About Us

imgDr Tony Paulson has treated patients with eating disorders for more than 30 years and has lectured extensively on the topic to community groups and professionals. He is an adjunct professor at Sacramento State and teaches core classes at JFK University's eating disorders certificate program. He co-authored the book, "Why She Feels Fat: Understanding Your Loved One's Eating Disorder and How You Can Help" to assist families in better understanding and responding to their loved one's eating disorder. Dr Paulson's approach to treating anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder utilizes a combination of education, cognitive therapy, and experiential activities. Dr Paulson is the only clinician in Sacramento to be certified in Family Based Treatment by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (see maudsleyparents.org). 

Your path to recovery starts with reaching out for help. I appreciate you visiting our web site and considering treatment. The path you are about to walk on can at times be steep and full of obstacles. You might feel like you can't take another step or the obstacles are too large to overcome. Yet at other times it might feel like the path is never ending. I can assure you that you will not walk this path alone. You will be given direction, guidance, and comfort on your journey to recovery by our dedicated staff.  Recovery is living a life you were meant to live and letting go of the fears that feed your eating disorder. Life away from your eating disorder has trials and struggles but is also full of love and connection to others. Open yourself up to the possibilities! - Tony Paulson, Ph.D.  

Please feel free to email Dr. Paulson at [email protected]


I am a client-centered therapist who values empowerment and highlighting an individual’s unique strengths. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, family systems, relational issues, disordered eating, and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. I am inspired by the resiliency of those I work with and feel honored to be invited on a person’s journey for self-reflection and betterment. I come with a background of various therapeutic methods as I believe treatment should be individualized. I have knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness interventions, and Motivational Interviewing. I look forward to our work together as we develop a relationship full of trust and understanding and create a safe space to achieve insight and growth on your journey towards healing.

Deja DeTrinidad, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the Director of our Adult Services

Please feel free to email Deja at [email protected]


Having my own lived experience, I am a true believer in the power of therapy and recovery. I have a keen understanding of how overwhelming mental health challenges can be for the client as well as their loved ones. I became committed to helping others and their families find the joy and healing. There is nothing more rewarding or exciting to see my clients find their voice and hope for their future.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Sacramento and my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University. I have years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizoaffective disorder. My clinical experience includes Flexible integrated Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization programs. I have also worked in Domestic Violence programs with survivors and in Assisted Community Treatment supporting for the severely mentally ill. My approach to therapy is client-centered and strengths-based. I believe in client and family voice in treatment. I am an integrative therapist, committed to personalized care tailored to my client’s needs. I am experienced with Family Based Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy thinking out of the box and often will introduce games and art in therapy sessions. It would be an honor and my privilege to assist and support you in your journey toward healing.

Deborah Ramirez is an associate marriage and family therapist and the Director of our Adolescent Services

Please feel free to email Deborah at [email protected]

ShanleyI am the Nutrition Services Director for Sierra Center for Wellness. As a Registered Dietitian I hold strong values to provide individualized nutrition care to each person who enters my office. I believe that I can learn just as much from my clients, as they can from me and this philosophy guides my clinical interventions. I have spent most of my career specializing in disordered eating recovery, women’s health/perinatal health and sports nutrition. As a survivor of a life-threatening eating disorder in my early adolescence, I have an immense amount of passion to help those struggling, along with their support system, to create their own journey to recovery. In my career I have had great success because I can understand at a level much deeper than what a textbook could have prepared me for. Nutrition is fuel, nutrition is community, nutrition is connection, nutrition is fun, and each day I feel so incredibly lucky that I get to educate and advocate on how I can help my clients/patients achieve their most healthy and well self.

Shanley Schoenhofer is a registered dietitian and the Director of Nutrition Services

Feel free to email Shanley at [email protected]


I earned my B.A. in Public Health and Psychology from Vanderbilt University and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute and am also in the process of becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). I am passionate about treating clients struggling with  eating disorders, specifically with Family-Based Treatment (FBT). I have past experience treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders at the residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Additionally, I have past experience working with Christian-identifying clients through struggles with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, transition, and relationships. I stand by the belief that healing comes through developing and strengthening both self-compassion and human connection. I aim to help clients know themselves better, adopt healthier ways of thinking, acting, and relating, and acquire tools to find their way through the obstacles of life. Knowing the challenge that the recovery process is from having an eating disorder and going through the process myself, I consider it extremely brave to seek help and therefore an honor and privilege to partner with you on the journey.

Julia Hollingshead is a Marriage and Family Associate 

Feel free to email Julia at [email protected]

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