In this episode of “Embark Sessions,” Rob interviews Liz Lees, a registered dietitian who treats youths at the Embark Behavioral Health outpatient therapy clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. They discuss her life story, including what drove her to pursue providing eating disorder treatment, how her family’s emphasis on healthy eating inspired her to study nutrition, and how her relationship with food evolved throughout her career. Rob and Liz also explain why building a therapeutic relationship with her clients is a crucial part of eating disorder treatment, and the importance of having a mentor.
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Rob Gent, a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree, is the chief clinical officer and one of the founding members of Embark Behavioral Health. Rob has been with the company for 15 years and has led the Embark organization in clinical development and the growth of numerous programs. He’s the lead developer of the proprietary CASA Developmental Framework, used throughout Embark’s programs to create therapeutic relationships.
Through his dedication to advancing clinical development, practice, and research, Rob has become a nationally recognized expert in the behavioral health field. His specialization in clinical development is enhanced by his therapeutic expertise and has yielded accomplishments such as developing the CASA Developmental Framework, Vive Family Intensive Program, Calo Preteens, the Canine Attachment Therapy-Transferable Attachment Program, and other specialized programs.
Rob’s dedication has led him to pursue his doctorate in psychology, with an emphasis on development and attachment. He remains passionate about neurological, psychological, and physiological development and continues to focus on advancing research and the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
Rob lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and two boys.
Liz Lees is a registered dietitian at the Embark Behavioral Health outpatient therapy clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a master's degree in clinical nutrition from Rush University.
Liz has over 10 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings offering evidence-based nutrition counseling. She has specialized in treating clients with digestive-related conditions and eating disorders and is passionate about listening to and supporting her clients’ unique needs regarding recovery and overall well-being.
Liz and her family love to spend time outdoors connecting with nature and camping in their RV.