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CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#44947) Clinical Art Therapist
Board Certified: No
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a masters degree in Marital and Family therapy and clinical art therapy after completing a bachelor in religion from Boston University. Completed a post-graduate fellowship at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Have gained clinical experience in the following settings: group home, non-public schools, state psychiatric hospital, community clinic, residential treatment facility, day treatment, intensive out patient, support group, and out-patient settings. Have focused on the treatment of eating disorders for the past 8+ years, including the treatment of co-occurring disorders (ie. mood disorder, anxiety disorder, addiction, and personality disorder).
I believe in appropriate and thorough assessment to make sure that I have arrived at a comprehensive picture of what someone is presenting with. I am a partner in the recovery process, and use my years of experience to assist and guide the recovery journey. It looks different for everyone, and having creativity, experience, wisdom, and confidence I help each individual find their way to their personal recovery. While there are evidence based practices that I am well versed in, humans transcend statistics. Perhaps you are in the percentage that an evidence based practice does not work for. As a treatment professional it is my job to assess and provide the unique interventions that will help YOU to recover.
Yes, I do believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder. Full recovery is possible! While there is no silver bullet or short cut to recovery, with the proper support, and with dedication one can free themselves from the grip of an Eating Disorder. Recovery, is something everyone needs to define for themselves. However, it is characterized by a release from the obsessive thoughts of food and body, and associated with a sense of a re-discovery of one’s authentic self. There is hope. It is possible.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Families, Females, Males
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, 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: Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy.
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Willing and experienced in working as part of a team