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Who we are

WHO WE ARE

therapists

We are a team where passion meets expertise.
We are clinically savvy in our work and still strive to learn.
We are 100% specialized in cognitive behavior therapy.
We take our job seriously and still bring humor and silliness to it.

 

Michelle Morrison, M.A.

Michelle Morrison, M.A.

Clinical Interests:
Michelle is driven by a variety of clinical interest. Her areas of focus include targeted treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, secondary traumatic stress in law enforcement officers, and treatment of severe mental illness. She has an affinity for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as it deeply resonates with her own approach to therapy as collaborative, mindful, and guided by her client’s own values. Michelle strives to work with flexibility, humor and a little dose of creativity.

Clinical Experience:
Michelle’s experience began at Therapeutic Pathways, where she provided Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA therapy) to children and adolescents with developmental delays. Michelle went on to work at The Behavior Center, where she provided behavioral therapy for adults and adolescents with severe behavioral difficulties, mental health concerns, and developmental delays.

Later on, Michelle provided empirically-supported therapy services at the Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic, as well as the Wright Institute Clinic. Currently, Michelle provides therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents and adults at a local inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Clinical Training:
Michelle is currently a 3rd year doctoral candidate at the Wright Institute, working towards her PsyD.

Clinical Research:
Michelle is in the early stages of writing her dissertation, which focuses on secondary traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth in law enforcement officers.

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 a school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. For over sixteen years she has developed significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, and emotion regulation problems; particular areas of expertise are Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and related conditions.  Dr. Z is passionate about helping clients to get unstuck from any problem related to fear-based struggles.

Dr. Z attends local, national, and international conferences on a regular basis in order to present her clinical work and keep up with current clinical research to 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 (ERP), 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) and over the last 10 years, she has been learning, practicing, and teaching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) applied to specific populations.  In 2019 Dr. Z had been nominated a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science. 

Dr. Z is the author of the following books:   

ACT beyond OCD: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy workbook for adults

The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full, is dedicated to all the teens she worked with and were struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  

Parenting a troubled teen: using acceptance and commitment therapy,  written for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.” 

Escaping the emotional roller coaster: ACT for the emotionally sensitive, a self-help book for adults struggling with having an emotional switch that goes on and off, anytime, anywhere. 

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).” 

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 clients’ struggles in their life. 

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 (NCCBT), and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and Made of Millions.

Caitlyn Lambert-Holmes, M.A.

Caitlyn Lambert-Holmes, M.A.

Therapist | Registered Psychological Assistant

Experience: Caitlyn brings her academic work and previous experience to the EBBTC. Caitlyn has experience as an ABA therapist with young children with Autism. Caitlyn has completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Institute Inc and earned certification in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She has also previously worked in community mental health with young children and their families providing in-home services.

Clinical Interests: Caitlyn maintains a broad range of clinical interests, though particularly with developmental delays, and clinical work with children and parents. She is also interested in continuing her PCIT training.

Prior to her internship, she was a psychological assistant with the practice, where she developed a love for values based interventions and collaborating with clients to facilitate change with the clients and families she works with.

Clinical training: Caitlyn is currently a 6th-year doctoral candidate at The Wright Institute, working towards her Psy.D. In the course of this training, she has received her Master’s in Psychology and completed her pre-doctoral internship.

Clinical experience: Caitlyn is currently providing therapy services to children and adults with disabilities at a local community mental health agency. She has previously treated children, adolescents, and adults in several settings, ranging from in-home, to high schools, to community mental health centers. She also is training to provide psychological assessments to investigate questions of ADHD, learning disabilities, and various disorders.

Clinical research: Caitlyn is currently focused on her doctoral dissertation research project, focusing on the experience of clinicians providing psychotherapy treatment of children and teens with Autism.

Clara Moude Moller, M.S.

Clara Moude Moller, M.S.

Research Assistant

Clinical Interests: Clara has a wide variety of clinical interests. Particular areas of interest include anxiety, emotional dysregulation, neurocognitive deficits, and childhood trauma.

Clinical training: Clara is currently a 1st-year doctoral candidate at The Wright Institute, working towards her Psy.D. and has received her Master’s of Science by research from The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Clinical experience: Clara is currently providing therapy and consultation services to at risk youth ages 13-18 years at a local high school. She has previously worked with adolescents in volunteer settings through mentoring and providing care.

Clinical research: Clara recently completed a dissertation on the effects of mastery imagery ability on perceptions and cardiovascular responses to stress in individuals with high levels of anxiety and stress. She also published her peer reviewed undergraduate research on the influence of acute multi-species and multi-strain probiotic supplementation on cardiovascular function and reactivity to psychological stress in young adults.

Emma Joshu

Emma Joshu

Intake Coordinator

Experience: Emma attended Yavapai College and completed general education classes. She has since worked in multiple roles perfecting customer service skills and is dedicated to helping our clients every step of the way.

Emma is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, spending time family and does photography in her spare time.

