A successful recovery using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) requires support from a therapist who is trained in the DBT model. At the DBT Center of Southern California in Los Angeles, clients work with DBT therapists who are proficient in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and who have been trained in all the modes of DBT, including skills training groups, individual DBT therapy, and phone coaching.
Our trained staff has extensive experience in DBT and can provide you the DBT therapy needed to make a lasting recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder and other psychiatric disorders.
Our team of DBT therapists has received intensive training from Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training organization, or UCLA Harbor Hospital’s DBT training program. A DBT trainer provides ongoing DBT training and consultation to our team so that they can provide you the best DBT treatment possible.
Founder and Executive Director
Clinical Director and DBT Therapist, Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Nicole Riddle, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Nicole A. Zaha, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Chelsea Cawood, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Diana Ali, Ph.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Sarahi Gutierrez, MSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Kelsey Harper, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Tiffany Sunde, Psy.D., LMFT
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Lauren Bochicchio, MSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Marissa Colangelo, MSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Charlotte Wickham, MSW
DBT Trainer and Program Consultant
Art Therapist, Marlene Frantz, MFT
Program Dietitian, Stefanie Boone, MS, RD
Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Specialist, Eleni Tsikrikas
Life Coach, Linda Landon, ACC
Life Coach, Stephanie Kwong
Program Consultant, Margaret Fetting, Ph.D, LCSW
Administrative Director, Emily Cohen
Communications Director, Leslie Davis, JD
Intake Manager, Glenn Seidenfeld
Intake Coordinator, Jennifer Maland, MA
Intake Coordinator, Jessica Magenheimer, MA, MFTi
Clinical Outreach Team
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael Roy, LCSW, received his Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California (USC) and has 20 years of administrative, clinical, and management experience in mental health, dual diagnosis, and addiction treatment. Michael is a nationally recognized expert on dual diagnosis treatment and has special expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment for women.
Michael has completed numerous evidence-based trainings, including the 10-day intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training through Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, and the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative. He has also completed two three-day intensive trainings in Mentalization-based Therapy (MBT), an evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, through Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman, the originators of MBT. Michael was also trained to become a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader.
From 1990 to 1997, Michael worked as a clinician, administrator, educator, and assistant program director for Gateways Beit T’Shuvah, a nationally known residential dual diagnosis and drug and alcohol treatment center. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of the program and supervised the clinical and administrative staff. He provided group and individual counseling, and created and facilitated an aftercare program.
From 1996 to 1998, Michael worked as a psychotherapist at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, providing clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, and families. He performed individual, couples, and family therapy with clients from diverse backgrounds suffering from a wide range of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
During 1998, Michael worked with the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, where he co-supervised treatment for a 150-bed treatment facility for mentally ill and drug-addicted homeless veterans. He supervised the case management team, a 24-bed social model detox unit, and a 24-bed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program.
From 1999 to 2000, Michael worked at Promises Treatment Centers, a nationally recognized chemical dependency treatment program. As program director, Michael oversaw all aspects of the clinical program, supervised numerous clinical and administrative staff, and oversaw three sober living homes.
Michael has also worked in private practice, providing psychotherapy to clients with personality disorders, dual diagnosis, trauma-related disorders, codependency issues, sexual addiction, and psychiatric disorders.
In 2000, Michael founded Clearview Treatment Programs, a comprehensive mental health and dual diagnosis treatment center, and the first of its kind in Southern California and Los Angeles. Clearview Treatment Programs provides a broad array of programs and is nationally recognized as a leader in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and dual diagnosis treatment.
Michael also founded Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders in 2008, the first residential treatment center for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on the West Coast. Clearview offers one of the most comprehensive continuums of care available, including residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient treatment, and transitional living programs.
DBT THERAPISTS AT THE DBT CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dr. Alina Gorgorian received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University and received a two-year training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where she served as assistant director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Clinic. There, she trained in evidence-based therapies, including DBT, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP).
