Brand Name

About

Sarah Altman, PhD — Owner

Mission

My life passion has been to help people through understanding their needs, validating their struggles and using my knowledge to help them navigate life stressors. Since college, I have been drawn to helping people who struggle with food, exercise and body image. It is very important to me that I use treatments backed by science, while understanding the unique needs of the individuals with whom I work. I founded Eating and Behavioral Health Associates to provide the Central Ohio community with excellent, evidence-based treatment, consultation and education.

Clinical Training and Experience

My journey in working with individuals with eating disorders, body image and weight concerns began at the University of Richmond, where I developed the foundation of knowledge and perspective of nutrition and physical wellness with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health. In 2004, I accepted a doctoral student position in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a focus on health behavior change in diet and activity and explored the relationship between depression and overeating in my Master’s thesis. I continued my interest in problematic eating by publishing a review of the literature examining a possible link between Bulimia Nervosa and OCD, and leading a study in the shared mechanisms of co-occurring mental disorders, Bulimia and OCD for my dissertation. In addition to my research during graduate school, I completed extensive training in treatments for eating disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at UIC in the Office of Applied Psychological Services, and Standard Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) at the University of Chicago Adult Eating Disorders Program. I completed my internship at West Virginia University in 2011, furthering my training in evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, mood, anxiety and sleep.

My diverse training experiences have included a variety of individuals struggling with eating, weight and body image concerns in various levels of care. In 2011 after earning my PhD in Clinical Psychology, I accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders where I managed the DBT Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs for Eating Disorders. Since 2014, as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, I have treated individuals with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders and led CBT and DBT groups in the outpatient clinic.

About

Sarah Altman, PhD — Owner

Teaching and Supervision Experience

In addition to patient care, I have a passion for teaching and training in psychology and evidence-based treatments. While 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 for our 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. I have presented at numerous national conferences and have been invited for speaking engagements on the treatment of eating disorders in the Columbus area, including at The Ohio State University and The Center for Balanced Living.

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

Ohio Psychological Association

Preferred Provider of the Center for Balanced Living

 

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

Lisa Hutson, PsyD

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

 

About

Theresa McClurg-Genevese, LPCC

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

Chelsea Tobias, LISW-S

I am fiercely passionate about providing high-quality, evidence-based treatment for my clients. My interest in treating children and adolescents with eating disorders was sparked because I wanted to find a treatment model that was proven to be effective. This led me to Family Based Treatment (FBT), also known as Maudsley Family Therapy, which is the first-line treatment recommendation for adolescents with eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and ARFID). I also work with children and adolescents who struggle with Binge Eating Disorder and other eating concerns, as well as other issues such as depression and anxiety, using a CBT approach.

Originally a Columbus native, I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Otterbein University, where I became interested in working with children and adolescents through my involvement with the college’s community service team. 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 for 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. I completed internships in a public school setting as well as the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

After graduate school, I worked in a Cleveland public school, and then quickly found The Emily Program, 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. Eventually I transitioned to a full-time therapist role, where I was specifically dedicated to providing Family Based Treatment, CBT-E, and facilitating an adolescent body image group for clients in the Greater Cleveland area. I operate from a strengths-based, person-centered approach and work to empower families to help their children fight these life-threatening illnesses.

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.

 

About

Wendy Finney, Administrative Assistant

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, volunteering as a support group leader at The Center for Balanced Living, a rediscovered love of gardening, and traveling. I take the trust you put into us for your treatment very seriously, and I look forward to working with you!