APTEDSF MultiModality Treatment Center
APTED Specialty Treatment Center
Association of Professionals
Treating Eating Disorders
Specialty Treatment Center
(formerly the APTED Multi-Modality Clinic)
3195 California Street, Suite E
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-6090

Supervised by Deborah Brenner-Liss, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
License # PSY 9452
Are you or someone you love struggling with food & weight issues?
Body image issues? Binging? Purging? Feeling out of control?
The Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders is a non-profit
organization, which has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for
over 20 years, offering trainings, referrals, and treatment.
We now have a sliding-scale specialty clinic staffed by Masters and
Ph.D-level clinicians, specializing in treating eating disorders.

Anorexia                Bulimia              Compulsive  Overeating
Adults           Adolescents            Couples             Families

Call for a free phone assessment:
Association of Professionals Treating
Eating Disorders (APTED-SF)
Services Available
The APTED Specialty Clinic offers individual, couples, and family therapy.
We offer assessments and consultations. We offer many different kinds
of groups as well.  Treatment approaches include psychodynamic,
family systems, self-psychology, narrative, somatic and expressive arts
Dr. Deborah Brenner-Liss has  worked
with eating disorders since the 1970’s.
Between 1980—1985, she taught and
supervised at the Center for the Study of
Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City.
Between 1986-1987, she worked at the
Mt. Zion Eating Disorder Program in San
Francisco. Since 1985, she has been the
Director of the Association of
Professionals Treating Eating Disorders.
She supervises the other therapists
working at the clinic, along with an adjunct
faculty of other eating disorders
specialists, as well as having her own
Director, APTED Specialty Treatment Center
Deborah Brenner-Liss Ph.D.
Lic. Clinical  Psychologist
License # PSY 9452
The Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED) is
a non-profit organization,  comprised of private practitioners --
psychologists, licensed counselors (MFT's), social workers,    
physicians, psychiatrists, nutritionists, dance and movements
therapists -- a broad range of  professionals involved in treating people
with  eating disorders.

The Association has evolved in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985.
 The goals of APTED have been to offer a broad range of support
services to professionals who treat eating disorders as well as offering
support and referral information to patients and their family members.

The APTED Specialty Clinic has been operating since we became a
non-profit organization. We are open to contributions as a 501(c)3
organization. We offer services to those individuals who wish
specialized treatment for their eating disorders. We can work with some
insurance plans, and we can also offer sliding-scale services to people
without insurance, who might otherwise not be able to afford treatment
for their eating disorders.
What's New
Treatment Center
(Formerly Known as
the APTED Low-Fee

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Groups at APTED Clinic
Group topics vary from time to time, but currently, groups include:

*  Art Therapy

*  Nutrition Group

*  Eating Disorders Anonymous

*  OA group

* 7-week committed Soul Collage group for Women in Recovery
Other Services
We also interface with the schools via our school liaison and prevention
committees, offering materials, information and referral resources to
school counselors, and prevention groups to elementary and middle
school kids with their mothers.
Most Common Types of Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
  • Person refuses to maintain normal body weight.
  • Weighs 85% or less than expected for age and height.
  • Person denies the dangers of low weight.
  • Is terrified of becoming fat.
  • Is terrified of gaining weight .
  • Reports feeling fat even when emaciated.

Bulimia Nervosa
  • Person diets, becomes hungry, and then binge eats due to
    cravings and feelings of deprivation.
  • Feels out of control while eating.
  • Fears gaining weight and tries to "undo" binge by vomiting,
    exercising, using laxatives, or fasting.
  • Weight may be normal or near normal unless anorexia is also

Binge Eating Disorder
  • Person binge eats large amounts of  food frequently and
  • Feels out of control and unable to stop eating during binges.
  • May eat rapidly and secretly, or  snack all day long.
  • Feels guilty and ashamed of binge eating.

ED-NOS: Eating disorders not otherwise specified
  • Diagnosis describing atypical eating disorders.
  • Person may meet all but a few of the criteria for a particular
  • Person’s behavior with food and weight is neither normal nor

*Definitions adapted from Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.,  
website: www.