Dr. Orris, a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, is the Clinical Director of CBTC where she oversees clinical staff, supervises trainees, and provides consultation and training to CBTC staff and other professionals. Dr. Orris is an individual, family, and group psychologist treating adolescents and adults in the Newport Beach location. She trains and supervises students from Pepperdine University and Alliant International University as well as postdoctoral fellows from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Orris provides training in adolescent and adult DBT to community agencies. Dr. Orris developed and implemented the adolescent DBT program at CBTC and facilitates the parent skills training program. In addition to her work at CBTC, Dr. Orris is a volunteer clinical faculty member at UC Irvine. She is a regular contributor to OC Family Magazine as a clinical expert and speaks at professional conferences, including the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT).
Dr. Orris is trained in a number of evidence based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Dr. Orris has over 15 years of clinical experience and is skilled in treating a wide range of presenting problems. Her clinical specializations include Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, trauma, parenting, and emotion dysregulation.
Dr. Orris received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Boston College in 2001, where she was trained in trauma specific interventions by Linda Sanford, MSW. She spent the next several years working in residential treatment for adolescents and adults with self-harming and suicidal behavior, eating disorders, and severe posttraumatic stress. Dr. Orris earned her PsyD from Azusa Pacific University in 2010, where she conducted research on sex trafficking in India and authored a manual for lay counselors working with rescued victims. During her doctoral training, Dr. Orris completed neuropsychology externships at The Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) at UCLA and the Pediatric Neuropsychiatric Unit at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Orris completed an APA-accredited internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Casa Pacifica, a residential treatment center for adolescents. During that time, Dr. Orris received intensive training in DBT with Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and implemented the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at Casa Pacifica.
Dr. Orris sees adults and adolescents in the Newport Beach office.