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/Clinical 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., 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 severak 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.

Karen Alonso, MA, LMFT, DBT/CBT Clinician

Karen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  She has been intensively trained in DBT by Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D has completed the intensive training program at the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Karen has extensive experience providing DBT for individuals, and families, facilitating group skills training and providing phone coaching. She has been providing treatment for individuals with OCD utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention, which are the gold standard treatment modalities for OCD, as well as anxiety disorders.

Karen has most recently been the clinical director of a residential substance abuse treatment facility.  She has worked in multiple settings as a primary therapist and group facilitator, that include; group practice, substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, crisis stabilization units, domestic violence programs, court mandated programs, and public school settings.

Karen received her Masters Degree from Chapman University and is a member of the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Lynn Farrell

Lynn Farrell, M.Ed., MA, MFTI, DBT/CBT Clinician

Lynn is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with over 3 years’ 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. 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

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.

Farbod Samari, Intake Coordinator

Farbod Samari is currently perusing his Bachelor Degree in psychology with a minor in Human Services at the Cal State University Fullerton. He has completed several courses in substance abuse treatment and is working on becoming a Certified Addiction Treatment Consoler (CAADE), as well as training in DBT. Farbod has experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and appreciates DBT’s mindfulness approach. Farbod is a practicing student at Bikram Yoga Fullerton.

Julian, Therapy Assistant