Robin Apple, PhD
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Ph.D.,Clinical Psychology
Board Certified: No
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 10-15
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: See below.
I consider myself an integrative therapist, combining as necessary, the best tools from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and mood regulation therapies. I mainly treat adults and older adolescents battling depression, anxiety, eating disorders and relationship problems. I tend to consider a number of treatment options depending on the patient’s needs and the research support for any given method. I find the psychotherapy process to be most effective when done collaboratively. For the past 16 years I have practiced privately and at Stanford Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine Clinic; I was trained at UCLA and at Oregon Health Sciences University. In addition to providing longer-term psychotherapy, I also have extensive experience helping patients cope with physical health issues and associated emotions. In such cases, shorter-term, goal-oriented approaches, e.g. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can work best. I also offer pre-surgical evaluations for weight loss and other procedures combining exploration, education, direct feedback, and referrals. Psychotherapy is not always easy; it has both benefits and risks (e.g. in discussing difficult material sometimes individuals feel worse before they feel better). Creating an open, supportive environment in which individuals can feel comfortable talking about most everything – including the therapy process itself – is my goal.
Yes I believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder and I define recover as: I believe that with thorough and appropriate care, it can be possible to attain a quality of life such that the symptoms of the eating disorder- in whatever form- recede from center stage and the main acts of living (relationships and other pleasures) become the primary focus in life.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Ethnic Minorities, Females, Males, Seniors.
CONDITIONS TREATED: Affective Disorders, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight, Other-Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Trauma
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Individual Therapy
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient. Experienced in working as part of a team.