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.
Rachel Malin, PsyD
CA LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Rachel Malin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating adults with anxiety and depressive disorders. She is passionate about working with individuals who have been exposed to trauma. Dr. Malin is fully licensed with many years of experience treating complex trauma, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, self-esteem issues, and adults with childhood, sexual and interpersonal trauma. Her expertise ranges from work with adolescent to adult to geriatric populations.
Dr. Malin believes that therapy begins with a safe, trusting, and respectful environment where individual and relational needs are collaboratively addressed. She compassionately works with clients to identify, process, and release stress and trauma. She uses various modalities to help clients connect to their emotions, discover their needs, and process the feelings and thought patterns that hold them back in their lives.
Dr. Malin received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA and completed her post-doctoral training at Ventura County Conditional Release Program (CONREP), primarily working with the forensic and severely mentally ill population from the California Department of State Hospitals. She consistently addresses concerns related to trauma, mood disorders, and substance abuse issues with care and thoughtfulness. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Anka Behavioral Health in Pleasant Hill, CA working primarily with anxiety and depressive disorders, psychotic disorders, trauma related-issues, substance abuse issues, and the forensic population. In addition to her work at Trauma Therapy CA, Dr. Malin teaches as an Adjunct Professor for the Chicago School for Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Malin is also Foundationally Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Dr. Malin takes a person-centered and strengths-based approach in working with individuals of all ages who have been exposed to trauma or are currently experiencing distress. She utilizes evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Seeking Safety to address a wide range of concerns. Dr. Malin also provides psychological and personality testing resulting in psychological reports to provide to clients, clinicians, and other professionals the ability to more thoroughly understand their diagnoses and themselves. Therapy with Dr. Malin can be described as informed, genuine and transformative.
Erin Madden, LCSW, ICADC
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified EMDR Therapist and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 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-judgement in allowing clients to share and create their ideal life. Erin specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, codependency, anger management, grief, addictions including overeating, pornography, substance abuse, 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 Trauma Therapy CA, she recently worked as a Clinical Director and Trauma Therapy Specialist supervising about 100 other clinicians. Earlier in her career, Erin served as a Program Coordinator at the Palo Alto VA, a teaching hospital for Stanford University where she used her expertise to help numerous military veterans find freedom from trauma-related symptoms. She has been a member of Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veteran’s Treatment 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 and is also 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.
Katey Watry, PsyD
CA LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Katey Watry is a psychologist and EMDR therapist 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 ongoing complex trauma as well as past and acute traumas and has treated first responders, veterans, and teens 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. In addition to her work at Trauma Therapy CA, she continues to work as a therapist within the local VA Health Care System.
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 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation. Dr. Watry has completed formal training in DBT, CPT and EMDR and is an approved EMDR therapist through EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
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.
Crystal Kim, ACSW
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.
Mikee Madlangbayan, ACSW
Mikee Madlangbayan is one of the most authentic and creative therapists you will ever meet. Mikee is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She has had years of experience working with children and families within the Orange County Child Welfare System with complex trauma and related conditions. Her expertise is as a child and teen therapist, providing mental health services to children and adolescents who have experienced trauma or struggle with anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. She is also an excellent therapist for college students struggling with adjustment to new settings on top of mental health struggles including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD.
Mikee received her Master’s in Social Work from California State University of Fullerton with a major in Community Mental Health. She completed her internship with Human Options providing mental health services to individuals and families. She also interned at Santa Ana College in which she focused on helping individuals gain access to appropriate mental health services. Mikee is driven to help individuals overcome their challenges, improve their relationships and discover new coping skills to resolve ineffective behaviors. She is patient and provides a safe and welcoming space for all to feel comfortable and express themselves in unique and individual ways. Her true passion for art and creativity is present in many of her sessions and art groups. Mikee is a one-of-a-kind therapist using evidence-based individualized approaches to reach the many children, teens, young adults and families she serves. Call or click below to see this for yourself today.
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.
Christina Boyle, M.S., AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Christina is known for her uncanny ability to support client healing with a sincerity and centeredness that is second to none.
Professionally, Christina is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. She is fully trained in EMDR therapy and Trauma-focused CBT. Christina is also well-versed in ACT, attachment-based, psychodynamic, art, and sandtray therapies. Christina treats clients of all ages, and has specialized training as a CBT child therapist.
While Christina is a trauma therapist at heart, she has experience treating a wide range of diagnoses in addition to PTSD and complex trauma including: grief and loss, depression, anxiety, phobias, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and adjustment disorders. She has clinical experience in a range of settings including community mental health, school settings, individual and family counseling, and ABA therapy. She recognizes that cultural competence is imperative in the therapeutic relationship and is committed to creating a safe, compassionate space to honor each client’s unique identity.
Christina is passionate about empowering clients to live rich and meaningful lives, at every stage of their healing journey. For our clients, that sometimes looks like creating moments of peace and joy even in the presence of psychological pain and suffering, by taking value-driven actions. If you are looking to move toward peace and a life in line with your goals and values, we encourage you to reach out to Christina today.
Cassondra Del Rosario
CLINICAL INTAKE COORDINATOR
Cassondra Del Rosario is a Clinical Intake Coordinator at Trauma Therapy CA. Cassondra has a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Alliant International University. She has experience working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence while working alongside with LAPD. She was a Crisis Counselor, being on site after a call to support and assist the survivor after their traumatic event. She has been working with those who are on the Spectrum for nearly 8+ years, helping families and kids in learning new ways to communicate, state their thoughts and feelings and help them find their voice to give them more freedom of expression.
Cassondra is a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) wanting to help those who feel they lost all hope or feel they will not be believed or heard, giving them guidance and a safe space to process and heal from their traumatic event. She has an interest in research to developing interventions to further help those after a traumatic event and create a prevention program for those who work with kids, teens, and young adults to be given proper training in how to support those that went through a traumatic event, asking for help. Her main goal is to achieve her PhD to further her support her work on prevention and intervention programs.
When she is not working, she is out collecting Pokemon cards or hunting for Pokemon.
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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