Dr. Paula Freedman, Psy.D. ~ Practice Owner

I'm Dr. Paula, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and writer.

My own experience in therapy awakened me to my calling. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology so that I could pay it forward.

 

Today, I help people of diverse backgrounds and identities learn to cope with anxiety, heal from past trauma, and recover from disordered eating and eating disorders. We all deserve to live meaningful, rewarding lives. I specialize in treating high-achieving adults who have a hard time letting go of control and tolerating uncertainty. I particularly enjoy helping people connect to their inner wisdom and learn to trust their intuition.

I'm on a mission to make healthcare welcoming, respectful, and compassionate for ALL bodies. I advocate for size inclusivity and promote the adoption of the Health at Every Size framework in health, fitness, and wellness spaces. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I will help you develop a peaceful relationship with food, reject harmful diet culture messaging, and feel at-home in your body.

 

In addition to my individual therapy work, I provide education and supervision for psychology graduate students and therapists-in-training, teaching them to assess for disordered eating more effectively and promote healing from Diet Culture in their work. 


Many of us are held back by fear, anxiety, or beliefs about how we "need to be." The world needs us to show up authentically, yet we can only do this when we don't let shame control us. I'll help you dive deep to find your purpose, reject harmful social messaging, and heal your relationship with your mind and your body.

 
 

Ms. Tamara (Tammy) Bissesar, LPC, CRC ~ Clinical Associate

I'm Ms. Tammy Bissesar, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Personal experiences with mental health and physical well-being inspired me to pursue a career in the field of psychology and rehabilitation. I’m passionate about exploring the interconnectedness of the mind-body relationship and helping you achieve your own version of health. I have worked with people of diverse backgrounds and identities, helping them to manage symptoms of anxiety, heal from traumatic experiences, and manage the functional declines and loss associated with disability.

 

I believe that each of us deserves to achieve the optimal functioning that will help us live our best lives. I work primarily from a biopsychosocial framework and incorporate mindfulness practices as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in my therapeutic approach. My focus is on understanding you as a whole person, and exploring all of the contributing factors that might be impacting your physical and mental health and overall well-being.

 

I’m also committed to helping you reject diet culture. As an ex-athlete and dancer, I know firsthand how harmful and destructive diet culture can be. In my work with survivors of trauma and individuals with chronic health conditions, I have found that body image concerns are common, even for those who do not struggle with an eating disorder. I help my clients reject harmful social messaging that tells them they need to control their bodies, and repair their relationships with food. I believe that nobody deserves to feel guilty or ashamed for honoring their body’s needs, and that we each deserve to have peace with food and treat our bodies with kindness at any size.

 

My priority is to help you overcome challenges, build confidence, and achieve autonomy. I view my role as empowering, encouraging, and supporting you to move toward the life you desire.

Emily Hanson, M.A. ~ Clinical Associate

I'm Emily Hanson, a therapist with specialized training and experience in Primary Care Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

I am drawn to the mental health field because I know how tough it can be to cope with life’s difficulties. Anxiety and stress can overwhelm our sense of calm and control, but I will help you regain mastery over your well-being. I strive to help my clients feel understood and empower them to make connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so that they can move toward meaningful change. I am curious and compassionate, and I believe it is essential to understand each client wholly and in varying contexts.


I have experience helping individuals who struggle with behavioral challenges, developmental concerns, and emotion regulation issues to build skills and lead meaningful lives. I enjoy helping people build structure in their daily lives to promote well-being, and develop habits that move them toward their goals.


I have a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and I’m almost done completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). Thanks to my specialized training in Primary Care Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, I have a strong understanding of how difficulties such as depression and anxiety can manifest with physical symptoms and affect both physical and mental health in ways that make daily life more challenging. I strive to help you implement tools and skills to navigate these challenges and find relief, so that your struggles don’t hold you back from the life you want to live. I have experience in a variety of theoretical models, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), functional behavior analysis, and family systems.

Seeking mental health treatment is courageous, and I believe that taking that giant leap will be your first success of many. In today’s world, it is difficult not to compare yourself to the people around you. I will empower you to trust yourself as the expert on your own life, instead of focusing on how you measure up to other people.

 

Madison Boblett, M.A. ~ Clinical Associate

I’m Madison Boblett, a psychologist-in-training dedicated to fighting mental health stigma.

I found my passion for psychology and mental health through personal experiences. Ever since, I have been committed to fighting the stigmatization that accompanies mental health issues. I understand there are certain stressors and difficulties that life can bring, and I believe that nobody should ever have to navigate these alone. I strive to provide a safe, empathetic, and accepting environment where the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of change. As a therapist, I focus on empowering my clients to grow into stronger and more confident individuals who can live a life full of meaning and purpose.

 

I am currently completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at Adler University, and I have earned my Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology along the way. I have clinical experience working in inpatient psychiatric hospital programs and school settings with diverse children, adolescent, and adult populations. I have worked with individuals experiencing a wide range of stressors, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, interpersonal issues, and life transitions.

 

I practice with a holistic and integrative therapeutic style, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), relational, client-centered, and trauma-informed techniques. I am dedicated to individualizing my treatment approach in order to conduct culturally appropriate services to individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.  

 

I believe that you are the experts on your life, and I will focus on meeting you where you are at along your path toward change and growth. Starting therapy can take significant courage and vulnerability, and I am here to support you at every step of this journey towards healing and finding inner peace.