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.
Several years ago, the mountains “called” and Tara listened. Since then she is an avid hiker, peak bagger, and backpacker. Tara tries to balance a life with adventure with family, friends, and her work.
Lynn Farrell, Clinical Director and DBT/ CBT clinician, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University in 2014. She obtained her foundational DBT training, in addition to other related DBT training from Dr. Marsha Linehan’s company Behavioral Tech and Treatment Implementation Collaborative. She was trained in the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD (DBT+PE), by protocol developer, Dr. Melanie Harned. She is currently working on DBT Linehan Board Certification.
Lynn sees individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children here at the center, as well as facilitating DBT skills groups and DBT Multi-family Groups. A former special education teacher, Lynn also has a master’s degree in education, and appreciates that she gets to put it to good use, teaching skills to center clients. Prior to licensure, Lynn worked for 11.5 years as a behavior interventionist at an autism treatment company. Continuing to help individuals and families impacted by autism, now through psychotherapy, remains a passion.
Lynn enjoys attending the annual International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) Conference held in a different city each year, which allows her to further her understanding of the latest DBT research and advancements in the field. During her free time, she enjoys music and the arts, mindfulness, reading, hanging out with friends, and her pug Percy.
Stephanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist having received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 2015, and has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. Stephanie has received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, A Linehan Institute Training Company. Currently at Center for EBT, she provides individual DBT sessions, in-between session skills coaching, facilitates DBT skills groups for adults, and participates in a weekly DBT consultation meeting. Stephanie is honored to be able to provide evidence-based skills to her clients, so that they can incorporate and improve their lives. 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.
Aside from being a therapist, Stephanie enjoys traveling, art, music, poetry, yoga, craft markets and photography.
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 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.