The treatment team at Bayberry begins with the belief that each client is unique and equipped with the skills and abilities to live a joyful and fulfilling life. As human beings, we are too often subjected to emotional injury, ruptured attachments, and overwhelming circumstances for we may not fully understand. For some, these life challenges can lead to unhealthy coping behaviors such as disordered eating, especially when we feel unsupported or alone in our discomfort. Combined with a co-occurring mood disorder, a diagnosable eating disorder can emerge. As with many behavioral and physical diagnoses, early intervention has been shown to improve long-term outcomes.
The Bayberry treatment philosophy is built upon an evidence-based platform using both cognitive interventions (e.g., Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Nutrition education) and experiential interventions (e.g., Internal Family Systems, Trauma-Informed Movement, and Expressive Arts techniques). Our integrated therapeutic approach aims to help those who struggle with shame and self-criticism, often resulting from early experiences of feeling alone in extremely unpleasant circumstances.
Our clients learn to experience self-compassion and other-oriented compassion, helping to regulate mood and generate feelings of safety, self-acceptance, and comfort. Coping strategies such as disordered eating are re-imagined as desperate attempts for self-protection that can be replaced with new strategies that support sustainable healing and recovery.
Bayberry is a behavioral health organization that approaches disordered eating and eating disorders through the lens of mental health. We are happy to work and coordinate your treatment program with your extended treatment team, including your medical provider, psychiatrist, and nutrition professional.
Is it Disordered Eating or an Eating Disorder?
Disordered eating is used to describe a range of irregular eating behaviors that may or may not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder. Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) are diagnosed according to specific and narrow criteria.
Many individuals with disordered eating symptoms are diagnosed with Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). However, similar to AN or BN, OSFED has specific criteria that must be met for the person to receive this diagnosis. For example, people with OSFED share the common trait of having disordered thoughts and behaviors about food and eating.
Warning signs of OSFED include:
Preoccupation with food and eating
Low self-esteem, shame, and guilt (especially guilt attached to weight and appearance)
Refusal to eat certain foods
Preoccupation with body shape or weight, often leading to tracking weight and becoming upset over even minor fluctuations
Disconnect between self-perception of one’s body and how it is seen by others
Anxiety around food and meal times
Foods labeled as “safe or unsafe”, “good or bad”
Prioritizing exercise and dieting over social engagements
A mood disorder may be indicated when your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty, or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania). Moderate or severe anxiety can also affect your mood and often occurs along with depression.
Mood disorders and eating disorders are chronic and complex conditions that are often co-occurring (1). Persons with an eating disorder diagnosis are highly likely to have a co-occurring mood disorder, ranging from 42% - 71%. In addition, a person with an eating disorder will have a 48% - 81% likelihood of a co-occurring anxiety disorder, and a 23% - 37% likelihood of a co-occurring substance use disorder.
(1) Reference: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2011). Clients With Substance Use And Eating Disorders. Advisory, Volume 10, Issue 1.
Teri McCann, PhD, LP,
Teri Hardister McCann, PhD, LP, co-founder of Bayberry Psychology & Consulting. Dr. McCann earned a Doctor of Philosophy at Kansas State University and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University. Her doctoral research at Kansas State focused on children’s food cognitions, as well as infant attachment research while at Vanderbilt University. In addition, Dr. McCann has completed post-graduate studies in the unique needs and experiences of the gifted and talented population. Her research and studies have informed her more than 30 years of clinical practice serving a diverse group of clients. Dr. McCann is a member of the American Psychological Association, The Rhode Island Psychological Association, The Academy of Eating Disorders, and has earned the Certified Eating Disorders Specialist Supervisor (CEDS-S) designation from The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Dr. McCann has training in a variety of treatment modalities, including extensive training and certification in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. Her work with clients and as a consultant/supervisor are done through the lens of IFS, leveraging the model to treat eating disorders and complex trauma. Based on a need she saw in her community and the power of the Internal Family Systems model in treating eating disorders, Dr. McCann previously founded and operated a residential and outpatient treatment center for women with eating disorders. As Founder, she served as both Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer of the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. In this capacity, and in her previous private practice setting, Dr. McCann focused on individual treatment planning and providing healing (rather than symptom control) for complex trauma and attachment trauma. Dr. McCann has devoted her professional career to bringing cognitive, behavioral, and experiential interventions to her clients that are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or have a history of trauma. She has specialized in working with clients for which those symptoms have manifested into disordered eating. Dr. McCann has also focused much of her professional attention on the gifted and talented population, recognizing the unique challenges and demands facing this group when they may feel out of synch with their peers or academic programs.
