We are so glad you are here.
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. I grew up watching several family members struggle with mental illness including addiction, anxiety and depression. Then, in my late teens I developed an eating disorder. Little did I know I was also struggling with OCD and anxiety. After going through my own recovery, I became even more determined to help others as I experienced first hand how life changing recovery is! I also realized how much stigma there is around mental health and it is my mission to change this. I never want my clients to feel as alone as I did.
I went to University of Washington for my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Later, I graduated from New Mexico State University with my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since then, I have had extensive training in Eating Disorders, OCD and Trauma.
Outside of my work, I love hiking with my two dogs, going to the beach, traveling and spending time with my husband and family.
I truly care for all of my clients, and work diligently to help them recover and reclaim agency over their lives. This work is so meaningful to me and I am honored to be considered apart of your healing journey.
Get to Know Allyson
Get to Know Sarah
So much of the work I do as a therapist is inspired by that little girl I once was, who was living in a body that looked different than the other kids’. A bigger body. A fat body. A body that meant being constantly reminded of how it doesn’t fit the mold. There was a constant striving for the body I thought I needed to be worthy, good-enough, okay. Over years of chronic dieting and self-hatred I eventually landed in a place where my therapist said something I never thought could be true for me, “I think you have an eating disorder.” Healing my eating disorder, making amends with food + body, and learning about body liberation and fat acceptance shifted everything.
I received my BS in Apparel Design + Merchandising at San Francisco State University and later transitioned into the Psychology field gaining my MA in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University. Some of my earliest experience training as a therapist was with kids in elementary school and I still have a soft spot for working with littles. Today my practice highlights supporting folks (from kiddos to grown-ups) living in bigger bodies, recovering from disordered eating, and longing to trust themselves and their bodies again.
Outside of work I love hanging with Beetlejuice (my emotional support kitty), having video calls with my nephews, and connecting with nature.
Recovery is hard and bumpy and sometimes exhausting AND so, so worth it. I’d love to connect and see how I can support you through this.
Sarah is currently accepting new clients in California, reach out to book today!
Dr. Jennie Wang-Hall, Eating Disorders Psychologist
Allyson Ford is an expert therapist in the fields of eating disorders and OCD. She has a wide range of skills and tailors her approach to each individual's needs. Allyson is kind, warm, and deeply compassionate which makes her clients feel safe and understood. An additional strength of Allyson's is her fierce devotion to social justice in treatment. She is incredibly passionate about helping her clients pursue body justice and seek empowerment in their own recoveries and broader life. Allyson provides support for her clients through therapy, courses, and other accessible services for folks coming from all backgrounds, which demonstrates her depth of knowledge and care for every person who is seeking recovery. I feel privileged to work in tandem with Allyson and would highly recommend her to anyone seeking support!