A B O U T

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Melissa McLain Coffin is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York and a certified eating disorder specialist supervisor (CEDS-S) with nearly 15 years of experience providing psychological services to adults and adolescents. She uses both evidenced-based treatment as well as genuine connection to provide the best possible treatment.

 

Dr. Coffin works with a variety of presenting concerns including women's issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety and trauma. In addition, she specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive over-exercise.

Dr. Coffin received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her pre and postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis.

 

Since 2008, she worked at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in residential eating disorder treatment as a Clinical Director. For the past several years Dr. Coffin has served as a leader in the organization and is currently the Senior Director of Clinical Programming for Monte Nido & Affiliates. 

 

Dr. Coffin presents nationally at conferences on finding balance in individual’s relationships with food, exercise and social media as well as healing from trauma. She also enjoys training and supervising young professionals in the field of mental health and eating disorders.

 

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
My early training was in psychodynamic theory, which means I believe in the importance of exploring your early relationships and how they may contribute to ongoing patterns in your life. However my experience has taught me that my approach should be individualized to your needs. As such, I integrate interpersonal, cognitive behavioral dialectical behavioral and solution focused techniques into my work. I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of trauma & PTSD. I may also integrate some more directive or behavioral techniques as needed to help you get the best result. Together we will build a collaborative relationship through which you will gain enhanced awareness of your experience as well as insight to its impact on you. 
My approach is genuine, thorough, and compassionate.