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. 

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 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))



DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)

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


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


Dr. McFarr (left) and Dr. Holler (center) presenting at the Harbor-UCLA Scientific Sessions on Mental Health, January 2013.

Bedics, J.D., Korslund, K.E., Sayrs, J. H. R., & McFarr, L. M. (in press). 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. (in press). 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.

Klepac, R. K.,  Ronan, G. F., Andrasik, F.,  Arnold, K., Belar, C., Berry, S., Christoff, K., Craighead, L. W., Dougher, M. J., Dowd, E. T., Herbert, J., McFarr, L., Rizvi, S., Sauer, E. M. & Strauman, T. J. (2012).  Guidelines for Cognitive Behavioral Training within Doctoral Psychology Programs in the United States of America: Report of The Inter-Organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Doctoral Education.  Behavior Therapy.

Bonfil AD, McFarr LM, Raposa E, Henriquez S, Barr N, Higier RG, Gaona L, & Hamilton HK. (2012, November). Effectiveness of second-year standard DBT: Are there significant gains in treatment outcomes beyond the first year? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Dicterow, W., Gaona, L., Sears, M., & McFarr, L (2012, November). Identifying Therapist Therapy Interfering Behaviors Not Accounted For By The TIB-T: A Needs Assessment For Harbor UCLA’s Adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Benson, L,  Gaona, L, Barr, N, Jackson, L & McFarr, L (2012, November). Self-Injury as a Predictor of Therapy-Interfering Behavior in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD.

Hamilton, H, Ofek, A, Raposa, E, Sears, M & McFarr, L (2012, November). The effectiveness of an outpatient, group-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention for psychosis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Tutino, C., & Bedics, J. D. (2012, November). Goal attainment scaling in dialectical behavior therapy: A pilot study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Carow-Smith, B., & Bedics, J. D. (2012, November). Autonomic indicators of antisocial and borderline personality personality traits in a non-clinical sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Bedics, J. D. (2012, August). Using theory as a guide to balance research and clincial practice during graduate training. In C. Conway (Chair), How to effectively balance clinical and research activities in graduate school. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Bedics, J. D., Atkins, D. C., Comtois, K. A., & Linehan, M. M. (2012). Weekly ratings of the therapeutic relationship and introject during the course of dialectical behavior therapy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 49, 231-240.


Bedics, J. D., Atkins, D. C., Comtois, K. A., & Linehan, M. M. (2012). Treatment differences in the therapeutic relationship and introject during a 2-year randomized controlled trial of dialectical behavior therapy versus non-behavioral psychotherapy experts for borderline personality disorder.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 66-77.


Bedics, J. D., Dixon-Gordon, K., & Fruzzetti, A.E. (2012, June). An evaluation of the mechanisms of change in dialectical behavior therapy. Chaired symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Virginia Beach, VA.

Bedics, J. D., Atkins, D.C., Comtois, K.A., & Linehan, M.M. (2012, June). The therapeutic relationship and alliance during dialectical behavior therapy for borderline personality disorder: Therapist and patient perspectives. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Virginia Beach, VA.
 

Dr. McFarr, Dr. Holler, Dr. Jackson, Dr. Snyder, and Ms. Leishman, "Advances in Cognitive Therapy," Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic. 9/12-6/13.

Dr. McFarr, "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)" Harbor-UCLA Medical Center 9/23/11.

Dr. McFarr & Dr. Levander, "Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy"  Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  9/14/12

Dr. McFarr, Dr. Holler, & Dr. Jackson, "Dialectical Behavior Therapy," Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 9/7/12, 9/10/12 & 9/12/12

CBT California 

(800) 624-1475 

www.cbtcalifornia.com 

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Serving the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County Areas



All material provided on this website is for informational purposes only.  Direct consultation of a qualified provider should be sought for any specific questions or problems.  Use of this website in no way constitutes professional service or advice. CBT California is not endorsed by or affiliated in any way with the University of California-Los Angeles or Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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