Who we are (2016)

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.

Director

Dr. Zurita Ona, or “Dr. Z,” is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. Her clinical work started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, and body image concerns; particular areas of expertise are Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and emotion dysregulation problems (borderline personality disorder) with or without self-harm and suicidal behaviors.

Dr. Z attends local, national, and international conferences on a regular basis in order to keep up with current clinical research and deliver up-to-date therapy services to her clients.  In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Z is a  graduate of the International OCD foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for the treatment of pediatric OCD, and adult OCD; she uses Exposure and Response Prevention, the recognized front-line treatment for OCD. Dr. Z completed the first part of an intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Z is the co-author of the book “Mind and emotions: a universal protocol for emotional disorders” that has received a “Self-help seal of merit” from the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT).” Dr Z, most recent book “parenting a troubled teen: using acceptance and commitment therapy” will be released in July 2017. She’s currently working on a book for adults struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.”

In addition to private practice, Dr. Z is a clinical faculty for The Wright Institute where she supervises and teaches. Every year, Dr. Z selects 1-3 students to collaborate in their doctoral dissertations and/or continue training them as psychological assistants. Dr. Z is very interested in advancing clinical science that could fundamentally improve client’s struggles in their life.  There is no reason for people to suffer when we know there are intervention that can be effective, impactful, and life changing.

Dr. Z is a member of the following organizations: Anxiety and Depression American Association (ADAA) Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) Northern California CBT Network The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

Mathew McKay, Ph.D.

Mathew McKay, Ph.D.

Therapist

Dr. McKay cofounded the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services agency in 1979 and served as its Clinical Director for many years. Dr. McKay has an active private practicer and sees clients with diverse clinical issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal problems. Dr. McKay is also a half-time faculty and Director of a clinical training program at The Wright Institute.  Dr. McKay has published over fifty self-help books in psychology.
Emory Strickland, M.A.

Emory Strickland, M.A.

Therapist

Emory Strickland received his bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and his master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute. He is currently enrolled in doctoral training at the Wright Institute and is conducting research on mobile health interventions and technology assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). His clinical experience includes work at a continuation high school, a sliding scale CBT clinic, and at Santa Rosa Junior College. He is passionate about mindfulness practices and empirically validated interventions such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is particularly interested in working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety disorders, emotional dysregulation, and identity issues. He is a registered psychological assistant under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.

Kimberly Bronson

Kimberly Bronson

Billing Assistant

Kimberly Bronson, Kim, graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. She received her Long Term Care Nursing Administrator License from University Of North Carolina. Kim has worked in County and Corporate Sectors of healthcare and specializes in all aspects of Medical billing, Medicare, Medicaid and third party. In her spare time, she likes to be with her family.
Michelle Setchell

Michelle Setchell

Intake Coordinator

Michelle Setchell is currently enrolled in the Psychology and Holistic Studies B.A. program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, and will enter the PsyD program there in the fall of 2017. She has spent over twenty-four years in technology and Systems Integration, and is excited to bring this experience to the field of Behavior Therapy. She is extremely enthusiastic about psychology and how best to serve clients’ needs, particularly with anxiety disorders. She looks forward to completing her training and working directly with clients in the near future. For fun, she loves to travel, ski, play golf and take her two Labrador Retrievers for walks.

Allyson Troxel-Galang

Allyson Troxel-Galang

Therapist

Allyson Troxel-Galang received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute. She is currently a doctoral candidate conducting dissertation research on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Spirituality for post-traumatic growth. She has a passion for ACT, mindfulness in therapy, and utilizing evidence-based treatments. This has been reflected in her clinical experiences working with homeless adults and at a community CBT clinic. Most recently she has worked at the Bay Area Trauma Recovery Clinic utilizing Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET), Prolonged Exposure, and EMDR. She is interested in expanding her clinical skills to work with people of all ages, especially adolescents struggling with anxiety disorders and emotion dysregulation. Allyson will be working as behavioral coach under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.

Julie Morris

Julie Morris

Exposure Coach

Julie Morris received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and her Master’s in Psychology from The Wright Institute. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and conducting research into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions for parents of emotionally dysregulated adolescents. She has clinical experience working at a low-fee CBT clinic, and a continuation high school, and she most recently worked at a community mental health clinic conducting assessments and psychological evaluations. Julie currently works as clinic coordinator for a low-fee trauma clinic providing screening, individual sessions, and intake assessments. She is passionate about the treatment of anxiety disorders through the use of exposure and other evidence-based treatments. Julie is an exposure coach under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.

new book 2017

A self-help book for all emotional disorders