Steve Orma, Psy.D.
Not wheelchair accessible
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: California Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 23785
Board Certified: No
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I received my master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. I completed a postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael where I worked on the Eating Disorders Team. Currently, I’m a staff psychologist at New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center in Sausalito, CA and in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County. My main areas of specialty are eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, stress management, relationship problems, and work/school-related issues. I primarily use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a collaborative, active, skills-based approach that is scientifically validated as one of the most effective treatments for eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also use Solution-Focused Therapy.
My goal is to help clients gain a clear understanding of the underlying causes of their eating disorder, and assist them in learning practical, useable skills and strategies for their recovery. Most eating disorders have underlying anxiety, depression, or both, and it is important that these issues are also fully addressed. The eating disorder frequently acts as a way of coping, albeit unhealthily, with uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, or life-situations. Learning healthy ways to cope with these challenges is key to overcoming an eating disorder. My ultimate aim is for clients to gain enough knowledge, skills, and self-confidence to make the main focus of their lives the pursuit of their values, goals, and happiness.
Yes I believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder and I define recover as:Recovery from an eating disorder is multi-faceted, and must address psychological, physical, medical, and nutritional aspects to be successful. I believe it is certainly possible to recover from an eating disorder. Recovery is a process and takes time and hard work, but the rewards are tremendous. There are ups and downs in recovery, but the overall trend is a reduction and eventual elimination of eating disorder behaviors, the return of bodily cues for hunger/fulness, medical stabilization, and the acquisition of skills for effectively managing one’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adults, Athletes, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Other-Solution-Focused Therapy
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Phone Counseling. Experienced in working as part of a team.