Who we are

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 mood, 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. Dr. Z is a graduate of the International OCD foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for children and adults; and uses Exposure and Response Prevention, the recognized front-line treatment for OCD.

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).” She is currently working on a book for parents of teens struggling with emotional dysregulation problems.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Z is a clinical faculty for The Wright Institute where she supervises, teaches, and participates on dissertation committees at a graduate level. Dr. Z is very interested in advancing clinical science that could fundamentally improve client’s struggles in their life.  To e-mail Dr. Zurita Ona, click “here.”

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.
Margarita Lorence, Ph.D.

Margarita Lorence, Ph.D.

Therapist

Dr. Lorence completed her doctoral training at Vanderbilt University. She has experience working with with a variety of clients in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Her deep interest in working with clients with mild to severe emotion dysregulation led her to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has provided individual and group DBT services for clients in a psychiatric forensic facility and is currently working towards certification in DBT. Dr. Lorence also integrates mindfulness into her work and maintains a personal practice. Dr. Lorence works collaboratively with clients to help them “Bounce Big!” She firmly believes in each person’s ability to follow their dreams, put their stamp on the world and create a life worth living. Dr. Lorence is a licensed psychologist in  Missouri, and is currently in the process of obtaining her clinical psychology license in California. To e-mail Dr. Lorence, click “here.” Dr. Lorence is a member of the following organizations: Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science (ACBS) Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA)

Megan Brubaker

Megan Brubaker

Therapist

Megan Brubaker received her Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and her Master’s in Psychology from Palo Alto University. She completed her certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis and has accrued over 1,500 supervised hours designing and implementing treatment protocols for children and young adults with a range of developmental and behavioral disorders such as autism, learning problems, ADHD, anxiety and depression. Megan is  currently completing her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology and is receiving intensive training at our center on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders. Megan is working under the supervision of Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D.

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.