I HAVE WORKED IN THE FIELD of Eating Disorder, Chemical Dependency, and Codependency Recovery since 1999. My predoctoral work was focused on working in residential chemical dependency treatment as well as intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders. My postdoctoral work included working in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care with women and their families. I also specialize in assisting women with surviving and thriving during pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood, including treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In 2014, I presented on the topic of similarities between early eating disorder recovery and early motherhood (body image difficulty, hormonal changes, mood shifts, identity transformation) at the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP) conference. Other areas of specialty include: cultivating spirituality in recovery, career visioning, using expressive arts to access nonverbal parts of the self, and relationship issues. I have presented at Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAATs) Marin chapter on using expressive arts with the 12 steps and the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED) on Re-Image-ing the Body using Expressive Arts.
For professionals, I offer consultation and trainings on Eating Disorders, Body Image distortion, and Expressive Arts therapy. I have taught classes on Eating Disorders, Expressive Arts, and Dual Diagnosis at College of Marin and JFK University.
For clients, I offer eating disorder recovery and soulcollage(r) groups as well as weekend workshops in expressive arts on such topics as Vision Boards, SoulCollage(r), and Re-image-ing the Body. I facilitate groups for pregnant and postpartum new Moms.
Though I am trained as an Imaginal Psychologist, my orientation is eclectic, including a Humanistic relationship-oriented approach. As Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have the most evidence-based research on successfully treating eating disorders, I use these tools. I am familiar with 12 step programs and can support people in this approach to recovery.
In our work together, we will work on identifying the ways your critical self-talk relates to your behaviors with food, self-image, blocked creativity, depression (including Postpartum Depression and Anxiety), anxiety, or codependence. Through compassionate mirroring, pragmatic cognitive behavioral tools, expressive arts, spiritual practice/mindfulness, listening to your body’s wisdom, and developing support, you will learn how to strengthen your ability to be with uncomfortable emotions. We will also look at how your family of origin experience has affected you, what interpersonal tools you would like to keep, and which interpersonal behaviors are no longer serving you. The goal is to learn how to be both more present and fiercely compassionate with yourself.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California and Licensed SoulCollage(r) facilitator trained by Seena Frost, MFT. I also have certification from Postpartum International’s (PSI)’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety components of care.
I am a member of the following professional organizations:
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED)
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP)
I love working with clients individually, in groups, and in workshops being of service giving back the gift of recovery that was graciously given to me 15 years ago.