Debbie Jason, PhD
UCLA TRAINER & LICENSED CBT & DBT PSYCHOLOGIST
verified by Psychology Today
Dr. Jason is the co-founder and Clinical Director of Trauma Therapy CA. She also serves as a clinical psychologist for Orange County and a trainer for University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)’s Center of Excellence.
Dr. Jason recognizes that relationships are challenging – even in the best circumstances. This is certainly true of parenting, which can be even more difficult when building a relationship with a young child who is oppositional or a teenager who may feel stressed, sad, or angry. Many parents blame themselves, feel isolated, and are unsure of what to do. Many teenagers feel alone, judged, overwhelmed or misunderstood. There is hope, though, in that you can be the solution! Through a unique approach, Dr. Jason works with people of all ages to help them develop their sense of selves, decrease stress, and establish rewarding relationships. Simultaneously, Dr. Jason coaches you to develop the necessary tools for promoting healthy relationships based on mutual love and respect. Having this space has helped many individuals understand and manage their lives better and allowed children to feel more secure and less interested in testing boundaries.
Your therapy experience with Dr. Jason will always be tailored individually to you and your strengths, with private sessions and distinct goals for each individual and/or family member as appropriate. The evidenced based practices drawn from, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), have strong scientific support for treating depression and anxiety, strengthening healthy family bonds, improving emotional control and coping skills, and increasing positive relationships.
Dr. Jason received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and completed postdoctoral training at UCLA TIES for Families. She began her post-doctoral training at UCLA in 2015 before being promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA where she provided clinical supervision to PhD students. (UCLA is consistently ranked as one of the top psychology schools in the country) She currently works as a Clinical Psychologist II for Orange County, serving children and adolescents in foster care, residential placements and juvenile hall. She also serves as a consultant for The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, providing bi-weekly trainings with a joint vision to help educate every single clinician and staff serving Los Angeles (LA) County’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) on Trauma and Resilience Informed Care. Dr. Jason is also Foundationally Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech.
Dr. Jason’s specialty is working with children and families who have been exposed to trauma or are currently experiencing stress of any kind. At Trauma Therapy CA, you can meet with Dr. Jason for individual therapy to address a wide range of concerns. Dr. Jason also provides superior cognitive, developmental, psychological and personality testing to help differentiate between conditions that have similar symptoms but very different treatments, such as trauma responses vs. ADHD vs. learning disabilities vs. anxiety.
Hannah Jason is the Managing Director and co-founder at Trauma Therapy CA. Hannah not only believes in, but truly embodies, the power of the creative mind. She is dually trained in counseling and design with certifications from the William Glasser Reality Therapy Institute and Parsons School of Design. Hannah’s passion is in using her exquisite sensitivity and creative application of advanced therapy techniques to support your individual strengths.
Before Trauma Therapy CA, Hannah worked at Didi Hirsch’s Crisis Residential Treatment Program for adults in acute psychiatric crisis. The diagnoses of the residents Hannah served ranged from mild anxiety and depression to severe psychosis and Bipolar Disorder. She used her knowledge of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills when counseling and leading groups for this population. Hannah has also worked as a counselor for at-risk teenagers and young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Hannah is extraordinarily tenacious and believes in her client’s resilience, especially after her experiences in homeless shelters and on suicide hotlines. If you are looking for counseling that is sensitive, individualized and fearless, Hannah is the coach for you.
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST(SUPERVISING PSYCHOLOGIST II), PsyD
Dr. Armstrong is one of the most engaging trauma therapists you will ever meet. Before joining Trauma Therapy CA, Dr. Armstrong served as a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor at a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program, and has over six years clinical psychology experience working with teens and young adults with severe behavioral and emotional difficulties. Her expertise includes individual, group, and family therapy of diverse populations and settings. In her time at the Short Term Residential Program, she led the cottage clinical and direct care teams to provide superior services to patients and their families. Taking on a leadership role as the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) coordinator, she consistently and effectively implemented interventions and worked to create DBT consultation groups, ensuring clinical adherence. Dr. Armstrong utilizes evidence-based and trauma-informed interventions and is knowledgeable in the service delivery of DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. That means your therapy with Dr. Armstrong will match your goals, while being based in the strongest research for a variety of disorders and symptoms. She has an extensive background in attachment-based approaches as well as neurorelational models. Dr. Armstrong specializes in treating clients presenting with trauma, interpersonal or relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, mood instability, and personal/professional growth. As Clinical Supervisor, Dr. Armstrong has shared her advanced knowledge by providing training and guidance to practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral fellows in their pursuit to become licensed clinical practitioners and continues to mentor to early career psychologists.
