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Bethany Helfman, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist who has practiced in the field for over 20 years. She is founder and director of Helfman & Associates, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where she specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults and families affected by eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders and related issues.  Dr. Helfman supervises, publishes and lectures nationally on eating disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders and the use of technology in overcoming barriers to treatment. She serves as co-chair of the Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders Special Interest Group of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), is a presenting member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), and a contributing author to the book Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap (2010). She is also a longtime member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Michigan Psychological Association (MPA) and is a strong advocate for change related to the factors that make recovery from mental illness more difficult. 

Dr. Helfman uses a highly personalized approach tailored to each patient. Therapy is guided by the latest research in evidence-based therapies. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the recovery and personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. She is passionate about her work, her family and her friendships. 



Recent Publications

 Edited by Margo Maine, Beth McGilley, Douglas Bunnell (2010) Chapter 14:  Managing the Eating Disorder Patient with a Comorbid Substance Use Disorder                        
Amy Baker-Dennis, Ph.D. and Bethany Helfman, Psy.D.

Understanding the Complex Relationship between Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder 
 Bethany Helfman, Psy.D. and Amy Baker Dennis, Ph.D.

Speaking Engagements

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Virtually Perfect: Media and Body Image
March 3, 2015
Oakland University

The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference
The Therapeutic Relationship in a Wired World
November 15, 2014 Philadelphia, PA

International Academy for Eating Disorders (ICED)

Treatment of Comorbid Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders
May 2013
Montreal, Quebec, CA

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Presentation
The Body Monologues: Body Image, Eating Disorders and The Process of Recovery
March 2013
Oakland University
Rochester, MI


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