Malinda Isaacs, Ph.D.
Specialty: General psychotherapy and assessment services for adolescents and adults; eating disorders; pre-surgical bariatric psychological evaluations and follow-up
Dr. Isaacs has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky and has provided a range of services including psycho-education, assessment, and individual and group counseling services for court systems, college campuses, a state psychiatric hospital, and private and group practices. She has experience treating a wide range of psychological disorders with a passionate focus on eating disorders. Dr. Isaacs specialized in treating eating disorders early in her career by participating in research projects, leading peer support prevention efforts, and offering brief support groups and individual counseling. She subsequently provided evidence-based programs and counseling services targeting substance abuse for court referred individuals. In other clinical positions, Dr. Isaacs worked with multi-disciplinary treatment teams for individuals with severe mental illnesses, directed psychological testing services for a large outpatient group practice, supervised and taught graduate level seminars to clinicians, and facilitated a support group for parents of gifted children. From all of these experiences, Dr. Isaacs has learned the importance of coordinating care across multiple disciplines and using varying levels of treatment. Therefore, when providing services, Dr. Isaacs finds it useful to maximize available resources and use an integrated care model to improve the whole health of clients. Her collaborative approach involves a cognitive-behavioral framework that empowers clients to develop insight, change negative thinking patterns, and create behavioral changes. She also values providing an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust so clients can explore the challenges they face and discover the strengths they can use for positive change.