Women’s issues has been a long standing passion and interest for Dr. Anna Packard. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2003, Dr. Packard worked for two years at the Stanford Treatment Research Center on a study exploring alternative treatments for depression during pregnancy. In graduate school, Dr. Packard pursued specialized training in women’s issues with a specific emphasis in the treatment of eating disorders. She worked as an extern at Center for Change, a highly regarded specialized eating disorder treatment center, and was trained and supervised by clinicians with expertise and many years of experience. Dr. Packard earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University’s APA-accredited program in 2010, finishing her pre-doctoral internship at Brigham Young University Counseling and Psychological Services.
After graduation with her PhD, Dr. Packard worked at the Center for Change where she provided intensive clinical services to individuals in inpatient and residential treatment for severe eating disorders and other co-occuring disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. She also developed and expanded group psychotherapy services offered to patients at the Center. While working at Center for Change, Dr. Packard collaborated closely with direct care staff and other treatment providers to maximize patient clinical gains.
In Fall, 2012, Dr. Packard began working at Brigham Young University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Here she provided individual and group psychotherapy to BYU students presenting with a variety of concerns while also continuing to specialize in seeing clients struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns. She led trainings for fellow clinicians and supervised graduate students on treating clients with eating disorders. While employed at BYU CAPS, Dr. Packard collaborated with colleagues to initiate and run an eating disorder treatment team and also created and facilitated an eating disorder group psychotherapy program. Dr. Packard has presented several times at local and national conferences, leading training workshops on her group psychotherapy work.
Dr. Packard joined Balance Health and Healing in the Spring of 2016. She is passionate about individual and group psychotherapy. Dr. Packard is warm, compassionate and a skilled clinician. She actively collaborates with clients to set and meet treatment goals. Her psychotherapy work is individualized to meet client needs, however her style of therapy is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles. Dr. Packard specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns, but also welcomes seeing clients with a variety of presenting concerns.
Beyond being a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah, Dr. Packard actively engages with professional organizations to facilitate her continued development and growth as a clinician, and also to provide trainings and presentations to other mental health providers. She is currently a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), the American Psychological Association, (APA), the Utah Psychological Association (UPA) and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).