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TOM CORBOY, MFT, is the Executive Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, which he founded in 1999. He is a psychotherapist licensed by the State of California. Tom received his master's degree from the Department of Counseling Psychology at USC in 1993, where his graduate thesis was a study comparing various treatments of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since then, much of his training and clinical experience has been focused on the treatment of OCD and related OC Spectrum Disorders, including Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Hypochondria (health anxiety), Panic Disorder, Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), and Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder). In addition to his work with individuals, Tom ran a weekly therapy/support group for adults with OCD from 1997 through 2011. He is the co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, and the co-author of "Skin Picking Disorder: Top Twelve Roadblocks to Recovery". Tom has presented at numerous national conferences on the subject of OCD, Pure Obsessional OCD, Harm OCD, and Trichotillomania. He is a member of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California (GPASC). Tom can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.

 

KAREN PICKETT, MFT, is the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and is a psychotherapist licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Karen previously worked at the OCD Center of Los Angeles from 2002 through 2005, primarily providing individual therapy, as well as running a weekly therapy group for adults with Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder) and Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder). Karen appeared on five episodes of the acclaimed A&E network documentary series Obsessed in 2009 as one of four expert therapists treating clients with OCD and a wide range of related anxiety based conditions. She has also appeared as an expert on Dateline NBC, the Discovery Health Channel, and in various magazines, radio shows and newspapers. Karen returned to the OCD Center of Los Angeles in 2011, where she specializes in the treatment of OCD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and body image issues, phobias, and impulse control disorders including Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.  Karen is the co-author of "Skin Picking Disorder: Top Twelve Roadblocks to Recovery", and is a professional member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC). Karen can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.

 

KIMBERLEY QUINLAN, MFT, is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed by the State of California. Kimberley received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Depression.  Before joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles in 2010, Kimberley worked as counselor at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling, treating a wide range of conditions including Anxiety Disorders. Her clinical work at the OCD Center focuses on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults, adolescents, and children with a wide range of conditions, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Hypochondria (health anxiety), Panic Disorder, Phobias, Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder), and Eating Disorders. Kimberley spoke at the 2011 annual conference of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) as part of a panel discussion on the topic of mental rituals commonly seen in Pure Obsessional OCD.  She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for many years, and has a special interest in the integration of of mindfulness principles with CBT for OCD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders.  Kimberley can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.

LAURA YOCUM, MS, PPS, received both her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Prior to joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles in 2011, Laura spent three years working as a therapist for students and their families at the middle school and high school levels as a counselor at "Partnerships to Uplift Communities" (PUC). She is well-versed in the California Education Code, and has served as an advocate for students whose families are seeking to receive appropriate 504 plan and IEP accommodations from their school district. Laura specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based CBT for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Eating Disorders. Laura spoke at the 2012 annual conference of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) as part of a panel discussion on the topic of mental rituals commonly seen in Pure Obsessional OCD.  She also has extensive training in Art Therapy and Music Therapy for the treatment of children and teenagers. Laura has worked both individually with clients and their families, and has experience leading groups for children and teenagers suffering with anxiety, social isolation, poor self-esteem, and difficulty adjusting to school and social settings. Laura can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.


JOHN TSILIMPARIS, MFT, is a psychotherapist licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and New York.  John received his Master's Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, and has been specializing in the treatment of OCD and anxiety for over 15 years.  Prior to joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles, he worked as a chemical dependency counselor at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, CA.  John is known to many as one of the team of psychotherapists to appear on two seasons of the weekly documentary television series Obsessed on the Arts and Entertainment network (A&E).  He also appeared on four episodes of the documentary television series Collection Intervention, which focused on the treatment of compulsive collectors.  He has also appeared numerous times on television news programs on CNN, KCBS, and KABC, as well as on various radio news programs discussing Panic Disorder and related mental health issues.  He is the author of two books, Living with Panic Disorder (2003) and Mortal Bonds (2010).  In addition to his clinical work, John is an adjunct faculty professor at Pepperdine University where he teaches graduate level courses in the Clinical Psychology program.  He is a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).  John can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.


