Meet Our Clinicians

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.

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