Dr. Armstrong maintains an optimistic and positive attitude towards her work while demonstrating excellent communication and collaboration skills. She creates a safe space to discuss difficult issues while simultaneously working towards identified goals in collaboration with her clients. She ensures her clients develop effective coping strategies, interpersonal skills, independent living skills, and professional development skills and is committed to their overall success and well-being.
Liane Mitchum, PsyD
Dr. Liane Mitchum is our resident authority when it comes to therapy for anxiety and depression in children and teenagers. She is a clinical psychologist with an awesome personality coupled with a passion for treating youth who have been exposed to trauma. Dr. Mitchum is highly competent to treat those with a history of physical and sexual abuse, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, cognitive challenges, ADHD as well as depressive and other mood disorders.
Dr. Mitchum is determined to understand and help you understand how trauma and stress can impact physical, mental, and emotional health. Her knowledge, coupled with her deep compassion, results in therapy centered around your individual needs within a healing environment that fosters safety and trust. And for many of her clients, trust is the first step toward healing.
Dr. Mitchum started her career as a therapist treating adults who were court-mandated for therapeutic services, many of whom were referred by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). She has also spent time working within a high school setting and conducting psychological testing for children and teenagers within a Department of Mental Health (DMH) contracted facility. She has worked across levels of therapeutic need serving children, adolescents, and adults in community-based clinics, school settings and most recently, residential facilities for children and youth in foster care. Trauma Therapy CA is lucky to have her as a resident trauma expert when she is not treating patients at her other governmental positions.
Dr. Mitchum received her doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her internship with Orange County Health Care Agency, where she was quickly invited to continue on as staff. Dr. Mitchum is also an expert at helping you understand your diagnoses through comprehensive psychological evaluations resulting in psychological reports to provide to clients, clinicians, and other professionals to help you to more deeply understand your struggles and your strengths.
I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker who specialized in providing bilingual (English and Spanish) evidenced-based outpatient mental health services to children and families. I have experience with community mental health setting and closely collaborating with the outside agencies to creatively meet the multiple needs of vulnerable children from the child welfare system. I am passionate about supporting healing and wellbeing on an individual and collective level and I am deeply inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of community in nourishing the potential for personal and systemic transformation.
Dr. Katey Watry is a psychologist who specializes in treating adults who have had stressful and traumatic experiences throughout their lives. She strives to understand how lives are disrupted from trauma and to join in the healing process to help folks lead a value-based life. She is experienced working with first responders, veterans, and adults with childhood, sexual and interpersonal trauma.
Dr. Watry recognizes how numerous factors may interfere with the healing process of trauma and may keep you feeling stuck. Sometimes people feel isolated or have difficulty knowing where to turn next as they may notice changes to their mood and sleep impacting their work and relationships. Traumatic experiences may also impact your feelings and beliefs about safety, trust, power and control, esteem, and intimacy. Dr. Watry cultivates a collaborative therapeutic environment to create an individualized course of treatment to explore how trauma may continue to impact you and to help you lead a value-driven life.
Dr. Watry received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Watry completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System primarily working with veterans who have experienced trauma. She also addressed concerns related to insomnia, chronic pain, grief and bereavement, and women’s mental health. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System with primary rotations in the PTSD Clinic, Military Sexual Trauma Clinic, and the General Mental Health Clinic.
Dr. Watry takes a present-centered and person-centered approach, utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She utilizes evidence-based treatments for trauma including Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation.
CLINICAL OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
Aysia Buendia is the clinical operations associate at Trauma Therapy CA. Aysia is currently an undergraduate student who will be receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences in the spring of 2021 from the University of California Irvine. Before transferring to UCI, she attended Irvine Valley College and completed her Associates in Arts degree in Psychology and in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is very involved in a school psychology research lab and individual research projects. Some of her research interests include adverse childhood experiences, social relationships, culture, and well-being. Aysia plans to one day achieve a Master’s degree in Social Psychology, and possibly a Psy.D in the future.
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