Our Team includes Ph.D. Student Interns, M.A. level Counselors, and Ph.D. level Psychologists.
Our therapists received their degrees and therapy training at top, prestigious U.S. universities such as Stanford and UCLA, are published experts in their fields, and have decades of cumulative therapy and counseling experience working with:
- individuals (children & adults)
- the military
We are trained to help you on issues of:
- relationships & marriage
- and other life challenges.
We have all lived in multiple countries, are aware of the challenges of doing so, and are eager to help.
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA, USA; PSY#18795)
He has completed an NIMH Fellowship at UC Irvine, pioneered the field of Wisdom TherapyTM in 1998, and is the founder and president of the Wisdom Therapy Institute (www.wisdomtherapy.com). Dr. Robins also developed and was the administrator and program director of an adult day health care center that served several hundred seniors in the community. He is the author of many scientific journal articles and book chapters.
In addition to his research and clinical background, Dr. Robins has also been a corporate consultant for Fortune 100 companies and has given numerous talks and trainings nationally and internationally on the applications of Wisdom Therapy and Emotional Intelligence in the workplace, on stress reduction, anger management, conflict resolution, and productivity. Dr. Robins is an avid racquetball player and also enjoys playing chess and GO. He rollerblades, salsa dances, runs the occasional marathon, and strives to appreciate the simple things.
PhD: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 1996), Psychology
MA: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 1993), Psychology
BS: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1989), Psychology
U.S. Licensed 18795 (CA Board of Psychology, USA, 2002)
Wisdom Therapy is an integration of best practices of both western psychological science such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Intelligence, with eastern best practices that have come to be evidenced-based in the United States such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Empathy & Compassion, Gratitude, Systems awareness, and Humility practices. Humanistic, Existential, and other therapy orientations are also very beneficial and are applied as needed. My approach aims to help you develop these wisdom skills through practice and apply them to your specific life challenges.
Gaining wisdom can take many decades of painful, costly mistakes. Wisdom Therapy is a scientifically established program that has identified these wisdom skills and the practical methods for learning them sooner rather than later.
Main Theoretical Approaches:Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Systems Conceptualization, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Gratitude, Empathy/Compassion, Humility, Wisdom Therapy.
Areas:Anxiety, Stress, Anger, Couples (Relationships), Life Changes, Depression, Family, Religious/Spiritual Issues, Well-Being, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness
Dr. Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D.
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (AL, USA; #1808)
He was born and raised in Hawaii and lived in different parts of America including California, Rhode Island, and Mississippi. He also spent time living in other countries in addition to Korea, such as Canada and Australia.
He received clinical training in a variety of settings, including:
Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (University of Hawaii)
TIES For Families Center (UCLA; Los Angeles, CA)
VA Medical Center (University of Mississippi)
Dr. Ebesutani is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Duksung University, in Seoul, Korea.
He also serves as a Mental Health Care Consultant for PracticeWise (a widely-utilized mental health company in the United States that specializes in providing trainings for effective mental health treatments and services), as well as the Psychology Advisor for Noom Korea (a mental health app providing online coaching for overall behavioral health).
PhD: UCLA (2011, Clinical Psychology)
MA: University of Hawaii (2008, Clinical Psychology)
BS: Brown University (2003, Psychology)
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (AL Board of Psychology, USA)
Korean Clinical Psychological Association, Professional Therapist License
(임상심리전문가 자격증 #921)
Areas: Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Trauma, Addiction/Substance Abuse, ADHD
Ebesutani, C. K., Korathu-Larson, P., Nakamura, B., Higa-McMillan, C. K. & Chorpita, B.F. (in press). The Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale 25 - parent version: Scale development and validation in a school-based and clinical sample. Assessment.
Gormez, V., Kilincaslan, A., Ebesutani C. K., Orengul, A. C., Kaya, I., Ceri, V., Nasiroglu, S., Filiz, M., Chorpita, B. F. (in press). Psychometric Properties of the Parent Version of the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale in a Clinical Sample of Turkish Children and Adolescents. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.
Ebesutani, C. K., Kim, M., & Park, H. (2016, August). The utility of the bifactor model in understanding unique components of anxiety sensitivity in a South Korean sample. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 22, 116-123.
Viana, A., Ebesutani, C. K., Young, J., Tull, M., & Gratz, K. (2012, December). Childhood exposure to parental threatening behaviors and anxiety symptoms in a sample of young adults: The mediating role of cognitive biases. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(6), 670-680.
Price, M., Higa-McMillan, C., Ebesutani, C. K., Okamura, K., Nakamura, B., Chorpita, B., & Weisz, J. (2013, November). Symptom differentiation of anxiety and depression across youth development and clinic-referred/nonreferred samples: An examination of competing factor structures of the Child Behavior Checklist DSM-oriented scales. Development and Psychopathology, 25(4pt1), 1005-1015.
Ebesutani, C. K., McLeish, A. C., Luberto, C. M., Young, J., & Maack, D. J. (2014, September). A bifactor model of anxiety sensitivity: Analysis of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36(3), 452-464.
