Dr. Sari Shepphird

Aired: December 14, 2009– 11 am PST

TITLE: Raising Healthy Kids… Inside and Out


SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Sari Shepphird, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Throughout life there are bumps along the road. Dr. Shepphird and Allen will identify the emotional triggers during the critical teens years, such as distress, anxiety, fear and sadness that may translate into live-long  physical and mental disorders.

In addition, they will discuss Dr. Shepphird’s newest book “100 Questions and Answers About Anorexia Nervosa” in which parents will find a complete guide to understanding the causes, warning signs, and diagnosis of anorexia, and includes practical suggestions on how to help their kids who may be suffering from anorexia, as well as the available treatment options.

Dr. Sari Fine Shepphird is a clinical psychologist, eating disorders specialist, and author of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa (Jones & Bartlett). Working with a full spectrum of eating disorders issues, her experience on the subject spans nearly twenty years. In addition to maintaining an outpatient private practice, she provides consultation about eating disorders to the media as well as to other treatment providers. Dr. Shepphird is a Medical Health Expert Blogger for Wellsphere.com, a Popular Culture Blog writer for Encyclopedia Britannica Online, and she also authors Treatment Notes, a Weblog for professional treatment providers who wish to learn more about eating disorders. Dr. Shepphird is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the California Psychological Association and also serves in leadership positions for several other mental health organizations and committees. Dr. Shepphird earned both her Master’s Degree (1994) and Ph.D. (1996) in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She is licensed to practice in the State of California.

Dr. Shepphird practices psychology from what is called a “pragmatic” or “eclectic” approach. This means that Dr. Shepphird generally utilizes a variety of treatment techniques that are tailored toward the specific client and treatment goals. Some of these techniques focus on the here-and-now, while others draw upon important developmental information, a history of significant interpersonal relationships, and important past experiences. Each client and treatment need, whether it is couples psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy, or another need, will be approached utilizing effective treatment strategies in a caring and supportive environment.

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