Dr. Chassity Angeny-Showalter, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 23036
Chassity Angeny-Showalter, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with approximately ten years of experience working with people struggling with eating disorders. She completed her graduate degree at Nova Southeastern University and focused her training, research, and work experiences on effective, evidence based approaches to the treatment of eating disorders, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis issues. During graduate school her training included a year at Renfrew Center’s residential facility treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders, and a directed study on the potential benefits of transitional housing for those recovering from an eating disorder. She completed her internship at Tarzana Treatment Centers working with those with chemical dependency issues in detox, residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Her post doctoral residency was at Kaiser Permanente working with adolescents and adults with chemical dependency issues. Dr. Angeny-Showalter’s most recent experience prior to joining the staff at Aspire Wellness had been as a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente, developing and implementing an outpatient program for adults with eating disorders.
Dr. Angeny-Showalter enjoys working as part of a multi-disciplinary team as she believes this allows the most comprehensive treatment with the best possible treatment outcomes. She has experience with individual, couples, and family therapy for adolescents and adults from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. She has a passion for group therapy and her experience with groups has included psycho-education groups, skill based groups, experiential groups, family groups, and process groups. She strongly believes in an individualized whole person approach to the treatment of eating disorders with the goal of helping people make changes that can contribute to living in a balanced and meaningful way. Dr. Angeny-Showalter is passionate about helping people create a sustainable and fulfilling life.
Shea Marie Phinney, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 50023
Assistant Program Director
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Shea Phinney is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years experience in the mental health field. After completing her Master’s program at California State University Sacramento in 2001, Shea began her career working at Placer County Health and Human Services as a Client Services Practitioner, working with families and youth involved in the Child Welfare System. Her work focused on working with victims of crime and youth who held Individualized Educational Plans for emotional disturbances.
Prior to beginning at Aspire Wellness, Shea Phinney worked as an outpatient therapist for individuals, families, and groups to address a variety of issues including: substance abuse addiction recovery, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, child and sexual abuse, and families in crisis. Shea is passionate about providing clients with an individualized whole person approach by using effective strength and evidence based treatment techniques. Shea enjoys facilitating therapy groups and has vast experience in leading process groups, skills based groups, psycho-educational groups, and experiential groups, including equine assisted therapy groups, with the goal of supporting and helping people learn new healthy ways of living. For the past 8 years, Shea has facilitated substance abuse and eating disorder recovery groups.
Shea believes that everyone has the ability to live a peaceful and authentic life by making positive and conscious choice that are in alignment with her/his personal value system. Shea takes an active role in the therapeutic process to assist clients in their journey of self discovery to live life more authentically. Shea incorporates teaching mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing when working with clients to support them in improving their overall quality of life. Shea is also dual certified as a Level II EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) mental health practitioner and equine specialist and provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, where we include horses as a partner in the therapeutic treatment team.
Jessica Christensen, IMF
Registered MFT Intern, IMF 88075
Jessica is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University. Prior to her graduate degree, Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah State University.
Jessica has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and mental health issues. She began providing skills training in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to university students, as well as doing campus outreach projects. She has worked in the non-profit sector with children, adolescents, and families to address mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, body image, PTSD, and difficulties in the family system. Jessica has worked extensively with at-risk youth and families with severe mental health and behavioral concerns to develop new ways of coping and communicating.
Jessica’s passion for working with individuals struggling with eating disorders was sparked during her time working in a residential eating disorder program in Utah. In her graduate program, Jessica focused her research on weight-based stigma and its impact on mental and physical health outcomes. She enjoys working with clients to help them in reclaiming their relationship with their body and food, and focuses on meeting clients wherever they are at in their journey to recover from their eating disorder. Jessica follows a multi-disciplinary, evidence-based treatment approach.
Laura Smith, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Laura is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She earned her Bachelor of Science from California State University, Sacramento and completed her dietetic internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. During her undergraduate work Laura noticed the prevalence of body image distortion and disordered eating patterns while counseling students as a Peer Health Educator. This led her to pursue the treatment of eating disorders by becoming a diet tech in residential treatment and later by focusing her dietetic internship on individual counseling with a variety of approaches to encourage clients to uncover their personal motivation for long-term wellness.
Laura has experience with outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment for eating disorders and enjoys guiding her clients through recovery with a personal and realistic approach to nutrition. Laura’s nutrition philosophy includes mindfulness and intuitive eating principles that improve the connection between mind, body, and food to help move clients to a balanced outlook where all foods can fit into their lifestyle. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Northern Area Dietetic Association, and the Behavioral Health dietetic practice group.
Areeba completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. She has experience in the nutrition field offering nutrition education and support to a variety of populations in clinical settings such as the UC Davis Medical Center and Paul Hom Asian Clinic, as well as community based settings such as the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services mobile distributions.
Areeba is also very passionate about mental health and has worked with the Muslim American Society Social Services Foundation in offering community workshops on mental health topics and cultural competence in mental health care. She also founded the Amala Muslim Youth Hopeline crisis hotline for Muslim youth. At the hotline, she has taken crisis calls, trained new volunteers, and currently manages the line. She recently completed her certification as a Peer Support Specialist through Recovery Innovations.
Areeba is passionate about the holistic, multi-disciplinary, empowerment based recovery approach used at Aspire Wellness and is excited to be a part of the team. She is looking forward to being involved in eating disorder treatment and hopes to use her nutrition and mental health background to help those seeking recovery!
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An east coast native, Kayla is a graduate of Rhode Island College with Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Justice Studies. During her undergraduate studies she was named a member of the Beta Chapter of Rhode Island in the International Sociology Honor Society and had an extensive role in research. Kayla’s passions led her to working with a team studying at-risk behaviors and adolescent life stressors, presenting the progress at a Rhode Island Psychology Research Conference in 2012. After graduating in 2013, Kayla spent a few years gaining experience in the mental health field as an Intensive Case Manager helping individuals suffering from mental health disorders connect with their communities and improve their lives.
Kayla has recently relocated to California, and she is excited to be apart of the Aspire team as the Intake Coordinator. Kayla is passionate about being the first point of contact to help people understand eating disorders and the treatment process. She enjoys connecting people who are struggling with resources and information, as well as providing support through education about eating disorders and other mental health issues.
Each member of the Aspire Wellness Center treatment team is highly dedicated to eating disorder recovery and has a passion for the work they do every day