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Our Mission and Philosophy

Dr. Altman’s life-long passion has been to help people through understanding their needs, validating their struggles and using her knowledge and expertise to help them navigate life stressors. Dr. Altman founded Eating and Behavioral Health Associates in January 2018 with her passion in mind. Our mission is to provide the best quality care to the Central Ohio community and beyond by utilizing effective treatments backed by science. As the only group private practice dedicated to evidence-based eating disorder treatment for children, adolescents, and adults in Central Ohio, our highly trained experts strive to provide excellent treatment in a calming, welcoming setting that is an alternative to medical-based clinics and centers. We treat all eating disorder concerns, as well as general mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety disorders, and coping with life stressors. In addition, we specialize in all 3 evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and EMDR. It is very important to us that we use treatments backed by science, while understanding the unique needs of the individuals with whom we work. With our vast array of experience and training, we do our best to match your needs with one of our experts.

A note about evidence-based treatments:

At EBHA, our first step is to use treatment protocols that are backed by science as the first line of treatment. If that first line does not work as well as we would expect, then we may use other approaches to continue progress in treatment, especially focusing on other evidence-based approaches. When we are collaborating with you for treatment planning, we do our best to understand the history of how the symptoms first started, as well as any other treatments you may have had along your journey. As you search for a provider to help you with your struggles, keep in mind that a clinician who adheres to evidence-based protocols is key to obtaining the most effective treatment available. Effective clinicians are able to provide treatment that adheres to the protocol with some flexibility. Sometimes a clinician might start therapy with only parts of a treatment protocol, along with parts of other therapies. This may lead to you not getting the full “dose” of the evidence-based treatment as it was studied. You can liken it to having an infection and needing an antibiotic. If you are prescribed 10 days of an antibiotic, but your pharmacist only gives you days 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, it will likely not be as effective. We have had patients come to us telling us that they have been in treatment before, but after our assessment, we find that they did not receive the full evidence-based treatment. Only when the full treatment is provided can we determine if other approaches might be helpful.

About

Sarah Altman, PhD — Owner

My life-long passion has been to help people through understanding their needs, validating their struggles and using her knowledge and expertise to help them navigate life stressors. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University/Wexner Medical Center, and Founder of Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, where we are committed to providing evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety and chronic health conditions in children, adolescents and adults. Additionally, I have been dedicated to the training and education of psychological conditions and their evidence-based treatments for providers, future mental health providers and the community.

Education and Training

Science has always been the foundation of my journey in working with eating disorder patients, beginning with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health at the University of Richmond where my background of nutrition and health behavior was established. In graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I earned Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology with an early focus on health behavior change in diet and activity, and I later focused on the connection between eating disorder and anxiety disorder pathology.

My research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals. My Master’s thesis research explored the relationship between depression and overeating and was published in Neuropsychobiology. My Preliminary Exam paper examined a possible link between Bulimia Nervosa and OCD by extensively reviewing the current literature, and was published in Clinical Psychology Review. My doctoral dissertation explored psychophysiological correlates and shared mechanisms of co-occurring mental disorders, Bulimia and OCD, and was published in Journal of Abnormal Psychology. I have co-authored over 15 other peer-reviewed journal articles. I have also presented her research at several national conferences, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Psychological Research, Society for Research in Psychopathology, and the Eating Disorders Research Society. I have been invited to provide talks and lectures at several universities including The Ohio State University, West Virginia University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois at Chicago and Spalding University.

Clinical Expertise

My clinical expertise and interests align with my research accomplishments. I strongly believe in using evidence-based treatments while understanding the unique needs of my patients, and providing collaborative treatment. I have been intensively trained in evidence-based treatment of all eating disorders since 2006, including Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders and related disorders. Additionally, I have been extensively trained in evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. I have completed intensive training in Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and am a national CPT provider. I have provided individual and group evidence-based treatments in outpatient private and hospital programs, and managed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders from 2011-2013. I have been involved in the development of programs throughout my training. In addition, I have consulted in inpatient settings for individuals with eating disorders.

Teaching and Supervision

In addition to patient care and research, I have a passion for teaching and training in psychology and evidence-based treatments. During my tenure at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders, I trained and supervised staff and doctoral students in DBT and eating disorder treatment. Most recently, as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I was the Director of CBT Training (2016-2018) for the psychiatry residency program, which included coordination, education and supervision in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychiatry residents and social work trainees. I also supervised doctoral students and psychology interns in CBT and DBT- based groups for body image and eating disorders.

