Annie is a compassionate, dynamic therapist who focuses on creating warm, open environments and helping you achieve the goals in the direction you want to go. Her style is interactive, validating, supportive, and direct, which allows for active collaboration with each person she treats. Annie regularly elicits feedback in planning and moving through treatment. She is transparent with her work and always integrates techniques from scientifically supported approaches.
Born and raised in Michigan and a graduate of Kalamazoo College, Annie went on to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston. She has been focused on the treatment of eating disorders since her work as a residential counselor at Laurel Hill Inn while attending graduate school. Her APA-accredited predoctoral internship included intensive training in the inpatient and partial hospital eating disorder programs at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.
Following graduation, Annie completed a postdoctoral fellowship on the adult and adolescent residential units at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. Further work included serving as Outpatient Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor for other postdoctoral interns. When life took Annie to New Jersey, she was thrilled to join Hilltop Behavioral Health as a Staff Psychologist. She continues to remain dedicated to supporting people on their road to recovery from eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a scientifically supported form of counseling that aims to increase a person’s ability to think, feel, and act more flexibly. Using the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance, ACT helps clients learn to tolerate, rather than avoid, unpleasant thoughts and feelings. In addition, ACT focuses on helping clients to create and engage in lives that they find meaningful and valuable.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
For individuals who feel out of control with their emotions, behaviors, and relationships, an approach informed by dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) may be appropriate. This method focuses on providing clients with specific skills and tools to help them manage their feelings and actions. Clients learn ways to communicate more effectively with others, tolerate intense emotions, regulate their moods, and remain grounded in the present moment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a tool to help people identify and cope with stressful situations. It teaches people new ways to think and act in order to influence the way they feel. It is a proactive approach in which the therapist works together with an individual to challenge their previous, maladaptive thought patterns and increase engagement in behaviors that contribute to positive experiences.