ABOUT US

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Julie Trim, PhD.
Founder & Clinical Director

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Mell Giegerich, LCSW
Therapist

Dr. Julie Trim provides compassionate, evidence-based treatment for a variety of problems including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder (BPD)/emotion dysregulation. She has 15 years of treating eating disorders at the residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient levels of care. Dr. Trim developed the UCSD Adult Eating Disorders Program in 2009 and subsequently served as Director. In addition to providing clinical care to patients in the program, she regularly supervises staff and trainees, delivers trainings, and engages in research (publishing scientific manuscripts, presenting at professional conferences, etc).

Dr. Trim is a firm believer in evidence-based treatment. Intensively trained by DBT experts, Dr. Trim is one of three psychologists in San Diego to achieve certification in DBT by the Linehan Board of Certification. She draws heavily from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) when working with depression and anxiety, and blends in DBT skills when appropriate. Additionally, Dr. Trim has formal training and experience in two evidence-based treatments for PTSD-- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).

Outside of work, Dr. Trim loves being outdoors (at the beach or on a hike), playing games with friends or her kids, dancing (well, mostly having dance parties at home :)), going to coffee shops, and curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. She describes herself as an extraverted introvert or an introverted extravert, depending on the day. She consider this the best of both worlds, as she cherishes the time she has to herself, AND values relationships above everything else. 

 

Mellissa (Mell) Giegerich is a licensed clinical social worker with specialized training and experience working with an impressive range of client populations. Prior to joining our clinic, she worked at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center, where she provided treatment to adults in the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) program.  Before that, she completed a fellowship at the department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where she was formally trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Mell has also worked with substance use disorders (pulling from SMART recovery principles), individuals on the autism spectrum, and adolescents and young adults. Finally, Mell is passionate about sports psychology and working with athletes, as she was former collegiate athlete herself. She loves helping athletes work through the unique challenges of being an athlete (e.g., issues related to identity, exercise dependency and compulsive exercise, etc).

Mell draws from evidence-based therapies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Her empathetic and nonjudgmental approach fosters an environment in which clients feel confident they can learn the skills needed to improve their wellbeing. 

 

Outside of work, you will find Mell spending time with friends, at the beach, rollerblading, and cuddling with her beloved cat, Stella! As someone who loves hiking and nature, one of her life goals is to visit all the national parks within the US. She fully embraces living in southern California and tries to get outside at any opportunity!

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Meghan Fruth, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate

Meghan Fruth is a doctoral candidate pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. She has worked with adults and adolescents in various clinical settings including an eating disorder center, crisis house, inpatient psychiatric hospital, a university counseling center, and a residential treatment center. Most recently her clinical training has been at UCSD Eating Disorder Center where she worked with transition aged youth and adults with eating disorders. Her training is primarily in evidence-based therapies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her approach is supportive, focused, skills-based, and goal-oriented.

 

She also has a background in sport psychology and an interest in athletics. Meghan received her MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Brunel University London where she researched the psychology of injury and the psychological resources available to professional soccer players. She also has a background in both competing in track & field as well as coaching at the collegiate level.

 

Outside of work you will find Meghan hiking one of the many trails in San Diego or spending time adventuring in nature with her friends. She enjoys indoor rock climbing, kayaking, running, and pretty much anything active! You can also find her at one of the many coffee shops in San Diego trying to find the best iced coffee!