Current Focus

At Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I provide individual and group treatment for all eating disorder concerns utilizing CBT, DBT, and SSCM. I also provide Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. I provide consultation and training for practicum students, postdocs, and licensed professionals who want to obtain additional training in evidence-based treatments, as well as consult on cases.
In addition to my work at EBHA, I currently collaborate with two non-profit organizations with missions closely aligned to mine. I am excited to collaborate with the Clinical Readiness Project, a non-profit consortium of experts dedicated to delivering premiere psychological, behavioral, and mental health training curricula to any audience. I also serve as a board member and clinical consultant for BIBRI, a non-profit dedicated to supporting awareness and prevention of eating disorders as well as providing free support groups for those struggling with an eating disorder. I also act as a consultant for Nobody Is Perfect, another non-profit dedicated to the awareness and prevention of eating disorders.

Dr. Altman's Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
  • Ohio Psychological Association

 

A selection of Dr. Altman's professional accomplishments:

Presentations and Invited Talks

Integration and Application. (April 2017). Invited panelist at Applying a New Understanding of Brain and Behavior into Ongoing Eating Disorder Treatment Hosted by The Center for Balanced Living, Worthington, OH.

Psychological Therapeutic Interventions for Clients with Eating Disorders. (August 2016). Invited speaker at Collaboration: A Multi-Disciplinary Eating Disorder Treatment Training. Hosted by The Ohio State University, Office of Student Life, Counseling and Consultation Service and Student Health Services.

The Risk and Development of Psychological Disorders Post-Bariatric Surgery. (August 2014). Invited speaker at The Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient Conference. Hosted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Evaluation of an Intensive Outpatient Program for Patients with Multidiagnostic Eating Disorders. (November 2012) In A. Davis (symposium chair). DBT for Eating Disorders: Current Status and Directions for Treatment Development. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Altman, S. E., Campbell, M.L, Nelson, B.D., Faust, J.P, & Shankman, S.A. (2013). The Relation between Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Startle Investigation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 1132-1141.

Segal, K.E., Altman, S.E., Weissman, J.A, Safer, D.L, & Chen, E.Y. (2013). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating. In D. LeGrange & A. Goldschmidt (Eds.), Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians. London: Routledge Publishing, Inc.

Altman, S.E., Shankman, S.A, & Spring, B. (2010). The effect of acute tryptophan depletion on emotions in individuals with a personal and family history of depression following a mood induction. Neuropsychobiology, 62:171-176.

Altman, S.E., & Shankman, S.A. (2009). What is the association between obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders? Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 638-646.

About

Carolyn Fisher, PhD

Clinical Training and Experience

It is my privilege and passion to help individuals with eating and weight-related concerns move toward a more comfortable, reliable, and flexible relationship with food. I provide evidence-based care in a compassionate and supportive environment to help individuals work toward overall balance and wellness in their lives. I work with adults who struggle with binge eating, emotional eating, or other forms of loss- of-control eating, as well as depression or anxiety that occur in the context of coping with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, and POTS. In addition, I provide psychological evaluations and mental health services for individuals pursuing or who have undergone bariatric surgery.

I completed my undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Dayton where I developed an interest in the relationship between mental and physical health. I then went on to obtain my doctorate in clinical health psychology from the University of Cincinnati. I completed my clinical training with an APA-accredited internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare system and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, during which time I developed an expertise in the relationship between psychological, behavioral, and physical health concerns. Prior to joining Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I was on staff at the Cleveland Clinic and had an appointment as assistant professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. I have extensive experience providing outpatient, hospital-based eating disorder and weight management treatment services in both individual and group settings. During my time at the Cleveland Clinic, I developed a passion for the interplay between diabetes and disordered eating, and became a mental health provider certified by the American Diabetes Association. Throughout my training and career, I have been actively involved in research, and have published in the areas of binge eating and bariatrics. I have also given a number of talks and presentations on the treatment of binge eating and the relationship between diabetes and disordered eating.

When working with my clients, I integrate relevant biological, psychological and social factors to better conceptualize and understand the individual’s presenting situation and challenges. My therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also regularly incorporate elements of mindfulness and Satter’s Eating Competence model. With all of my clients, I try to help them get in touch with their values and what is most important to them in their life, and use this to guide change lasting change.

Dr. Fisher's Memberships and Associations

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
  • Ohio Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association

 

About

Jean Forney, PhD

Clinical Training and Experience

I am passionate about alleviating the burden eating disorders place on individuals’ lives. I utilize evidence-based treatments, primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help individuals reach their treatment goals. I work with adults with a variety eating-related concerns, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorders like purging disorder. I also treat comorbid conditions like depression and anxiety using evidence-based treatments.

