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), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), 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 an approved EMDR therapist through EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) and Foundationally Trained in 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.
Erin Madden, LCSW, ICADC
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an EMDR Therapist and holds specialized international certifications. She is Trauma Therapy CA’s most experienced supervising therapist with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. Erin will work collaboratively with you to determine and achieve your unique therapy goals. She assists clients in resolving underlying issues that too often interfere with quality of life. Erin practices non-judgment and supports clients in creating their ideal life. Erin specializes in treating and resolving issues with: trauma, anxiety, depression, codependency, anger, grief, compulsive behaviors, shoplifting, overeating, gambling, pornography, divorce and toxic relationship patterns. She typically works with adults, teens, couples, and families. Erin has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, DBT, CBT, EMDR and Solution Focused therapies.
Prior to joining TTCA, Erin was the Clinical Director and Trauma Therapy Specialist for a private residential treatment program in Orange County, where she supervised over 100 clinicians and support staff. Earlier in her career, Erin served as Program Coordinator at the Palo Alto VA, a teaching hospital for Stanford University. There, she used her expertise to help numerous military veterans find freedom from trauma-related symptoms. She has been a member of Mental Health Court, Veterans Treatment Court, and other related court clinical teams. She continues to help her clients move past shame that occurred in the context of practicing harmful coping mechanisms. She assists them in learning healthier ways to cope, avoiding future problems.
Erin is an Alumni of Florida Atlantic University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She served as Adjunct Professor at Indian River State College. She is passionate about teaching cutting edge mental health research, mentoring and supervising new therapists. Personally, Erin is a yogi, a runner and loves being in nature. Erin’s extraordinary knowledge, experience and genuine relatability can help you achieve your therapeutic goals to move past trauma and into effective coping toward your future.
Trang Huynh, PsyD
Dr. Trang Huynh is one of our most experienced psychologists with over 15 years of work in the mental health field. In addition to her vast clinical experiences with CBT and DBT therapies, she also completed her doctoral dissertation on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and its efficacy. She started her career in ABA work at the Lovas Institute at UCLA where she honed her skills in supporting individuals working to modify their behaviors. Through her success at UCLA, she continued there under the UCLA neuropsychiatric institute, where she increased her passion for working with children and families as they work to decrease the impacts of mental health on children’s behaviors, emotional displays and relationships. She also has diverse experience supporting adults with chronic mental illness through her many years working for both Los Angeles and Orange County, and understands the challenges families face in supporting family members who have chronic mental illness. Another area that is dear to her personally and professionally is the importance of giving a voice to abuse and neglect, with specialized experience serving young adults who may have struggled within the foster care system. Other subspecialties of Dr. Huynh include her work with medical trauma in adults and supporting children of divorced parents.
Dr. Huynh earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at UCLA, completed her Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University and earned her doctorate of psychology in applied clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is adept at complex psychological testing to understand the impacts of trauma on conditions including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and many more.
Dr. Huynh’s client’s describe her as a compassionate and down to earth therapist. She has a unique ability to speak the truth with kindness to best support each client’s growth. If you are interested in meeting Dr. Huynh for therapy or a psychological evaluation, we encourage you to reach out today.
Deborah Naghi, PsyD
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Deborah Naghi is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in trauma- and stressor-related disorders and in helping adults and children explore the underlying basis of emotional and cognitive challenges through comprehensive, research-based psychological evaluations. Her evaluations utilize a therapeutic approach to ensure the process concludes with a solid understanding of the process and how the results can help with next steps. She has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and teens with emotional/behavioral issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders through evidence-based therapies and by nurturing individual strengths. Understanding that neurodiversity can increase family struggles, she believes that parents and caretakers are integral to a child’s therapeutic process and strives to strengthen families by providing empathetic and nurturing support while increasing skills that can build long-lasting, healthy relationships. Dr. Naghi believes a team approach to helping children and teens is important and is open to collaborating with teachers, doctors, and other support systems to reach and maintain goals. She understands that testing and therapy can be hard work and is dedicated to supporting individuals and families in their journey towards emotional discovery and growth.
