Diann M. Ackard, PhD, LP is a licensed psychologist in the Greater Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St Paul) Minnesota area who is enthusiastic about helping us be the best that we can be. She specializes in the study and treatment of mood (e.g., depression, anxiety, relationship distress), sequelae to trauma, and eating and body image disorders such as anorexia nervosa, orthorexia, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and compulsive overeating, and body dysmorphic disorder.
“My passion is to empower each person to reach a personal best in the present day through the combination of developing an understanding and healing of the past with an embracement and enhancement of a meaningful plan for the future.”
Psychological distress can occur when the demands of your current life outweigh the coping resources that are available to you; this may result in anxiety, stress, depression, feeling disinterested in activities that were previously enjoyed, low self-esteem, sleep and appetite disturbances, negative body image, eating disorders, and other psychological problems. Psychotherapy serves to strengthen your current healthy tools and add new coping strategies and resources, while reducing unhealthy stressors and demands. The goal is to achieve a better balance between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that you can attain a more fulfilling and richer life experience.