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Seattle, Washington – Our Team

Insight Behavioral Health Centers

Lara Schuster Effland, LCSW
Regional Managing Director of Clinical – WA & National Sr. Director of Insight

Ms. Effland has been working in the field of mood, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders for 13 years in multiple levels of care throughout the country.  Ms. Effland received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago with a concentration in clinical practice.  Ms. Effland specializes in co-occurring eating, mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, with a focus primarily on mindfulness and evidence-based behavioral interventions, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and mindfulness meditation and theory. 

Ms. Effland became the Executive Clinical Director of Eating Recovery Center’s Washington site in March of 2017.  Her experience in co-occurring disorders complements the exemplary eating disorders care at Eating Recovery Center of Washington.  Ms. Effland regularly speaks and trains nationally on the topic of eating, mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.  Her goal is to continue to bring compassion, competence, and integrity to patient care and to ensure that all staff at ERC are given all the support they need to be the best they can be.

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, CEDMD
Medical Director

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, CEDMD is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Eating Recovery Center, Washington.

She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Certified Eating Disorder Medical Doctor as designated by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).  She is also a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders.  Dr. Bakshi has served in a number of professional capacities over the course of her career including as a Clinical Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and previously as the Chairperson for the Overlake Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

She earned her Bachelors of Science with Honors in Biology from the George Washington University and her Medical Degree from Texas A&M University Health Sciences College of Medicine.  She completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Washington. 

Dr. Bakshi often speaks on topics related to the medical complications of and treatments for eating disorders.

rebecca-suess.jpgRebecca Suess, LMFT
Clinical Lead, Adolecent Program

Rebecca Suess is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working in the eating disorder field since 2012. She earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and has continued to pursue postgraduate training in eating disorders, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), trauma, and crisis management. Rebecca works from a systemic lens considering context and the role relationships have in the healing process. Rebecca’s experience includes working at higher levels of care and community mental health settings.

Prior to joining the Eating Recovery Center team in 2018, Rebecca worked at a residential treatment center for adolescents with eating disorders and specialized in helping equip families to support a loved one in treatment. Rebecca is passionate about walking alongside individuals and families in the recovery process and empowering them to take steps towards healing.

lauren-hayes.jpgLauren Hayes, PhD
Clinical Lead, Adult Program

Lauren Hayes, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then completed both her internship and a trauma-focused post-doctoral fellowship at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. Much of Lauren’s clinical work has focused on the evidence-based assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders and/or substance use disorders in an outpatient setting.

Lauren specifically has experience and interest in working with individuals with a history of combat, sexual, or complex trauma and who may be struggling with life-threatening behaviors such as self-harm, high suicidality, and severe substance misuse. Lauren is trained in multiple treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy but primarily utilizes a Dialectical Behavior Therapy framework. She is also trained in a number of trauma processing therapies including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Lauren is excited to bring her knowledge and skills to support those in a higher level of care.

Stephanie Braun, MA, LMHC
Clinical Director

Stephanie Braun is the Site Manager and Clinical Supervisor of Eating Recovery Center, Washington and Insight Behavioral Health. She brings six years of eating disorder experience, in multiple treatment settings and a specialization in higher levels of care. Stephanie received her master’s degree in Psychology from The Seattle School of Psychology. She specializes in co-occurring eating, mood, anxiety and trauma related disorders. Her work included a mindfulness approach and incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She believes in the value and importance of holding the environment for the client and the family through a lens of empathy and compassion while focusing on building a connection to help individuals find healing and wholeness. Stephanie is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and recognizes the importance of combining movement in the healing process. She believes that mindfulness is a foundational component to being present and centered in one’s life to find growth.

cindy-brom-(2).jpgCindy Brom, MBA
Regional Managing Director of Operations 

Cindy came to the Eating Recovery Center family through our Chicago partner program, Insight Behavioral Health Centers, which she joined in 2008.  At Insight she served in various roles involving operations, compliance, consulting, human resources, business development and financial management.  Cindy has been involved with operations management of Eating Recovery Center Washington since January of 2017 as well as serves in a national food management role for all ERC sites. 

Cindy earned her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and BSB from the University of Minnesota.  Her experience also includes business development management for an acute care residential and inpatient substance abuse facility in Chicago, practice management for primary care and psychiatric group practices affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and strategic consulting for growing businesses.
 

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