Who we are (2017b)

who we are?
we are a team where passion meets expertise
we are clinically savvy in our work and still strive to learn
we are a team with specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy

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 struggling with anxiety and emotion regulation problems; 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; her clinical work is primarily based on exposure and Response Prevention, the recognized front-line treatment for OCD, anxiety and related condition disorders. Dr. Z completed a 10-day intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Z is the co-author of the books “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” is written for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.” She’s currently working on a book for adults struggling with having an emotional switch that goes on and off, anytime, anywhere (to be released in 2018).

In addition to private practice, Dr. Z is a clinical faculty for The Wright Institute where she supervises and teaches doctoral students. 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, M.A.

Clinical interests: He is particularly interested in working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety disorders, emotional dysregulation, and identity issues.

Clinical training: He is a registered psychological assistant under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and his master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute. In 2017, he completed a 10-day intensive training in DBT.

Clinical experience: His clinical experience includes work at a continuation high school, a community-based clinic in Santa Rosa, and a junior College. Emory is passionate about mindfulness practices and empirically validated interventions such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Clinical research: Emory is currently conducting research on mobile health interventions and technology assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Professional associations: Emory is member of the following professional associations:  American Psychological Association of Psychology Graduate Students (APAGS), California Psychological Association of Psychology Graduate Students (CPAGS), Wright Institute Feedback Informed Treatment group (WFIT), and Psi Chi, The International Honors Society in Psychology.

Julie Morris

Julie Morris

Exposure Coach

Julie Morris, M.A.

Clinical interests: Julie is passionate about working with clients struggling with anxiety disorders and believes that many problems can be addressed through purposeful and targeted exposure to the feared situation and acclimation to the feelings it brings up.

Clinical training: She is a behavioral coach under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and her Master’s in Psychology from The Wright Institute.

Clinical experience: Julie has clinical experience in community based clinics specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy and evidence-based treatments for trauma, a high school setting and a community mental health clinic conducting assessments and psychological evaluations.

Clinical research: She’s currently conducting an study delivering a treatment for parents of teens with emotion dysregulation based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Professional associations: Julie is member of the following professional associations: American Psychological Association (Student Affiliate Membership), and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

Allyson Troxel-Galang

Allyson Troxel-Galang

Therapist

Allyson Troxel-Galang, M.A.

Clinical interests: She is especially interested in working with adolescents struggling with anxiety disorders and emotion dysregulation. She has a passion for ACT, mindfulness in therapy, and utilizing evidence-based treatments.

Clinical training:  Allyson is a behavioral coach under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute.

Clinical experience: She has experience working at a community-based CBT clinic, as well as experience working with homeless adules. Most recently she has worked at a community trauma-focused clinic utilizing various evidence-based practices.

Clinical research: She is currently a doctoral candidate conducting dissertation research on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Spirituality for post-traumatic growth.

Professional affiliations: Allyson is a part of the Wright Institute chapter of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), planning and organizing various community events focused on social issues from a psychologist-perspective.