Just because it is hard to do, does not mean it is impossible to achieve

Just because it is hard to do, does not mean it is impossible to achieve

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Fran Weiss is an Associate Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Departments of Psychiatry and Environmental Medicine & Public Health. She is known for her pioneering work connecting early attachment derailments and trauma with dysregulated eating, obesity, and body image issues. As an expert in group psychotherapy she is part of the training program there for psychiatry residents where she co-leads process groups of residents focusing on group and individual dynamics and interpersonal communication.

A New York State Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Board Certified Diplomate, Fran has also been acting as an effective "change agent" for her private patient population for decades. She specializes in working with those struggling with ♦ relationship and attachment issues, ♦ anxiety issues and trauma, ♦ eating dysregulation problems, ♦ diabetes, ♦ false starts in finding a life partner, ♦ concern about professional career and future direction, ♦ balancing fast track with family, ♦ executive stress, ♦ women's issues, and ♦ life transitional changes and losses.

Central to her work is the exploration of early life developmental trauma and how this can later play out in the underpinnings of a multitude of adult- and young adult-presenting concerns: self sabotage, self hate, relationship conundrums, self-regulation struggles.

Regarded as one of the top specialists in eating disorders, weight regulation and body image in the country, she is the creator of B.I.T.E. The Body Image Transformation Experience® Workshop. She trains, teaches, and runs workshops nationally on the relationship between developmental trauma, early attachment issues, and dysregulated eating leading to obesity in adults. Fran is also Senior Psychotherapy Consultant to the New York Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in affiliation with Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan.

Fran is the Resource Specialist for the Center for Sleep Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with a focus on anxiety, trauma, stress reduction strategies, mindfulness skills, sensorimotor therapy, and eating disorders.

She is on the Board of Directors of the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and chairs its Standards Committee. And she is on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and GROUP: The Journal for the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. Fran recently served as Guest Editor of the American Journal of Psychotherapy's June 2021 Special Issue on Group Psychotherapy.

Fran's client population is composed of high-functioning men and women who have attained professional direction and financial stability and those with great potential still struggling to achieve professional and financial goals. She works particularly well with those who are starting their careers and are encountering road blocks.

Looking at what is not working for you may take courage.  To that end Fran partners with you to learn to listen to and decode the meaning of your internal road blocks and to develop the skills necessary to refocus your energies in a new direction that makes sense to you and that you can be proud of.

Meet Fran Weiss:

Getting started or how it works:

Step One: We schedule two consultation sessions to review the problem and discuss treatment planning tailored to your individual needs, situation, and circumstances. At this time due to the covid-19 pandemic, I am conducting all consulation sessions on a HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform.

Step Two — Treatment Options:

Step Three — Optional: I may recommend collaboration with a member of the Treatment Team, or add your existing specialist to the treatment program.  Note: All members of the Treatment Team (internist, endocrinologist, sleep disorder specialist, nutritionist, diabetes specialist, psychopharmacologist, neuropsychological testing) are board certified and licensed within their specific specialty.

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