Dr. Gorgorian was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, in 2010 and has taught numerous courses in DBT. She has given talks and provided trainings in DBT for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), AIDS Project LA, and Cal State University Long Beach Counseling and Psychological Services.
Dr. Gorgorian was director of adolescent DBT at CBT California and is currently a staff research associate at UCLA. She was previously adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Alliant International University’s School of Forensic Psychology. She is involved in a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded study on Community Partners in Care (CPIC), providing training in CBT for depression in community mental health.
As the past secretary of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California, Dr. Gorgorian is heavily involved in the research, training, and practice of evidence-based practices. She presents nationally and internationally on topics such as outcomes for DBT patients within community mental health settings, variables associated with transfer of CBT practices in a community mental health setting, evidence-based supervision effects on trainees, and the effectiveness of DBT delivered in Spanish in a community hospital setting.
As clinical director at Clearview Women’s Center, Alina oversees the clinical program, facilitates DBT skills groups, and provides training and education on DBT to program staff.
Dr. Nicole Riddle received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, California. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
During her fellowship, she provided individual therapy, inpatient and outpatient medical consultation, brief neuropsychological assessment in the inpatient medical setting, supervised doctoral candidate students, and co-facilitated a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) course for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinicians.
Dr. Riddle trained in evidence-based therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as applied to working with patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, post-partum depression, chronic pelvic pain, and eating disorders in both outpatient and inpatient medical settings.
Dr. Riddle received additional training in CBT, as well as individual and group DBT therapy, at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration. She participated as a clinician on the Marin County Mental Health DBT clinical team, provided DBT-informed treatment as a pre-doctoral intern at Boston Medical Center’s forensic inpatient psychiatric hospital, and participated as a clinician in the DBT for Binge Eating Disorder study at Stanford University Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.
Dr. Riddle is trained as a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader.
Dr. Riddle is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a current member of the American Psychological Association.
At Clearview, Dr. Riddle facilitates DBT skills groups, provides individual therapy using DBT, and works with patients suffering from eating disorders.
Dr. Nicole Zaha received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Her clinical training has focused on evidence-based treatments in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings. Dr. Zaha is interested in the study and practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based therapies.
At Harbor-UCLA Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Zaha participated in intensive didactics and application with patients in skills groups and individual therapy; co-conducted groups in DBT skills training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain, and ACT for Psychosis; and participated in a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team. She also received training in and applied Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) with chronically depressed outpatients.
As an intern at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, Dr. Zaha conducted DBT therapy with individual inpatients, led DBT skills groups, and consulted in weekly DBT team meetings. She also trained in positive behavioral support and in assessing psychological and neuropsychological functioning, forensic risk, and suicide risk.
Dr. Zaha is a current member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has also completed the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative.
At Clearview, Dr. Zaha facilitates DBT skills groups and provides individual therapy using DBT.
Dr. Chelsea Cawood received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. Her clinical training focused on evidence-based treatments, with an emphasis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies.
Dr. Cawood has been involved in research on nonsuicidal self-harm, personality disorders, and novel adaptations of DBT. Her dissertation research focused on the inclusion of peer-provided services within DBT. She has presented her research at national conventions and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Cawood has facilitated training workshops for clinicians on topics such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, nonsuicidal self-injury, mindfulness, and DBT.
At the Guidance Center Community Mental Health Adult Outpatient Program in Southgate, Michigan, Dr. Cawood was a member of a comprehensive DBT team where she co-facilitated DBT skills groups, conducted individual DBT sessions, after-hours phone coaching, DBT orientation and pre-treatment sessions, and participated in DBT therapist consultation meetings.
As an intern at the University of South Florida Counseling Center in Tampa, Fla., Dr. Cawood conducted individual outpatient therapy, presented psychoeducational workshops for the campus community, held emergency outreach appointments, supervised student therapists, and co-facilitated a therapy group for women.
Additionally, she completed a rotation at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Women’s Center in Tampa, where she completed evaluations and individual therapy with female veterans, and co-facilitated DBT skills groups, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain groups.
