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Radically-Open DBT
OCD Exposure Tips
Melissa Gould's Baby Boy
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CBT Online Video Therapy
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Winter 2015

Hope your 2015 has had a good start. We have been busy with helping our clients improve their lives and with continued training to keep our CBT skills sharp.

In this newsletter, we feature an article on Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), a modified form of DBT to help people become more flexible and open as well as another article with tips on how to make OCD exposures more effective.

In addition, we have a lot of CBT Center announcements: Melissa Gould had a baby boy, we hired two new therapists and our CBT therapists have already attended many trainings in the new year. The CBT Center is also experimenting with a new CBT Online Video Therapy Program.

Read more about these topics below.

If you have feedback about the topics in the newsletter or want to suggest subjects for future articles, feel free to email me at

Laura Johnson, LPCC, LMFT
Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley


Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Increasing Flexibility and Social Connection

Laura Johnson, LMFT, LPCC, recently attended a workshop on Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). RO-DBT is an evidence-based approach to help individuals increase receptivity and openness, flexible responding, emotional expression, and awareness and social connectedness and intimacy. RO-DBT can be particularly helpful for individuals with inflexible, rigid personality styles who are susceptible to certain types of anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, anorexia and perfectionism. RO-DBT includes many of the skills taught in traditional DBT but also teaches an entirely new set of skills.


Click here to read more about Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT).


OCD Exposure Tips from the Experts
OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy Training Institute

Caitlyn Oscarson, LMFT, and Erica Russell, LPCC, LMFT, two of the staff therapists at the CBT Center, just attended the OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy Training Institute. In their article, they highlight some ways to make exposure more effective including re-exposure, how to cope with anxiety and distress during exposure and the role of distraction.

Melissa Gould Welcomes a New Baby Boy
Forrest Benjamin Gould

Melissa Gould, LPCC, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Forrest Benjamin Gould. Forrest was born on January 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm weighing 7 lbs 11 oz and 21.5 inches long. Melissa and baby are doing well. Melissa will be returning from maternity leave the first week of May.

CBT Center Hires Two New Therapists
Kelly Flavin and Saryna Konczey

In late January, the CBT Center hired two new therapists: Kelly Flavin and Saryna Konczey. Both Kelly and Saryna have thousands of hours of therapy and counseling experience with many different types of problems and age groups. Saryna has specialized advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been practicing behavior therapy for eight years.

Read about Kelly and Saryna by clicking on these links:


CBT Online Video Therapy
California Residents Can Now Get CBT

CBT is an evidence based therapy that requires extensive training in CBT case conceptualization, session structure and specific treatment protocols for the various disorders. While many therapists say they "do CBT," what they really mean is that they include some CBT techniques within an eclectic approach. As a result, there are very few "real" CBT therapists who follow the full CBT model. In some parts of California, it can be difficult or impossible to get effective treatment for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders. The CBT Center has started a CBT Online Video Therapy Program for adults in California with mild to moderate anxiety and OCD who are having trouble finding a qualified CBT therapist locally.

Other CBT Center News
Erica Russell, LPCC, LMFT, recently added a second license as a Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of California. This is a huge accomplishment for Erica who had to take three state exams for her LPCC license and two additional state exams for her LMFT license. Go Erica!

Caitlyn Oscarson, LMFT, completed a certificate program in Perinatal Anxiety and Depression. In addition to her work with anxiety and OCD in people of all ages, Caitlyn has added a specialty in perinatal and postpartum anxiety, depression and OCD.

In addition, Caitlyn has taken on additional responsibilities at the CBT Center as our CBT Internship Program Manager and Supervisor.

Laura Johnson, LMFT, LPCC, completed all the Behavior Analysis coursework and supervision requirements and has been approved to take the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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