Tom McCann, PhD
Dr. McCann earned his PhD in Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and received adjunct training in Internal Family Systems and Nonviolent Communications. Dr. McCann is also trained in Co-Active Coaching and is a member of the American Psychological Association Society of Consulting Psychologists. Dr. McCann holds a MS degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University and a BS degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to opening his practice at Bayberry, Dr. McCann was the co-founder and Executive Director of an eating disorders residential and outpatient treatment program for adults and adolescent females. It was in this setting that Dr. McCann envisioned the benefits of clinical interventions in a non-clinical population and the application of mind, body, behavioral, and somatic approaches to consulting and coaching. It is the integration of evidence-based psychological assessments and interventions for which informs his practice and approach to working with individuals and teams in all types of organizations. An important aspect of Dr. McCann’s practice is his extensive experience in business and leadership roles in multiple settings. His career began as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Following his time in the service, Dr. McCann worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in multiple roles, including executive sales leadership, training and development, business development, marketing, and consulting.
Pam Pomeroy, MA
Director, Experiential Therapy
Pam Pomeroy, M.A. earned a Master’s in Clinical and Holistic Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Creative and Expressive Arts from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Pam is a passionate holistic counselor, coach, mentor, and teacher and supports finding solutions, goal setting, skill building, and self-esteem recovery. She includes the extended practices of Reiki, Yoga, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques in her counseling. Pam is a member of the American Counseling Association and The Rhode Island Psychological Association. Pam has training and experience in offering a variety of treatment modalities, including bringing Trauma-informed Yoga into mental health clinical practices, and comprehensive training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy. Her counseling techniques integrate creative and expressive arts, and frequently Yoga with Reiki where appropriate, and reflect her holistic perspective of caring for the whole being - Mind, Body, and Spirit. Experience Pam has over 20 years of experience working as a teacher, coach, and trainer, and providing individual and group psychotherapy as a mental health counselor to her clients. She has employed many healing modalities including the evidence-based practices of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combined with mindfulness training, yoga, and creative arts therapy to facilitate healing and wellness. Pam is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Health Coach; Certified Personal Trainer; and Certified Senior Fitness Specialist. Pam integrates Yoga and Reiki as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach and is a graduate of the College of Purna Yoga at the 200-hour level; a graduate of Frog Pond Yoga Centre at the 200-hour Level; and registered at the 200-hour level with The Yoga Alliance. As a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher and Shamballa Reiki Multidimensional Level 4 Teacher, Pam shines the Light and Love of the universe from her heart and shares this unique perspective with her clients and students. Interests Pam is a life-long learner and enjoys reading to help elevate her practice as well as for pleasure. She frequently writes, sketches, and creates works of art and prose, practicing what she preaches in the way of creative and expressive arts. Pam enjoys keeping her body and mind in motion, especially walking and talking with her family.
Alexa Siminsky, RD
Alexa is a Registered Dietitian who has been working in the nutrition field for the past 8 years. Alexa graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015. She later completed her dietetic internship with Priority Nutrition Care, practicing at various hospitals and facilities through out New England. Alexa has spent the past few years working as a pediatric dietitian at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She worked on the Adolescent Medicine eating disorder team and spent time both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She also works for a private practice, New England Nutrition Advisors, LLC where she counsels adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. Alexa enjoys helping her patients learn how to properly nourish their bodies and to improve their relationship with food. Alexa is extremely excited to share her nutrition knowledge with her new patients at Bayberry!
Mary "Meg" Gilbar, RD
Welcome! My name is Meg and I am a Registered Dietitian that specializes in eating disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. My approach is HAES inspired, inclusive, trauma informed and individualized. Disordered eating, unfortunately, can manifest in many ways and runs rampant in the media and in the social/cultural constructs that we live in. My favorite thing in the world is helping others to heal their relationship with food and their bodies, unlearn diet culture and begin to free the mind from the confinement of their eating disorder! I can't wait to meet you and be a part of this journey with you!