Dr. Cawood is a current member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Therapies. She has completed a five-day foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as two-day trainings in DBT for substance use disorders and DBT for adolescent populations. She has also received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, exposure therapies, and Motivational Interviewing.
At Clearview, Dr. Cawood facilitates DBT skills groups and CBT groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.
Dr. Diana Ali received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, Calif. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton Healthcare System in Princeton, N.J.
As an intern and post-doctoral fellow at Princeton House Behavioral Health Women’s program, Dr. Ali received focused training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Dr. Ali facilitated DBT skills groups, provided individual DBT therapy and telephone skills coaching, and participated in DBT team consultations.
Dr. Ali has attended several Behavioral Tech trainings, including: DBT in a Partial Hospital Setting, DBT Case Formulation, and Beyond the Basics: DBT Essentials in Action. She has also attended several trainings with Janina Fisher, one of the originators of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma.
As an intern at Princeton Healthcare System, Dr. Ali also completed a rotation providing psychological assessment and group and individual therapy at a partial hospital setting with adult psychiatry, dual diagnosis, severe and persistent mental illness, and geriatric populations. She received training in Motivational Interviewing and participated in ongoing didactics in evidence-based practices.
As a staff therapist at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Ali provided DBT-informed therapy and facilitated DBT skills groups with college students. She also served as a member of the Sexual Assault Support Services team, providing crisis intervention and ongoing therapy for survivors of interpersonal violence, and consultation and education to the campus community. She facilitated Psychological Assessment and DBT seminars for psychology interns and provided a DBT course for the psychiatry residency program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Ore.
At Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Ali received training in psychodiagnostic assessment with adults and conducted assessments for both inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatry populations. At United American Indian Involvement, Dr. Ali provided community mental health treatment on both a voluntary and involuntary basis to members of the Native American community in the greater Los Angeles area.
At Clearview, Dr. Ali facilitates DBT, ACT, and CBT skills groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.
Sarahi Gutierrez received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at Columbia University in New York and is an associate clinical social worker (ASW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
While at Columbia, her clinical training focused on evidence-based treatments, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She was part of Columbia’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Training Project under Andre Ivanoff, Ph.D., president of Behavioral Tech. There, she received extensive DBT training, as well as training in exposure, validation, cognitive-behavioral advance clinical methods, psychopathology, alcohol & chemical dependencies, and Motivational Interviewing.
Sarahi completed intensive DBT training in 2012 through Behavioral Tech. She has attended trainings with Alec Miller, Christine Foertsch, and Adam Payne. She also completed an advance intensive training with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.
Sarahi holds the highest training in DBT for both individual and group DBT work, and has used it in her work with New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and incarcerated individuals, as well as with adolescents and their families.
At Clearview, Sarahi facilitates DBT skills groups, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups (ACT), and CBT groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.
Dr. Kelsey Harper received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. Dr. Harper studied family systems, lifespan development, and relational functioning and interventions, diagnosis, and psychodiagnostic assessment.
As an intern at Children’s Institute in Los Angeles, Dr. Harper received intensive training in trauma and a variety of evidence-based practices to implement in a community setting. Dr. Harper worked primarily with complex trauma and chronic dysregulation across the lifespan with young children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, and family-based interventions.
Following her internship, Dr. Harper worked as a clinical and community therapist with Pacific Clinics in the San Gabriel Valley. There, Dr. Harper provided therapeutic services and used evidenced-based practices to address substance use, trauma, and personality disorders. In addition, Dr. Harper provided school-based mental health services, including staff and faculty consultation and workshops regarding dysregulation, self-harm behaviors, and behavioral interventions applicable within the community.
To complement her clinical work, Dr. Harper provided psychodiagnostic assessment services in a private clinic in San Pedro. There, Dr. Harper provided family-based consultation, diagnosis, and treatment planning for a variety of clinical issues, including personality disorders, learning disorders, and mood disorders.
