Sarah Adler, Psy.D.

Sarah Adler, Psy.D.

Peninsula Behavioral Health
401 Quarry Rd.
518 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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

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.


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.


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


Experienced in working as part of a team.

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks.