Today, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself. As you may already know, my name is Dr. Kelli Malkasian, PsyD, CEDS, and I am a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Education and Background
I grew up in South Florida and Michigan (for just a few years) before I headed to Michigan State University. Psychology has always been fascinating to me, and while there, I earned my Bachelor of Science in psychology with a focus on feminist theory. After graduation, I decided to work in the field for a year before deciding if I would pursue a doctorate degree. I returned to Florida and found a perfect fit as a Psych-Tech at the Renfrew Center, an eating disorder treatment center that uses feminism in their recovery plans. Prior to that experience, I didn’t know much about eating disorders, but I immediately knew it was the right path for me, allowing me to combine my love of both psychology and feminism.
Then, I attended Nova Southeastern University for my doctorate in psychology. Following graduation, I continued my career at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in South Miami, Florida, working as a Post-Doctoral Resident, Primary Therapist, Clinical Director of IOP/TLP, Director of Aftercare, and Residential Clinical Director.
In addition to being a Clinical Psychologist, I am also a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). The CEDS distinction is only earned by those with extensive training and experience in the field of eating disorders and helps protect clients from those who are not well versed in this area. I truly understand the unique presentation and treatment of eating disorders and stay up-to-date on the latest research, ensuring that the treatment I provide is ethical and beneficial for my clients.
What I Love About My Job
Therapy is a powerful experience, and it starts with personal connection and authenticity. Seeing people through their recovery - to full recovery - is my favorite part of my job. I love being a part of the process. It’s so rewarding to be a part of the journey as people become who they are truly meant to be and break free from the stranglehold of their eating disorder. I love watching clients become the strongest and most self-loving version of themselves.
Over the years, my clients have taught me that people are resilient. The recovery process is some of the hardest work I have ever seen people go through, but there is such beauty in it as they grow into themselves and learn who they are outside of their eating disorder.
My Personal Life
Outside of work, I love the simple life. I am married to my high school sweetheart and the love of my life, though we just married three years ago. My favorite and most challenging role is being a mother. I love my wild and crazy kids, and I’m amazed daily by the little people they are becoming. Whether we’re boating, paddle boarding, or kayaking, we love being on the water and enjoying all the beauty that Florida has to offer. We love listening to music, and there’s always blues, reggae, or rock playing in our house. I also volunteer and sit on the board of the South Florida chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
In my personal life, I practice what I preach - which is so important. You will never see me on a diet or hear me body shame myself or anyone else. I practice intuitive eating and believe in health at every size. Whether you’re in the midst of your recovery or are just starting your process of self-discovery, I would love to help you reach your goals!
Reach out to me at Coral Reef Counseling and schedule a telehealth appointment today!