In order to strengthen and build interventions for personality disorders and chronic dysregulation, Dr. Harper obtained intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 2012-2013 by Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D., through the Nevada Psychological Association. She applied this treatment modality at Pacific Clinics, where she facilitated groups, provided DBT-informed individual therapy, and supervised practicum trainees practicing DBT-informed treatment. This modality also informed treatment plans Dr. Harper developed through diagnostic assessment in San Pedro.
At Clearview Treatment Programs, Dr. Harper facilitates DBT skills training and relapse-prevention groups. She also provides individual DBT therapy and participates in DBT team consultation.
Dr. Tiffany Sunde received her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University (AIU) in San Diego, Calif. During her graduate studies at AIU, Dr. Sunde had the privilege of studying family systems under the supervision of Jay Haley, known for his pioneering work in the development of strategic therapy, as well as brief and family therapy in general.
As an intern at BPSR Vista Clinic in Vista, Calif., Dr. Sunde received training in the diagnosis, treatment, and psychiatric rehabilitation of individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and dual diagnosis disorders. She also provided family, couples, and group psychotherapy, helping teach ways of relieving the emotional distress of living with mental illness and skills development in the management of pervasive psychiatric symptoms.
Dr. Sunde continued her internship studies at this program and expanded her work to provide psychological treatment for transitional age youth (ages 18 to 25) presenting with a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
During her eight years of clinical work at BPSR Vista Clinic, Dr. Sunde gained additional experience working as a program manager and lead clinician, where she provided treatment planning and consultation to interns. Dr. Sunde also facilitated groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and anger management, social skills training, and multi-family psycho-education.
Dr. Sunde has since received training in DBT from Behavioral Tech, including DBT Skills Training, Chain Analysis, Validation Principles & Strategies, and training on Mindfulness and Radical Acceptance with Dr. Linehan herself. In addition, she attended a two-day training workshop with DBT expert Dr. Charles Swenson on providing Individual Therapy in DBT.
Dr. Sunde has also received training in other evidenced-based treatments, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Dr. Sunde continues to expand her interests in the practice of DBT and mindfulness-based therapies, and currently provides DBT-informed treatment at an outpatient psychiatry department in Los Angeles.
At Clearview, Dr. Sunde facilitates DBT skills groups and mindfulness groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.
Lauren Bochicchio received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) at Columbia University in the city of New York. She is an associate social worker (ASW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Lauren focused her clinical training on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidenced-based treatments. In her second year at Columbia, she participated in the university’s DBT training program under the supervision of Dr. Andre Ivanoff, President of Behavioral Tech.
While in the DBT training program, Lauren completed both her intensive training and advanced intensive training in DBT with Dr. Ivanoff. Lauren also attended a milieu coaching DBT training through Behavioral Tech with Dan Finnegan and Andre Ivanoff in fall of 2013. In addition, Lauren received extensive training in validation, exposure therapy, functional analysis, cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods, psychopathology, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and chemical dependency.
Prior to joining Clearview, Lauren completed her second-year internship at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., where she conducted DBT in both residential and outpatient settings. Lauren served as both a skills trainer and individual therapist throughout the duration of her internship. In addition, Lauren worked at Silver Hill Hospital as a residential counselor in the transitional living program. In this role, Lauren served as a milieu coach for individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.
At Clearview, Lauren facilitates DBT skills training, relapse prevention, and mindfulness groups. She also provides individual therapy.
Marissa Colangelo received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) at Columbia University in the city of New York. She is an associate clinical social worker (ASW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Marissa’s clinical training at Columbia University focused on evidenced-based treatments, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Marissa was part of Columbia’s DBT training program under Andre Ivanoff, Ph.D., president of Behavioral Tech. Marissa completed both her intensive and advanced intensive DBT training with Dr. Ivanoff in 2014.
Additionally, she has received training in Motivational Interviewing, cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods, exposure, validation, functional analysis, mindfulness, alcohol and chemical dependencies, psychopathology, and domestic violence.
