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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 (link when ready), a non-profit consortium of experts dedicated to delivering premiere psychological, behavioral, and mental health training curricula to any audience. I also act as a consultant for Nobody Is Perfect (add link), a 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

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-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

Chelsea Tobias, LISW-S

Clinical Training and Experience

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!