Evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy  

 

Spectrum CBT focuses on helping people deal with and overcome their mental health struggles. Spectrum CBT was founded by Sarosh Motivala, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in studying and treating obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders. Our goal is to help people get back on their feet after suffering from the setbacks that intense, debilitating anxiety, depression and/or OCD can trigger.

 
 
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Sarosh J. Motivala, PhD

Dr. Motivala is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY21159) specializing in CBT and exposure therapy based approaches to treat OCD spectrum and Anxiety spectrum disorders. He also received a 5 year Clinical Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health to treat insomnia patients using CBT. Dr. Motivala is Director of Training at the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program, where he teaches students how to do exposure and response prevention treatment with patients with severe OCD. Dr. Motivala was born in Bombay India, but grew up in Los Angeles, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and doctorate in health-clinical psychology from the University of Miami.  He completed his clinical internship at UCLA and was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has presented his work at numerous national and international research conferences. In his clinical work, he integrates traditional behavior therapy with CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and relies heavily on research validated treatments to guide his practice.

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Melanie Hudson, PsyD

Melanie R. Hudson, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and obsessive compulsive spectrum and mood disorders. She has received specialized training in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders clinic, UCLA OCD Intensive Outpatient Program and was recently certified by the IOCDF-Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Hudson received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and completed her clinical internship at the UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital. Later, she worked as primary therapist at Del Amo Hospital’s National Treatment Center specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy on the Eating Disorders and Trauma Recovery inpatient units.  During this time she gained extensive experience in the treatment of traumatic stress disorders, complex dissociative disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. Next, she became Assistant Clinical Director of Laurel Hill Inn Eating Disorders Treatment Program in Massachusetts, a JCAHO accredited program. Dr. Hudson incorporates CBT, exposure-based treatment and a family systems approach into her work with adolescents and adults.

 
 
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Allen Liao, PhD

Dr. Allen Liao specializes in research-supported psychological treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) individually tailored for a variety of mental health concerns, with a particular interest in OCD and anxiety disorders. He combines scientific expertise with a collaborative, caring, and genuine approach to treatment. Dr. Liao completed his APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in Adult CBT/DBT at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. His research and clinical interests include improving precision treatment and dissemination of evidence-based practices. Dr. Liao currently provides individual therapy at Spectrum CBT under the supervision of Dr. Sarosh Motivala.