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
Michael Roy, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director, Director of Training and Development, Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D.
Clinical Director and DBT Therapist, Chelsea Cawood, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Director and Family Program Coordinator, Nicole Riddle, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Kate Roahrig, MA, MFT-I
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Molly Ackerly, MSW, ASW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Marissa Colangelo, MSW
DBT Therapist, Rebecca Robinson, MA, LMFT
Program Therapist, Sandra Powers, Psy.D.
Program Therapist, Jodi Bruce, MA, MFT-I
Program Therapist, Jessica Magenheimer, MA, MFT
Program Therapist, Courtney Kent, LCSW
Program Therapist, Chelsey Silveria, LCSW
Dietitian, Brooke Aschidamini, MS, RD, CISSN
Art Group Leader, Megan Rice
Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Specialist, Eleni Tsikrikas
Life Coach, Linda Landon, PCC
Program Consultant, Margaret Fetting, Ph.D, LCSW
Administrative Director, Emily Cohen
Workshop/Continuing Education Coordinator, Leslie Bloom, JD
Intake Manager, Glenn Seidenfeld
Intake Coordinator, Jennifer Maland, MA, LMFT
Intake Coordinator, Leslie Kolb, LCSW
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.
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.
As director of training and development, Alina works with and provides supervision to clinical staff throughout Clearview’s programs and ensures they receive training in the most current evidence-based practices. Alina also provides DBT training to new staff and teaches DBT to the community counselors. Additionally, Alina is involved in program development.
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 oversees the Outpatient and DBT Center, which provides outpatient, intensive outpatient, and day treatment programs. Dr. Cawood provides supervision and training, facilitates staff meetings, and leads DBT and ACT groups.
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. Riddle also runs an ongoing DBT skills course for families of clients at Clearview Women’s Center.
Kate Roahrig, MA, MFT-I, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 from Pepperdine University.
Her deep interest in psychology sparked during her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, where she majored in psychology and worked in substance abuse treatment at Tara Treatment Center. While there, she co-facilitated the men and women’s process groups and worked closely with clients through their recovery using the 12-step model.
During her master’s program, Kate trained as an in-home outreach counselor with Valley Trauma Counseling Center. She conducted therapy with families and individuals of all backgrounds who were involved with the Department of Children and Family Services and suffering from emotional, mood, psychotic, and personality disorders.
Kate also worked with John Briere, Ph.D., and Randye Semple, Ph.D., studying the genetics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in patients admitted to the trauma units at LAC+USC Medical Center. She conducted clinical interviews with trauma patients and administered assessments, over a structured time period, to track the potential for and development of PTSD. Through these experiences, Kate developed a thoughtful understanding of the human experience and the clinical needs of individuals.
Kate has been a member of the Clearview Women’s Center team since 2012, starting her work as a community counselor and moving into the position of house manager. As house manager, Kate worked closely with the treatment team to ensure each client’s experience upheld Clearview’s mission and values.
At Clearview, Kate facilitates DBT skills groups and CBT groups, and provides individual therapy using DBT.
Molly Ackerly received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University in New York and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Molly is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Molly focused her clinical training on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments. While at Columbia University, Molly completed the DBT Training Program and Lab under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff, president of Behavioral Tech.
Molly completed her intensive DBT training in 2016 with Randy Wolbert and Gwen Abney-Cunningham at Columbia University. Additionally, Molly received clinical training in exposure therapy, functional analysis, suicide risk assessment and protocol, chemical dependency, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), Motivational Interviewing, and cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods.
As a DBT intern at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., Molly provided individual psychotherapy to adults with substance use disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. She also sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team, co-led DBT skills groups, and led dual-diagnosis groups. While at Silver Hill, Molly also worked as a residential counselor in the Transitional Living Program to provide milieu skills coaching to adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders.
Molly also previously worked at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, N.Y., as a milieu manager and mental health worker. At Four Winds, Molly provided DBT milieu skills coaching and crisis de-escalation to adolescents with severe mental illness in an acute care setting.
At Clearview, Molly facilitates DBT skills training groups, CBT groups, and relapse-prevention groups, and provides individual DBT 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 evidence-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.
