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Less struggling and more living.

You dream of living a more extraordinary life but place limits on yourself because of how you feel about your weight or appearance.

You’re tired of hiding from the camera, being the one who’s always snapping the family photos or positioning yourself just out of frame because you can’t stand having your picture taken.

And you just wish you could get dressed for a night out without rejecting every single outfit in your closet then calling your friends and faking illness because nothing looks or feels right.

If you feel like you’ve got a firm grasp on pretty much every other aspect of your life but lose control when it comes to food, I can help.

Please contact me at:
dr.nina[at] or call 844-DR-NINA-HELPS (1-844-376-4624).

One-to-One Support

Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Over the years I’ve explained the difference between psychotherapy (or therapy as we’ve come to call it) and psychoanalysis to prospective clients in many different ways until a past patient gave me this great analogy: “I’ve done therapy, but that is nothing compared to what you do. Therapy is like snorkeling; you just put your head down and bob around under the surface a bit and see more interesting things. But this is like deep-sea diving; we go really deep below the surface, shine a light on what’s hiding in the darkness, then come up slowly without getting the bends.”

Here’s the thing: when we go really deep under the surface and shine a light on those dark places, we illuminate the true issues or conflicts that are leading to whatever is going on with food – which is a ‘symptom’ of the problem, even though it feels like ‘the’ problem.

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatment can help you:

• Spot and predict the circumstances that make you want to turn to food and form strategies for dealing with your triggers when they arise

• Release obsessive behaviors like counting calories, fat and carb grams and weighing your food so you can enjoy food in a way you may not have done before

• Let go of limiting beliefs about your body, weight and dieting that no longer serve you

As a psychoanalyst with personal experience of disordered eating, I have a unique understanding of what it’s like to struggle with weight, food and body image issues.

Reaching out to a therapist for the first time is a big step. It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge your challenges and seek out help, but once you do we’ll talk, get to know each other a little, and when you feel comfortable moving forward, you can make an appointment. All sessions take place in person at my practice offices in the Los Angeles area.

What to expect from your first session: At your first session you’ll be asked to arrive a little early to complete a self-assessment outlining what has brought you to therapy. Your answers to these questions will form the basis of our discussion during your first session, but we’ll also talk more about what you hope to achieve from the therapeutic process as a whole. There is no firm guideline on how long therapy should last; each and every patient is different and the number of sessions you undertake will vary depending on your individual needs.

Session Times & Fees:
A 60-minute session with me is priced at $300-450.
30-minute sessions are also available, priced between $150-$225.

Online Program

Kick The Diet Habit

Not looking for individual therapy? You can still benefit from my expertise.

I developed the Kick The Diet Habit program to help you stop dieting for good.

I give you specific strategies, guidelines and step-by-step actions on exactly how to do this.

Imagine life if you were not obsessing over food and second-guessing every bite? This program helps you lose weight naturally, without dieting or deprivation. This 30 day program will help you identify and change what is weighing “on” you instead of focusing on what you weigh. When you stop dieting, you truly start living.


Dr. Nina, 26lbs (down) and counting. You change lives! ~KH Phillips

Never have I seen so many outstanding dieting/self-esteem videos from one person. I am extremely impressed and I’ve view lots of them. Thanks again! ~Debbie

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Here’s what people are saying about my book:

Book - Food For Thought
Much needed book
By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2016
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This book is essential for anyone struggling with disordered eating and/or body image, not only because Dr. Nina's credentials as a psychoanalyst and thought leader in the field inform her writing and perspective (which is far from the usual - her belief that "it's not what you eat, it's what's eating at you" is at the heart of her approach), but because she approaches this terrible and challenging issue from a human, empathetic and reassuring direction, and it makes for a remarkably comforting read. By sharing stories of those who dealt with disordered eating and body image, sought help and made a new life for themselves, Dr. Nina provides information and support. It's written in a way that the lay person can easily access, and the treating professional can benefit from. Quite the accomplishment, and highly recommended.
An exemplary book by a thought and practice pioneer in this field.
By Andrea Kobliner on January 2, 2017
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This insightful book is well written and free of the tedious jargon that plagues many books about psychoanalysis. Writing from the perspective of an active practitioner, the author advances a standard of excellence on many plains: 1) an in-depth description and clarification about current relational psychoanalysis approaches in contrast to earlier theories; 2) a thorough body of research that evidences the potential effectiveness of psychoanalysis as a viable treatment for eating disorders; and 3) the astute application of clinical experience enlivened by poignant and relevant case examples to support her conclusions. While outstanding and full of merit, these elements are not what distinguishes this book as a stand out in current literature. It is the addition of an introspective fourth dimension where Dr. Nina generously shares her own analytical and emotional responses to patient interactions. This approach humanizes the book and offers valuable insights that inform the patient-analyst dynamic in a way that elucidates the benefits of counter-transference and authenticity for the ultimate success of therapy.
A Superb Book
By Arthur Asa Berger on December 31, 2016
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This book is very well written and highly accessible even though it also scholarly--built on a solid foundation of psychoanalytic research. Food for Thought shows that Dr. Savelle-Rocklin is a clinician who cares deeply about the people she's helping. She brings her knowledge of psychoanalytic theory to life in a way that in informative and, ultimately, hopeful.
Accessible and Illuminating.
By Newton on January 7, 2017
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This book presents the reader with a sophisticated and clear understanding of how problems with eating can reveal and express a wide variety of personal conflicts and interruptions in development. Through clear and instructive presentations of her clinical work with patients combined with an expert understanding of psychoanalytic theory and treatment, Dr. Savelle-Rocklin has contributed a book which is both accessible and illuminating. Bravo.
Shines an important light on a very internal struggle
By Rochelleon on January 15, 2017
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The internal dynamics of an eating disorder make it challenging for friends and families to fully appreciate. Support systems are kept at bay and will often walk on eggshells in order to do the "right thing," in spite of not knowing what that "right thing," might be. Nina Savelle-Rocklin's book is a welcome portal into the hearts and minds of those in the clutches of an eating disorder -- it is particularly effective because of the first person narratives as well as Rocklin's very clear and compelling "storytelling" in a voice that doesn't pander but still manages to simplify the complex. If you are close to someone whose eating disorder has taken over -- or if you are working through your own challenges in relation to food and body image -- this is an insightful work of great empathy written by a professional with extensive experience. Savelle-Rocklin tackles the topic from a number of angles - many of which are seldom addressed in less nuanced works on the subject.
Food For Thought Fed My Soul.
By iris ruth pastor on February 14, 2017
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I believe people and books appear in your life when you are ready to receive their wisdom. I was bulimic for 46 years, went for treatment and actually today – Valentine Day – I am celebrating being five years binge and purge free.

I always resisted calling my bulimia more than just a bad habit. Until I read Food for Thought. The book dispelled my resistance dramatically to delving deeper into the origins of my disordered eating patterns.

Dr. Savelle-Rocklin states: "Bulimia is a symptom that contains and expresses a plethora of meanings; it can be understood as a defense against painful emotional experience, an expression of ambivalence, an attempt at mastery, and a means of self-regulation."

That is only a taste of the mind-blowing tidbits of information sprinkled throughout Food for Thought, many of which are drawn from examples of different patients battling with eating, weight and body image.

I have a ton of books on my bookshelves. But this is one I keep close.

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