An Ohio native, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Miami University and earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University. During graduate school, my research focused on eating disorders, particularly purging disorder, loss of control eating/binge eating, and atypical anorexia nervosa. I completed my APA- accredited clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center where I received additional training in cognitive-behavioral therapy for a variety of conditions, including eating disorders. I am also an assistant professor at Ohio University, where I study eating disorders and disordered eating, supervise doctoral students in clinical work and research, and teach at the undergraduate and graduate level.

I work collaboratively with my patients to develop a working model of what keeps their symptoms going. Treatment starts with a thorough assessment, including getting to know my patient’s specific treatment goals. After identifying treatment goals, we use our working model to tailor empirically-supported techniques, like self-monitoring, cognitive restructuring, and exposure, to help patients address their unique problems and concerns. My job as a therapist is to work myself out of a job- that is, to help patients learn to be their own therapist for long-lasting recovery.

Dr. Forney’s Professional Memberships and Associations

Academy for Eating Disorders

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Eating Disorders Research Society

Ohio Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

About

Lisa Hutson, PsyD

(Teletherapy Only)


Clinical Training and Experience

My desire to help those with eating and weight-related concerns, in addition to my training, complement the mission of Eating and Behavioral Health Associates to provide excellent, evidence-based treatment to those struggling with eating and weight concerns. Originally an Ohio native, I lived in Chicago for several years where I obtained my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. During graduate school, I completed specialized training at The University of Chicago Medical Center’s Adult Eating Disorders Program in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for bulimia and binge-eating disorder and contributed to research in this treatment area. I completed my APA-accredited doctoral internship at Illinois State University’s Student Counseling Services and post-doctoral training at Ohio Wesleyan University Student Counseling Services. Both of these experiences allowed me to continue to work with young adults who struggled with a variety of eating concerns, as well as other challenges typically seen in this population. In addition to my doctorate, I hold a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Cincinnati and completed my undergraduate training in psychology at The University of Dayton.

Prior to joining Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I practiced in a range of clinical settings, including community mental health, hospital-based eating disorder and weight management programs, private practice, and college counseling. I have experience with individuals age 16 to 65. I also have a background in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD and in conducting pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluations. Some of my clinical interest areas include: disordered eating, weight, and body-image concerns, pre-and-post bariatric surgery adjustment, mood and anxiety difficulties, trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, and multicultural and diversity issues. I also have a special interest in the therapeutic utility of experiential learning, and completed my dissertation research evaluating an urban adventure therapy program for youth and young adults. In conjunction with humanistic and relational-cultural theories serving as a foundation to my work, I draw from a number of evidenced-based interventions depending on a person’s needs and presenting life struggles, including cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and compassion-focused/person-centered therapies. Beyond work, I enjoy traveling, trying various outdoor pursuits, exploring new foods and music, and spending time with my family and friends.

Dr. Hutson’s Professional Memberships and Associations

Ohio Psychological Association

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


Dr. Hutson is supporting clients via Teletherapy only.

About

Dani Castro, LISW

Clinical Training and Experience

I have a deep desire to provide hope and healing to individuals who feel stuck in the chains of their eating disorder. I believe in a holistic view of health and ascribe to a strengths-based perspective when working with individuals because I strongly feel that empowerment is a powerful tool in the change process. I bring compassion and authenticity to each therapy session because I believe the therapeutic relationship is a key driver in the recovery process. I work with children, adolescents and young adults who struggle with eating disorders, as well as co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety and OCD.

Originally, a native of Toledo, Ohio, I attended Bowling Green State University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Social Work in 2015. I went on to the University of Toledo to obtain my graduate degree, also in Social Work in 2017. Since that time, I have worked with a multitude of age groups in clinical settings, schools and community mental health facilities but have found my true passion in working with children, adolescents and families to walk alongside them through the journey of recovery from all forms of disordered eating.

After graduate school, I worked in an outpatient setting treating a variety of mental health disorders before being employed as both an outpatient therapist and intensive outpatient therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for three years, during which time I also facilitated parent support groups, participated in research within the eating disorder field and facilitated a training at the National Association of Social Worker’s annual Ohio conference on misconceptions of eating disorders for other professionals. I also regularly participate in eating disorder specific trainings to stay relevant in the field from sources such as The Emily Program, Eating Recovery Center, NEDA, AED and IADEP.