In addition to her intensive training, Marissa completed a four-day advanced DBT training with Charles Swenson, MD, and a two-day training on Working with Families of Emotionally Dysregulated Clients with Dr. Alan Fruzzetti.
Marissa holds the highest level of DBT training with individuals and groups. In her second-year internship, she utilized her extensive training and skills 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, advanced DBT skills training group, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups.
In addition to Marissa’s work at Clearview, she has returned to her Alma Mater and is a part-time lecturer at California State University, Northridge, where she has taught in the Child and Adolescent Development department since August 2014.
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.
Rebecca Robinson, MA, LMFT, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Her undergraduate education was completed at New York University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Rebecca’s work at Clearview Treatment Programs began at the Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders. There, she co-facilitated Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training groups, led the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group, and was a family program facilitator. She also provided milieu skills coaching.
She completed her internship at the Maple Counseling Center, a community mental health clinic in Beverly Hills, where she provided psychodynamic therapy to individuals and couples, and served as a peer supervisor. At Cedars Sinai Medical Center, she worked as a supervisor on the Teen Line hotline, an organization providing teen peer counseling, crisis prevention, and crisis intervention.
Her first clinical experience was as a volunteer counselor on the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center crisis hotline. As a behavior therapist for children with autism, she worked in LAUSD schools and private homes in downtown and East Los Angeles.
Outside of Clearview, Rebecca maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills, providing DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamically informed treatment for individuals and couples.
At Clearview, Rebecca serves as an individual, group, and family skills therapist at the Clearview Outpatient and DBT Center. In addition to DBT and ACT groups, she facilitates CBT groups in the evidence-based treatment track and Mood Disorders Group, a combination psychoeducation/process group.
Dr. Sandra Powers received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. Her clinical training and research concentrated on evidence-based treatments and group therapy.
Dr. Powers completed her clinical internship at Yale University, where her intensive training focused on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder. There, she provided individual and group therapy using DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and existential therapies in an intensive outpatient setting. She also created an outpatient follow-up DBT treatment program and supervised advanced graduate students.
Dr. Powers received intensive training in CBT for anxiety disorders at the Yale Child Study Center. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Her clinical interests include evidence-based practice, group therapy, personality disorders, and depressive disorders.
At Clearview, Dr. Powers provides mindfulness, DBT, and process-oriented group therapy, as well as DBT- and CBT-informed individual therapy.
Jodi Bruce, MA, MFT-I, received her Master’s Degree in Psychology at Antioch University in Culver City, Calif. There, her clinical training specialized in conflict-related trauma. Jodi’s training and experience is in a number of evidence-based treatment modalities, including trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Seeking Safety.
Jodi’s clinical experience includes varied environments, such as dual diagnosis at The Center for Discovery, a community-based outpatient setting at Open Paths Counseling Center, and private residential treatment at The Bella Vita.
Prior to joining Clearview, Jodi worked for The Bella Vita, where she gained experience working with men and women struggling with a variety of eating disorders, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder.
Jodi has facilitated groups in body image, CBT, self-esteem, process, communication, social skills training, and family psycho-education.
At Clearview, Jodi provides individual and family therapy and facilitates CBT, Seeking Safety, process, and mind/body wellness groups.
Jessica Magenheimer, MA, MFT, acquired her BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by DBT expert Charles Swenson, MD.
Jessica has obtained a broad body of experience in the mental health and addictions fields. She worked as an intake coordinator at Clearview Treatment Programs for several years before moving to the clinical team as a program therapist.
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.
Jessica maintains a private practice in Brentwood, where she specializes in treating trauma.
At Clearview’s Outpatient and DBT Treatment Center, Jessica sees patients in individual and group therapy sessions.
Courtney Kent, LCSW, received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Her clinical interests are the study and practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her clinical training has focused on evidence-based practices in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. Additionally, Courtney has attended class at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.
Courtney previously worked at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, where she received intensive training in various evidence-based therapies, including CBT, Seeking Safety, Interpersonal Therapy, and Crisis-Oriented Recovery Services. Additionally, she participated in a DBT skills training through Behavioral Tech.