Eunice Jan Tiglao

Eunice Jan Tiglao

Administrative Assistant

Experience: Eunice recently received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She has already earned two Associate’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Diablo Valley College. Although she has not chosen a particular clinical interest, being a part of East Bay Behavior Therapy Center (EBBTC) has given her some knowledge and experiences on how to utilize the different kinds of methods that EBBTC has to offer, including Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). Soon, Eunice hopes to achieve a Master’s Degree and/or a PsyD to become a Clinical Psychologist herself.

Intensive Outpatient Program

reset program

Our intensive program will teach you all skills you need to get unstuck from worries, fears, anxieties, and obsessions and get back into your life.

You can learn cutting-edge skills 1-1, in a personalized program, with a flexible schedule, and under the care of expert hands.

Online courses

online education

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) skills for
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD

Obsessions + compulsions + avoidance = restricted life

I’m afraid of hitting someone in the street if I don’t pay attention when driving. I cannot let go of this awful feeling that comes when I don’t share everything with some people. If I don’t hear from others that I didn’t do anything cruel to my kitty, I cannot leave the house. Would I feel love when I die? 

Why our clients love working with us

testimonials

"I am very grateful for finding Dr Zurita. She is responsible for teaching my son skills that have changed his life socially and enabled him to leave home and attend an out-of-state university. This was the dream of a lifetime for him and it would not have been possible without her help. Her guidance has also made it possible for him to live a much richer life, full of experiences he would have never considered, prior to his time meeting with Dr. Zurita.

I encourage parents to start this process much sooner, if they sense their child is having difficulty at a social level. Had I understood what he has been going through all of these years, I would have started the process much earlier, so that his prior social experiences and especially those in school, would have been much fuller ....

"Working with Patricia Zurita Ona has changed and saved my life. I have struggled off and on for years with sever anxiety disorder and OCD . I have been to therapy throughout the years and have found some helpful but nothing really got to the core of the problem. I often felt crazy and that my incredible fear and my phobias would remain with me thorough my life, I would not drive on the freeway, eat certain things and had constant catastrophic thinking, thus creating a lot of depression.

I needed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which I saw advertised on many therapists’ websites. When I would call most of them they said they offered it and specialized with Anxiety Disorder/ OCD which was not the case. I had felt alone, hopeless and frustrated for the past 9 years. Never feeling like I was getting the help I needed. It was not until I started meeting with Patricia that I actually started to feel better and feel as if I had control over my life and started to live again ...

“Patricia and her team have completely changed my life! I cannot express my gratitude enough.

She helped me craft values and goals I wanted to have in my relationships, and walked me through each step of how to get there. Her methods are simple, manageable, and make sense when you are upset. I’ve been to therapists who have told me to take deep breaths, visualize calming colors, rip paper, go for a walk or scream in to a pillow when im angry. But in the moment, when im soooo angry, none of these world work. I would forget to do them, or I would already be so angry, that they were ineffective to help me calm down. Patricia’s methods are not only EXTREMELY effective, but they are easy to do, they make sense in the moment, and they bring about radical change when you apply them ...

 

“I do not know how it reflects on my credibility should I happen to brag about being a seasoned vet when it comes to therapists and mental wellness pursuits. Regardless, I am. And on top of that, I also happen to be a health care practitioner myself. This means, for the purposes of a review, that when I walk into a new Doctor’s office, there is an additional dimension of critiquing for me to process. I would never willingly put myself under the guidance and care of a Doctor who did not 1) Impress me as a capable and honest caregiver and 2) Impress me as a professional colleague.

– Empathy
– Knowledge
– Professionalism
– Respect

I think that these are the basic bulletpoints that strike me when I consider why I think so highly of Patricia. Dr. Zurita takes NOTHING more seriously than the pursuit of her profession. Except possibly you, the patient.

Some therapists really care.

Other therapists are extremely knowledgeable.

Very few therapists are both. Patricia Zurita Ona is one of those very few.”

"I have referred several of my most challenging patients to Dr. Patricia Zurita-Ona, and been extremely impressed both with her clinical skills and humanity. I recommend her most highly. John Melbourne McGraw, M.D. melmcgraw.net."

“Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona truly cares about her clients. Behavior therapy with her has benefited myself and my husband regarding my obsessive compulsive behavior. She has a gentle and kind approach and I would recommend her to others.”

“I was referred to Patricia Zurita Ona from my son’s psychiatrist for cognitive behavioral therapy treatment of his obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) and anxiety which rose to a level which was out of control. Dr. Zurita Ona is very skilled at working with teens who suffer from anxiety, especially related to academic success and test anxiety. She helped my son learn coping mechanisms and stress reducing strategies to control his level of anxiety. Dr. Zurita Ona introduced my son to a great stress relieving app which involves deep breathing and meditation. She has an amazing ability to connect with teens and get them to open up about their struggles, create realistic plans of attack and create goals so they can lead joyful lives and not be so burdened with their stress. We saw her weekly for about 1-2 years and my son’s sessions with her were very beneficial to not only him, but our entire family as his stress was causing tension for us all. Dr. Zurita Ona explained to me why my son had certain behaviors and ways to help him learn new strategies to cope with his anxiety. If you have a teen who needs help to learn how to manage and control stress and anxiety, schedule a session with Dr. Zurita Ona! I highly recommend her services!”

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