Dr. Carley Hadjeasgari
As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Hadjeasgari’s clinical interest and practice is primarily rooted in the empirical support and practicality of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for eating disorders, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for anxiety disorders. However, she believes that the therapeutic relationship she has with her patients and families must be strong and sound in order to effectively implement any treatment modality. In her years of experience, she has found that individuals often carry natural strengths of intelligence, sensitivity and empathy. Thus, Dr. Hadjeasgari helps her patients learn to redirect their natural personality and temperament features in more effective ways.
Dr. Carly Hadjeasgari specializing in eating disorders, weight issues, anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Dr. Hadjeasgari has over a decade of experience working with eating and weight disorders and was trained by some of the leading experts in the field. Her passion for working with individuals with eating disorder began in 2008 when she co-founded the first ANAD Eating Disorder Support Group in Western New York.Dr. Hadjeasgari began her clinical training in 2010 in Buffalo New York, where she developed and led eating disorder prevention groups in the Buffalo School District System, while also receiving her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Canisius College in 2012. Dr. Hadjeasgari then set sail to sunny San Diego and received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego in 2017. During this time, she received specialized practicum training in the adolescent-focused evidence based treatments at UCSD. In addition to her clinical interests in treating adolescents and young adults, Dr. Hadjeasgari also has a particular interest and experience in neurobiologically-mediated temperament and personality and their impact on mental health.
Dr. Gyna Overholtzer
Dr. Gyna Overholtzer received her B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and received her Psy.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. Dr. Overholtzer completed both her pre-doctoral internship as well as her post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Clinic, Division of Mental Health. Prior to her two years working at Scripps Clinic, Dr. Overholtzer worked as a practicum student at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center, the Areta Crowell BPSR Center, and the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service (C.A.R.E.S.). Throughout her diverse range of clinical experiences, Dr. Overholtzer was trained and taught to utilize various evidence-based practices when treating individuals, couples, families, and groups including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Overholtzer also has specialized experience in working with young adults and older adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, stress management issues, and interpersonal relationship issues. Outside of work, Dr. Overholtzer enjoys traveling, being outdoors, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Meghan McCalla received both her BA in Behavioral Neuroscience and her MA in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. During her graduate education, she worked as a practicum student at UCSD’s Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research in the Pediatric Program before being asked to stay on. In addition to her role at BrightMind, Meghan has continued as a therapist at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center where she works with children and their families. Meghan has specialized experience with children, adolescents, and families across different levels of care who suffer from anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders, stress management issues, and attention issues. Meghan has received specialized training in a number of evidence-based treatments including; cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), family-based treatment (FBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). When she is not working, Meghan can be found spending time with friends, practicing yoga, going on adventures, or reorganizing her home in San Diego.