Colleen Perry MFT

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Colleen Perry
Colleen Perry is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT) in the state of California, and currently has a practice in Santa Monica that focuses on treating chronic pain in addition to treating people of all ages who are suffering from the emotional affects of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexuality issues, and relationship issues. She also founded the support program Through the Looking Glass, which helps people overcome eating disorders and body image issues. Perry received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Boston College in 1987, as well as a MA in Counseling Psychology from National University. Perry is affiliated with several professional organizations including the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and serves on the Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors for The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

In treating chronic pain Perry says, “In individual therapy we explore the direct link of the mind and emotions to the manifestation of pain in the body. Traditional forms of pain treatment such as physical therapy, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications and injections, surgery, acupuncture, chiropractic care, or massage, do not address the underlying emotional issues that are causing the pain in the first place. All that these other forms of pain management can give you are temporary relief...The most immediate relief for clients upon receiving the TMS diagnosis is that there is nothing structurally wrong with their body and are therefore encouraged to go about their daily activities of life without giving into the pain.” (Source) She also organizes a TMS/PPD therapists supervision group in the Los Angeles area.

Along with her practice, Colleen Perry has given several presentations and routinely contributes to The Huffington Post. In August of 2009 Perry wrote an article for the post on chronic pain and TMS entitled "Treating Chronic Pain - There is a Better Way!," which examines the connection between chronic pain and the U.S. health care system. Perry has given presentations to a variety of medical and mental health professionals that include the use of neurofeedback as an adjunct to therapy, the dangers involved with dieting, the signs of an eating disorder, and the media's influence on body image.

Contact Information

1247 Seventh St. Suite 300
Santa Monica 90401
(310) 259-8970

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