Takishima-Lacasa, J., Higa-McMillan, C., Ebesutani, C. K., Smith, R., & Chorpita, B. (2014, December). Self-consciousness and anxiety in youth: The revised self-consciousness scales of children. Psychological Assessment, 26(4), 1292-1306.
Higa-McMillan, C., & Ebesutani, C. K. (2011). The Etiology of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults. In C. A. Alfano & D. C. Beidel (Eds.), Social anxiety disorder in adolescents and young adults: Translating developmental science into practice (pp. 29-51). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Ebesutani, C. K., Fierstein, M., Viana, A. G., Trent, L., Sprung, M., & Young, J. (2015, March). The role of loneliness in the relationship between anxiety and depression in clinical and school-based youth. Psychology in the Schools, 52(3), 223-234.
Ritchwood, T., Ebesutani, C. K., Chin, E., & Young, J. (in press). The Loneliness Questionnaire: Measurement Invariance across African American and Caucasian Youth. Assessment.
Seo, W., Kim, M., Kim, J., Ebesutani, C. K., & Jo, I. (2015, December). The mediating effects of self-efficacy in the relationship between loneliness and social media addiction. The Korean Journal of Woman Psychology (한국심리학회지: 여성), 20(4), 443-458.
Ebesutani, C. K., Drescher, C., Reise, S., Heiden, L., Hight, T., Damon, J., & Young, J. (2012, July). The Loneliness Questionnaire-Short Version: An evaluation of reverse-worded and non-reverse-worded items via item response theory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94(4), 427 - 437.
Ebesutani, C. K., Drescher, C., Reise, S., Heiden, L., Hight, T., Damon, J., & Young, J. (2012, March). The importance of modeling method effects: Resolving the (uni) dimensionality of the Loneliness Questionnaire. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94(2), 186–195.
Stewart, R., Ebesutani, C. K., Drescher, C., & Young, J. (in press). The Child PTSD Symptom Scale: An investigation of its psychometric properties. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Olatunji, B., Ebesutani, C. K., & Abramowitz, J. (2017, January). Examination of a Bifactor Model of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptom Dimensions. Assessment, 24, 45-59.
Olatunji, B. O., Ebesutani, C. K., & Kim, E. (2015, March). Examination of a bifactor model of the Three Domains of Disgust Scale: Specificity in relation to obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 27(1), 102-113.
Olatunji, B. O., Ebesutani, C. K., Kim, J., Riemann, B. C., & Jacobi, D. M. (2017, April). Disgust proneness predicts obsessive-compulsive disorder symptom severity in a clinical sample of youth: distinctions from negative affect. Journal of Affective Disorders, 213, 118-125.
Olatunji, B. O., Ebesutani, C. K., & Kim, E. (2016, December). Does the measure matter? On the association between disgust proneness and OCD Symptoms. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 44, 63-72.
Kim, J., Ebesutani, C. K., Wall, D., & Olatunji, B. (2012, January). Depression Mediates the Relationship Between Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Eating Disorder Symptoms in an Inpatient Sample. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1(1), 62-68.
Olatunji, B., Ebesutani, C. K., David, B., Fan, Q, & McGrath, P. (2011, October). Disgust proneness and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a clinical sample: Structural differentiation from negative affect. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25(7), 932-938.
Suicidality & Self-Harm
Suh, S., Ebesutani, C. K., Hagan, C. R., Rogers, M. L., Hom, M. A., Ringer, F. B., Bernert, R. A., Kim, S., Joiner, T. E. (2017, May). Cross-cultural relevance of the interpersonal theory of suicide across Korean and U.S. undergraduate students. Psychiatry Research, 251, 244-252.
Olatunji, B. O., Cox, R., Ebesutani, C. K., & Wall, D. (2015, June). Self-harm history predicts resistance to inpatient treatment of body shape aversion in women with eating disorders: The role of negative affect. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 65, 37-46.
Cox, R., Ebesutani, C. K., Olatunji, B. (2016, February). Linking poor sleep quality and maladaptive repetitive thoughts: The mediating role of executive functioning. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 107-117.
Viana, A. G., Stevens, E. N., Dixon, L. J., & Ebesutani, C. K. (2016, October). Parental Emotion Socialization Strategies and their Interaction with Child Interpretation Biases among Children with Anxiety Disorders. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40(5), 717-731.
Chung, K., Ebesutani, C. K., Bang, H., Kim, J., Chorpita, B., Weisz, J., Suh, D., & Byun, H. (2013, June). Cross-cultural differences in parental reporting styles between Korea and the US: Relationship between parenting stress and youth problem behaviors. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 44(3), 460-468.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Evidence-based Treatments
Ebesutani, C. K., Helmi, K., Fierstein, M., Taghizadeh, M., & Chorpita, B. (2016, March). A Pilot Study of Modular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapy for Treating Anxiety in Iranian Girls. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 9(1), 13-37.