In therapy sessions, I primarily utilize and have extensive training and experience in both Family Based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also find it important to incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into the treatment I conduct in order to bring focus back to each individual’s values to help with treating the spectrum of disordered eating. I have seen the effectiveness of both CBT and Family-Based Therapy in empowering parents and families to take control of meal times and to be a part of the treatment team to bring full healing

In my free time, I enjoy teaching yoga, running, exploring new cities, coffee shops and book stores with my husband, spending time with friends, reading in my hammock, baking and taking my German Shepherd/Labrador mix on adventures.

Dani’s Professional Memberships and Associations

Academy for Eating Disorders

About

Kim Krier, LISW-S

Clinical Training and Experience

It has been a lifelong passion of mine to help others find balance and peace in their lives. Working in the field of eating disorders and trauma has allowed this passion to come to full fruition. As a therapist, I provide evidence-based care and support in a warm, compassionate, and encouraging environment. My career focus has been to therapeutically partner with adults of all ages who struggle with eating disorders, body image issues, and frequent comorbidities such as anxiety and depression, as well as trauma.

A Columbus native, I received my BS from Bowling Green State University, and my Master of Social Work from Indiana University. I am an independently licensed social worker, with a supervision designation (LISW-S) in the state of Ohio by the Counselor and Social Work Board (CSWMFT). I completed my clinical fellowship and delivered evidence-based treatment to adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma at the Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, Ohio. While at the Center, and then later The Emily Program, I worked in Admissions, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient programs. While there I developed a wide breadth of skills, perspectives, and evidence-based approaches to support clients with eating disorders -- including leading groups using expressive arts modalities, and organizing a client-represented art show.

As a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a registered Yoga teacher (RYT-500), I understand that many clients with eating disorders can benefit from the emerging research of complementary practices to support the mind-body connection in healing. Researchers like Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson suggest -- and inform my own clinical practice -- that intentional connections to one’s body can be imperative to support recovery and growth. I am able to develop and have supported therapeutic yoga groups as an integral complement to psychotherapeutic recovery work in patients with eating disorders at The Center for Balanced Living, The Emily Program, and Cincinnati’s Lindner Center of Hope. I’ve also worked with populations addressing substance abuse disorders through facilitation of Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) groups.

My preferred therapeutic approaches include the use of Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy for eating disorders (CBT-E), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), with elements of Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). I utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma, and am a national CPT provider. When appropriate, I also can employ complementary modalities of expressive art, writing, yoga and breathwork.

Kim’s Professional Memberships and Associations

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

Yoga Alliance

About

Chelsea Tobias, LISW-S

Clinical Training and Experience

I am a passionate advocate for my clients and believe in providing high quality, evidence-based care designed to support each individual’s goals. I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults who struggle with issues related to food, body image, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I operate from a strengths-based, person-centered approach and work to empower individuals and families to live their best, most balanced lives.

A core component of my work is to assist clients in gaining a better understanding of the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help support their recovery. In the treatment of children and teens with eating disorders, I utilize Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E). FBT is the first-line treatment recommendation and engages the whole family system in supporting the child on their path to recovery, which I believe is essential.

Additionally, I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and offer support for those looking to heal their relationship with food and their bodies using the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating. I believe that all bodies are good bodies and have seen the benefit that comes from making peace with food. If thoughts about food and your body control your life and you are ready to ditch the diet mentality, Intuitive Eating might be the right path for you.

For those who have experienced trauma, lingering symptoms can disrupt daily life and cause significant impairment. I have experience using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with children and am a national Cognitive Processing Therapy provider for teens and adults. Both of these treatments are ideal for rapid symptom reduction and skills building.

Originally a Columbus native, I graduated from Otterbein University. I went on to work for the Supreme Court of Ohio, where I spent four years developing and disseminating trainings for Ohio’s Guardian ad Litem Education Program. These experiences inspired my decision to pursue social work. I was recruited to become a fellow at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and completed my Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) with a certificate in Management and Leadership in 2015. My fellowship focused on evidence-based practice development and evaluation, with a specific interest in trauma therapy.

After graduate school, I worked for The Emily Program - Cleveland, where I coordinated the adolescent day treatment and intensive outpatient programs. In this role, I fell in love with how empowering and effective Family Based Treatment is, and began seeking further training and supervision, which led me to my current position.

Outside of work, I enjoy home improvement projects, riding my bicycle, being engaged in my community, and spending time with my family and our two orange cats.

