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SHW Eating Disorders Program

Are you or a friend concerned about your relationship with food and your body?

At Student Health and Well-Being, we have a multidisciplinary treatment team to help support students with eating disorders. This includes social workers, a psychiatrist, psychologists, dietitians, and several primary care providers with experience assisting students who have eating disorders. We understand that eating disorders impact many areas of life and your health, so we work together to ensure that you receive the care that will most support you in your process of recovery. Depending on your specific needs, we may be able to provide focused and goal-oriented care on campus. We may also work with you to connect you with off-campus providers.

Contact Student Health Services at (858) 534-3300 to make an appointment with your physician and ask about the Eating Disorders Program, or call Counseling and Psychological Services (858) 534-3755 to speak with a counselor and ask about our program.

What Types of Eating Disorders Do You Treat?

Our team has experience treating a myriad of different eating disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
  • Purging disorder
  • Atypical anorexia

We also work with common co-occurring conditions, including body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What Does Treatment With This Team Include?

Initially, you’ll work with our social worker to determine if our team is the right fit to support your needs. You’ll then have evaluations with our primary care team, one of our therapists, our psychiatrist, and one of our dietitians.

If you and your providers decide to proceed with our team, you’ll have regular treatment with each of your treatment team members. You’ll work with each team member to determine how often you’ll need to meet with them.

You may also be recommended to one of our therapy groups. These groups focus on building skills for understanding and managing emotions effectively, as well as groups that focus on changing the way you view your body.

In general, our team focuses on including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, exposure and response prevention, and health at every size approaches.

Be sure to check out the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website for our most updated workshops and forums focused on body image! These are open for all UC San Diego students!

Who Are We?

Allie-Wagner1_web.jpgAllison Wagner, PhD (she/her/hers)
Clinical Psychologist and Eating Disorders Coordinator

Dr. Allison Wagner (Allie) is a clinical psychologist and coordinator of the SHW Eating Disorders Program. She earned her PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has expertise in treating the full spectrum of eating disorders at multiple levels of care (outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, acute hospitalization). She additionally has training and experience in treating co-occurring anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She utilizes cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, exposure and response prevention, cognitive processing therapy, and uses both a feminist psychology and Health at Every Size ® (HAES) lens. In her free time, Allie can be found enjoying the dog beach, at a yoga class, or enjoying a cup of tea with friends.

May-Rees_web_198x231.jpgMay Rees, MS, RD (she/her/hers)
Registered Dietitian

May Rees is a registered dietitian with prior experience working in the outpatient, PHP, IOP, and residential levels of care. She earned her undergraduate degree in clinical nutrition from UC Davis and Master’s degree in nutrition for wellness from Bastyr University, San Diego. May is passionate about integrating intuitive eating principles and maintaining a holistic perspective in her work with clients. She strongly aligns with Health At Every Size® (HAES) and strives to provide compassionate, individualized care to each and every person with whom she works. In her free time, you can find May enjoying live music, gardening, traveling, cuddling with her dog, and spending time in the sunshine.

Taylor-Lewallen_web.pngTaylor Greenberg, RD (she/her/hers)
Registered Dietitian

Taylor Greenberg is a registered dietitian who earned her B.A. in dietetics from Central Michigan University, where she was also a student athlete on the softball team. Prior to working for UCSD she worked for a Skilled Nursing Facility and in Private Practice. Taylor is originally from Phoenix, Arizona but has lived in NM, AZ, NJ, MI, and PA. She spent time in her life suffering from an eating disorder, and now strives to help others recover through compassionate, individualized care. Her passion is to help young adults learn about the connection between their mind and body so they can feel amazing inside and out. Taylor is a Health At Every Size® (HAES) and intuitive eating aligned dietitian that focuses the attention on attainable health promoting behaviors. She loves to play and watch sports, hike, relax on the beach, spend time with friends, family and dogs, travel, or just watch a good show!

sarah-bromley_1-web.jpgSarah Bromley, LCSW (she/her/hers)
Therapist

Sarah Bromley is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy in both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Sarah earned her undergraduate degree at California State University, Humboldt and her Master’s degree at California State University, Fresno. She has specialized interest and training in treating body image and eating disorder concerns and is committed to the Health At Every Size ® (HAES) and Intuitive Eating approach. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness to provide compassionate person-centered care. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, going to the beach, traveling with her family and cuddling with her cat.

