The span of my professional experience over the past 20 years has helped me develop and shape a comprehensive clinical practice that holds a special focus on relational attachment. My primary approach to treatment is through the lens of systems theory and self-psychology, resting on the belief that developing and strengthening a healthy sense of self creates the foundation on which to move through life with security, confidence and courage.

Working alongside dedicated professionals treating eating and trauma-based disorders as well as being part of a spirited therapeutic community, I’ve learned how instrumental secure attachment and reparative relational experiences are to a lasting healing and health. I have come to believe that a strong sense of self is greatly fortified by experiencing a safe and secure relationship with another person.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
~Thomas Merton

Dr. Pleasants received her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Her professional memberships include the San Diego and American Psychological Associations, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Consortium of Therapeutic Communities. She has served as a speaker for NAMI, the US Navy, and currently presents at various conferences on topics related to mental illness in families, the well-sibling experience, and shifting expectations to create opportunities for change. She has a special interest in working with individuals who grew up with a parent or sibling with mental illness and has developed a series of presentations and lectures about this often unnoticed group.