Rachel Coleman, LMFT
perinatal mood disorders, personality disorders, perfectionism
I am originally from New Jersey but moved to sunny Southern California to earn my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Since my freshman year of college, I’ve had a calling to work with those who are struggling with eating disorders. My passion for helping people is fueled by a deep empathy for people, especially women, who hurt their bodies as they work through their self-doubt, traumas and self-esteem issues.
This passion and calling lead me to earn my Marriage and Family Therapy (#48782) license in the state of California, where I concentrated on Eating Disorders in my studies. I immediately began employment at an Eating Disorder treatment center in Long Beach where I spent five years as a Recovery Coach, Primary Therapist and Program Director. I have since taken that experience into my private practice, where I feel called to assist clients into learning how to LIVE OUT the concepts of recovery learned in treatment.
I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and CEDS-Supervisor, have completed a certification course in Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT), have a certification of completion for Perinatal Mood Disorders, and am a certified Intuitive Eating Pro. I held a position on the Board of the Orange County chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) from 2011-2016. I am continuously researching, consulting, and learning more about eating disorders so I can remain fresh, informed and confident in my healing approach.
I founded Monarch Rising Therapy and Nutrition Services to expand the offerings for quality and compassionate Eating Disorder care to South Orange County. We offer multiple therapy modalities through traditional talk therapy, creative and expressive therapies, and collaborative nutrition counseling in order to give each client the personalized care they deserve in their healing process. Our team has a variety of expertises driven by their own healing journeys and passions for aiding clients to find the freedom to rise up from the internal pain that has kept them from being able to embrace their true selves for way too long. We are all neurodivergent affirming, HAES aligned, and LGBTQ+ affirming and believe that social justice oriented therapy is the only way to approach recovery. We believe that therapy can lead to a beautiful metamorphosis so each client can rise free!
Rachel Coleman, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist CA #48782
Stacie Fanelli, LCSW
neurodivergence, social justice, anti diet
I have had the pleasure of working with eating disorders in some capacity since I became a therapist. I received my Bachelor’s in social work from Syracuse University and Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers University in 2017 and dabbled in housing case management before heading to Oregon to get my clinical career started. I worked in community mental health in a rural mountain town as an adult outpatient therapist and was driven by gaps in access to care there to put on my social worker hat and volunteer as an outreach coordinator, educator, and recovery mentor through various eating disorder nonprofits. From there, my passion for the work became obvious and I transitioned into primary therapist roles at inpatient, residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care. I understand the challenges of transitioning to more independence and figuring out what exactly a “life worth living” in outpatient looks like.
In addition to my interpersonal, creative, and skills-based approaches to treatment co-occurring mood disorders and trauma, I have come to incorporate social justice, anti-diet, and Health at Every Size® frameworks into my work over years of learning and evolving from what is and isn’t working. Whatever route I take in therapy, it is always collaborative, and it always prioritizes self-determination, meaning I do not set agendas; I show up to support my clients with their goals. Most recently, I have been exploring the common intersection between eating disorders and neurodivergences like ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder, pulling from both my professional and personal experiences to normalize unique needs in recovery around executive functioning and sensory challenges.
Identity, perfectionism, ambivalence, family dynamics, boundaries, and power are just some of the themes that show up in therapy while processing life stressors and transitions like school or work anxiety and difficult relationships. I have experience with all of these in addition to helping my clients find their voices and align their actions with their values and their families learn to support them in this journey.
In my down time, I love crafting, reading, and spending time with my two chihuahuas Rosie and Dunkin’, who help me practice the self-care I preach. You can find me on Instagram @edadhd_therapist.
Stacie Fanelli, LCSW is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker #105876
Stacie's therapy dog, Dunkin
Alana Heavirland, LMFT
young adults, trauma, relationships
I am a compassionate, warm, and patient clinician that finds joy in helping individuals and families reach their highest potential in life. I view therapy as an extraordinary process that fosters resilience, hope, and healing from life’s greatest challenges. My goal as a therapist is to create and maintain a safe space to allow for gentle exploration and fulfillment of one’s goals, values, and needs.