Dr. Naghi obtained her master’s degree in Psychology at California State University Fullerton, with a focus on Developmental Psychology and research. Following this degree she completed an internship at the Early Childhood Center at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, helping families with children at risk for developmental and behavioral challenges. She later completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, with an emphasis on families and children. Her doctoral internship at Children’s Institute, Inc., Los Angeles, provided extensive training in evidence-based therapy for culturally diverse children and families affected by trauma and stress. She continued postdoctoral training in assessments and therapy at Child and Family Guidance Center, Northridge, and has continued helping individuals increase self-compassion and insight through psychological testing within community mental health and private practice settings.
Crystal Kim, ACSW
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Crystal is a deeply caring therapist, who thinks about her clients in the context of their experiences. She will create and maintain a safe therapeutic space for each individual’s healing journey.
Crystal received her Master of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach and is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. She has experience with complex trauma and individuals with multiple diagnoses, which allows her to create therapy treatments that work for the entire person. She has worked in a Partial Hospitalization Program, serving adults with varying diagnoses including Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar I & II, and Personality Disorders. Through a strengths-based and person-centered approach, she led individual and group therapeutic sessions with her patients at this program. Prior to this, Crystal also served as a Youth Specialist at a Children’s Crisis Residential Program, providing support to a diverse population of youth who stepped down from psychiatric hospitalizations. She is qualified to treat all ages to overcome challenges ranging from stress and mild anxiety to severe and complex mental health disorders.
Crystal approaches her sessions with a compassion-led and culturally competent approach, focusing on each individual’s unique strengths. She is passionate in guiding each individual to discover a deeper understanding of their unhealthy tendencies and helping them find the root of their issues. Crystal firmly believes that self-awareness makes room for self-compassion, and that in turn makes room for healing. Crystal continues to work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, history of abuse, difficulty with anger management, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, family conflict, and life transitions. Crystal worked with many individuals who believed their traumatic experiences permanently robbed them of their hope. Throughout her professional experience, she has had the honor of guiding many of these same individuals to reclaim their hope and create a new meaning to their life story. Crystal would be grateful to work with each individual in their unique healing journey.
Ana Amador, ACSW
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
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.
Kelly Sorace, ACSW
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Kelly Sorace, ASW is not only knowledgeable about treating trauma, but also has a sincere capacity for empathy and caring. She understands the challenge that therapy brings and has a unique ability to create the safety necessary for this journey. Kelly works with individuals to create goals and treatment plans that lead to healing and growth through built insight and compassion. Kelly is well versed in working with children and families who have been impacted by complex trauma, including abuse, neglect, grief and loss. Kelly has worked with individuals with an array of diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and is also skilled in working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.
Kelly received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus in Children, Youth, and Families. Kelly started her career at a foster care and adoption agency providing support to children and families. She continued into a day treatment center where she empowered individuals to form community connections while also ensuring that their physical, emotional, and physiological needs were being met. She is truly a therapist who thinks widely and supports each client’s specific needs and strengths.
Being vulnerable is hard. Change is hard. Kelly’s sessions examine the entire person, past and present, to assist clients in creating a brighter present and future. Kelly uses a partnership approach where clients will feel heard and validated. Kelly is trained in specialized evidence-based techniques including Trust Based Relational Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which provides a framework to nurture resiliency in clients. Kelly is also currently being trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provided by Behavioral Tech and currently co-leads the DBT group at Trauma Therapy CA. If you are looking to improve your relationships, challenge thinking that is no longer working and move forward in your life with a non-judgmental and creative therapist, reach out to Kelly today.
CLINICAL OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
Aysia Buendia is the Clinical Operations Associate at Trauma Therapy CA. Aysia graduated with 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 has experience working in psychological research labs and some of her individual research projects focused on 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 PsyD in the future. In the meantime, she hopes to provide a helping hand to the clients at Trauma Therapy CA.
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