Marissa holds the highest level of DBT training with individuals and groups. In her second-year internship, she utilized her extensive training and skill in her work with incarcerated women at New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Rikers Island.
At Clearview, Marissa provides individual DBT therapy, conducts phone coaching, and facilitates DBT skills training groups and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups.
Charlotte Wickham received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of California San Diego.
Her clinical interests are the study and practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her clinical training has focused on evidenced-based practices in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. Additionally, she has attended several classes at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center that helped enhance her clinical work.
Charlotte previously worked at Harbor UCLA’s Adult Outpatient Program, intensively training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as several other evidence-based therapies, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy.
While at Harbor, she participated in a DBT consultation team, led a DBT skills training group, and practiced individual DBT therapy. She also received intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and facilitated a CBT group for anxiety and depression, as well as training in psychodiagnostic assessment with adults and conducted assessments for outpatient adult psychiatry populations.
Prior to Harbor UCLA, Charlotte worked at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment & Research, where she gained experience working with women and men with a variety of eating disorders, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder. There, she gained experience with inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs while utilizing a variety of modalities, including DBT and CBT.
At Clearview, Charlotte provides individual therapy and facilities ACT, behavioral activities, and mind/body wellness groups.
MEDICAL STAFF AT THE DBT CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dr. John Kelleher earned his MD at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I., and received his training in psychiatry at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Kelleher was intensively trained in Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) by Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman, the originators of MBT, and took the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative. He is board certified in the practice of psychiatry.
In addition to his work at Clearview, Dr. Kelleher works as a clinical fellow in the Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative at UCLA, where he provides medication consultation and management for patients with BPD and co-leads a group therapy in Explicit Mentalizing using principles of MBT.
Dr. Kelleher has broad clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has worked in UCLA’s adult inpatient units and in the general adult outpatient clinics, including the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Mood Disorders Clinic. He has extensive experience providing psychiatric consultations to community-based non-profit agencies and in the context of aftercare for clients with dual diagnoses.
He maintains a private practice in general adult psychiatry, where he treats patients with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
At Clearview, Dr. Kelleher conducts psychiatric evaluations, collaborates with clients to achieve optimal medication management, works as part of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) consultation team, and coordinates care with other healthcare providers.
DBT TRAINER AND PROGRAM CONSULTANT AT THE DBT CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dr. Charlie Swenson graduated from Harvard College and Yale Medical School. He joined the faculty of Cornell University Medical College in 1982, where for five years he directed a long-term psychoanalytically oriented inpatient program for patients with personality disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Beginning in 1987, Dr. Swenson developed and directed inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs for patients with BPD based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In 1990 and 1993, he was voted Teacher of the Year by the psychiatric residents. While at Cornell, he served as a DBT trainer and consultant throughout the United States and Europe, coordinating statewide implementation of DBT in the public sectors of Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
Dr. Swenson has published widely on the treatment of borderline patients, including the following articles: “A comparison of Kernberg’s psychoanalytic approach to that of DBT” (1989), “The inpatient application of DBT” (2001), “Identifying the factors leading to DBT’s popularity” (2001), and “The barriers and strategies for implementing DBT in community mental health centers” (2002).
From 1997 to the present, he has been associate professor of clinical psychiatry for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as area medical director for the western Massachusetts area of the Department of Mental Health.
Since September 2010, Dr. Swenson has had a part-time private practice and worked with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. He serves as the senior psychiatrist for the western Massachusetts and central Massachusetts areas of the Department of Mental Health, doing community-based clinical consultations and working to strengthen implementations of evidence-based practices in the community mental health system. Additionally, Dr. Swenson serves as a senior trainer and senior consultant for Behavioral Tech, LLC, Marsha Linehan’s training institute.
Dr. Swenson, along with another trainer, provided intensive training to members of Clearview’s DBT team through Behavioral Tech in Northampton, Mass. Currently, Dr. Swenson works with members of Clearview’s extensive DBT team to provide consultation in the areas of program development, staff training, and the provision of clinical services.
