Therapist specializing in therapy for eating disorders in her private practice in Livermore.
Holistic Therapy for Eating Disorders
Why eating disorders?
New clients and colleagues often ask why I specialize in treating eating disorders...
I choose this work because, like many of my clients I want to believe I have a purpose in life. One purpose I found early in my own journey was to help others through something I too had struggled with. After healing myself I felt passionate about sharing with others the light of recovery. I find this work to be challenging in a way that helps me to continue growing as a human being and more than that it is work I enjoy. As a healer I am always aware of the difference between my path and what is appropriate and desired for my clients. My experience provides a basis for compassion, understanding and interest in this work but I acknowledge that each persons path of healing is unique.
I offer a few evidence-based therapies as a menu of resources to help my clients; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy. I use CBT and DBT for two reasons;
1.) Both approaches are heavily researched and proven to work with eating disorder behaviors and
2.) Clients respond to them and report finding them helpful to meet their recovery goals.
Psychodynamic therapy is helpful for increasing clients insight into how they relate to others, which helps to create lasting change so they do not go back to old patterns or switch to other problem behaviors.
My professional training in the field of eating disorders includes internships and staff positions at an acute inpatient/hospital program, a residential treatment center (RTC), and a partial-hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) program in the Bay Area for the last 8 years. I currently focus on private practice work with individuals using group therapy and individual therapy focused on the treatment of their eating disorder. I also offer Parent Education and consultation for families of individuals struggling with eating disorders who are looking for support.