Joel L. Becker, Ph.D.
Dr. Joel L. Becker received his doctorate in 1977 from the University of Georgia. He did his internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center where he was a Clinical Fellow in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Becker founded Behavior Associates and The Boston Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the late 1970’s. These were the early years of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Dr. Becker studied and interacted with the early leaders and pioneers in the field (e.g. Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, B.F. Skinner and others).
GREG STANFORD, PSY.D.
Dr. Stanford earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in 2009. Dr. Stanford began his training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in 2007 with a year-long internship at San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health, treating agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, phobias, and social anxiety. During his other doctoral placements, he also trained at Los Angeles LGBT Center and Life Skills Treatment Program, where he received intensive supervision in substance use disorders recovery, grief and loss, sexual and gender minority (SGM) stress, and trauma. Finally, Dr. Stanford completed his post-doc work at Ocean Park Community Center, where he developed further specialty in addressing the impact of minority stressors and systemic factors that contribute to alcohol problems and PTSD.
PAMELA D. ELFENBAUM, PH.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Pamela Elfenbaum received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from USC, her Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Elfenbaum completed her internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and a post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Elfenbaum also received specialized training in Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and also completed couples training through the Gottman Institute.
EMILY OWENS, PH.D.
License Number: CA PSY 31557
Dr. Emily M. Owens is a clinical psychologist. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Statistics from the University of Kansas in 2012 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2018 from the University of California, Los Angeles. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Owens trained at Harbor-UCLA Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and completed a one-year, APA-accredited internship at the West Los Angeles VA. At the VA, she trained in a variety of clinics using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based approaches to treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, and psychotic-spectrum disorders.
FLORA ZAKEN-GREENBERG, PH.D.
Dr. Zaken-Greenberg earned a Master’s Degree in General Experimental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1980. At that time, her research specialty was children’s memory. She then worked for two years as a staff research associate at Northwestern University studying children’s memory and learning. Dr. Zaken-Greenberg then attended the University of Florida where she earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Her dissertation involved researching the effectiveness of family therapy training techniques. Dr. Zaken-Greenberg had several sub-specialties during her training, including marital and family therapy, sex therapy, group therapy, and child/adolescent/adult therapy. Her therapy modalities were cognitive-behavioral therapy, structural family therapy, and personal construct psychotherapy.
In addition to her training in therapy, Dr. Zaken-Greenberg also developed a specialty in psychological and neuropsychological diagnostic testing and evaluation. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Zaken-Greenberg completed a clinical internship at the Veteran’s Administration in Gainesville, with specializations in psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, alcohol and substance abuse, sex therapy, oncology and health psychology, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also trained at Shands Teaching Hospital on the Children’s Inpatient Diabetes Project Unit.
JENNIFER HAY, MSW, ACSW
Jennifer Hay completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017 and received her Master's in Social Work with a concentration in Adult Mental Health and Wellness in 2020 from the University of Southern California.
Currently, Jennifer works at Cognitive Behavior Associates as an Associate Clinical Social Worker, supervised by Dr. Joel Becker. During her training, Jennifer worked alongside other mental health professionals at UCLA Internal Medicine and Safe Place for Youth (SPY). At UCLA, she worked as a clinical social work intern providing evidence-based one-on-one psychotherapy to treat pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges, including Anxiety, Depression, Crises Management, Psychological Adjustment to Chronic Medical Conditions & Acute Stressors, Post-Partum Depression, Panic Disorder, Academic & Work-Related Stress, Trauma & Grief, Relationships, and Substance Abuse.
JONATHAN WESTMAN, PH.D.
Dr. Jonathan Westman is a Psychological Associate working under the supervision of Dr. Joel Becker. He received his B.A. in Psychology and History from Cornell University in 2013 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021. As part of his training, Dr. Westman was a therapist for UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge where he provided evidence-based care, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), to young adults struggling with mood, anxiety and sleep disorders. Dr. Westman completed a one-year, APA-accredited internship at the West Los Angeles VA, where he received more targeted training on evidence-based practices for treatment of substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as mental health concerns related to physical health. Dr. Westman applies a holistic approach wherein each client’s cultural identity and lived experiences are valued throughout treatment.
DR. ALEJANDRA TORRERO PSY.D.
Dr. Alejandra Torrero (they/them) is a Psychological Associate working under the supervision of Dr. Greg Stanford. Alejandra received their B.A. in Psychology and History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013, and earned their PsyD from CSPP, Alliant International University in San Diego with an emphasis in Multiculturalism. Alejandra completed their internship at the Montana State University, Bozeman, Counseling Center, in Montana, and their post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the Counseling and Psychological Service center. Alejandra has training in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT). They have worked with the adult population (i.e., young adults, adults, and older adults) struggling with a variety of challenges, such as mood, anxiety, eating, neurodivergent, and trauma disorders. Alejandra works from a multicultural lens and provides empirically supported therapy to address challenges in a client’s life.