Monica Willson, LMFT (available only for Family Therapy for IOP Program)

My training and treatment philosophy is grounded in a family systems approach, which gives specific attention to pain and maladaptive patterns in the context of the individual’s most important relationships. Family therapy is proven to be an effective tool in the treatment of eating disorders for both adults and adolescents.

In my work, I apply non-blaming approach that emphasizes parental alliance, and also supports the independence of an adolescent’s growing independence. In family therapy, families come together to understand the role that the Eating Disorder has played and how certain factors within the family may be maintaining the eating disorder. During sessions, families work together to rebuild relationships through genuine and mutual acknowledgement of destructive systemic patterns and then learn and practice alternative ways of relating to generate trust, growth and healing.

I believe that our experiences and environment inform our identity and shape the suffering we encounter in life, but pain and suffering is not the end of the story. Healing relationships have the potential to effect the changes we desperately seek when we are in pain. It is an honor and a privilege to provide a healing space for clients who want to explore their stories and work toward deep growth in relational maturity and integrity. It is my hope that our work together would become a meaningful and lasting investment in your life and the relationships around you.

I am currently supervised by Jen Hutchings, PhD, LMFT and Gail Hall, LCSW, LMFT, CEDS-S.