Orange County Counseling Team at the Center for EBT
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Our Team

Tara L. Myers, MS, LPCC, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Founder/Executive Director

Tara has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Alan Fruzzetti, PhD and intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy,  Prolonged Exposure (DBT+PE) by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., Melanie Harned, Ph.D., and Kathryn Korslund, Ph.D., Prolonged Exposure by Edna Foa, PhD and an Advanced Intensive in DBT+PE, by Melanie Harned, Ph.D., and Kathryn Korslund, Ph.D. She has completed an intensive OCD training through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute.  In addition, Tara has attended several one to two day workshops for DBT, ACT, and CBT.  She provides individual and group DBT, as well as  individual CBT, EX/RP, Behavioral Activation, and Prolonged Exposure. She also provides  DBT training/presentations at local agencies.

Tara has worked for a group practice specializing in DBT and provided comprehensive DBT, which included individual therapy, DBT skills group for adults and adolescents, in-between session coaching calls, and participating in a weekly DBT consultation team meeting. In addition, she facilitated DBT skills group at several drug and alcohol treatment facilities and provided individual therapy.  Tara was a primary therapist at a drug and alcohol treatment facility specializing in co-occurring disorders in which she utilized CBT and DBT.   Tara began treating clients as a therapist at an outpatient community where she provided individual and group therapy in the women’s drug and alcohol program and also led an outpatient domestic violence program, while also providing workshops at several non-profit centers in the community.

Tara received her Master’s degree in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is the first DBT Linehan Board Certification, certified clinician in Orange County, CA. Tara is a member of the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Lynn Farrell

Lynn Farrell, M.Ed., MA, MFTI, Clinical Director

Lynn is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. She currently provides individual DBT psychotherapy, in-between session skills coaching, facilitates DBT skills groups at the center for EBT and is a member of our consult team. Lynn has been extensively trained in DBT, and intensively trained through Behavioral Tech for DBT+Prolonged Exposure. She appreciates the skills-based approach of DBT and enjoys teaching these skills to clients. In addition to DBT, Lynn has used CBT to effect change with clients and has over 10 years’ experience as a Behavioral Therapist. Lynn received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and also holds a Masters Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Lynn is a member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and The Association for Play Therapy.

*Lynn Farrell, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, IMF79804 is supervised by Tara Myers, MS, LPCC #1082

Stephanie Bornstein, DBT/CBT Clinician

Stephanie is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist having received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University.  Stephanie has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families.  She has participated in and has developed Individualized Education Plans (IEPS) for students.  Stephanie has also received specialized training in Applied Behavioral Analysis and working with clients with Emotional Disturbances.  Stephanie currently co-facilitates DBT Skills Groups at the Center for EBT and is a member of our consult team.

*Stephanie Bornstein, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF99715 is supervised by Tara Myers, MS, LPCC #1082

Tay Amimoto, Intake Coordinator

Tay has currently completed her Masters Degree for MFT from Alliant International University and is in the process of obtaining her associates number. She has been working at the LGBT Center OC for almost two years and has worked with adults, adolescents, couples, family and group therapy. In the year and a half working as a trainee, Tay has done Evidence Based Treatment interventions with clients and is currently training in DBT. Tay has also two years experience ABA therapy working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Linda Dimeff

Linda Dimeff, PhD, Expert DBT Consultant

Linda serves as the Institute Director of Portland DBT Institute, Inc. and Chief Scientific Officer at Evidence-Based Practice Institute. Linda was trained and supervised by Dr. Linehan and is a DBT expert clinician, consultant, and supervisor with a specialty expertise for DBT for Substance Abusers. Linda is the 2011 recipient of the ISITDBT Cindy J. Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award. She is a standing member of the Mental Health Services Research grant review committee for the National Institute of Mental Health and is Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington.

Our team currently meets with Linda twice a month for case consultation. Linda reviews videotaped sessions of our team members and provides feedback to ensure we are providing quality DBT treatment.

Julian, Therapy Assistant