Janet Sims, MFT

Janet Sims, MFT

Becoming Real Center
160 Saratoga Ave., #290
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 472-9527
Contact by e-mail/phone

Not wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: MFT

Board Certified: Yes

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 8-10 years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 10-15

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: My undergraduate degree is from Stanford University and my Masters in Counseling Psychology is from Santa Clara University. My internship was at the YWCA of Silicon Valley in San Jose. I have been part of a consultation group for 7 years which is psychodynamically focused.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

The Beginning of Wisdom is Self Awareness.” This simple statement is a lifelong process, and central to the work I do as a psychotherapist. Taking the time and space to know ourselves can be exhilarating, but it can be daunting and sometimes terrifying when done alone. Working with another person through the complexities of our lives makes this endeavor richer and much more satisfying. My work with clients is intended to be a shared, collaborative experience. Psychodynamic work focuses on not just the reduction of symptoms, but also on fostering the most of an individual’s psychological capacities and resources; whether it means more satisfying relationships, tolerating a wider range of emotions or facing life’s challenges with greater freedom and flexibility.

Yes, I do believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder. Recovery is not just about reducing or abstaining from the symptoms of an eating disorder. It is about finding ways within each individual to foster the most of one’s psychological capacities and resources; whether it means more satisfying relationships, tolerating a wider range of emotions or facing life’s challenges with greater freedom and flexibility. Achieving those things without being bound by the constraints of an eating disorder: that is recovery.

LANGUAGES: English

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors

CONDITIONS TREATED: Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Dissociation Disorders, NOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight

TREATMENT APPROACHESCouples therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Willing and experienced in working as part of a team

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks, Sliding Scale