Dr. Hofsess is a clinical supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and co-supervisor of the clinic's Weigh to Go weight management and lifestyle program. At Bastyr University, she is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology and clinical training director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology (MSNCHP) program. She is also a volunteer supervisor at the Fremont Community Therapy Project and co-founder of Interconnections Counseling and Consulting, LLC.
Dr. Hofsess’ clinical areas of interest include working with anxiety/stress related disorders, women’s issues and relationship/couples concerns, sexual trauma and substance use. She has an integrative approach and infuses cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based and relational interventions into her work.
Dr. Hofsess’ philosophy of care focuses around several core values. She focuses on establishing a quality therapeutic relationship and believes that feeling connected to others in relationships is important to overall health and well-being. Valuing diversity, she considers people’s multiple identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender and socioeconomic status) and the influence of clients’ environments on their overall health. She also takes a holistic approach and recognizes that healing occurs by attending to all relevant aspects of a person’s life – the emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual and psychological.
Before her graduate training in psychology, Dr. Hofsess had a career in health care administration in Southern California. She was the coordinator for the stress and wellness clinic during her postdoctoral training at the University of California-Davis Counseling & Psychological Services.
Dr. Hofsess received her PhD in counseling psychology from Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (Division17) and the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research.