Co-Founder + Executive Director
Uses She/Her pronouns
Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS (#PY00003876) (she/her) is a psychologist, leader, radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT) specialist, design enthusiast, podcaster and social justice activist. In 2012, she co-founded Opal: Food + Body with her beloved friends and colleagues, Julie Church, RDN, CD, CEDRD and Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS. Lexi is known for calmly holding both vulnerability and strength in her leadership style. As Executive Director, she leads Opal with a passion for re-envisioning higher level of care eating disorder treatment from a Health at Every Size and anti-racist perspective. She hopes for Opal to be a place of healing for clients, staff and leadership alike.
Lexi’s lived experience reverberates in her work and the founding of Opal. Her formative years were marked by chronic mental health problems in her family of origin. The impact of this created a deep empathy for mental health suffering as well as a profound belief in transformation through facing challenges. With this, a lifelong interest in using life’s suffering as a source of growth, learning, change and connection was born. Opal was founded with this at its core: as a community where people can come to receive help in making it through tough times in a way that gets them closer to the life they want to live. She brings this mission to her leadership of Opal’s Intake Department where she understands the importance of new clients finding kindness and welcoming during potentially one of the most vulnerable times of their lives. Lexi sees connection, facing fears and self-inquiry as key components of her own journeys through difficulty to growth and offers leadership in these areas to the Opal community. She has led weekly Facing Fears Group since Opal opened and guides both clients and staff alike in a self-inquiry practice from a RO DBT perspective.
As a privileged white, cis-gendered woman, she feels particularly called to use her power at Opal to work to address systems of oppression. Lexi grew up in a small town in Kansas in the 70s and 80s where overt racism and homophobia were commonplace. It was in these visceral, painful experiences that the early seeds of her social justice concerns were planted that today have grown in to a fundamental driver of her life’s work at Opal and beyond.
In 2004, Lexi received her doctorate in counseling from the University of Washington. From there, she lectured in the UW Psychology Department and held a private practice for eight years before opening Opal. She is a RO DBT Alumni Senior Clinician and leads Opal’s RO DBT team.
Lexi has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ Intuitive Eating, depression and anxiety, Enneagram, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, OCD, RO DBT, Trauma, women’s health