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My Training

Nikki DuBose



Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, dual Psy.D. program                               Petaluma, CA

Meridian University                                                                                    December 2025       Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Honors

California Southern University                                                                       Costa Mesa, CA

GPA 3.93                                                                                                 2014 – 2021

Relevant Coursework: Fundamentals of Research Methodology, Intercultural Psychology, Foundations of Addiction, Marriage and Family, Cognition and the Brain, Ethical and Professional Issues.

Professional Experience

IAOTRC (International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching)                      Napa, California

Initial Certification, in progress                                               (Expected graduation January 2023)

  • One-on-one trauma coaching, group coaching, working with children and adults.

  • How Abuse, Neglect and Dysfunction Affects Children.

  • Coaching a Trauma Survivor.

  • Intakes, Assessments, Crisis Management Plans and Recovery Goal Pans.

  • Using Methods of Healing such as Expressive Arts and Writing.

Eating Disorder Recovery Coach

Founder & CEO, Live ED Free™                                                                  Los Angeles, CA 

                                                                                                           June 2021 to Present

• As an EDIT™ Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, I see clients through ZOOM; these individuals have anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED, emotional eating, chronic dieting, mood disorders, addiction, and trauma-related issues.
• Work with clients individually and in a group setting.

• Collaborate with dietitians, physicians, and psychologists to reach client’s recovery goal.
• Follow an evidenced-based, Intuitive Therapy approach with clients, helping them to reconnect to their bodies in the “here and now.”
• Incorporate elements of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-based techniques, “Art as Therapy,” guided visualizations, and more.
• Utilize my personal recovery into helping clients (recovered since 2013 from eating disorders, trauma and addictions).

Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, PhD, MSEd, LPC, LAC, CEDS EDIT™ Certification            Los Angeles, CA

Level IV Certification Eating Disorder Specialist, Track B, Recovery Coach               June 2021

  • Learned how to work with eating disordered clients individually and in a group setting.

  • Collaborated with dietitians, physicians, and psychologists to reach client’s recovery goal.

  • Followed an evidenced-based, Intuitive Therapy approach with clients, helping them to reconnect to their bodies in the “here and now.”

Angels Creation Reproductive Center                                                                Irvine, CA

Case Manager                                                                                            2019 – 2020

  • Recruited and governed surrogates and egg donors before, during, and after pregnancy.

  • Organized medical records, transported surrogates to their doctor’s appointments, handled all communications with their lawyers, and was on call 24/7.

  • Proficient with CRM and Seed Trust, file management, escrow, and more.

Eating Disorder Hope                                                                                   Los Angeles, CA

Business Development Consultant                                                                    2018 – 2019

  • Updated strategies for existing treatment center accounts to generate sales.

  • Developed and prepared presentations for prospective mental health treatment centers.

California State Assembly                                                                           Los Angeles, CA

Legislative Editor                                                                                              2017

  • Edited California Assembly Bill 1576: Modeling agencies: licensure: models: employees.

  • Added sections on sexual harassment training.

New York State Assembly                                                                           Albany, NY

Legislative Advocate                                                                                        2017

  • Campaigned for the passing of the Child Victims Act, which would have extended or eliminated the window for victims of child sexual abuse.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health                                             

Expert Reviewer for STRIPED Program                                                                 2016

  • Assisted in crafting the fall 2016 student and teaching lessons, with an emphasis on modeling, legislation, and eating disorders.

California State Assembly                                                                           Sacramento, CA

Legislative Advocate                                                                                        2016

  • Worked alongside Assemblymember Marc Levine and other prominent community members to push the passing of Assembly Bill 2539, which addressed the need for workplace protections and health standards in the modeling industry.


Gabrielle d’Ayr, Catherine Eichhorn, Nikki DuBose, et al., Yes in my LA! A Guide to Supportive Housing. League of Women Voters Los Angeles, 2018.