CLINICAL STAFF AT THE DBT CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Marlene Frantz, MFT, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Marlene is an artist and a therapist who focuses on using creative expression to work with trauma. She has received additional training in psychodrama, sandplay, and equine therapy. She is continuing her studies at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where she is training to become a Jungian Analyst.
Marlene has worked with children, adolescents, couples, families, and groups in her Santa Monica private practice, in schools all over Los Angeles, through Jewish family services of Santa Monica, and at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles.
With a clinical focus on childhood trauma, grief and loss, and issues around creativity, Marlene has treated clients with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. In addition to her private practice, Marlene runs art therapy groups, parenting groups, and support groups for women in various settings around Los Angeles.
At Clearview Women’s Center, Marlene facilitates bi-weekly art therapy groups that focus on helping clients connect to and work through their feelings and experiences non-verbally, using artistic expression.
Stefanie Boone is a registered dietitian specializing in eating disorders. She received her undergraduate education in dietetics and master’s degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.
Starting out at the Eating Disorder Center of California in Brentwood, Calif., Stefanie went on to open her private practice in Westwood, where she has seen clients with all forms of eating disorders for 10 years.
Stefanie provides nutrition therapy for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions as well as a variety of psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders, and has been a consulting dietitian for several treatment centers.
Most recently, Stefanie was lead dietitian at the Kaiser Permanente Eating Disorders Program, Los Angeles Medical Center, where she led and co-facilitated CBT-based groups on nutrition education for eating disorders, food and feelings, body image, and emotional eating.
Stefanie is a member of the American Dietetic Association, California Dietetic Association, IADEP, and the National Eating Disorders Association. She has spoken at numerous professional seminars on nutrition therapy for eating disorders, including conferences offered by Del Amo Hospital, and often speaks to adolescents at local schools on eating disorder prevention.
Stefanie is one of the contributing authors of “Real World Recovery: Intuitive Food Program Curriculum for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.”
At Clearview, Stefanie works with clients with eating disorder and food issues that also suffer from co-existing psychiatric disorders. She conducts individual nutrition counseling sessions, nutrition education and body image groups, and facilitates meal outings.
Eleni Tsikrikas began studying yoga in 1995 in Sydney, Australia, and completed her initial training course in 1998 at the Sydney Yoga Center.
In 2001, Eleni was introduced to the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, a renowned yogic healer. Eleni offered group classes and private instruction at Yoga Sanga in Sydney and at St. John of God Hospital, a facility that treats patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In 2004, Eleni moved to Los Angeles and continued her studies with Robert Birnberg, a renowned yoga therapist who specializes in yoga and addictions. Her studies are deeply rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, the classical Vedic text which forms the basis of yoga philosophy.
Eleni complements her yoga with Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of health based in nature which treats body, mind, and spirit. She runs an Ayurvedic practice in Los Angeles, where she integrates yoga’s tools with Ayurveda to create highly individualized, holistic healing programs for her clients.
Eleni is on the faculty at the Californian College of Ayurveda, where she teaches in the distance learning program. Eleni also specializes in yoga for addiction and compulsive disorders. She teaches privately in Silver Lake.
At Clearview, Eleni teaches the yoga philosophy and its application to addiction and compulsive behavior. She helps clients through meditation, postures designed specifically for them, and visualization to help them achieve their goals.
Linda Landon, associate credentialed coach (ACC), is a certified business and life coach, speaker and trainer. She guides people in recovery to connect with their spiritual source so they can be authentic, intentional, powerful, successful, and happy.
Linda’s clients envision what they really want and design their lives to realize that vision. They are held accountable as they take doable and authentic actions to make their dream a reality. When they feel stuck or overwhelmed, Linda guides them to shift from the inside out, so they can get back on track and continue to move forward. Relationships improve, energy increases, and self-confidence replaces fear as they shift from being a victim to the creator of their lives.
