CBT California

A Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies
A Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies
Welcome to CBT California
800-624-1475

Our Center is the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) center of award winning clinicians and scholars. We are dedicated to bringing you state of the art, empirically sound treatments. Our CBT and DBT programs were founded by leaders in the field of  treatment and research in CBT and DBT. Feel free to look at the our professional presentations, publications and teaching references below. Our professional clinical psychologists and psychotherapists provide cognitive behavioral treatments for:


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We provide professional and caring treatment of the highest quality.

Our treatments include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the greater Los Angeles and Orange County Areas.  With offices in Beverly Hills and Long Beach California, CBT California offices are convenient to the West Side, Beach towns, Downtown, Hollywood, South Bay, and Orange County.

WHAT'S NEW:

Announcing the launch of our DBT for Adolescents Program in our Beverly Hills Area Office! 
Please contact us for details. 

We are delighted to announce we now have an Orange County office!

The location is:


3700 Campus Drive, Suite 208
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(easily accessible by the 405, 55, and 73 freeways (map))


CBT California, CBTSSC and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy co-hosted an event at the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference. The panel, organized by Dr. McFarr consisted of Marsha Linehan, Steven Hayes, David Barlow, Christine Padesky, Dennis Greenberger, Bill Miller and Judy Beck.




We are excited to announce that we now offer a need based reduced fee clinic! Contact us to find out more. 




Dialectical Behavior Therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. at the University of Washington. DBT is focused on helping patients with problems regulating emotions. Typically, but not exclusively for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has multiple clinical trials demonstrating its effectiveness. CBT California offers comprehensive DBT programs for adults with intensively trained staff. For a program to call itself DBT  it must have all of the following components:

1. Individual Therapy
2. Group Skills Training
3. In between session coaching
4. DBT Therapist weekly consultation meeting

Make sure you are really getting DBT. Click here for questions to ask potential care providers about their DBT programs.

For more information about our DBT program, click here.

COGNITIVE THERAPY (CBT)

Cognitive Therapy (or cognitive behavioral therapy --CBT)  was originally developed by Aaron T. Beck, M.D. a recent recipient of the prestigious Lasker Award in Medicine. First developed for depression, the premise of cognitive therapy is that our thoughts influence our mood and behavior. A simple but revolutionary idea. By changing our thoughts or our relationship to our thoughts, we can change behavior and emotions. 


COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM OF PSYCHOTHERAPY (CBASP)

CBASP is the only therapy developed specifially for patients suffering from Chronic Depression.  This treatment focuses on helping the patient break free of their overwhelming negative assumptions about the world and learn to get what they want, especially in the realm of  close interpersonal relationships. 

ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment therapy is based on the premise that our thoughts, emotions and sensations do not need to rule our lives. Instead we can learn to base our actions on living a dignified human life based on what is most important to us. This newer treatment has shown promise with anxiety disorders, chronic pain, psychosis and schizophrenia as well as substance abuse, depression and medical illness management.


LOCATIONS: 

Long Beach
4201 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 406
Long Beach, CA 90807 
(easily accessible by the 405, 605, 710, 91 and 22 Freeways (map))

Beverly Hills
6404 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 870
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(located one block east of Wilshire and San Vicente 
MAP)

Orange County                              
3700 Campus Drive, Suite 208
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(easily accessible by the 405, 55, and 73 freeways (map))


CONTACT US

Dr. McFarr's and CBTC Staff Recent/Upcoming Speaking Engagements, Presentations, and Publications: 

McFarr, L,
 Gaona, L, Barr, N, Farias, A, Flores, D, Ramirez, U. “Culturally Competence in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Cultural Adaptations” In Cultural Issues in Acceptance and Mindfulness Based Approaches.  New Harbinger. 2014

McFarr, L., Brown, L.A., Holler, R., Jackson, L., Ramirez, U. (2014). Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Southern California. The Behavior Therapist, 37, 117-121.

Bedics, J. D., Korslund, K. E., Sayrs, J. H., McFarr, L. M. (2013). The observation of essential clinical strategies during an individual session of dialectical behavior therapy. Psychotherapy, 50 (3), 454-457. doi:10.1037/a0032418

Leon, M., Dalton, E., Corpstein, E., Torres, C., Um, H., Jackson, L., & McFarr, L. (2014). Anger levels with the use of the relationship effectiveness skills: GIVE and DEAR MAN in dialectical behavior therapy. Poster presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Nehme, J., Naman, K., Wickremasinghe, N., Brown, L., Holler, R., Dexter, M., Forsyth, J., Bonfil, A., Fried, R., & McFarr, L. (2014, November). Work outcomes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Poster presented at the forty-eighth annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitve Therapies (ABCT) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.   

Argueta, N., Gaona, L., & McFarr, L. (2014, June). ¡Loteria! An Exploration of the Use of Cultural Enhancements with Adult Patients  in DBT Skills Group at Harbor-UCLA AOP. Poster presentated at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy conference, Hong Kong, China.

