Kelli Malkasian, psyd, CEDS
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
My Professional Background
After I graduated with my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, I headed back to the much-loved sunshine in South Florida, where I grew up. My first job was at The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida — one of the top eating disorder treatment programs in the country. While working there, I completed a Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. After seven years at The Renfrew Center, I transitioned to a job at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers in Miami, Florida, where I worked for five more years and earned the prestigious Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) credentials. This distinction is only given to professionals with extensive training and experience in the field of eating disorders, helping to protect clients from those who are not well-versed in the specialty.
These experiences gave me the opportunity to work with thousands of patients and prepared me to open my own practice, Coral Reef
Counseling. Coral reefs are resilient, unique, and beautiful — three qualities I see in each of my clients. While no two clients are alike, I believe that all people who suffer from an eating disorder or addiction can find inner beauty and strength through the recovery process.
When I started in this field 15 years ago, I knew very little about eating disorders and addiction, and I knew nothing about working in recovery. As you’ve probably guessed…I loved it! I started to see firsthand how transformative the recovery process can be, watching clients change from a shell of themselves into a whole and happy person again. I consider it such an honor to play a role in every one of my client’s recovery process.
I’ve always been passionate about psychology.
I’ve always wondered what it is that impacts someone's decisions
and the thought process behind these actions.
How can I understand that better and help you make changes in your lives?
Contact me below to work together:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Body Image Concerns
Low Self-Esteem and/or Self-Worth
Identity Concerns and Existential Issues
Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
What Makes Me Unique
I bring a casual and collaborative style to my work, allowing my clients to set the pace for their recoveries. I pride myself on being very open, honest, and understanding. I love being a part of the process as my clients reach full recovery, becoming the strongest, most vibrant version of themselves.
I bring a lot of humor to our sessions. I’m very collaborative with my clients. I meet you where you’re at, and I strive to take you all the way. I really work with you to make sure you get the results you deserve from your therapy.
I believe therapy begins with personal connection and authenticity. My relationship with my clients is key. I strive to be present during my therapy sessions and make myself available on evenings and weekends as needed.
I offer individual and family therapy for clients both in and out of the recovery process. I use therapeutic relationships, connections, metaphors, and a lot of humor in my work. I also offer telehealth therapy for clients who can’t be seen in person due to distance or other commitments. I know change is difficult — I can be the strong and specialized clinician you need to help you through life’s challenges.
My Personal Story
Whenever possible, I’m outside (I told you I loved the sunshine!) and taking full advantage of the South Florida lifestyle. My family, which includes my husband (also my high school sweetheart!) and our children, loves to spend time on the water, often paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, or boating. We also enjoy listening to music — you’ll constantly hear rock, reggae, or blues playing in our home.
I want you to find freedom in your relationship with food and your body.
I’m dedicated to advocacy work for eating disorders, body image, and addiction, holding a committee position with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and supporting groups focused on improving body image, increasing access to care, and fighting for mental health legislation and rights.
In my own life, I practice intuitive eating. I believe in health at every size — you’ll never see me on a diet or hear me body shame myself or anyone else.