All therapy provided by Dr. Jacobs is informed by the state of the science in psychotherapy treatment and research.

Individual therapy:

Individualized, evidence-based psychotherapy delivered with warmth.

Family therapy:

Joy provides Maudsley family therapy/family-based treatment (FBT) for eating disorders on an outpatient basis. Joy developed and led UCSD’s 5-day intensive family therapy program and is able to provide phone consultation for families nationally and internationally. She has developed expertise working with very young children and males with eating disorders, as well as adults and adolescents. Joy facilitates the building of family friendly interdisciplinary treatment teams. Joy also provides supervision/consultation for therapists learning FBT, as well as other empirically based treatments.

Parent coaching:

Dr. Jacobs provides a unique and innovative parent coaching program designed to train caregivers of individuals with eating disorders and supporting treatment resistant children and adolescents.

In home meal support:

Dr. Jacobs will assess your home environment and help you revamp it to work for you. She will coach you through meals, grocery shopping, and food preparation–essential factors in full recovery and developing a healthy lifestyle.


Joy’s background in health, fashion, and media make her an invaluable consultant to magazines and other media outlets, entrepreneurs, and corporations in product development, marketing, and public relations.


  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Weight Management
  • Compulsive Exercise
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Relationship and Self Esteem Issues
  • Assertiveness
  • OCD
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Fertility Issues
  • Maudsley family based therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Media and Corporate Consulting
  • Program Development
  • Therapist Training and Supervision