I hold a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. I have worked in the field of Eating Disorder, Chemical Dependency, and Codependency Recovery since 1999, working in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care with women and their families. My doctoral research focused on re-image-ing the body using expressive arts with women recovering from bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating.
I am also a Licensed Soulcollage facilitator trained by Seena Frost, MFT, and am certified in Postpartum International's Perinatal Mood and Anxiety components of care.
I know the terrain of eating disorder recovery and "new mommy bootcamp" because I have been there. I recovered myself twenty years ago. I am a therapist that truly believes "you can't keep it unless you give it away, but you can't give it away unless you have it." I have done my personal work and will help you do yours. 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 member of the following professional organizations: Postpartum Support International (PSI) Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED) International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP) American Psychological Association (APA) Soulcollage(R) facilitator circle
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