About

Welcome to my clinical practice! I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, body image disturbance, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, stress, self-harm, and related conditions. I deliberately maintain a small, intimate practice so that I can provide each client and family with the time, care, and individualized attention that they deserve.

What sets me apart

I am passionate about the treatment I provide and driven to produce positive outcomes for the individuals and families that I serve. My clinical style is direct, optimistic, encouraging, and empowering. I strive to form close, trusting relationships with clients and their parents and other family members. For over a decade, I have volunteered as a professional advisor for FEAST: Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders, a global nonprofit organization that provides support and information to parents facing an eating disorder diagnosis in their child. More so than most other clinicians, I genuinely respect and value the role of parents as equal collaborators and vital members of the treatment team. In addition to my clinical work, I write an award-winning blog on eating disorders and other topics in mental health.

Treatment Models

I specialize in providing Family-Based Treatment (FBT) and other family-centered treatment approaches for eating disorders. For college-aged students and young adults, I utilize Family-Based Treatment for Transition-Aged Youth (FBT-TAY), which is a modification of the original FBT model to make it more suitable for the developing autonomy of emerging adults. For children and very resistant adolescent clients, I provide Parent-Focused Treatment (PFT).For older adolescents and young adults with Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, or ARFID, as well as those with Anorexia Nervosa who are fully weight-restored, I offer individual Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) utilizing family support when appropriate.My treatment approach is flexible, individualized, collaborative, and whenever possible, family-inclusive. Each individual and family receives a written treatment plan by the second or third session, including the diagnoses, symptoms we plan to target, interventions, treatment goals, timeline for treatment, and the role that family members will play. In addition to evaluations and treatment, I provide virtual consultations to parents and family members from all over the world who are seeking advice and guidance in helping their loved ones recover from eating disorders.

Key Programs

I provide family consultations (lasting 2, 3, 4, or 5 days) to families from other geographic areas who wish to travel to Miami for intensive short-term evaluation and treatment. In these cases, I meet with the individual and family for 2-4 hours per day for up to a week. After a thorough evaluation, we collaboratively develop a treatment plan, which the family receives in writing after the consultation is complete. When time remains, we may begin individual or family-based treatment towards the end of the consultation. Families often seek these consultations when local specialty care is not available, or after they have exhausted their local resources, or when treatment has stalled. Clients and families typically leave these consultations feeling relieved and empowered, with a sense of clarity and hope and a specific plan for moving forward.

Clients

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults with all forms of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, ARFID, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and OSFED. In addition to eating disorders, I also treat individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, self-harm, and stress. I provide both short-term and long-term therapy, depending on the needs and interests of the client and their family. Some people present for eating disorder treatment, recover within 6-12 months, and then terminate treatment. Other individuals and families remain under my care for years as part of relapse prevention plans, or to address ongoing or co-morbid conditions. A significant fraction of my practice is comprised of young adults who initially presented at my office with severe eating disorders in childhood or adolescence, and are now thriving in their adult lives in college or graduate school. These individuals are fully recovered from their eating disorders and choose to engage in long-term therapy to help them cope with anxiety or depression, or simply as part of their self-care and stress management.

Co-Occurring Disorder Specialties

I am experienced in treating anxiety disorders, OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, self-harm, and stress. Many individuals who come to me for eating disorder treatment are diagnosed with co-morbid conditions, which we begin to tackle in individual therapy once the eating disorder is under control. For individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), utilizing skills and strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness.

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Population Focus

Genders Served

All Genders

Ages Served

Adults
Teens
Youth

Eating Disorders

Purging Disorder
Anorexia Nervosa
Binge Eating Disorder
Bulimia Nervosa
ARFID
OSFED

Insurance

Insurance Accepted

No

Insurance Details

None

Sliding Scale Offered

Yes