Ann Martini, LCSW
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: MSW, UC Berkeley, 1978, Specialization – Children and Families, LCSW, 1980. Certificate in Psychoanalysis, SFCP, 2002, Co-director of SFCP’s Eating Disorder Resource Center, co-leader of SFCP consult group for ED therapists
Board Certified: Board of Behavioral Science Examiners
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 5-10
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Degrees listed above. I have been in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis since 1980 where I treat children adolescents and adults and work with parents. I also supervise interns and licensed therapists. I have worked extensively with eating disorders during that time. I am on the faculty of The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and also teach for NCSPP, where I have conducted 2 workshops on eating disorders.
I work individually in collaboration with a treatment team. I offer in depth psychoanalytically oriented treatment and have had a lot of success with people for whom shorter term, more behaviorally oriented treatments have failed.
I feel you can recover from an eating disorder and I define recovery as: Return to normal weight and exercise regimen, resumption of menses (if absent). Improvement of body image (ie realistic perception of oneself) and resolution of underlying psychological conflicts which played a part in the development of the eating disorder. (This could also include some work on family relationships).
LANGUAGES: English only
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Children, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors.
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Dissociative Disorders, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight.
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Individual Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Other – Psychoanalytic psychotherapy (I also supervise therapists treating patients with eating disorders, both in individual consultation and in a consultation group co-lead by Jana Kahn, Ph.D.
Experienced in working as part of a team.