Nikki DuBose & James Johanson. Dans l’enfer du Mannequinat: Une Industrie Que Detruit. Editions du Rocher, 2018.

Becky Norwood, Edna J. White, Nikki DuBose, et al., We Choose to Thrive: Our Voices Rise in Unison to Share with Abuse Survivors a Message of Hope and Inspiration for Healing. MBK Enterprises, LLC., 2017.

Nikki DuBose & James Johanson. Washed Away: From Darkness to Light. Outskirts Press, 2016.


Addiction in the Modeling Field.

 Eating Disorder Hope’s Inaugural Online Conference. January 24, 2018.

  • Modeling, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse.

My Eating Disorder & Addiction Recovery Story.

Eating Disorder Hope’s Virtual Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery. December 27, 2017.

  • My personal eating disorder and addiction recovery story.

  • I also discussed my mental health memoir (in French).

Nikki DuBose on her Addiction and Eating Disorder Recovery.

Eastern University’s Online Class for MFT Students. March 27, 2017.

  • Eating disorders, trauma, and self-injury.

Who Am I? Washed Away: From Darkness to Light.

CSU San Marcos National Eating Disorder’s Awareness Week. February 25, 2016.

  • Personal account of recovery from trauma, addiction, and mental health issues in the modeling industry.

Globalization of Beauty.

CSU San Marcos Panel Discussion. March 13, 2016.

  • Panel talks with students about the documentary, The Illusionists, and how multi-billion dollar industries prey on the insecurities of consumers to sell products.

  • Eating disorders, body image, and body dysmorphic disorder.

A Day of Education and Healing Through Art for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

Project HEAL/Peaceful Hearts Foundation/UCLA Active Minds Event. January 23, 2016.

  • Eating disorders and child sexual abuse.

  • Interactive art therapy event for attendees.

Nikki DuBose’s Recovery Story.

“Dream Big” Event with Jenni Schaefer and Montecatini. January 21, 2016.

  • Shared on my recovery from mental health issues at an eating disorder treatment center.

Volunteer & Charitable Work

Ambassador, Darkness to Light (2022)

Ambassador, Patrice’s Kids (2020)

Ambassador, The Shaw Mind Foundation (2016-2018)

Director & Co-Chair of Mental Health Board, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (2017)

Homelessness Committee, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (2017)

Legislative Interviewer, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (2017)

Community Policing Committee, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (2017)

Executive Board Member & President, Peaceful Hearts Foundation (2015-2017)

Captain of the Artist’s Initiative, National Eating Disorders Association (2014-2017)

Conference Volunteer, National Eating Disorders Association (2013-2017)

Executive Board Member, Project HEAL (2015-2016)

Host Committee, Project HEAL (2015-2016)

Life Skills Mentor, Union Rescue Mission: piloted art therapy program for homeless kids (2014)

#NEDAwareness Week Advocate, National Eating Disorders Association (2013-2014)

Relief Response, God’s Love We Deliver (2012-2013)

Professional Memberships

Academy for Eating Disorders

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

National Alliance on Mental Illness

International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy

Association for Psychological Science

Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

RAINN Speakers Bureau

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Trauma Recovery Coach (In Progress)

The International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching 

Expected Graduation Date: January 2023

Stewards of Children training 

Darkness to Light

August 2022

Psychological First Aid Certification

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Issued August 2022

Adult Mental Health First Aid

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Issued August 2022 - August 2025

Co-Occurring Disorders Certification

Breining Institute

Issued June 2021 – Expires June 2023

Credential ID CD-1451

EDIT (Eating Disorder Specialist) 

Level IV, Certified 2021

Intuitive Therapy EDIT Recovery Coach

The FDA & Prescription Drugs: Current Controversies in Context

HarvardX – An Online Learning Initiative by Harvard University through edX

Issued Aug 2019 – Expired Jun 2020

Credential ID 1962USRx

Honors & Awards        

Member, Honors Society (2021)

Recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence Award (2017)

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