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Seattle, Washington – Our Team

Insight Behavioral Health Centers

Lara Schuster Effland, LCSWLara Schuster Effland, LCSW
Regional Managing Director of Clinical and Center of Excellence Leader for Insight Adult Services

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, CEDMDNeeru 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.

Stephanie Fox, LMHC, SUDP, RYT

Stephanie Fox, LMHC, SUDP, RYT
Clinical Director, Mood & Anxiety

Stephanie is a licensed mental health counselor, substance use disorder professional and registered yoga instructor. Stephanie completed her yoga teacher training while in graduate school for counseling psychology and started taking chemical dependency classes after completion of her master’s degree. Stephanie has a background working in community mental health, involuntary inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient addiction recovery programs, school counseling, private practice, and clinical supervision.

Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center and Insight, Stephanie worked as the director of an outpatient eating disorder treatment program, and the director of an inpatient substance use disorder and co-occurring treatment program.  Stephanie is local to Seattle and regularly spends time with her identical twin and two nieces. She also teaches substance use disorder classes part time at a local community college and graduate program, continues to teach yoga in the community on occasion, and is currently working on her PhD.

Lauren Hayes, PhDLauren Hayes, PhD
Clinical Manager

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.

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