An International Coach Federation ACC, Linda has been certified by the New Agreements Coach Training and Leadership Institute, trained by Crossroads Recovery Coaching, and mentored for four years by don Miguel Ruiz, author of The New York Times bestseller, “The Four Agreements®.” She is also a certified Speaking Circles® Facilitator. Linda teaches people in recovery – and the professionals who treat them – how to use The Four Agreements to quiet the chatter in their mind so they can remain calm in any situation.
Stephanie Kwong is dedicated to helping people transform the quality of their lives. She received her training as a strategic interventionist through Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes’ Robbins-Madanes Coach Training, and completed her life coaching education with The Coaches Training Institute.
Stephanie has studied various philosophies, spiritual teachings, techniques, and strategies. She focuses on moving clients past fear and their self-imposed limitations to experiencing freedom and a transformational shift so they can attain what they desire. She works strategically to create action steps that move her clients toward attaining the change they seek.
Stephanie works with a variety of clients, including executives, entrepreneurs, couples, teens, creative types, and people in transition. Her approach is heartfelt, outcome-focused, and honors each individual and their unique process.
At Clearview, Stephanie facilitates group coaching and works directly with clients to help them better understand themselves so they can become clear on what they want. Stephanie presents different teachings, strategies, and techniques for clients to move past their obstacles and limitations to become more productive and fulfilled in their lives.
Margaret Fetting, Ph.D., LCSW, completed her graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fetting has a private practice in Santa Monica that specializes in several specialties, most notably adult substance abuse and personality disorders. She is well regarded in her field and is specifically recognized for her depth and breadth of knowledge and diversity of treatment approaches.
Dr. Fetting is an associate adjunct professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and is also on the faculty of Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Dr. Fetting has designed and taught hundreds of workshops throughout central and southern California for hospitals, social service departments, clinical organizations, children and family agencies, and large sponsored seminars and workshops.
Dr. Fetting conducts pre- and re-licensing workshops for several organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers. She also supervises clinicians in this field on a regular basis. For more than 15 years, Dr. Fetting has been on the staff of several hospitals and programs specializing in chemical dependency and eating disorders.
Dr. Fetting has consulted with Clearview regarding program design and development and clinical application of psychological theory.
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AT THE DBT CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Emily Cohen began her employment as administrative director of Clearview in 2006. She has more than 13 years of recovery experience. After majoring in sociology at The Evergreen State College in Washington, Emily pursued counseling and non-profit administration for local mental health and drug treatment facilities.
From 1997 to 2001, Emily worked for a social service employment agency, where she honed her administrative and human resources skills, placing social workers and therapists in hospitals and various clinical settings. For the next five years, Emily worked in a law firm as a paralegal, assisting a team of lawyers with various legal tasks.
As administrative director at Clearview, Emily compassionately assists clients and families with the stressful task of making financial arrangements for treatment and helps answer questions about insurance reimbursement. Emily helps to ensure that new staff meet employment qualifications and that they understand client rights.
Leslie Davis received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law, with a focus on public interest law, and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. She completed her undergraduate work at Emerson College in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in print journalism.
Leslie has extensive experience managing and writing for trade publications, websites, newsletters, blogs, and journals. She previously did Internet marketing for CRC Health Group, where she became knowledgeable about issues related to addiction and mental health. She is also currently communications director for The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills.
At Clearview, Leslie manages Clearview’s various websites and blogs. She also oversees Clearview’s clinical and consumer workshops, and supports the outreach team in their marketing efforts.
Glenn Seidenfeld comes to Clearview with years of experience and success assisting clients through the doors of recovery, and has more than five years of recovery experience. In 2005, Glenn began his career in treatment as workshop coordinator for Sierra Tucson, a nationally known addiction and mental health treatment center in Tucson, Ariz.
It quickly became clear that Glenn had the skills and aptitude to help a family member or prospective client in distress to make that life-changing decision to enter treatment. Glenn quickly moved from workshop coordinator to the intake department and became an intake coordinator, winning Intake Coordinator of the Year. Glenn’s compassion and enthusiasm for helping people quickly led to a promotion to senior intake coordinator at Sierra Tucson. In that position, Glenn helped hundreds of people find the treatment that they were seeking and he became an expert on recovery resources throughout the country.
