CBT California's May Newsletter


COVID-19 Edition 

Our Clinic Has Gone 100% Virtual

Our Staff is Blogging

Research is Underway to Measure the Psychological Impacts of COVID-19 on                    our Patients

Free Coping During COVID Support Group at CBT/DBT California 


CBT California Staff Spotlight:

Dr. Lynn McFarr is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioral/Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic, Former Interim Training Director, and former Interim Chief of Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the Founder and Executive Director of CBT California (CBTC). Dr McFarr serves as the Practice Lead for CBT and DBT for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where she initiated the Los Angeles County Roll Out of CBT (LACROCBT) training over 1500 front line clinicians to competency in CBT. Dr. McFarr received her Ph.D. from New York University (NYU) in clinical psychology and trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist under Dr. Robert Leahy at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy (AICT) in New York City. She completed her internship at the Sepulveda VA and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. McFarr is an award winning trainer of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT, CBASP, and ACT. She has twice been acknowledged as Teacher of the Year for the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA, has received Psychologist of the Year from the LA County Department of Mental Health, and also received the Service Award from The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

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Attention: Therapists in Training, Early Career Professionals, Supervisors and Trainers:

This book is for you in order to refine and enhance your skills on Socratic Questioning!

Dr. Lynn McFarr, the Director of CBT/DBT California, along with a few colleagues wrote a book on Socratic Questioning titled "Socratic Questioning for Therapists and Counselors: Learn How to Think and Intervene Like a Cognitive Behavior Therapist "  

This book is a must-read for therapists in training, early career professionals, supervisors, trainers, and any clinician looking to refine and enhance their ability to use Socratic strategies to bring about lasting change.

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The Virtual Transition

Within 24 hours, our clinic made the prompt decision to shift our clinic to a completely virtual platform. DBT groups, individual sessions, intakes, and team meetings are now being held exclusively via Zoom and Vsee. With our PsychSurveys app which electronically captures our patients' diary card data, we have been able to make an almost seamless transition to protect the safety of our patients, staff, and community.

We are continuing to schedule intakes if you want to make a referral: 800-624-1475



Find our Staff Blog posts by clicking here:

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the team at CBT California is working hard to continue delivering high-quality therapeutic services and stay connected to our clients and their families. Our hope is that we are able to provide the support and the tools that people need in the midst of what may be a challenging time for many. In addition to maintaining services, our staff will be posting regularly on our blog, offering tips and unique perspectives related to coping with this crisis. Feel free to read for yourself or send to a friend or a patient. We sincerely hope that it speaks to you in a meaningful way!



Research Corner

Cultivating Resilience During a Crisis

Research has shown that there are many factors related to cultivating resilience during a crisis (Tween & Conway, 2009). Here are some factors that you can have some control over to cope through this tragic and unusual pandemic. 

• Jot down a list for the things you are grateful- when thinking about how everyone's new normal looks a lot different than 2 months ago, what are some potential pros from this "new normal". (more time with dogs, ability to cook with your partner, time alone to work on your creativity, etc.)

• Phsyical exercise (Vaillant, 2004) during a crisis can help improve your mood and build your immunity to help fight against getting sick. Aim for a 20-30 minute workout a few times a week. Walking counts!


CBT California in the Zoom Community

Weekly Team Meetings

Our team meetings haven't stopped- we've been doing our weekly team meetings over Zoom. Follow our instagram (@cbtcalifornia) to find out what our team members have been up to for self-care!  

Teen Workshop @ USC Keck School of Medicine

Dr. Erica Rozmid presented to high school students on Coping During COVID-19 as part of USC's Physician Assistant Pipeline Program. Teens learned coping skills, including self soothing through the 5 senses.


Free Coping During COVID Support Group at CBT/DBT California 

We are offering our patients a free group designed to offer support and coping skills during COVID-19. Please reach out to your individaul therapist if you are interested in joining this group. 

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