I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona where I began my career supporting children of divorce and working as a counselor’s assistant to those in eating disorder treatment. My passion for helping others find authentic happiness then led me to receive my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine in 2018. For the past 4 years, I have worked with adults and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.
I utilize client-centered and strength-based approaches with my clients as well as CBT, DBT, ACT, and family systems techniques to address depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, disordered eating/body image issues, and relationship difficulties. I believe in using a holistic approach that integrates the mind and body connection to optimize well-being and create deeper understanding of the whole self. I am also trained in EMDR to help people discover and let go of what has been blocking their happiness, success, and joy.
If you are struggling with negative body image, an eating disorder, or a complicated relationship with food - I can help. My passion is to help teens and adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive exercise. You (or your loved one) do not have to continue to feel so trapped! You are worth so much more than a number on the scale or the size of the clothes that you wear. My approach to working with those struggling with disordered eating is rooted in Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating, along with work around emotion regulation and self-compassion.
I meet my clients where they are while helping them to gradually challenge their eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. I take great pride in helping my clients heal from their eating disorders. Full recovery is possible!
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, baking, taking mindful walks, and spending time with loved ones. I have two furbabies, Bella and Rudy who bring me immense joy every day. I look forward to working together and helping you become the best version of yourself. I believe in you wholeheartedly.
Alana Heavirland, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #127123
Meg McGuire, AMFT
recovery coaching, complex family dynamics, substance abuse
I grew up in Houston, Texas and garnered a BBA in Marketing and Consulting at Emory University. I then spent almost a decade working in the fashion industry as a publicist and magazine editor in both New York City and Los Angeles. After going through a season of significant personal change, I longed for a career where I could help others and give back to the mental health space.
In addition to holding a M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, I specialize in eating disorder and addiction recovery as well as self worth work. My theoretical modalities range from narrative therapy to exposure therapy to solution-focused therapy to client-centered therapy, and more.
I treat clients with the warmth, empathy and respect that they deserve. I honor each client's unique lived experience, and I see my clients as whole people rather than a diagnosis. I work collaboratively with clients in an effort to support their needs and initiate personal growth.
My approach is to be authentic, empathetic and non-judgmental so that therapy creates both a warm and welcoming space for my clients. Outside of therapy, I enjoy traveling, needlepointing, fashion, and spending time with my family and pets.
Meg McGuire, AMFT is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #128242
Sunny Sun Young Lim, ASW
neurodivergence, life skills, complex trauma
I enjoy helping people flourish and become the best authentic version of themselves. As a kid, I've always had an interest in figuring out how to spark a change in people's lives, and that interest has never left me. It led me to pursue a master's degree in social work, and I've worked with teenagers and families in schools along with homecare settings around life transitions, emotional neglect, and eating disorders. I've also worked with autistic teenagers and am neurodivergent-affirming. If you suspect you might be autistic and are looking for resources for thriving in a neurotypical world, please don't hesitate to reach out. In addition to working in the therapeutic field, I've worked as a journalist, a medical receptionist, and as a medical aide.
Therapy is a collaborative process where we work together to identify your personal goals and help you heal. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, taking parts from Jungian therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Therapy. When you're struggling with setting boundaries, building self-esteem, healing from emotional neglect from family/caregiver trauma, breaking generational curses, feeling shame about yourself, I want to help. Healing is sometimes a lifelong process, but just because your story had a regretful beginning doesn't mean it can't have a joyful ending.
I'm passionate about helping people honor their sense of self and uncover the hidden parts of themselves. When you're ready to start therapy and begin your healing journey, I'm excited to meet you and work with you together.
Outside of the office, you can find me exploring new restaurants and boba shops in SoCal or visiting various art museums. I also enjoy reading, traveling, painting, learning, and spending time with my family. Wherever you're at in your healing journey, I wish the best for you!
Sunny Sun Young Lim, ASW is an Associate Social Worker #105437