Hi, I'm Paula.
I am a psychotherapist in private practice, (a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker).
For over a decade, I have helped clients who suffer from depression and anxiety, relationship strife, self doubt and the despair that results from living in a society that worships perfection, productivity, and restriction.
My passion is working with those who suffer from years of dieting, disordered eating, food obsession, internalized weight stigma and body hatred.
I work mainly with young people, adults, members of the LGTBQIA+ community, couples, and anyone hoping to get some freedom from that which does not resonate with them.
I am licensed to practice clinical social work in California, Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
I treat clients with a Body Justice-focused, weight neutral, anti-diet approach.
I am a member of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the National Association of Social Workers and the California Society for Clinical Social Work.
I am a professor of Body Justice at George Washington University, a course that explores the myths of the U.S.'s measures of health, our culture's thin idealism, and society's relentless oppression of large bodies.
San Francisco State University, Bachelors in Psychology
Hunter College School of Social Work, Masters in Social Work
Registered Yoga Teacher, 2003
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, 2011
LICSW, Washington DC
After teaching yoga full time in DC for over a decade, I completed a Master's Degree in Social Work in New York City.
I then moved back to Washington DC where I worked as an addictions counselor in an Outpatient Substance Abuse clinic, continuing to teach group and private yoga sessions all over the DC area, and providing workshops on Yoga & Healing Body Hate. I received my license to practice privately in 2013.
Since then, I've completed trainings in Internal Family Systems and Psychic Healing.
Food, Eating, & Body Hatred
Depression & Anxiety
I am currently providing only virtual sessions.