After battling an eating disorder for over 20 years and finding no solution in available treatment, she began her professional path towards creating The Beacon. Molly has a personal dedication to helping you create change and find solutions that work for you. She molds your treatment at Beacon to fit your specific needs and lifestyle.
Molly is best known for her irreverent, “straight talk no chaser” attitude – it’s been said that she punches as hard as she hugs. She runs The Beacon with wisdom and passion – rigorously training staff, developing programming and helping clients break through barriers hindering success and into a life of recovery. Molly is among the leading behaviorists in the field of obesity. She specializes in the treatment of weight management, eating disorders and addictions.
Molly served as the Founding and Senior Clinical Director of Wellspring, the nation’s leading provider of fitness and weight loss camps for children, teens, young adults and families. She founded their first boarding school, Academy of the Sierras. She now serves as Wellspring’s Chief Clinical Consultant. Her role at Wellspring includes creating and implementing Wellspring’s therapeutic and behavioral curriculum, training staff, and overall program management and oversight.
Before creating The Beacon, Molly created Greenlight, a successful weight management program at the renowned Wilkins Center in Greenwich, CT and at Webster Wellness Professionals in St. Louis, MO.
Molly believes that the skills and theories of Dialectical Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Wise Mind are the keystones to help people to live their very best lives. In addition to her extensive training in DBT for Substance Users and Eating Disorders, Molly has completed the Advanced Intensive Training in DBT with Behavioral Tech, LLC. As a result, Beacon’s philosophies and programs are informed with DBT and CBT.
Molly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Dateline NBC, Anderson Cooper 360, and Extreme Makeover as well as in People Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
Favorite Quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” by Anais Nin
Favorite Workout Song: “Treasure” by Bruno Mars
Favorite Restaurant: Hu Kitchen in Union Square
Favorite Beacon Friendly recipe: My mom’s spicy spinach cheese squares