Evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy  

 

Spectrum CBT focuses on helping people deal with and overcome their mental health struggles. Spectrum CBT was founded by Sarosh Motivala, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in studying and treating obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders. Our goal is to help people get back on their feet after suffering from the setbacks that intense, debilitating anxiety, depression and/or OCD can trigger.

 
 
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Sarosh J. Motivala, PhD

Dr. Motivala is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY21159) specializing in CBT and exposure therapy based approaches to treat OCD spectrum and Anxiety spectrum disorders. He also received a 5 year Clinical Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health to treat insomnia patients using CBT. Dr. Motivala is Director of Training at the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program, where he teaches students how to do exposure and response prevention treatment with patients with severe OCD. Dr. Motivala was born in Bombay India, but grew up in Los Angeles, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and doctorate in health-clinical psychology from the University of Miami.  He completed his clinical internship at UCLA and was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has presented his work at numerous national and international research conferences. In his clinical work, he integrates traditional behavior therapy with CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and relies heavily on research validated treatments to guide his practice.

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Melanie Hudson, PsyD

Melanie R. Hudson, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and obsessive compulsive spectrum and mood disorders. She has received specialized training in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders clinic, UCLA OCD Intensive Outpatient Program and was recently certified by the IOCDF-Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Hudson received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and completed her clinical internship at the UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital. Later, she worked as primary therapist at Del Amo Hospital’s National Treatment Center specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy on the Eating Disorders and Trauma Recovery inpatient units.  During this time she gained extensive experience in the treatment of traumatic stress disorders, complex dissociative disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. Next, she became Assistant Clinical Director of Laurel Hill Inn Eating Disorders Treatment Program in Massachusetts, a JCAHO accredited program. Dr. Hudson incorporates CBT, exposure-based treatment and a family systems approach into her work with adolescents and adults.

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Trevor Schraufnagel, PhD

Dr. Trevor Schraufnagel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27841) and an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. Dr. Schraufnagel's primary focus is providing evidence-based treatment for anxiety. While he places very high value on research-driven treatments, he strongly believes that compassion, validation, and a powerful relationship are cornerstones to effective therapy.

Dr. Schraufnagel is a Clinical Instructor at UCLA’s Anxiety Disorder Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and has a separate appointment at the training clinic in the UCLA Department of Psychology. He also remains affiliated with the University of Washington where he continues to supervise doctoral students providing CBT as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Schraufnagel completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital. Dr. Schraufnagel received further specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders as a postdoctoral fellow at the Anxiety Center of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle.

 
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Erika Levonian

Ms. Levonian is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#87860).  Ms. Levonian did a 1 year intensive rotation at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program. She also does DIR®/Floortime™ Therapy with children and adolescents who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related conditions. Ms. Levonian has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from USC.  Ms. Levonian is currently earning hours towards licensure under the supervision of Sarosh Motivala, PhD.

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Rachel Rugh

Ms Rugh is a third-year clinical psychology PhD student. She was an extern at UCLA’s Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program from July 2014 to March 2016.  In addition to providing individual ERP, Ms. Fraser was a co-leader of the UCLA IOP alumni support group meetings and created a series of educational materials for graduate trainees in the UCLA IOP to better understand ERP. Ms Fraser has a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. Ms Fraser is currently receiving further training at UCLA’s Semel Institute as a neuropsychological doctoral trainee. She is currently earning hours at Spectrum CBT as part of her doctoral training under the supervision of Sarosh Motivala, PhD.

What is CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment that has two very important parts. Cognitive refers to thoughts and thinking. CBT has specific techniques to deal with "bad" or intrusive thoughts and troublesome styles of thinking (like worry or ruminating). The second part of CBT is rooted in "Learning Theory" - and it is most concerned with how we learn rigid or problem behaviors and how to shift and start enacting more adaptive behaviors.