Sarah Adler, Psy.D.

Sarah Adler, Psy.D.

Peninsula Behavioral Health
401 Quarry Rd.
518 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650)468-0771
Contact by phone or e-mail

Not wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: I am Licensed Psychologist with over 10 years of working with patients with Eating Disorders. I use evidence based practice for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, including Family Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Additionally I am on the Faculty of Stanford University Department of Psychiatry Eating Disorder and Weight Control Clinic.

Board Certified: Yes – CA State Board of Psychology

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

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I received my doctorate from the joint program between the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. For my dissertation, I designed and tested a DBT intervention for binge eating disorder. I completed my clinical internship at the University of San Diego/VA consortium where I specialized in evidenced based treatments and was part of a comprehensive DBT team. I completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychosocial Treatment clinic where I saw individuals and families.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

I start with trust and a non-judgmental relationship, to work collaboratively to help individuals and and families recover. I primarily work from a Cognitive-Behavioral framework with individuals, and use Family Based Therapy for younger patients. I integrate other techniques to fit the individual needs of my clients and their families.

I believe recovery is possible. Recovery is a medical stability and reduction in ED symptoms and movement towards a life outside of preoccupation with food, body image and weight and shape. This is most often a multidisciplinary effort that includes medical management, psychotherapy and in some cases nutritional counseling. Although recovery includes a reduction in ED symptoms, it also means addressing psychological, and social issues that often underlie disordered eating.

LANGUAGES: English

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Families, Females, LGBT

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

TREATMENT APPROACHESCognitive Behavioral, Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

TREATMENT SETTINGS:Outpatient

Experienced in working as part of a team.

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks.