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DORIANA CHIALANT, PhD.
Dr. Chialant is a Licensed Psychologist and Neuropsychologist with almost 20 years of individual therapy practice experience. She has a diversified background that allows her to employ strategies from different therapeutic approaches while a the same time developing a strong therapeutic alliance based on her belief in a relational psychotherapy framework and a view of human nature as inherently healthy. She is a committed and caring individual, who looks into where a client's health is coming from and ways of expanding an individual's resources so that they can overtake less healthy choices.   Doriana Chialant

Dr. Chialant is committed to helping you integrate your emotional, spiritual, physical and social dimensions of life and to helping you regain a healthy relationship with eating and nutrition.

Depending on what your needs are at the time you enter therapy, we may first focus on a review of your eating habits and use specific strategies to work around difficult behaviors. As you progress through mastering the various strategies and as you achieve weight balance, we begin to focus on understanding what function those food habits have had for you, in what way those habits are no longer working for you or fulfilling your emotional needs, and what new habits can more adaptively and more successfully take over those functions. Most typically, individuals use food to modulate and manage their emotions. Once we have achieved an understanding of the emotions that underlie the behaviors, we begin to work on your emotions and thought patterns directly, learning ways to soothe yourself and to master and modulate your emotions without resorting to food. As your work on emotional recognition, understanding, and mastery, your eating habits will lose their non-nutritional functions and you will be able to return to enjoying nutrition and the social aspects of eating with ease.

Apart from her expertise working with eating disorders, Dr. Chialant has an expertise working with trauma, immigration and acculturation issues, issues of sexual orientation, relational difficulties, chronic or terminal medical illness, and life transitions.