As intake manager at Clearview, Glenn assists clients and families with compassion and care to find the best treatment center to meet their needs. He conducts initial assessments, gives tours of the various facilities, and assists clients and their families to find the best help possible.
Jennifer Trajano Maland received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Intern in private practice in Beverly Hills, with a special interest in treating adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, and in life transitions.
While doing her undergraduate work, Jennifer interned at a community re-entry program for adults with severe mental illnesses and was a teacher’s assistant for the Adolescence & Young Adulthood course. During her coursework, she was also was a behavioral tutor for children with autism and developmental disabilities, later being promoted to a behavioral consultant. In that role, she developed behavior plans and managed discrete trials training plans for clients, supervised the tutors implementing the programming, coordinated care with parents, and taught parent training classes.
Jennifer has conducted various research studies, including those on the topics of relaxation techniques and the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, which she presented at the Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference and Western Psychological Association’s Annual Conference.
Jennifer worked at Center for Discovery and Oceanaire from 2006 to 2011, facilitating admissions for the residential and day treatment programs. She was promoted to lead intake coordinator in 2008, and co-facilitated the eating disorder support group for clients and parents in 2010.
Jennifer offered psychotherapy as an MFT trainee and intern for the Antioch University Counseling Center from October 2010 to December 2012.
She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), with involvement in the Los Angeles chapters of both associations.
At Clearview, Jennifer supports clients and their families in assessing clients’ treatment needs, determining how Clearview might meet those needs, and providing alternatives if necessary.
Jessica Magenheimer acquired her BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a license-eligible MFT intern in private practice in Hermosa Beach, specializing in treating young adults facing life transitions and challenges.
In addition to her private practice work, Jessica has obtained a broad body of experience in the mental health and addictions fields. As a case manager and intake specialist at the Life Adjustment Team, she assisted clients with chronic and severe mental illness in reintegrating into their communities and creating life balance. At Del Amo Hospital, Jessica led process groups and performed assessments on both the inpatient and outpatient units, gaining firsthand knowledge in treating co-occurring and personality disorders.
While working as a therapist at For the Child, an agency serving low-income children with histories of abuse, Jessica provided psychotherapy and psychoeducation to children, families, and adolescent groups. In addition, she developed a more thorough and concrete method of assessing incoming clients, and created and implemented a curriculum for adolescent group therapy using a Trauma-Focused CBT model.
As an intake coordinator for Clearview, Jessica seeks to forge an alliance with clients, families, and professionals and collaborate with them to determine the best course of action for their specific needs. Jessica also places a high value upon linking clients to community resources and increasing access to aftercare support.
CLINICAL OUTREACH TEAM AT THE DBT CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Kim has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in marketing management from California State University, Fullerton. Kim is a marketing and business development professional with more than 20 years of experience in the Behavioral Health and Global Information Services industries.
Kim has been involved in the chemical dependency and behavioral health fields since 1984, and has served on several boards of directors of treatment facilities and on the Orange County Board of Alcohol Services. She has previously held positions as the director of marketing, outreach and admissions for a women’s treatment facility in Orange County, Calif., and as a substance abuse technician for an inpatient adolescent treatment program while studying for her undergraduate degree.
Kim has a personal and professional passion for helping clients find their way to recovery from addictions and mental health issues.
Veronica Beeler began her work in residential treatment in 2009 and has worked with a variety of populations, including addictions, eating disorders, and mood and personality disorders.
She was a collaborator in launching the first transitional living facility for eating disorders in Chicago, and worked closely with the clinical director to develop the program. She also helped launch a professional’s addiction treatment center in California, where she supervised the residential staff, managed client schedules, and attended to clients’ administrative concerns.
Veronica was drawn to Clearview Treatment Programs for its dedication to providing specialized treatment to populations that are often overlooked. She spent a year at Clearview Women’s Center as the transitional living manager before she moved into the role of clinical outreach coordinator.
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