Chelsea’s Professional Memberships and Associations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

 

About

Theresa McClurg-Genevese, LPCC-S

Clinical Training and Experience

My passion is helping people of all shapes and sizes who are struggling with stressors by teaching them how to bring balance to their thinking, eating and behaviors, and by helping them to find compassion and ease in their lives. Over the last decade, I have been dedicated to providing mental health treatment to a variety of individuals. Most of these years, my focus has been on providing evidence-based treatment for all types of eating disorders, and I specialize in working with those who struggle with Binge Eating Disorder and body image concerns. At Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I am excited to work with adults through individual, group or couples therapy.

An Ohio native, I received my BA in Sociology from The Ohio State University in 1998, and received my Master of Science Education in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton in 2010. I am an independently licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in the state of Ohio and board certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (CCMHC). I completed my clinical fellowship and delivered evidence-based treatment for adults with eating disorders, mood disorders and personality disorders at The Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, OH. While at The Center, I worked in the Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs, facilitated DBT Skills Training Groups, and presented trainings on Binge Eating Disorders for families and professionals, both locally and nationally. I also served as Director of Support Groups in which I trained and supervised volunteer facilitators.

My therapeutic approach includes Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Counseling (Level 2) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized for trauma therapy. I may enhance traditional therapeutic techniques with mindfulness, somatic and expressive arts from Dancing Mindfulness and The Trager® Approach to movement education.

Theresa’s Professional Memberships and Associations

American Counseling Association

Binge Eating Disorder Association (recently merged with National Eating Disorder Association)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy consultation team

Health At Every Size practitioner consultation group

   

 

About

Lyndsey Pruett, LPCC

Clinical Training and Experience

My clinical work and years of experience have shaped my therapeutic practice in a way that attends to the entire continuum of my patient’s care. From the initial meeting, to the celebration that successful termination brings, I work hard to foster trust and learning as we navigate eating disorder recovery together. While typically described as a warm and compassionate therapist by my colleagues, I also know that changing behaviors, thoughts, and leaning into difficult emotions may require a direct and honest approach to better motivate a person towards the change they may want and need. I rely on my training in evidenced-based practices such as CBT, DBT, and RO DBT, for which I have been intensively trained to provide, to address the needs of my patients in a systematic way and ensure that real and lasting change is occurring. I work with primarily with young adults and adults who struggle with eating disorders of all types, but I also have extensive training to treat and support the often co-occurring disorders that can accompany eating disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and past trauma.

I attended Ohio University in 2004 where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and The University of Akron in 2006, earning my Master of Arts in Community Counseling. I am an independently licensed professional clinical counselor with my supervisory designation (LPCC-S) in the state of Ohio by the Counselor and Social Work Board (CSWMFT), and I’ve spent most of my 14-year career since then dedicated to the specialty of the treatment of eating disorders. Prior to joining EBHA, I worked for over a decade at The Center for Balanced Living and The Emily Program Columbus, including serving as the Director of Intensive Outpatient Programs, Assistant Director of Partial Hospitalization Program, as well as an Outpatient therapist. I’ve worked with hundreds of patients and families over these years as they determine how to together fight the eating disorder while healing from the distress is causes to the mind, body, relationships, and overall functioning of the person. My patients are the most courageous, hard-working, and brilliant individuals that I’ve had the honor of walking alongside and I am always excited to start a new therapeutic relationship and begin the process together towards a life that feels worth living and sharing.

About

Wendy Finney, Office Manager

Assisting those who struggle with body image and eating disorders has been a passion of mine since 1994 when I began volunteering as a support group leader for an online website, and subsequently became a public speaker on eating disorders and trauma, including presenting at The Renfrew Conference. I have had the pleasure in working with various eating disorder organizations and charities over the last 20 years. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Phoenix, and have been working in the administrative field within mental health organizations since 2004. I am excited to be a part of the team at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates.

I strive to provide understanding and guidance as our patients navigate the process of starting treatment, understanding insurance benefits, assisting in the scheduling process and making sure that your experience is the best possible in being a patient at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates. I feel thankful to often be the first contact that our patients may have in taking the first step to receive help, and I want you to know that I am dedicated in helping you with these sometimes confusing processes.

Beyond work, my other passions include my husband of almost 30 years, spoiling our ever-growing family of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews (of which we currently have 60), scrapbooking and creating custom made greeting cards, a rediscovered love of gardening, and traveling, and running the non-profit organization I founded with my husband, Body Image Betrayal and Related Issues LLC, where I also facillitate a twice-monthly support group for those strugging with an eating disorder.

I take the trust you put into us for your treatment very seriously, and I look forward to working with you!