Ebesutani, C. K., Daleiden, E., Becker, K., Schmidt, L., Bernstein, A., Rith-Najarian, L., Lyons, J., & Chorpita, B. (in press). Facilitating communication of ideas and evidence to enhance mental health service quality: Coding the treatment services literature using the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths-Mental Health assessment scales. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Chorpita, B., Daleiden, E., Ebesutani, C. K., Young, J., Becker, K., Nakamura, B., ... Starace, N. (2011, June). Evidence Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents: An Updated Review of Indicators of Efficacy and Effectiveness. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18(2), 154-172.
Bernstein, A., Chorpita, B., Daleiden, E., Ebesutani, C. K., & Rosenblatt, A. (2015, December). Building an Evidence-Informed Service Array: Considering Evidence Based Programs as well as their Practice Elements. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(6), 1085-1096.
Bernstein, A., Chorpita, B., Rosenblatt, A., Becker, K., Daleiden, E., & Ebesutani, C. K. (2015, January). Fit of Evidence-Based Treatment Components to Youths Served by Wraparound Process: A Relevance Mapping Analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44(1), 44-57.
Ebesutani, C. K., & Choi, S. (2014, March). The Validation of the Korean Version of the Knowledge of Evidence-based Services Questionnaire. Korean Journal of Health Psychology (한국심리학회지: 건강), 19(1), 119-146.
Ebesutani, C. K., & Shin, S. (2014, November). Knowledge, attitudes, and usage of evidence-based assessment and treatment practices in the Korean mental health system: Current status and future directions. 한국 정신건강체계에서의 근거기반 평가 및치료의 태도, 지식, 사용에 관한 연구. The Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology (한국심리학회지: 임상), 33(4), 875-901.
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U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA, USA; PSY#24210)
Additionally he has served as the Associate Chair of the Psy.D. program at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University. Dr. Yi has a passion for bringing contemplative healing practices to underserved populations.
He has been a practitioner and mentor in various contemplative traditions since 1992. He studied the psychology of religion and comparative religious/spiritual experiences as an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara. In graduate school, he conducted original doctoral research on long-term mindfulness training and well-being, examining the experiences of long-term practitioners and teachers of mindfulness. He is a past post-doctoral Summer Research Fellow of The Mind and Life Institute, as well as a research assistant on the Mind and Life Institute's cutting edge Cultivating Emotional Balance project. He is a certified Cultivating Emotional Balance teacher.
Dr. Yi has specializations working with spiritual and religious issues, addictions, trauma, ethnic identity and cultural issues, anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, and meaning of life issues. He is currently writing a book on the integration of Eastern and Western psychologies. Dr. Yi feels honored to work with people with their deepest life concerns and passions.
PhD: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University (Psychology - Clinical)
MA: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University (Counseling Psychology)
BA: UC Santa Barbara (Double Major - Psychology & Comparative Religion)
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA Board of Psychology, USA)
Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher (Santa Barbara Institute of Consciousness Studies)
Main Approaches: Individual [Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Cultivating Emotional Balance); EMDR; Integrative therapies]; Couples [Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)]; Family [Structural/Strategic integrated with Mindfulness-Based Approaches]
Areas: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Ethnic Identity/Cultural Issues, Couples, Family, Religious/Spiritual Issues
Janet Choi, MSW
U.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA, USA; LCS# 27541)
She is also certified to provide an evidence-based parenting program called Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), which provides parents with simple tools and strategies to help manage problems of family life.
MSW: California State University, Long Beach (Social Work)
BA: University of California, Irvine (Psychology)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (California, USA)
Areas: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Parenting, ADHD.
Psychological Therapy Interns
Josephine Harris, M.S.
Registered Psychotherapist (CO, USA)
Supervised by Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D.
(Alabama Board of Psychology, License 1808)
She also facilitates groups in multiple areas and encourages individuals to find their own solutions to problems. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, Josephine has worked with over 150 individuals and families since 2002 in the mental health field. She is a member of various mental health organizations and has particular expertise in child/adult ADHD and workplace performance, substance abuse and addiction, domestic violence training, and depression. She offers an integrative approach that centers on cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT).
PhD: Walden University (Student of PhD, Counseling Psychology)
MS: University of Phoenix (General Psychology)
BA: University of Phoenix (Criminal Justice Administration)
Registered Psychotherapist (Colorado, USA)
Certified Addiction Counselor II, ACB (Colorado, USA)
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Confidential Victim Advocate (The Colorado School of Family Therapy)
Trauma Informed Care for Diverse Population (The Colorado School of Family Therapy)
Areas: ADHD, Group Therapy, Substance Abuse/Addiction, Domestic Violence (DV), Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Family, Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma
Maxine Wilborn, M.S.
Supervised by Shani Robins, Ph.D.
(California Board of Psychology, License PSY18795)
PhD: Walden University (Student Psychology: Industrial and Organizational Psychology)
MA: Walden University (Mental Health Counseling)
BS: University of Maryland (Psychology)
Clinical Mental Health Care Certification (University of Maryland)
Areas: Individuals and families suffering from anxiety, depression to include destructive behaviors. Military Family Advocacy to include Coping Skills, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Veteran Services.
Choi Hyo Jeong