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We are passionate about sharing with clinicians what has work for us in our work with clients so you don’t feel stuck in your clinical work. Over the years we have been teaching doctoral students, colleagues, and other professionals interested in expanding their expertise on empirically-supported treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Our workshops are experiential by nature, which means that we teach you a intervention, we show you how it looks in session, and then you have a chance to practice it so we can give you feedback right away.

We deliver workshops, in-service trainings, and presentations on a regular basis in the community, at national and international conferences, and will be pleased to develop a curriculum that targets your clinical interests or specific interventions for the population you work with.

2018 ACT, ERP, OCD, and treatment interfering behaviors


2017 DBT Intensive Training


We’re excited to announce an intensive 10-day DBT training with one of the most knowledgeable and down-to-earth DBT trainers, Charles Swenson, M.D. This intensive training will be hosted at our home, the Bay Area. Please see the details below and keep in mind that (1) you won’t have to travel, (2) this training will prepare you for your DBT certification, and the most important thing: (3) you will learn from one of the best. Let’s supercharge our DBT skills!

Part I: February 27 – March 3, 2017.
Part II: September 11 – September 15, 2017

Charles Swenson, M.D. is an inspiring teacher who brings DBT to life with clinical examples and demonstrations. Having published numerous articles and book chapters on the uses of DBT in treating borderline personality disorder, he recently published his book “DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics.” (


Full price $2,300 per person (10-day training).
Discounted Price for Teams of 3 or more (20%): $1,840 per person.
Student Price (Graduate Students in MH Professions): $1,200 per person.
CE: $ 40.- for all participants


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Closes on January 15, 2017 or when space fills.

Please send an e-mail to with the subject: intensive DBT training and provide her with your name, e-mail, and phone number so you can be contacted within 48-hours for registration purposes. You can also call us at 925.956.4636

Special Features of this Comprehensive Training:
Telephone consultation to individuals/teams between Parts1 and 2 with Dr. Swenson to address implementation and practice problems. Daily demonstrations by Dr. Swenson of DBT individual therapy, group skills training, and consultation team. Teaching of the DBT skills as presented in the revised edition of the skills manual.

Refund/cancellation policy:
Registration payment is non-refundable.




2017 ACBS: It's not my fault, it's not his fault: ACT 101 for parents of emotionally dysregulated teens

In this presentation Dr. Z helped parents identify their most common responses to their emotional pain that arose in response to teens, and to notice and address their reactions and experiences before taking action. She also showed parents ways to think about how their responses fit into the their relationship with their teen, and to re-engage with their parenting values.

2017: ACBS: The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: Where are we succeeding and where are we falling short?

In this panel, Dr. Z spoke to her evidence-based knowledge of how anxiety disorders develop and are maintained. She explained how new research informs and shapes our understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders, and also described the research needs of the field. She was joined in the panel by Dr. Gloster, Dr. Luciano Soriano, and Dr. Meuret, with facilitation by Dr. Michael Twohig.

August 2015: ACT from moment-to-moment



Dear Colleagues,

We recently attended the annual conference of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in Berlin, Germany.
We presented a workshop on how to conduct a full session on Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), from moment to moment. As you know ACT integrates beautifully behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions so we showed participants how to look at those “micro-moments in therapy and make a decision about which ACT intervention or move you could make at that particular moment.
I’m hoping that in this presentation we can actually discuss together how to implement ACT based on the material we prepared. You don’t need to be an ACT expert or anything like that, curiosity is the only requirement 🙂
Because this is a low-key workshop, appetizers will be provided by our center as well as CE’s. Please see below the details below for the registration.
When: Wednesday the 26th, 2015.
What time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Quail Court 45.
CE’s: 2.5  (Valid for  Psy.D’s, PhD’s, MFTs, LCSWs, LEP’s and LPCC’s.)
Fee: $40.- (please bring a check for 15.- if you want CE units)
Please select “clinicians” from the cover page; then from the top menu select “get schedule, and then select the option “workshop.”
More information: 925-956-4636 or
* Please be aware that we have space only for 10 participants.
The East Bay Behavior Therapy Center is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. (The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs.) The East Bay Behavior Therapy Center maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
P A T R I C I A   E.   Z U R I T A    O N A,  P S Y.  D.
Phone/Fax: 925-956-4636
June 2015: Compassion Focused Therapy for Shyness

The Shyness Institute and the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center are pleased to announce the upcoming workshop:

Compassion Focused Therapy for Shyness and Social Anxiety Disorder: Compassionate Social Fitness

This workshop is primarily focus on compassion-based interventions to work with clients with chronic negative self-concept, negative stories, self-blame and even self-hate.

This introductory course will introduce participants to the basic ideas and interventions used in Paul Gilbert’s Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) integrated into Dr. Henderson’s protocol, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for shyness and social anxiety disorder called Social Fitness Training. CFT teaches clients ways to cultivate self-compassion and to mindfully develop healthier relationships with difficult emotions. We will explore the roots of compassion in an evolutionary theory of attachment and emotion regulation. Through experiential exercises, role-plays, and didactic instruction, participants will learn how developing the compassionate mind can help individuals to experience positive, affiliative emotions, face painful feelings, and establish a secure base.

