Suzannah Neufeld, MFT
Oakland, CA 94618
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy. I am a certified Yoga instructor.
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 20+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Suzannah (Tipermas) Neufeld has been a therapist supporting women’s mental health, and those recovering from eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma since 2003. She has worked in residential, intensive outpatient, and school settings, and has been in private practice since 2006. She has delivered speaking engagements widely on eating disorders, body image, and media literacy for organizations such as About-Face and City College of San Francisco.
Suzannah received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Drama from Stanford University. Her honors thesis involved writing and performing a play about women recovering from eating disorders. She went on to earn her MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In her master’s project, she studied the use of expressive arts in treating co-occurring eating disorders/addiction issues.
Suzannah is also a certified yoga therapist and RYT 500, having completed training at the Niroga Institute, and loves incorporating mindfulness and body/breath awareness into a creative and strength-based therapy approach.
I use a non-judgmental, creative approach that helps address both short-term goals and long-term underlying issues. Rather then encouraging clients to focus on “what is wrong with them,” I believe in helping clients figure out “what is right with them,” enabling clients to call upon their innate strength and wisdom. I meets client with a compassionate yet direct manner, using kindness, gentle and honest confrontation, and humor/playfulness to help clients gain perspective and live more fully and freely. My work with people with eating disorders is most influenced by the following approaches: dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic therapies/mindfulness/yoga. I practice both individual and family-based therapy for eating disorders, and enjoy working with a treatment team.
Yes, I feel you can recover from an eating disorder and I define recovery as: Recovery is the ability to live and respond to life creatively and skillfully. Recovery from eating disorders also involves maintaining health by nourishing and caring for oneself and one’s body.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Dissociative Disorders, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, also specialize in issues relating to pregnancy and parenthood.
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Support Groups, Expressive Arts Narrative Therapy.
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient. Willing and/or experienced in working as part of a team.