Waltman, S., Nehme, J., Naman, K., Wickremasinghe, N., Brown, L., Morgan, W., Fried, R., & McFarr, L (2014, June). Examining the Relationship between Case Conceptualization and Treatment Fidelity of CBT in a Public Health Setting. 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Waltman, S., Morgan, W., Wickremasinghe, N., Naman, K., Nehme, J., Fried, R., & McFarr, L (2014, June). Does Fidelity of CBT in Psychotherapy-based Supervision translate to Fidelity of CBT in Clinical Practice? 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Fried, R., Gaona , L., Jones , E., Dalton, E., Thompson, S.M., Davies, C., Dexter, M., Brown, L., Forsyth, J.,
McFarr, L.,  Henriquez, S., & Farias, A. (2014, June). An In-Depth Look at Telephone Skills Coaching and Therapy Interfering Behaviors in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Case Study from a Community Mental Health Clinic. 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong. 

Fried, R., Gaona , L., Jones , E., & McFarr, L. (2014, March). Texting vs. Calling in DBT Skills Coaching: An Exploratory Look at the Frequency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s Adult Client Psychiatry Clinic DBT Program. Harbor UCLA Scientific Sessions

Bedics, J.D., Korslund, K.E., Sayrs, J. H. R., & McFarr, L. M. (2014). The observation of essential clinical strategies during an individual session of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Psychotherapy.

McFarr, L. M., Gaona, L., Barr, N, Ramirez, U., Henriquez, S., Farias, A., & Flores, D. (2014). Cultural competency and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In A. Masuda (Ed.), Cultural Issues in Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Approaches. New Harbinger.

McFarr, L. M. (2013). An update on CBT training guidelines for doctoral programs. Advances in Cognitive Therapy, 14(1), 9 & 12.

Jackson, L., Benson, L. A., Maczka, K., Moliae, A., Wickremasinghe, N., & McFarr, L. M. (2013, April). Understanding chronic depression and its treatment: The impact of participating in a one-day training on therapist knowledge of the CBASP treatment model. 
Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, La Jolla, CA.

Snyder, J. (2014, November). Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Snyder, J. (2014, October). CBASP: Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Snyder, J. (2013, November). Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA.

Jackson, L. and Leishman, K. (2014) Transitioning from Stage I to Stage II: Treating Clients with Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Workshop presented at International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (ISITDBT) in Philadelphia, PA. 

Jackson, L., Leishman, K., Davies, C., Fried, R., McFarr, L. (2014) Examining Clinician Attitudes related to using Prolonged Exposure for Individuals with Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Poster presented at ISITDBT in Philadelphia, PA.  

Leishman, K. (2013). A Critical Review of the Utility of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans: A Protocol for Group Treatment. (Published Dissertation)

Jackson, L., Leishman, K., Brown, L., Dour, H., & McFarr, L. Harbor-UCLA Annual Scientific Sessions Review (2013). The Co-Occurrence of BPD and PTSD: Examination of the Increased Risk of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) in a Community Outpatient Mental Health Sample. Poster presented at ABCT Conference, Nashville, TN.  November, 2013

Brown, L., Forsyth, J., Dexter, M., Nehme, J., Naman, K., Wickremasinghe, N., Fried, R., Jackson, L.,
Morgan, W., & McFarr, L. (2014, June). Examining Daily Changes in Self-Harm, Suicidality, and Skills Use in DBT. Poster presented at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Gaona, L., Jackson, L., Counts, C., Morgan, W., Nehme, J., Ramirez, U., & McFarr, L. (2014, June). Successful Exposure Treatment Despite in Session Mishaps: Case Studies and Practical Interventions from Clinical Practice. Poster presented at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Argueta, N., Gaona, L., Jackson, L., Morgan, W., Nehme, J., Ramirez, U., & McFarr, L. (2014, June). ¡Lotería! An Exploration of the Use of Cultural Enhancements with an Adult Patient in a Spanish-Speaking DBT Skills Group at Harbor-UCLA AOP. Poster presented at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Fried, R., Gaona, L., Jones, E., Brown, L., Jackson, L., Morgan, W., Nehme, J., Naman, K., Dalton, E., Thompson, S., Davies, C., & McFarr, L. (2014, June). Texting vs. Calling in DBT Skills Coaching: An Exploratory Look at the Frequency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic DBT Program: A Case Study. Poster presented at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Waltman, S., Nehme, J., Naman, K., Wickremasinghe, N., Brown, L., Morgan, W., Fried, R., Jackson. L., & McFarr, L.  (2014, June). Examining the Relationship between Case Conceptualization and Treatment Fidelity of CBT in a Public Health Setting. Poster presented at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Waltman, S., Morgan, W., Wickremasinghe, N., Naman, K., Nehme, J., Fried, R., Jackson, L., & McFarr, L (2014, June). Does Fidelity of CBT in Psychotherapy-based Supervision translate to Fidelity of CBT in Clinical Practice? Poster presented at the 8th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.

Higier RG, Jimenez AM, Hultman C, Borg J, Roman C, Kizling I, & Cannon TD. (2014). Enhanced neurocognitive functioning and positive temperament in twins discordant for bipolar disorder. Am J Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print].

Higier RG. (2014, May). Challenging the Kraepelinian Dichotomy: Neural Endophenotypes of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Oral presentation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Psychiatry Scholarly Papers Grand Rounds. New York, NY.

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