My goal is to create a safe, accepting space for my clients where they feel comfortable to show all of themselves and explore what is distressing. Together we can explore what is getting in the way of feeling the happiness and peace you desire and how to remove those obstacles. I work with people struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating to heal their relationship with themselves, their bodies, and their food.
How I work
I have been providing therapy for individuals, groups and families for over five years. Throughout my time working as a therapist, I have studied multiple modalities and worked with diverse populations. In my therapy sessions I pull from a number of modalities, including Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
As a fellow human being with my own journey of growth, I have so much respect and empathy for my clients and feel honored to be a part of their path. I believe the most difficult thing is often accepting all of ourselves and our experiences. When we reject ourselves, this can lead to feelings of not being good enough, feeling inadequate, comparing ourselves to others and coming up short, feeling anxious, depressed, and ashamed of oneself. These feelings can lead someone to become a perfectionist, an overachiever, attempt to make their body into the ideal shape/weight, or escape painful feelings through alcohol, drugs, food, or other means.
License & Education
- Certificate for the Professional Program in Eating and Weight Disorders, University of Berkeley Extension
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC 92396
- Master’s Degree, Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
- Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Training & Experience
I have years of experience working with youth, having worked in a high school and multiple elementary schools. Working at a community mental health clinic, I have had the opportunity to work with youth, teens, and their families facing diverse struggles. As a therapist at a rape crisis center, I have counseled survivors of sexual assault and trauma and acted as an advocate on their behalf, accompanying survivors during court litigation and medical-legal exams. I have also worked at the partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care in eating disorder treatment.
Read Anna’s blog post “Eating Disorder Treatment Through the Lens of Internal Family Systems” here.