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  • Annika Okamoto, PhD

    Director of Clinical Training & Group Programs | Licensed Clinical Psychologist #31499
    Dr. Annika holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, completed her pre- and postdoctoral residency at Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES), and obtained Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, ACT and CBASP training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Dr. Annika specializes in working with people with relational issues, social anxiety, general anxiety, OCD and panic disorder, mood disorders and complex trauma.  Additionally, Dr. Annika enjoys working with couples and teaching communication skills. Before starting her career in the States, she worked in Estonia as the head of the psychology department in a county psychiatry clinic in Viljandi, and completed a 7-year group therapy training with Moreno Centre in Tallinn. She has worked in mental health settings over 20 years as a therapist, supervisor, researcher, trainer and mentor.
    • PhD in Psychology, Alliant International University
    • MA in Psychology, Alliant International University
    • MSc in Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia
    • BSc in Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia
    • BA in Social Work, University of Tartu, Estonia

    • Director of Clinical Training and Group Programs, California Counseling Clinics
    • AOT Program Coordinator, IMCES, Los Angeles
    • Postdoctoral Resident, IMCES, Los Angeles
    • Doctoral Intern, IMCES, Los Angeles
    • Psychology Extern, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
    • Psychology Extern, UCLA Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute for Neuroscience, Los Angeles
    • Head of Psychology Department, Psychiatry Clinic of Viljandi County Hospital, Estonia
    • Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatry Clinic of Viljandi County Hospital, Estonia
    • Communication Skill Trainer, EduCate, Estonia
    • Counseling Project Director, Lahendus.net, Estonia
    • Assistant Director/Student Counselor, Lahendus.net, Estonia
    • Psychology Extern, Tartu University, Estonia
    • Psychology Extern, Luunja High School, Estonia
    • Social Work Extern, Tartu City Government, Estonia

     

    Common Issues that I Treat:

    Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, OCD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, Grief

     

    Types of Therapy:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Family/Systems Therapy

     

    Age Ranges:

    Adolescents/Teenagers (14-19), Adults, Older Adults (65+)

     

    Special Certificates & Training:

    • Certified Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
    • CBT/DBT training,  UCLA Harbor
    • Anxiety Disorders CBT training, Semel UCLA Clinic
    • Certified Group Therapist, Moreno Centre, Estonia
    • Certified Communication Skills Trainer, Estonia
    • APA-Accredited Postdoctoral Residency in Supervision and Research, IMCES
    • Experience in court-ordered treatment and in the intersection of mental health and the court system, California