During my time with Dr. Aspen, I have made significant progress that I am sure I would not have made using any other technique. Rather than using medication, Dr. Aspen focuses on cognitive therapy. I truly believe this type of therapy is one of the most effective forms of overcoming any type of disorder. I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for some time now and have been through numerous types of treatments, including medication and your standard therapy. Before meeting Dr. Aspen, I was pretty much a wreck and not at all in a good state of mind. However after working with her for a couple months, I began to see significant results, and quickly too. Dr. Aspen is determined and kind and is very open to using various techniques to help her patients achieve the best results they possibly can. At this point in my life, I am the happiest I have been in a long time and I owe that to Dr. Aspen and her work. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone that needs any type of help. --Kate 16 years old
She is truly amazing! After working with Dr. Aspen I have overcome all of my problems (depression, low self esteem, anger). She taught me the tools to use and now for the first time in my life I am confident and I know how to be happy on my own. I am so grateful I found her.
-- John 22 years old
I have struggled with eating issues for over twenty years. I have seen therapists, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and sought in-patient treatment. I have never had more success with any of these attempts at recovery than I have had with Dr. Aspen. She has helped me to find success that I never dreamed I could experience. My progress has not been overnight. I have worked hard and I have never hurt so much, but I have seen real change as I have never seen before. Dr. Aspen is patient and compassionate while challenging me to do things that stretch me to my limits and push me to achieve my ultimate goals.-- Grace 40 years old
I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for as long as I can remember. When I first met Dr. Aspen I had no hope of ever getting better. Within a few months of seeing her I was excited about life and free of the painful anxiety that held me back from the world. If you are really ready to change your life Dr. Aspen can help you get there. -- Chen 29 years old
Dr. Aspen helped my teenage daughter overcome an eating disorder that she had struggled with for a long time. My daughter worked with other health professionals who were not able to help her. Dr. Aspen was able to help her resolve this problem in just a few months. It has made an incredible difference in our lives. -- Kim, Mother of a Teenage Client
We met Dr. Aspen through a referral by Dr. Sue Knight, a medical doctor specializing in eating disorders (EDs). Dr. Knight recommended Dr. Aspen for her expertise in EDs and also for her skills in working with younger age clients. At the onset of our daughter's ED treatment, she had just turned thirteen. Dr. Aspen made an immediate impression regarding the seriousness of our daughter’s condition and the need to prioritize her recovery above all else. We (my wife, our daughter, and I) had weekly sessions with Drs. Aspen and Knight and a nutritionist. Dr. Aspen communicated with the therapeutic team continuously so the messages to our daughter were consistent in each session. Our daughter's ED was dramatic but thanks to the Dr. Aspen and therapeutic team, her recovery period was blissfully short. Throughout the ordeal, Dr. Aspen was our coach providing guidance and ongoing encouragement. After completing a full course of family based therapy our daughter is back to a normal weight and we feel empowered in handling her recovery moving forward.-- Larry, Father of Teenage Client
I was struggling with anxiety about going to college. Typically, Dr. Aspen and I would spend the first half of the session talking about my feelings about going and then the second half working on feeling better. She showed me a technique I could use when I feel anxious and it made me feel relaxed and more confident in my decision to go to college. I can use this technique on my own whenever I feel anxious, and now I'm not so worried about going to college. -- Sally, 18 years old
Dr. Aspen brought about a tremendous change in how I see myself and the world in a very short period of time. We used cognitive behavioral therapy to recognize the negative thoughts that caused my depression, understand the errors in those thoughts, and counter and replace those thoughts using positive beliefs. Even as a psychology major, I was convinced my depression was incurable and permanent, and something as (seemingly) simplistic as understanding my thought processes couldn’t possibly help me. But it did. Dr. Aspen has a flair for understanding her patients’ feelings, their needs, and the best methods to help them. She gave me the tools I need to keep fighting and winning against depression. I know it’s difficult to believe you can get better, but if you practice everything Dr. Aspen advises, I guarantee you will be so much healthier and happier. -- Linda, 20 years old
Working with Dr. Aspen has been life changing for me. When I started seeing her I was struggling with depression, anxiety, communicating with my husband, as well as body image and eating issues. I felt like I was in a dark hole with no hope of getting myself out. Over the course of 6 months Dr. Aspen guided me through a process that taught me how to enjoy life again. Her focus on cognitive behavior therapy was perfect for me because there were specific tools that required me to work to change my mood. Dr. Aspen was kind but firm and I always felt like she genuinely cared about me. Her knowledge and expertise in eating disorders helped me to change in a way I never thought was possible. I am grateful Dr. Aspen led me out of that dark hole and that she taught me the tools I need to stay out. -- Hannah, 38 years old
I am one that uses photography to express my feelings. I have been wanting to write a testimonial for Dr. Aspen for sometime now. I kept finding the words I was coming up to describe my respect and appreciation for Dr. Aspen to not describe my feelings and emotions. It wasn't until I took pictures at Muir Woods and I saw a shot of the canopy of redwoods from the ground that I realized what the right words were.
Dr. Aspen helped me to look up again. I can see that the world is beautiful. I can see that the anxieties and items that depressed me are still real items, but I am able to see that I can handle them now. I can smile and mean it. I have spent a lifetime believing that I needed to hide my issues from everybody close to me. Dr. Aspen helped me see that my friends and loved ones weren't going to run from me if they knew what I was dealing with. Dr. Aspen helped to show me that I can have confidence in myself again. Most importantly, she helped me see that for the first time, I actually liked myself. --- Matt, 45 years old