Prior to Didi Hirsch, Courtney interned at Family Services of Santa Monica (FSSM) and The Gathering Place. While at FSSM, she gained experience working with women, men, and children with a variety of diagnoses, including Borderline Personality Disorder. Courtney attended various trainings while at FSSM, including Trauma Focused CBT, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). While at The Gathering Place, Courtney gained experience doing bereavement counseling in individual and group settings.
Prior to her internships, Courtney worked as a research assistant at Georgetown University’s Children’s Digital Media Center. There, she conducted a research study evaluating how children develop and use parasocial relationships to learn digitally presented educational material. Her research has been published by the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.
At Clearview’s Outpatient Treatment Center, Courtney provides individual therapy and facilitates the following groups: DBT, CBT, Relapse Prevention, Codependency, and Motivational Interviewing & Commitment.
Dr. Arsalan Malik completed his psychiatry residency at the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. During that time, he served as the clinical chief resident of the Menninger Clinic, where he specialized in addressing the complex medical, psychiatric, and substance use difficulties of high-achieving individuals no longer functioning successfully in the workplace and/or at home.
Dr. Malik provided psychiatric care to treatment-resistant depressed, anxious, bipolar, and personality disordered patients on the Professionals in Crisis and Young Adult units. He developed his interest and expertise in the treatment of mood and co-occurring personality disorders at this time using a comprehensive and integrated, multidisciplinary treatment approach. This comprised psychoanalytically informed hospital psychiatry, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic individual, group, couples, and family therapy.
Dr. Malik holds a Clinical Fellowship in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is currently a clinical associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and volunteer clinical faculty at UCLA.
He is also an editor for the journal Gender and Violence that launched in early 2014. He is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Malik is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
At Clearview, Dr. Malik functions as the medical director of the Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders. He conducts comprehensive medical and psychiatric intakes, and provides ongoing neuropsychopharmacological management and consultation, as wells as supportive psychotherapy.
Dr. Kotra Ajir received her MD from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York in 1992. Her four-year residency training in psychiatry took place at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. During that time, she developed an interest in pharmacogenetics, how different ethnic groups metabolize medications, and published a paper on the pharmacogenetics and pharmacodynamics of Adinazolam.
In 1996, Dr. Ajir completed a one-year fellowship in substance abuse at UCLA and the West L.A. Veterans Administration Medical Center. She was the principal investigator on several studies sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She was also the study physician for several studies run by LAARC and served as the physician at MATRIX Institute, an outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol dependence.
In 1997, Dr. Ajir started a private practice in psychiatry, while she continued research, and was an attending psychiatrist on the Substance Abuse Unit at the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute. She specializes in dual diagnosis and treats mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
At Clearview, Dr. Ajir functions as the psychiatrist at Clearview Center for Addictions and Mental Health Disorders and is an integral part of the treatment team. She conducts comprehensive psychiatric assessments, and provides ongoing psychopharmacological management and consultation.
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.
Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Research Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has worked since 1994. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, and was chosen as the Psychologist of the Year in Nevada in 2010.
Dr. Fruzzetti is research director and on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD), on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Investigation and Teaching of DBT, and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Linehan Institute. He is the author or co-author of nearly 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and two books.
His research focuses on the interplay between severe psychopathology/emotion dysregulation and interpersonal processes (including family interactions, family violence, and therapist-client interactions) and the development and evaluation of effective individual and family treatments for these problems. He is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems.
Dr. Fruzzetti has created multiple successful DBT applications for individuals, couples, parents, and families, and has provided extensive teaching and therapist training in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is married and has four children.
Dr. Fruzzetti worked with members of Clearview’s extensive DBT team to develop and implement a five-week DBT family education curriculum for family members of Clearview Women’s Center. He is currently working with the Clearview team to develop a DBT family program and support services for Clearview’s Outpatient Treatment Center. Dr. Fruzzetti also provides ongoing clinical consultation to members of Clearview’s DBT team.
Brooke Aschidamini, MS, RD, CISSN, is a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist specializing in behavior change, meal planning, eating disorders, disordered eating, and mind-body awareness. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Food Science from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Sciences from California State University, Long Beach.