Ellen-Heyneman_web.jpgEllen Heyneman, MD (she/her/hers)
Psychiatrist

Dr. Heyneman graduated cum laude from Yale University (B.S. 1980) and Yale Medical School (M.D.1984 A.O.A.) and completed residencies in pediatrics and psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She completed fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center and moved to U.C.S.D. in 1991. She completed board certification in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Heyneman served as Director of the Residency Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSD and Director of the consultation-liaison service at Children’s Hospital and Health Center for over 20 years. Her outpatient clinical practice is specialized in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and mood disorders in children, adolescents as well as college mental health.

Cecily-Arenas1.jpgCecily Arenas, FNP (she/her/hers)

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tim-stempel_1-web.jpgTim Stempel, LCSW, MBA (he/him/his)
Admissions Coordinator

Tim Stempel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience working with various patient populations in diverse settings including residential treatment, outpatient therapy, emergency department, as well as school, healthcare and non-profit settings. Tim earned his undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. He earned is Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah, and Masters in Business Administration from UC San Diego. Tim supports program participants through introduction to the program and enrollment process, as well as necessary case management support following enrollment. Tim believes that all people deserve the opportunity to form healthy relationships with food and with their bodies, and strives to ensure a psychologically safe environment for students interested in learning more about the program. In his non-work time, Tim can be found playing outdoors, riding bikes, cooking and spending time with his family.

sarah-bromley_1-web.jpgRoselee Ledesma, PhD (she/her/ella)
Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident

Roselee completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arkansas where she worked as a behavioral health consultant in federally qualified health centers. Roselee is a fluent Spanish speaker and enjoys providing therapy services in Spanish. She enjoys working with people who are receiving behavioral health services for the first time. She is also excited to work with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) students. Roselee is passionate about providing services to patients seeking support for trauma, adjustment, life transitions, identity exploration, dismantling weight stigma, addressing disordered eating, and body liberation work. Her philosophy of healing is rooted in humanistic and client-centered principles as well as culturally-responsive cognitive behavioral therapy that considers client’s identities, experiences, and structural inequities.

How To Determine When to Ask for Help?

Most people go on diets or overeat once in a while. If you think your eating is out of control or that food is playing too big a part in your life, use the questions below to help evaluate your behavior and understand potential problems.

Answer yes or no to the following:

  • I constantly think about eating, weight and body size.
  • I become anxious before eating.
  • I am afraid of becoming overweight.
  • I like my stomach to be empty.
  • I have gone on eating binges where I felt I might not be able to stop.
  • I often feel bloated or uncomfortable after meals.
  • I spend a lot of time daydreaming about food.
  • I weigh myself several times each day.
  • I think about burning calories when I exercise, exercise too much, or get very rigid about my exercise plan.
  • I believe that being in control of food shows others that I can control myself.
  • I have taken laxatives or forced myself to vomit after eating.
  • I eat diet foods.
  • I feel extremely guilty after eating.
  • I eat when I am nervous, anxious, lonely or depressed.
  • I am preoccupied with the thought of having fat on my body.
  • Other people think I am too thin.

Look at how you answered — if you think your eating habits are making you sick or just keeping you from enjoying life, it may be time to make some changes. Contact Student Health Services (858) 534-3300 to make an appointment with a physician or dietitian, or call Counseling and Psychological Services (858) 534-3755 to speak with a counselor.

Helping a Friend

If you feel a friend may have an eating disorder, here are some helpful suggestions:

  • Talk about your concerns with a professional first.
    Prepare yourself with reliable information. Learn about eating disorders and find out what resources are available on campus and in the community.
  • Talk with your friend.
    Find a quiet time when you will not be distracted or interrupted. Focus on your concerns about your friend's health, not their appearance or weight. Speak in confidence and keep it informal. Tell your friend how this is affecting your friendship. Share the information you have learned about resources that can help. Use kind language and understand that this might be overwhelming for someone to hear.
  • Understand that your help may be rejected.
    Often people with eating disorders deny they have a problem. Don't take this rejection personally but try to end the conversation in a way that will allow you to come back to the subject at a later time.
  • Know when to back off.
    If you sense you're getting angry or impatient with the discussion, back off. And try not to take on the role of counselor or "food monitor"—that would be inappropriate.