CBT California's February Newsletter


CBT California Staff Spotlight:

Dr. Jessica Schneider is a licensed clinical psychologist at CBT California—Beverly Hills and Orange County offices. She completed her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Throughout her supervised clinical work over the last 7 years, Dr. Schneider has treated adolescents and adults with chronic mental illness, including mood and behavior dysregulation, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Schneider’s research foci have been in the efficacy of school based treatment in helping adolescent females cope with and confront the effects of relational aggression, helping HIV affected and infected individuals cope with the effects of the virus on the individual and family, and identifying the efficacy of different treatment modalities on therapeutic and relational change. 

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Words from Wise Mind:

Asserting Yourself and Getting What you Want!

 Asking for what you want can be really difficult, especially when you're unsure of the outcome. With Valentine's Day approaching, you may be wanting to ask someone out on a date, say "no" to someone who asks you out on a date, or assertively request that your partner brings you home chocolate and roses! 

Using a DEARMAN, GIVE to achieve a speicifc objective may increase the likelihood of getting what you want or saying no effectively. 

A brief overview of these acronyms:

Appear confident

Easy manner

Within the next few weeks (or during Valentines Day affairs), write out your DEARMAN GIVE- and rehearse!- before you implement the skill. If you're feeling intense emotions prior to the conversation, using distress tolerance skills will help reduce the intensity and thereofre, lead you to be more effective.

Mindfulness Script:


Practice Loving Kindness for yourself and someone who you wish to relate with at this moment.

Sit, stand, or lay down. Focus on your breath. Take 3 deep breaths- 4 seconds on the inhale and 7 seconds out on the exhale. Expand your awareness to bring the person to your mind.

Repeat the following phrases:

• May (insert name here/they) be happy

• May they be healthy

• May they feel safe

• May they feel loved

Radiate your warmth, love, and kindness towards this person. Once you feel connected and immersed with love, repeat the following phrases with yourself:

• May I be happy

• May I be healthy

• May I feel safe

• May I feel loved

Continue these phrases until you feel immersed within your own loving kindness.

What's Trending? 

Psychology in the News 

Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour Visionaries

Watch Lady Gaga discuss about her mental health care and teach the entire audience about Radical Acceptance and Check the Facts. Watch the whole video or skip to minute 19  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8iNYY7YV04

Research Corner

Predicting Suicide: Is it possible?

In a recently published article "Forecasting a Fatal Decision: Direct Replication of the Predictive Validity of the Suicide–Implicit Association Test", researchers replicated the 2010 study of predicting suicide using the Suicide-Implicit Association Task (S-IAT). In this replication study in France, researchers correctly predicted 85% of patients who made a suicide attempt using the S-IAT. 

Tello, N., Harika-Germaneau, G., Serra, W., Jaafari, N., & Chatard, A. (2019). Forecasting a Fatal Decision: Direct Replication of the Predictive Validity of the Suicide–Implicit Association Test. Psychological science, 31(1), 65-74. 0956797619893062

CBT California in the Community

Parent Talk @ Campbell Hall School

Dr. Erica Rozmid presented a 1.5 hour talk for Campbell Hall parents, titled "Raising Emotionally Healthy Children": 5 Parenting Hacks You've Been Waiting For" on January 28, 2020. Parents learned foundational skills on validating their children and promoting their ability to cope with difficult emotions.

Parent Talk @ Hawes Elementary

Dr. Julie Orris gave a talk for parents on January 23, 2020 at Hawes Elementary School in Huntington Beach, CA. She discussed how to manage difficult emotions in parenting. 

Presentation @ Western Positive Psychology Association

Jaz Robbins, M.A., AMFT presented at the Western Positive Psychology Association on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Her presentation was titled "What's Under the Hood? A Triadic Change Model for Developing Effective and Culturally-Inclusive Positive Psychology Interventions." Jaz is also an extern at CBT California! 

Training @ Ventura County Behavioral Health

Dr. Andie Murray provided a full day training on utilizing CBT for eating disorders to the Ventura County Behavioral Health team.

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