Brooke has a passion for helping individuals achieve body satisfaction, weight management, and, simply, enhanced health. In order to do this, she believes it is important to reconnect the mind to the physical self, creating mind-body awareness to form and establish a healthy relationship with food and eating.
Brooke uses an individualized, non-diet approach with the focus that all foods fit into a healthy lifestyle. Each client’s nutritional plan is based on their goals, needs, and body, without judgment.
In addition to her work as a dietician, Brooke is a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, and adjunct faculty at Fullerton College and the Southern California Wellness Program for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters.
At Clearview, Brooke works in collaboration with the treatment team to create a balance between mind and body to instill a healthy relationship with food, the body, and the self.
Megan Rice was born in Mexico City and grew up among artists in Southern California. She attended art school in London and graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in Fine Art. She holds a certificate degree from Santa Monica College of Design, Art, and Architecture.
Megan is a skilled, professional artist, recognized for her sculptures and art books. She has been teaching art and creativity classes to children, adolescents, and adults for 30 years, both privately and in schools, and more recently in mental health and addiction rehab centers. Megan has first-hand experience with familial mental illness, addiction issues, and the recovery community.
At Clearview, Megan gently guides groups in creative projects to increase the client’s self-confidence and heal their relationship with their innermost self.
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, PCC, is an International Coach Federation-certified business coach, trained recovery coach, Deep Coaching facilitator, Human Design Specialist, and experienced seminar leader. She is also the author of The Power of Pause: Simple Meditations for Complicated Lives.
For more than 15 years, Linda has focused on guiding people in recovery to deeply transform themselves so they can live joyous sober lives. She is vice president of Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT), presents at conferences nationwide, and has facilitated coaching groups at Clearview for more than six years.
A life-long entrepreneur and president of Linda Landon & Associates, LLC, Linda guides people to reawaken and ignite their vitality through a powerful and effective method she has developed called IGNITE YOUR JOY.
At Clearview, Linda integrates cutting-edge tools for self-awareness, including Human Design and Releasing, with structured life skills strategies and techniques – and a good dose of humor. This blend helps clients cultivate more self-acceptance and enthusiasm so they can overcome perceived obstacles and limitations to become resilient, joyful, and fulfilled.
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.
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 Bloom 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 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.
Leslie Kolb, MSW, obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from UCLA. Prior to earning her MSW, Leslie obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Pictures from the University of Miami and enjoyed a successful career as a creative executive in the motion picture industry. She possesses a comprehensive understanding of the entertainment business, which provides her a unique insight into the experiences of clients who work within that field.
During her clinical training at UCLA, Leslie interned as a psychotherapist at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, where she provided individual therapy and facilitated a food, weight, and body image group structured around The Beck Diet Solution. Leslie also trained as a therapist at Peace Over Violence, where she provided individual trauma-focused therapy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse. She also facilitated a psychoeducational group for survivors of domestic violence.
Leslie began her professional career in the mental health industry as intake coordinator at Recovery Help Now, where she conducted initial assessments and worked with clients and their therapists to determine the best plan for individual and group therapy. She went on to strengthen her clinical diagnosis skills as intake specialist at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. There, she conducted initial assessments and consulted with the treatment team to help facilitate the most effective course of treatment for clients experiencing a broad range of co-occurring disorders.
As an intake coordinator for Clearview, Leslie provides clients and their loved ones with support and guidance from the initial point of contact until admission. She conducts initial assessments and values collaboration with fellow clinicians to tailor treatment to best meet clients’ needs.
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.
Samantha Barron began her work in treatment in 2012, but she has been involved in the world of recovery her entire life. Born into a family of addiction treatment advocates, Samantha became passionate about recovery from addiction, mental health issues, and trauma from an early age.
She has worked as a social media marketing consultant for a group therapy practice and has served as the clinical outreach coordinator for an adolescent treatment facility. She currently holds a position on the board of the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, where she aids in creating professional development opportunities for women who are dedicated to helping people heal from addictions, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
As clinical outreach coordinator at Clearview, Samantha takes pride in being able to connect people in need with the appropriate resources. She is thrilled to play a role at a facility that makes such a profound impact on people’s lives.
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