Susan C. Mengden, PhD, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist/iaedpTM Approved Consultant,
Certified Group Psychotherapist
Founder and Executive Director
- 34 years specializing in treatment of all types of eating disorders
- Extensive experience at inpatient, PHP, IOP and outpatient
- Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, iaedp Approved Consultant
- Certified Group Psychotherapist
- Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Trained in
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT),
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT),
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Susan C. Mengden has 34-years-experience treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders both in inpatient and outpatient settings. She leads treatment team meetings and directs clinical aspects of all of Esperanza’s programs.
A native Texan, Dr Mengden is a graduate of TMI, The Episcopal School of Texas. She has a passion for providing San Antonio, South Texas, and Hill Country communities with evidence-based eating disorder treatment in a supportive, educational environment that allows patients to heal close to home.
Dr Mengden earned her BA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA and PhD from Boston College. She is a Licensed Psychologist and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, iaedp Approved Consultant (CEDS-A), and Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). She is Intensively Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
While working at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr Mengden developed and implemented the military’s first multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment program. She co-founded EDCASA: Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio in 2007. EDCASA was the first intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program for eating disorder patients in Texas.
Dr Mengden presents continuing education lectures at the national, state, and local level on topics including eating disorder treatment, ethics, substance use, trauma, self-harm, mindfulness, and a variety of other mental health topics. She is active in the local chapter of iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), where she currently serves as president, and San Antonio Group Psychotherapy Society, where she is past president and a current board member.
Dr. Mengden was recently featured in Voyage Magazine. Click to view.
She was also featured in San Antonio Woman Magazine. Click to view.