The Lotus Collaborative – San Francisco

The Lotus Collaborative – San Francisco

The Lotus Collaborative
1610 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Contact by phone or e-mail

Not wheelchair accessible

The Lotus Collaborative is a holistic health and recovery center specializing in eating, weight, exercise, and nutrition concerns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercising.

We provide partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, eating disorder support groups, family therapy, nutritional counseling and transitional living. We serve teens (14+) and adults — female, male and transgender from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose and the Bay Area.

About the founder:

Dr. Liz is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of The Lotus Collaborative. Her focus is to help clients achieve a feeling of peace, strength, vibrancy, freedom, and zest. She has been in the helping profession for over 15 years now and treated clients struggling with eating disorders for the past decade. She is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) and a Licensed California Psychologist (PSY#24204).

Dr. Liz has provided eating disorder treatment at every level of care including inpatient, PHP, IOP, university counseling centers and individual therapy. She has been the Clinical Director of Carolyn Costin’s Eating Disorder Center of California and La Ventana’s Calabasas and San Jose branches. She has taken her extensive experience and created a treatment center that is truly unique; The Lotus Collaborative, a transformative healing center in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Liz has a personable approach to working with clients that’s described as warm, empathic, and empowering. She believes in developing strong therapeutic relationships with clients and feels it is a key to creating last change. She believes therapy is powerful: “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” e.e. cummings

As an integrative feminist therapist, she utilizes a variety of interventions (Cognitive Behavioral, Relational, Multicultural, Psychodynamic, Behavioral Medicine, and Mindfulness). She works to empower clients by helping them set boundaries, develop healthy relationships, advocate for themselves and others, practice healthy behaviors and thoughts, and make peace with food, exercise, and their bodies.

Board Certified: American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 10+ years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+


TLC has found that definitions of what “recovery” looks like vary from person to person. A client’s treatment and recovery goals are something we define and refine together. Collaboratively, we can help you determine your recovery goals and develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

TLC does not believe in pressuring clients to give up their eating disorders. Instead, clients will be supported to achieve optimum physical and emotional health, whatever stage of change they are in.

TLC does believe if someone would like to fully recover from an eating disorder that it’s possible. We see that this is achieved by identifying the reasons the eating disorder began, meeting those needs in a healthier more sustainable way, breaking the addictive cycle, learning healthier coping skills, and not only move on… but thrive! Once an individual experiences glimpses of life without an eating disorder, we have found that recovery then takes on a life of it’s own. A client’s healthy/recovered voice only then needs to be nourished and supported as it continues to grow and blossom. TLC also fully supports those that aren’t “totally recovered” but need support to maintain eating disorder sobriety and recovery.

From Dr. Rachel Goldstein:

The Lotus Collaborative believes it’s important that we understand the unique individual you are: who you are, where you’ve been, what you’re struggling with, what your strengths are, and where you’d like to go from here. We believe in meeting people where they are at and that you don’t have to want to recover from an eating disorder in order to get help or seek treatment. The Lotus Collaborative (TLC) has a unique name that speaks to the unique treatment we offer.

Dr. Elizabeth Esalen is the Founder and Director of The Lotus Collaborative. She has extensive experience and expertise in treating eating disorders. She founded TLC to answer the community need for a higher level of eating disorder care in Santa Cruz and the greater Bay areas. Dr. Liz believes a crucial stage of healing from an eating disorder is learning how to practice recovery while living at home. TLC is designed specifically to integrate treatment and recovery into a client’s daily life and home or school environment.


POPULATIONS SERVED:Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, LGBT, Males, Seniors, Ages 14 and up

CONDITIONS TREATED: Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified)

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Art Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Hypnosis, Individual Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Psychoanalysis, Support Groups

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Day Treatment

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Sliding Scale, Insurance

We provide free assessments where we’ll check your benefits for coverage.

Patient needs to apply for reimbursement