A major area of professional focus for me has been in the treatment of eating disorders over the past 12 years. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was the founding Clinical Director for two separate eating disorder programs. As Clinical Director of New Dawn Eating Disorder Recovery Center, I launched three levels of care: Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential Treatment. More recently, I headed up La Ventana Eating Disorder Program's Partial Hospitalization, Supportive Living, and Intensive Outpatient Programs in San Francisco. I maintained a primary focus on direct patient care, providing individual, group, and couples/family psychotherapy.
I have held positions treating eating disorders at The University of Chicago Hospital, Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens, GA, the Eating Disorders Program at the Medical College of Georgia, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco.
I have also held psychotherapist positions at three chronic pain management clinics (Center For Pain Control near Chicago, the Augusta, Georgia VA Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Chronic Pain Clinic). In both eating disorder and chronic pain settings, I have extensive training and experience treating co-occurring depression, PTSD, chemical dependency, OCD and other anxiety disorders.
I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School.
My own psychotherapy with renowned psychiatrist and author Dr. Irvin Yalom has greatly informed my therapeutic style.
I provide empirically-supported treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. I was the founding Executive Clinical Director for two eating disorder programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have witnessed firsthand what type of treatment approach leads to successful recovery. I teach my clients to overcome their food and body image fears by using a non-dieting approach to eating. By learning to stop categorizing foods into “good” or “bad”, my clients learn to eat from all food groups in moderation and are able to find a healthy weight for their body type.
The focus of psychotherapy is on building coping skills to help replace the eating disorder behaviors. I also help my clients find balance in their personal relationships with family, significant others, and friends, as well as in their academic or professional lives.
I provide cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with chronic pain. I help individuals improve pain-related problems and overall coping strategies. I coordinate care with other medical and health care professionals (e.g., Primary Care Physicians, Chronic Pain Specialists, Psychiatrists, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors) to optimize treatment.
I frequently treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in my private practice. I utilize a combination of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Existential Therapy tools throughout the treatment process.
Social Anxiety Disorder is another area of focus professionally. I integrate Interpersonal Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral techniques to address symptoms.
A significant subset of my clients are victims of trauma such as sexual assault. I utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy to resolve trauma-related symptoms.
Having worked with individuals with Major Depressive Disorder throughout my career, I am very experienced evaluating the degree of mood impairment and the type of treatment needed. I utilize a variety of psychotherapy treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal and Existential. The focus of psychotherapy is on increasing life satisfaction and self-esteem, strengthening coping skills, improving day-to-day functioning, and making healthy lifestyle choices. Close coordination of care with other health care providers, such as psychiatrists and primary care physicians, is another important aspect of treatment.
I am not an in-network provider. I do not bill insurance. You may be eligible for out-of-network benefits but need to check with your insurance company. I can provide you with a “Super Bill” (a receipt) at the end of each month with the information needed for your insurance to process the claim. Your insurance may or may not reimburse you for part of my fee. If you need “Super Bills” more frequently than monthly, please let me know and I will assist you with this.
Unless you provide 24-hour cancellation notice, you are responsible for paying in-full fees associated with the missed appointment.