OFFERING ONLINE THERAPY FOR EATING DISORDERS, OCD + 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 like a prisoner in your own mind? Both of these disorders include high amounts of anxiety that tend to impact daily functioning. As a therapist, I tailor my approach to fit your individual needs 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 fully recovered myself, which helps my clients feel like they can relate. 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. I utilize an integrated approach to healing including humanistic, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP). 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. 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 and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I often work with trauma, 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. I eventually took a leap of faith, went through treatment and found full 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 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 come from a mixed race background.
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 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.”
SERVICES I OFFER
I offer online psychotherapy to teens and adults in California struggling with Eating Disorders, Anxiety, OCD and Trauma.
For OCD treatment, I utilize Exposure and Response Prevention- the gold standard of treatment.
For Eating Disorder therapy, I use a variety of approaches and tailor them to fit your individual needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I often require you to meet with a dietician and doctor depending on the severity of your circumstances. I operate through a Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating lens.
For trauma work, I utilize Internal Family Systems Therapy, Humanistic Psychotherapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
TRAINING AND CONSULTATION
Allyson loves educating other clinicians who want to develop their skills as an Eating Disorder and/or OCD therapist. Allyson provides live trainings to group practices and organizations on treating co-occurring Eating Disorders and OCD. Allyson also provides professional consultation with other therapists who feel stuck with a particular client or skill set. Reach out today to learn with Allyson!