Vandana Aspen, PhD
Wheelchair accessible office
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: PhD; Eating-and weight related disorders
Board Certified: No
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I have a MA and PhD in clinical psychology from WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis. I completed my internship at UCSD eating disorders program and my post doctoral fellowship at StanfordUniversity. I have a strong background in research—primarily in the areas of treatment of eating disorders and obesity. This foundation of knowledge is invaluable as it fuels my clinical practice and it informs my decisions regarding my ability to provide optimal patient care I am a certified family behavior therapist for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. I have 10 years of experience providing individual, family, therapy across the age spectrum in outpatient, IOP, day treatment and residential settings specializing in eating disorders
My therapeutic approach is primarily cognitive behavioral though I often integrate techniques as appropriate from other empirically supported treatments. Therapy is a collaboration. My style is active, warm and compassionate.
Recovery from an eating disorder is 100% possible. Recovery means no longer using weight/shape to define your self worth. It means learning how to cope with unpleasant emotions without using food. Recovery does not mean that you will never struggle with the same issues– it just means that you will have the tools to deal with them if/when they arise.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Children, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males.
CONDITIONS TREATED: Addictions, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight, Other-Insomnia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient. Experienced and willing in working as part of a team