KEVIN FOSS, MA, received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2008.  Prior to joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles, he worked for the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, an intensive out-patient program where he specialized in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques. He previously worked as a counselor at the Child Development Institute, and at the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University.  His prior work experience also includes non-profit community mental health treating a wide range of conditions, as well as private practice with children and adolescents, where he focused on CBT for anxiety.  Kevin’s work at the OCD Center of Los Angeles focuses on CBT for adults and adolescents suffering from OCD and related anxiety conditions, including Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and phobias.  In addition to treating individual clients, Kevin also currently leads our Tuesday evening low-fee therapy / support group for adults with OCD.  He has a particular interest in the impact of anxiety on athletes and performing artists, and has been published in Archery Focus magazine with articles about anxiety reduction and the impact of parental anxiety on children’s performance in sports.  Kevin is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family therapists (CAMFT).  Kevin can be contacted at (310) 824-5200. 


ELIZABETH KASSEL, MSW, received her Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University at Northridge (CSUN).  Before joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles, Elizabeth worked as a counselor at an inpatient, dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment center in Malibu, CA, treating a wide range of disorders including OCD and related anxiety conditions. During her time there, Elizabeth specialized in psycho-education and 12-step program recovery counseling.  She has also worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD) treating elementary school children suffering with anxiety based conditions, both individually and in group settings.  Additionally, Elizabeth has extensive experience with hospice patients and their families, leading bereavement groups and providing supportive counseling and education on the dying process.  In addition to treating individual clients, Elizabeth also leads our Wednesday evening low-fee therapy / support group for adults with Social Anxiety, as well as our Saturday afternoon low-fee therapy / support group for adults with Trichotillomania and/or Dermatillomania.  Elizabeth is a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  Elizabeth can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.


SHEVA MIRAN, MMFT, received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). Before joining the OCD Center of Los Angeles, Sheva was trained in behavioral therapy at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  While there, Sheva primarily treated children with Autism to improve social, cognitive and developmental functioning, as well as working in the home setting to help parents adjust to and optimize their child’s therapeutic gains. She also worked at the UCLA Social Stigma and Social Interaction laboratory, where she studied the effects of social stigma on performance. Most recently, Sheva trained at the Southern California Counseling Center, where she treated individual clients, couples, families and groups, focusing her training on CBT for the treatment of body image issues and anxiety disorders, including OCD, Pure Obsessional OCD (“Pure O”) and Social Anxiety.  In addition to treating individual clients, Sheva also currently leads our Saturday morning low-fee therapy / support group for adults with OCD.  A native Angeleno, Sheva is fluent in both English and Farsi, and has a particular interest in multicultural issues such as acculturation, assimilation and identity confusion. Sheva is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).  Sheva can be contacted at (310) 824-5200.


KELLEY FRANKE, BA, is a graduate of Santa Clara University, and is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  She is the OCD Center of Los Angeles' Office Manager, Client Coordinator, and Behavioral Assistant. The primary research and focus in her graduate work has been Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is particularly interested in the application of these interventions for the treatment of anxiety disorders and trauma. She is currently researching her graduate thesis on the application of "third wave"  therapies for anxiety-based disorders.   Kelley is a member of the International Psychology Honors Society (Psi Chi), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
 

SARA GALGALO, BA, is a graduate of Gonzaga University, and is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She is the OCD Center of Los Angeles’ assistant Client Coordinator. Before joining the OCD Center, Sara worked as a crisis counselor where she was trained in suicide assessment, crisis de-escalation and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. Sara also has experience as a research assistant and was certified by the National Institute of Health as being ethically knowledgeable in conducting research involving human participants. 

The OCD Center of Los Angeles is open six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays. Individual and group therapy sessions with our staff therapists are scheduled by appointment only. We are unable to accommodate anyone who arrives at our offices without a previously scheduled appointment.


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Tom Corboy, MFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # MFC 35286

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John Tsilimparis, MFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # MFC 36512 (CA) and #001100 (NY)

Laura Yocum, MS, PPS - Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern #IMF 67765

Supervised by Tom Corboy, MFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # MFC 35286

Kevin Foss, MA - Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern #IMF 58141

Elizabeth Kassel, MSW - Registered Associate Social Worker #ASW 33720

Sheva Miran, MMFT - Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern #IMF 75694

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