Brenda L. Wolfe, Ph. D
Psychologist & Eating Disorder Specialist
- BA Psychology – McGill University
- MA & Ph. D – University of California, Santa Barbara
I am a Clinical Psychologist specializing in evidence-based treatment for eating disorders and obesity, as well as offering psychotherapy for anxiety and mood disorders. While I primarily work with adults, I do accept adolescent patients who are struggling with eating disorders.
My goal for all individuals with whom I work is to empower them to both break away from the emotional struggles that have kept them stuck and suffering and to take the reins to steer their lives in directions that are personally meaningful and fulfilling. Upon completion of my studies, I worked in corporate Research & Development departments (psychology-related) until moving with my family to New Mexico. Here, I free-lanced as a consultant to companies developing wellness programs and spent a fair bit of time traveling around the country training medical professionals in wellness counseling. In the mid-1990s, I enrolled at the University of New Mexico where I completed additional post-doctoral training that enabled me to sit for state licensure. In addition to clinical work, I currently serve as volunteer faculty at the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry, and as newsletter editor for the New Mexico Psychological Association. Over the years, I have served on numerous professional committees at a variety of organizations including the Academy of Eating Disorders, New Mexico Department of Health, Executive Council of the NM State Plan for Healthier Weight, and Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies. I also served as President and as Public Education Coordinator for the New Mexico Psychological Association, and volunteer faculty for the UNM Department of Psychology.
Having owned and operated the Eating Disorders Institute of New Mexico for decades, I retired in May of 2018, thinking I was ready to slow down. I was not. I lasted one week short of two years and was delighted to join Sage Neuroscience Center in May of 2020. Helping patients rethink difficult situations and gently reshape self-talk and behavior to create the life they want—that is what makes this job so hard to quit!
A fun fact about me? I suppose the thing that comes most immediately to mind is that I am an abject failure at retirement! That said, I am not all-work-no-play. In addition to being crazy in love with my grandchildren and spending considerable playtime with them, I am also an avid reader and ballroom dancer.
Dr. Wolfe sees patients at Sage on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Recent Blog Posts
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialized and evidence-based therapy approach that helps people to recover from symptoms and emotional distress that may occur from traumatic experiences.
I Think I’m an Alcoholic. What Should I Do Now? Admitting you need help for your drinking problem can be difficult not only because of the stigma surrounding addiction, but because you might not believe you can function without drinking. Acknowledging the problem is a great first step. It is critical to remember that addiction…
Medication Management for Mental Health What is Medication Management? Medication Management is the administration and monitoring of medication for the purpose of alleviating or stabilizing symptoms for certain conditions. Psychiatric Medication Management exists specifically to help manage a patient’s mental health disorder(s). Providers prescribe different medications such as mood stabilizers, antidepressants, depressants, antipsychotic, anxiolytic, and…
IOP stands for “Intensive Outpatient Treatment”. During the duration of an IOP program, individuals attend group therapies and individual counseling above and beyond the traditional cadence of classic once a week therapy.
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BA in Strategic Communication – University of New Mexico
Imani is a writer and social media manager who assists the admin of Sage with community outreach and marketing.
Her own struggles with mental health and experience in therapy give her a unique perspective to empathize with the patients/clients of Sage. Her experiences influence the blogs that she writes and the social media content she produces.
In her free time, Imani enjoys traveling, making YouTube videos, reading, and obnoxiously singing to show tunes.
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