The individuals I work with are usually interested in understanding themselves better - how and why we engage in behaviors that no longer seem to serve us, cause distress, or interfere with our lives. My role is to help clients become more aware of and reflect on these patterns or difficulties, and in the process feel empowered to change the things that get in the way of living life more fully.
I believe treatment begins with building a collaborative therapy relationship based on trust, connection, and mutually agreed upon goals. Then therapy unfolds in any number of ways depending on what is needed - skill building, education, a safe space to be heard/witnessed, and/or insight and interpretation. Throughout treatment I believe it is critical to be informed about what we are doing and to evaluate together if our efforts are working. I dedicate myself to understanding my clients fully at whatever pace, and also believe in observing and gently confronting blind spots or ways we might get stuck. Most importantly, I hold tremendous hope and believe in my clients' resiliency and potential.
Educational Background & Training
Throughout my career I have specialized in the treatment of eating, anxiety, personality disorders and relational difficulties. My training includes the following:
-BA Psychology/Spanish literature - Princeton University, 2001
-Ph.D. Clinical Psychology - Boston University, 2012
-Internship - Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, 2010-2011
Since 2012, I have worked in clinical and academic settings providing inpatient and residential services to adolescents, adults and families as well as supervising and teaching graduate students in psychology at the University of Denver. Most recently, I was awarded a fellowship through the American Psychoanalytic Association for advanced study of psychodynamic psychotherapy. In total, I have over a decade of experience in treatment with a variety of difficulties clients might experience, exposure to a range of levels of care and treatment modalities, and also have an extensive background in research and writing. These additional academic pursuits support my efforts at understanding clients and keeping current with state of the art treatments and developments in the field.
I have a longstanding interest in understanding what factors help clients and therapists work together most effectively. I've included references to five of the more recent articles and chapters I have co-authored on these topics to give a sense of what I have researched and written about.
Thompson-Brenner, Ph.D., Shingleton, R.M., Satir, D.A., & Pratt, E.P. (2015). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa and Borderline Personality. In H. Thompson-Brenner (Ed.). Casebook of Evidence-Based Approaches toEating Disorders. New York: Guilford.
Satir, D.A., Harney, P., & Leary, K. (2014). Fear of Abandonment. In R. Summers & J. Barber (Eds.). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Pragmatic Casebook. New York: Guilford.
Satir, D.A. (2013). The role and meaning of eating disorder therapist experience level. Psychotherapy, 50, 570-572.
Satir, D.A., Goodman, D., Gorman, B., Shingleton, R., Porcerelli, J., Pratt, L., Barlow, D.H. & Thompson-Brenner, H. (2011). Alliance-Focused Therapy for anorexia nervosa. Psychotherapy, 48, 401-410.
Satir, D.A., Thompson-Brenner, H., Boisseau, C. L., & Crisafulli, M. (2009). Countertransference reactions to adolescent eating disorder patients: Relationships to symptoms and personality. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, 511-521.