MEET ALANA HEAVIRLAND, LMFT

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Contact Alana:

email: alanaheavirlandlmft@gmail.com

call: 949.734.0809

dedicated therapist and advocate

 

I am a compassionate, warm, and patient clinician that finds joy in helping individuals and families reach their highest potential in life. I view therapy as an extraordinary process that fosters resilience, hope, and healing from life’s greatest challenges. My goal as a therapist is to create and maintain a safe space to allow for gentle exploration and fulfillment of one’s goals, values, and needs.

I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona where I began my career supporting children of divorce and working as a counselor’s assistant to those in eating disorder treatment. My passion for helping others find authentic happiness then led me to receive my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine in 2018. For the past 4 years, I have worked with adults and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. 

I utilize client-centered and strength-based approaches with my clients as well as CBT, DBT, ACT, and family systems techniques to address depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, disordered eating/body image issues, and relationship difficulties. I believe in using a holistic approach that integrates the mind and body connection to optimize well-being and create deeper understanding of the whole self. I am also trained in EMDR to help people discover and let go of what has been blocking their happiness, success, and joy. 

If you are struggling with negative body image, an eating disorder, or a complicated relationship with food - I can help. My passion is to help teens and adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive exercise. You (or your loved one) do not have to continue to feel so trapped! You are worth so much more than a number on the scale or the size of the clothes that you wear. My approach to working with those struggling with disordered eating is rooted in Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating, along with work around emotion regulation and self-compassion.

 

I meet my clients where they are while helping them to gradually challenge their eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. I take great pride in helping my clients heal from their eating disorders. Full recovery is possible!

 

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, baking, taking mindful walks, and spending time with loved ones. I have two furbabies, Bella and Rudy who bring me immense joy every day. I look forward to working together and helping you become the best version of yourself. I believe in you wholeheartedly.

Alana Heavirland, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #123127

MEET STACIE FANELLI, LCSW

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Contact Stacie:

creative therapist and collaborator

 

I have had the pleasure of working with eating disorders in some capacity since I became a therapist. I received my Bachelor’s in social work from Syracuse University and Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers University in 2017 and dabbled in housing case management before heading to Oregon to get my clinical career started. I worked in community mental health in a rural mountain town as an adult outpatient therapist and was driven by gaps in access to care there to put on my social worker hat and volunteer as an outreach coordinator, educator, and recovery mentor through various eating disorder nonprofits. From there, my passion for the work became obvious and I transitioned into primary therapist roles at inpatient, residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care. I understand the challenges of transitioning to more independence and figuring out what exactly a “life worth living” in outpatient looks like. 

In addition to my interpersonal, creative, and skills-based approaches to treatment co-occurring mood disorders and trauma, I have come to incorporate social justice, anti-diet, and Health at Every Size® frameworks into my work over years of learning and evolving from what is and isn’t working. Whatever route I take in therapy, it is always collaborative, and it always prioritizes self-determination, meaning I do not set agendas; I show up to support my clients with their goals. Most recently, I have been exploring the common intersection between eating disorders and neurodivergences like ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder, pulling from both my professional and personal experiences to normalize unique needs in recovery around executive functioning and sensory challenges. 

Identity, perfectionism, ambivalence, family dynamics, boundaries, and power are just some of the themes that show up in therapy while processing life stressors and transitions like school or work anxiety and difficult relationships. I have experience with all of these in addition to helping my clients find their voices and align their actions with their values and their families learn to support them in this journey. 

In my down time, I love crafting, reading, and spending time with my two chihuahuas Rosie and Dunkin’, who help me practice the self-care I preach. You can find me on Instagram @edadhd_therapist.

Stacie Fanelli, MSW is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker #105876