Presentations & Consultation

In addition to clinical practice, I speak throughout the San Francisco Bay Area providing presentations and trainings for clinicians, schools, and organizations on a wide variety of issues.  Currently, I develop and offer presentations, workshops, and trainings on body image, size acceptance, intuitive eating, eating disorders, gender identity, sexuality, couples communication, sex and intimacy in couples, infertility and perinatal psychology, attachment, trauma, body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy, and mindfulness and meditation. 

If you are interested in a topic I have not mentioned, feel free to contact me to discuss your interests.  I am happy to create custom presentations.  I also provide consultation to clinicians and institutions on issues related to couple relationships, eating disorders, mindfulness, and trauma.

Eating Disorders, Body Image, and Culture

I am a passionate advocate for understanding the impact gender, sexuality, race, class, and social position have on experiences of embodiment and challenging normative cultural conditioning which reinforces body image dissatisfaction, size discrimination, eating disorders, dieting, and other forms of self-harm.  I have worked extensively with teens and young adults to raise awareness of cultural norms, media messages, and systems of oppression which perpetuate feelings of bodily disconnection and discontent.

Couple Relationships

I am deeply interested in the experiences people have in couple relationships of all kinds.  My doctoral research* explored the contributions of partners' attachment styles and tendency for mindfulness (the process of paying attention, fully and without judgment to the present moment) to how partners negotiate and respond to conflict in their relationships.  This research included perspectives from individuals who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual and included the experience of individuals in monogamous, open, and polyamorous relationships.  By invitation, I have spoken about my research and work with couples at training programs in university and hospital settings and have been featured on local public radio.

*Ormiston, A. (2011). The role of attachment security and mindfulness in relationship satisfaction and responses to relationship conflict. Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.

Selected Presentations

Ormiston, A.  (Fall 2013). Including the Body in Treatment: An introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  A presentation at Counseling and Psychological Services at San Francisco State University.  San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. (February 2012). Deepening the Work in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  Guest presenter at California Pacific Medical Center, Psychiatry Department. San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. (December 2011). Conceptualizing Couples Treatment: Theory, assessment, and intervention.  A multiple session seminar presented at the Psychological Services Center, Alliant International University. Oakland, CA.

Ormiston, A. (October 2011). Complex Trauma and Attachment in Psychotherapy.  A presentation at the Psychological Services Center, Alliant International University. Oakland, CA.

Ormiston, A. (July 2011). Mindfulness, Conflict, and Connection in Couples.  An interview on Sexploration with Monika, a sex-positive feminist radio talk show.  San Francisco, CA.

Mann, R. & Ormiston, A.  (July 2011). Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory.  A presentation at the Psychological Services Center, Alliant International University.  Oakland, CA.

Ormiston, A. (July 2010).  Beginning Treatment with Couples.  A presentation at California Pacific Medical Center, Psychiatry Department.  San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. (October 2009).  The Legacy of Childhood Trauma and Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  A paper presentation at Psychiatry Grand Rounds, California Pacific Medical Center.  San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. (May 2009).  Education into Action Media Literacy and Body Image Workshop.  Presented on behalf of About-Face at Girls Inc.  Alameda, CA.

Ormiston, A. (January 2009).  Education into Action Media Literacy and Body Image Workshop.  Presented on behalf of About-Face at Redwood Day Middle School.  Oakland, CA.

Ormiston, A. (November 2008).  Education into Action Media Literacy and Body Image Workshop: Sexualization and hip hop.  Presented on behalf of About-Face at the Center for Young Women's Development.  San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. (September 2008).  Education into Action Media Literacy and Body Image Workshop: Sexualization and ethnicity.  Presented on behalf of About-Face for at-risk young women in the juvenile justice system.  San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. (May 2008).  Education into Action Media Literacy and Body Image Workshop.  Presented on behalf of About-Face at Francisco Middle School.  San Francisco, CA.

Ormiston, A. & Rebell, S. (July 2003).  Media Impact on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Eating Disorders.  A workshop for the Barnard College Pre-College Program in partnership with the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia.  New York, NY.