Online Therapy for Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder + Anxiety
Are you sick and tired of struggling alone? Feel like there is no way out of your eating disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder? Do you feel trapped in and scared of your own mind? Both of these mental health conditions include high amounts of anxiety that tend to impact daily functioning. As an anti-oppression therapist, I tailor my approach to fit your individual needs, explore systemic issues contributing to your distress and believe our relationship is one of the most important components to your healing. I have years of professional experience in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, residential treatment centers, schools and private practice. I am recovered myself, which helps my clients feel like they can relate. I feel this is crucial to acknowledge in order to break down the inherent power dynamic in therapist-client relationships and help my clients feel a sense of safety and trust. I know first hand what it's like to struggle and it's my mission to help my clients find the same freedom I have. In addition to my anti-oppression lens and relational approach, I often utilize, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP- specifically for OCD) and Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP). I view things both through an individual and systems lens- as I believe systems of oppression shape our mental health in a myriad of ways. Overtime we internalize these messages as our truth and develop ways to protect ourselves that often harm us in the long run. I help you unpack this, find your way back to your core Self, inherent source of wisdom and self trust. Are you ready to reclaim your life?
I’m Allyson Ford, a licensed therapist (LPCC 8880) based in San Diego, California. I provide virtual services all throughout California.
I specialize in treating Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Trauma and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I often work with relational concerns and body dysmorphic disorder as well. I have extensive professional training as well as lived experience. Years ago, I found myself trapped in my own eating disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder- it didn't feel like things would ever get better and I was scared of my own mind. I eventually took a leap of faith, went through treatment and found strong recovery. This sparked my passion in helping others find this same healing. My clients take comfort knowing they can come to me, judgement free, and talk with a therapist who has been there.
Social justice is an integral part of my work and I operate from a Health at Every Size lens. I identify as an anti-oppression and intersectional therapist, which means I strive to affirm and warmly welcome your intersecting identities, which include sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, race, ability, and class. My pronouns are she/her/hers and I identify as multiracial and queer. Being an anti-oppression therapist also means I do everything I can to protect you from harmful carceral systems of oppression. My advocacy does not end in the therapy room.
I have several cost friendly courses on Eating Disorder Recovery and The Mixed Race Experience if you are looking for more than therapy. I also offer consultation to providers and many free resources on my Instagram @bodyjustice.therapist and my podcast Body Justice on Apple and Spotify.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face and do the thing you think you cannot do.”