Dr. Olivia Thakkar is a licensed clinical psychologist in the States of Michigan and California. She earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Her graduate work focused on Eating Disorder treatment and prevention. Her dissertation involved the development of a mindfulness-based program for clients struggling with Binge Eating Disorder, which earned the Marjie Scott Scholarship for Excellence award and was the beginning of her mission to help individuals recover from eating disorders.
Dr. Thakkar has advanced training in evidence-based treatment models for Anxiety and Depression. She has also developed an expertise in working with Eating Disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder.
She has training in Existential/Humanistic therapies, in addition to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family-based treatment for eating disorders, and mindfulness-based interventions. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, parents and families.
Dr. Thakkar began her psychology studies in Brazil, where she earned a degree from Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Sao Paulo. During her years in Brazil, she specialized in Clinical Health Psychology, and worked at Hospital Emilio Ribas providing psychotherapy to patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. Her experience with a wide range of populations and treatment models allows her to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
Dr. Thakkar’s practice is based on the client-centered principals of empathy, unconditional positive regard and genuineness. She strives to provide symptom relief while at the same time fostering self-awareness and self-esteem. Her goal is to create long lasting change in her clients’ lives.