Facilitator: Dr. Lynne Henderson
Date/Time: June 13th, 9:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: New Harbinger Publications (Oakland)
Ce’s: 7.
Please select “clinicians” from the cover page; then from the top menu select “get schedule, and then select the option “workshop.”
Fee: $140.- (plus $15.- for CEs)
More information: 925-956-4636
Please be aware that we have space only for 14 participants.


Overview of Compassion Focused Therapy and its roots in evolutionary and neuroscience approach.
Focus on shame, self-criticism and links to poor outcomes
Basic philosophy – evolved minds are not our design or our fault
Overview of Social Fitness Training for Social Anxiety:
Three Vicious Cycles
Social Fitness as evolutionary metaphor
The need for emotional connection and agentic responses
Accepting and acting in face of fear: Using adrenalin like athletes & actors
Goal Setting: Desired behavior according to values
Using compassion to promote courageous action: Three Compassionate Cycles

Lynne Henderson, PhD, is founder of the Shyness Institute and was director of the Stanford Shyness Clinic for 25 years.  She has been a visiting scholar and lecturer in the Psychology Department at Stanford University, adjunct faculty in Continuing Studies, Consulting Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology, was pre-doc at the Stanford Counseling Center and post-doc in Psychiatry. Research includes translating the results of social psychology, personality theory and compassion research into treatment methods for shyness, and studying shy leaders. She wrote, Improving social confidence and reducing shyness using compassion focused therapy, published in Britain, and the U.S in 2011.

April 2015: DBT individual therapy for the NON-DBT therapist
Since 2013, when we moved our practice to Walnut Creek, we have been offering DBT skills groups for adults and families as well as DBT services in general. Because of this particular service we have collaborated with different colleagues at different times. In this process, we met many competent and dedicated clinicians that often said, “I want to help my client but I’m not sure I’m fully prepared to do DBT work.”Because of the feedback we received from our colleagues, we are excited to announce our upcoming workshopDBT-informed individual therapy for the NON-DBT therapist.”
If you’re a clinician interested, keep in mind that you don’t need to know anything about DBT or behavioral-based interventions to participate in this workshop; we would share with you all the basics of how to conduct the DBT-individual therapy that will certainly increase your competency when working with these clients.This 7-hour workshop is dedicated to clinicians who work with clients struggling with mild to severe emotion dysregulation such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) and have no prior experience with DBT, but would like to learn & practice the basics of how to conduct DBT-informed individual therapy. CE’s will be provided for  Psy.D’s, PhD’s, MFTs, LCSWs, LEP’s and LPCC’s.
Specific topics include: (1) Explaining the biosocial model of emotion regulation and BPD ; (2) orienting strategies to treatment; (3) commitment strategies; (4) use of the DBT diary card; and (5) how to conduct a behavioral chain analysis.
The workshop will have a didactic component but primarily focuses on experiential exercises that will show participants “how to” deliver each one of these five interventions, with ample opportunities for practice and individual feedback. Please notice that we are using the words “How to” because we’ll show you how we do it and then invite you to practice these interventions with us.
Date: Saturday April 25th, 2015.
Time: 9:30 – 5:30 pm. (1 hour lunch; on your own)
Location: 5674 Shattuck Avenue. Oakland, CA 94609 (New Harbinger facilities)
Facilitator: Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.
Fee: $140.- (Please add $15.- for CE)
Registration: Select “get scheduled” and “book a clinician workshop” from the top menu.
CEs: We offer 7 CE’s for  Psy.D’s, PhD’s, MFTs, LCSWs, LEP’s and LPCC’s.
Note: Because it’s our priority to offer a quality training we’ll only accept 14 participants
Disclaimer: This workshop is not sponsored by Behavioral Tech or the Linehan Institute, and does not replace any trainings offered by those institutions.
Past workshops

December 2014
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 101

July, 2014
Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Minneapolis, MN.

May, 2014
Mind and Emotions: transdiagnostic processes in therapy.
In-service training
Kaiser Permanente Richmond Psychiatry Department.

March 27-30, 2014
Mind and Emotions: transdiagnostic processeses in therapy. A review of what we learned so far.
Annual Conference
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Chicago.

Mind and Emotions: transdiagnostic processes in therapy. In-service training Child and Adolescent Champions Northern California Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry Departments May, 2013.

Mind and Emotions: transdiagnostic processes in therapy. Annual Conference Anxiety and Depression Association of America April 4-7, 2013.

Values-based interventions President’s Salon Alameda County Psychological Association More info: Cecelia Pena: November, 2012

Cognitive defusion: In-service training Fundacion Foro Argentina, South America October, 2012

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Washington, DC July, 2012.

Mind and Emotions: transdiagnostic processes in therapy. In-service training Kaiser Permanente Oakland December, 2011.

CBT Treatment of Anxiety Disorders Continuing Education John F. Kennedy University Berkeley, Ca February, 2012.

ACT Treatment of Anxiety Disorders Continuing Education John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, Ca May, 2012.

Our book: Mind And Emotions

A self-help book for all emotional disorders      

Parenting a Troubled Teen