frost


The Best Way Out Is Always Through

Paced Breathing

These videos are brought to you by DBT San Diego:

I have been sharing this video along with how to practice paced breathing with my clients.  Thank you DBT San Diego!

Paced Breathing is a Distress Tolerance Crisis Survival Skill.  The acronym is TIPP: Temperature, Intensity, Paced Breathing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation.  Come back weekly to see more videos about this DBT Skill.

Paced Breathing Explanation

Paced Breathing Flute Pacer


Resources for Family Members

I often recommend that parents or loved ones who are participating in DBT find support during the therapy process.  Either to find a DBT clinician to start family therapy with a DBT focus or look into family connections.  This helps alleviate worry and learn to speaking the same language which creates closer relationships and more effective communication.

I recommend Family Connections: click here

Readings include:

Stop Walking On Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder.  Randi Kreger and Paul Mason.

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality.  Jerold Kreisman and Hal Straus.

For an appointment: call 949-524-1509 or email

Now offering TeleMental Health

Telemental Health is offering psychotherapy by phone, email, or video.  It is a convenient and cost effective means of delivering therapy to people who live busy lives, are unable to find a clinician in their area to meet their needs or treat their condition, or prefer online counseling.

Article about the effectiveness of Telemental Health

If you are interested in telemental health first contact your insurance provider to see if this is a service that is covered.  Then contact me at or 949-524-1509 to set up an initial consultation.


Interested in pursuing your Certification to become an Eating Disorders Specialist?

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation announced effective for applications received after July 1, 2018, hours may be accrued after registration or licensure with state or national board:

Therapists – After registration number is acquired, post-graduation, through your state
Registered Dietitians – After registration number is acquired through Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR)
Medical Providers – After license number is acquired through state and can begin residency
Nurses – After state licensure number is acquired

All hours must be accrued under an iaedp™-approved supervisor (I am an approved supervisor FYI).

For more information go to iaedp.


VoyageLA Interview

VoyageLA Interview

Recently I had the opportunity to work with Sid Reddy at VoyageLA giving an interview about myself and what I do.  Check out the link!

Why Full AN Recovery is Crucial for Brain Health by Dr. Muhlheim

This article provides research about the brain and Anorexia Nervosa and highlights the importance of weight restoration and brain functioning.

Approved Supervisor Designation from iaedp

Courtney Westin, LMFT is an Approved Supervisor designation from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) Foundation. An Approved Supervisor is defined as a professional with a minimum of five years of experience treating persons with eating disorders, no fewer than 6,000 hours of approved work experience in the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders and holds the appropriate state licensure, certification, or registration qualifications. Westin is part of an elite group of professionals committed to excellence in the treatment of eating disorders who desire to mentor, educate and encourage other clinicians in this field who are seeking iaedp’s Traditional Certification. Professionals pursuing the CEDS, CEDRD, CEDCAT or CEDRN designation are required to be supervised by a qualified professional who has received approval from iaedp™’s Certification Committee. “Since iaedp™ has designed its Traditional certification program to ensure its certified members can demonstrate expertise through a range of professional activities, achievements, and supervised activities, requirements for supervision are designed to be in line with these same competencies,” says Tammy Beasley, Director of The iaedp Foundation Certification Committee.

This designation allows Westin to offer eating disorder clinicians who are seeking the iaedp Traditional Certification the assurance and confidence that the highest standards of supervision will be provided throughout all stages of treatment. Established in 1985, iaedp ( provides educational programs and training standards for eating disorder specialists and other medical professionals caring for those suffering from the full spectrum of disordered eating. The group offers the most widely respected certification process for specializing in eating disorder treatment.