Melissa Magaro, Ph.D.

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Dr. Magaro received her B.A. from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Magaro completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, in 2008, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she worked with Dr. John Weisz and Dr. Michelle Craske receiving comprehensive training in the assessment and treatment of emotional disorders.  She completed a one year APA-accredited internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and went on to complete a one year post-doctoral fellowship at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center specializing in evidence-based treatment for severe mental illness. 

Dr. Magaro has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based treatments.  She is a Beck Scholar, and a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, certified as a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist.  Additionally, Dr. Magaro remains active in research, training and clinical supervision as part of her commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based treatments.   She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Dr. Magaro has worked with Dr. Joel Becker and CBA for the past nine years specializing in the treatment of anxiety (panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized worry, post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias) in addition to mood disorders (depression and bipolar).   She also has training in habit reversal training and experience working with hair pulling and skin picking.  Having worked with college students for seven years at UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Magaro has a particular interest in the developmental transition to adulthood.  Dr. Magaro currently has openings for individual adult clients.

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Dr. Melissa Magaro gives a brief introduction of herself, her educational background as well as her specialized interest in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).