Stephanie is a healthcare professional with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration. She is passionate about and focused on supporting individuals to live satisfying and meaningful lives according to their unique vision, needs and desires. She has 15 years of experience in healthcare encompassing tenure in physical therapy and behavioral health, working with clients with developmental disabilities and brain injuries, and teaching K-12 students and adults in the United States and Asia. Stephanie graduated from Emmanuel College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Therapy, where she completed an internship at Children's Hospital in Boston. She utilized her degree facilitating recreational and therapeutic groups with different populations for more than ten years in a variety of settings. As a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Stephanie provided case management supporting survivors of brain injury. She has been the co-chair on the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts conference planning committee. Stephanie is thrilled to have joined the Bayberry Psychology and Consulting team in carrying out their shared mission.
Sara Wilton graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinguished Honors in Psychology from Loyola University. She became a Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins and then Brown University on multiple studies with a focus on child and adolescent neurocognition. In 2019, Sara began her role as a Pediatric Psychiatric Milieu Therapist on the Inpatient Medical-Psychiatric Unit at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. This role enhanced Sara’s clinical experience with disordered eating and trauma through leading group therapy and process groups which catalyzed her specialty focus on neuroplasticity and trauma. Sara is currently the Director of Clinical Outreach and Recruitment as well as the Lead Clinical Research Coordinator at Comprehensive Psychiatric Care. She was at the forefront of the creation of their Providence site in all aspects of development and has gained significant experience in the world of clinical practice start-up and business outreach. She is currently a nationally ranked top performer for patient recruitment and retention in her OCD, PTSD, and MDD clinical research trials. Sara feels exceptionally lucky to have found her passion in this field which involves utilizing a holistic treatment model. As a yoga teacher and integrative medicine student, she stives to implement mindfulness and holistic wellness practices when possible. Simultaneously, she leads neuroscience clinical research trials and has a deep appreciation for the scientific integrity of evidence-based practices. Sara’s clinical focus is to ensure that patients receive the best uniquely tailored combination of treatment models. She is in her second year as a full-time Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters student at Rhode Island College and is absolutely elated to be a Practicum Intern at Bayberry Psychology and Consulting.
Insurance and Fees
Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) for persons seeking behavioral health interventions
Consultation and supervision for behavioral health and allied caregivers seeking professional development
Individual Psychotherapy and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Bayberry is currently an in-network provider for BCBS of Rhode Island. Bayberry may qualify as an out-of-network provider for insurance plans that provide out-of-network benefits. If you plan on using insurance to cover the charges of our services, it is important to contact your insurance company before beginning therapy to determine if behavioral health benefits are available through your plan. If you decide to use your insurance, please check your coverage carefully by asking your plan’s representative the following questions:
Do I have behavioral health benefits?
What is my annual deductible?
How many individual or group sessions does my plan cover per calendar year?
How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
What are my out-of-network behavioral health benefits for an office visit?
What is my out-of-network deductible, and has it been met?
Note: Your plan representative may tell you the percentage of the “reasonable rate” they reimburse. What the insurance company considers a “reasonable rate” can be less than the cost of our services.
Ease of Payment And Insurance Reimbursement
We accept credit cards, FSA/HSA cards, checks, and cash with payment paid in full at the time of the session. For in-network insurance, the co-pay and/or deductible will be expected at the time of the session and the claim will be submitted to your insurance provider. All persons served will be asked to keep a credit card on file to be used for co-pay and deductible charges.
Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, Community Plans
Bayberry is not contracted with Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, or community health plans to provide services or bill for reimbursement.
If you do not make it to your scheduled appointment, and you have not given at least 48 hours' notice in advance (two full business days), you’ll be responsible for paying the full cost of the session as booked.
Clinical Consultation and Supervision
Clinical consult and supervision rates and terms will vary depending on the needs of the individual therapist. Clinical consultation is typically conducted as a group session for which the consult fee is reflective of the group approach. In the event of an individual consultation, rates are consistent with individual therapy. Supervision is typically done as a one-on-one interaction. Rates are consistent with individual therapy.