Stacy has worked in the behavioral health field for the past 25 years and is passionate about integrating wellness, experiential and evidence-based elements within treatment. Her specialties include eating disorders, trauma/betrayal and addiction recovery, shame resilience, intimacy/attachment issues, sex/love addiction, interpersonal neurobiology and rhythm-based recovery. In addition, she has a special focus on ADHD, high-conflict personalities and positive psychology.
Stacy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 37154).
Program Development and Operation
Stacy has extensive experience as Administrator, Consultant and Clinical Supervisor at a variety of treatment centers and levels of care. In 1999, Stacy became the Founding Program Director and designed the first eating disorder program for Center for Discovery, now a national organization. She was Lead Therapist at The Masters & Johnson Institute for Trauma and Dissociative Disorders at Del Amo Hospital in the mid 1990’s.
Subsequently, Stacy has served as administrator, clinical supervisor and consultant at four eating disorder programs and numerous substance abuse/mental health treatment centers. She is committed to maintaining excellence in ethics and integrative care standards.
Trainings and Certifications
Stacy is a lifelong learner. She utilizes Brené Brown’s ground-breaking research on shame resilience in her practice and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. Her specialized training by Patrick Carnes, PhD has credentialed her as Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor from the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor from The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Her training by Bonnie DenDooven has credentialed her as a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist. She attended the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders with Daniel Le Grange in Chicago and is a Certified Family Based Treatment Candidate. Finally, Stacy is a Certified Parent to Parent ADHD Teacher credentialed by CHADD.
Stacy is a Certified Level One Sensorimotor Psychotherapist for Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses and Traumatic Memory with Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is Level Two certified with Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). She is a graduate of Dan Siegel’s interpersonal neurobiology colloquium group in 2014. She is a Certified healthRHYTHMS Facilitator, integrating rhythm-based components with recovery. She is (PIT) trained by Pia Mellody, founder of The Meadows Treatment Center, in the Developmental Model for treatment of trauma. In addition, Stacy can be found at various conferences and study groups and is passionate about keeping up with current research.
Community Outreach, Professional Development, Speaker
Stacy holds three board positions; President of the Inland Empire iaedp Chapter (international association of eating disorders professionals), Co-Chair of the Inland Empire Chapter of WAAT (Women’s Association of Addiction Therapists) and Prevention & Awareness Board Member for the South Bay Coalition for Eating Disorders.
She is a clinical supervisor for therapists seeking licensure. She is a Supervisor for clinicians seeking certification in eating disorders (CEDS) and sex addiction (CSAT).
Stacy lectures regularly to both professionals and communities.
Below is a partial list of recent lectures:
- Shame Resilience & Addiction Recovery
- Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and PCOS
- What is Dual Diagnosis Anyway?
- Discover the Secrets to Happiness
- Eating Disorders & Sex Addiction: A Desperate Call for Love and Belonging
- Love the Skin You’re In
- Process Addictions within Substance Abuse Treatment
- Understanding the Drama Triangle
- Shame and Resilience: The Hustle for Worthiness
- Ingredients to Healing & Recovery
- The Whack-a-Mole Syndrome: Understanding Addiction Interaction
Stacy’s Personal Truths
Suffering is part of life and life gets messy sometimes.
Such a hard pill to swallow. We do all we can to avoid the messes, but the answer is in recognizing when we are suffering and giving ourselves kindness and compassion during those times.
Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s where risks take place.
Oh how we strive for certainty in the world … and sometimes close our eyes and pretend we have it. But the truth is that creativity and vulnerability are where innovation and discovery take place.
The answer to a joyful life lies within the practice of gratitude.
When we experience heartfelt losses, it’s the little ordinary things we tend to miss the most; dirty socks left on the floor, hugs received before bedtime, plans that went awry, a simple smile. We invite happiness back in when we practice daily gratitude, not just in the head, but in action.
You can’t beat imperfection.
It just comes back stronger. We all do it … you know … tell ourselves we are not thin enough, rich enough, smart enough, patient enough. We strive for perfection and when things don’t work out, we try to become even more perfect. Silly when you say it out loud, isn’t it? Who likes perfect people anyway?!
Laughter is good medicine
Pia Mellody has said “you know you are in recovery when you can laugh about it”. Laughter demands spontaneity and is contagious. “In our spontaneity we are most real and are accessing our authentic selves.” Not to mention, laughter reduces stress hormones and boosts the immune system. Now, who doesn’t want that?
Stacy is a mother of twins who keep her busy and enjoys time with family and friends. She is truly committed to helping people live a balanced, rewarding and authentic life.