The therapists at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center are empathic, understanding and committed to providing high quality, evidence-based therapy for our clients. All of our therapists are employees of the CBT Center and receive ongoing training in CBT for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) to ensure we are all delivering high quality, evidence-based treatments for your problems. We have three (3) certified CBT therapists, one of the few centers in California with this many therapists certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. This ensures you will receive “real” cognitive behavior therapy based on the best practices in the field no matter which therapist you see. During the telephone screening call, we will match you with the best therapist to meet your needs and schedule. Read about our therapists below.
Laura L.C. Johnson, MA, MBA, LMFT, LPCC
Founder and Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, Saratoga and Roseville Offices
Certified Cognitive Therapist by Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT-48807
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC-47
Laura L.C. Johnson, MA, MBA, LMFT, LPCC, has a passion for her work as a cognitive behavior therapist and helping her clients make lasting changes in their lives. Laura’s counseling approach integrates cognitive behavior therapy and other evidence-based therapies with positive psychology. Laura is certified in cognitive therapy by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy , a graduate of the year long extramural program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy by Behavioral Tech and completed three certificate programs in OCD treatment through the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania and the OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Laura is on the Board of Directors of the National Social Anxiety Center. Laura is one of only four certified cognitive therapists in the South Bay/Silicon Valley area (the other two were trained by Laura and work at our CBT Center) and also one of only two certified cognitive therapists in the entire Sacramento/Sierra region of California. She has two master’s degrees from Santa Clara University and Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. In addition, Laura has a unique background as a psychotherapist with a Columbia MBA and hands-on management experience in the corporate world. Read more about Laura by clicking here.
Alina Ghitea, MS, JD, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern MFTI-79433, Roseville Office (Supervised by Laura Johnson, Center Director, LMFT-48807)
Alina uses a positive approach to counseling with children, teens and adults. She follow evidence-based CBT principles while offering a warm, compassionate style and personalizing therapy to each person. She has a strong desire to see others succeed and reach their highest potential. Alina has advanced training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety from the Beck Institute. Alina has worked in a variety of settings including White House Counseling Center in Carmichael, Blue Sky Counseling Center in Roseville and Rosa Parks K-8 School in Sacramento. Alina has an MS in Counseling from California State University, Sacramento, a JD from McGeorge School of Law and a BA from University of California, Davis. Alina balances structure in cognitive behavior therapy with flexibility, warmth and compassion. Alina also has a special interest in women’s empowerment and incorporates a strength-based approach. Read more about Alina by clicking here.
Caitlyn Kermit Oscarson, MS, LMFT
Certified Cognitive Therapist by Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT-51585, Saratoga Office
Caitlyn Oscarson, MS, LMFT, works with adults, children, teenagers and families struggling with anxiety, OCD and eating disorders. Caitlyn’s approach to psychotherapy is client-centered and strength based, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral interventions and other evidence-based practices. Caitlyn is a Certified Cognitive Therapist by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, has completed training in CBT for Anxiety Disorders at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is a graduate of the OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute. She is trained in a number of empirically supported psychotherapy practices including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Schema Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, the Adolescent-Community Reinforcement Approach, and Motivational Interviewing. Along with seeing a full caseload of clients, Caitlyn is also the Intern Program Manager and Intern Supervisor at the CBT Center. Caitlyn has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s in Psychology and Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Read more about Caitlyn by clicking here.
Melissa Gould, MS, EdS, LPCC
Cognitive Behavior Therapist / Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC-368, Saratoga Office
Melissa Gould, MS, EdS, LPCC, has been providing counseling, assessment and treatment planning services since 2006. While Melissa works with all populations, her speciality is cognitive behavior therapy with children and families with a variety of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, selective mutism, hair pulling, skin picking, ADHD, behavior problems, family conflict, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, low self-esteem, poor body image and substance abuse. Melissa has completed training at the Beck Institute in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Melissa has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, in-home, and within a residential treatment facility for severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. Previous responsibilities included individual, family, and group therapy, parent assessment and training and substance abuse assessment and education. Melissa is a graduate of Florida State University, where she earned a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, a specialist degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Melissa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both California and Georgia. Read more about Melissa by clicking here.
Erica Russell, MA, LPCC, LMFT
Certified Cognitive Therapist by Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Certified Practitioner of the TEAM Model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC-897 & Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT-83982, Saratoga Office
Erica Russell, MA, LPCC, LMFT, provides cognitive behavior therapy for adults and teens with anxiety, OCD and related problems. One of Erica’s strengths is providing cognitive behavior therapy in a compassionate, client-centered manner while closely adhering to CBT’s core principles. Erica is a Certified Cognitive Therapist by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a certified practitioner of the David Burns’ TEAM model of CBT, having received a year of intensive training in this CBT model at Foothill College. She has completed training in CBT for Depression at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Erica has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine, where she graduated magna cum laude. Erica has significant experience with adults, children and teenagers through her work at Foothill College, Evergreen School District, Alamaden Valley Counseling Service and Living Success Center. Read more about Erica by clicking here.
Saryna Konczey, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern LMFT-96193, Saratoga Office
Saryna Konczey, MS, LMFT, works from a client-centered and strengths-based perspective with children, teens and adults with anxiety, OCD, selective mutism, depression and related problems as well as families and couples on relationship dynamics. She has a passion for helping her clients make effective changes to reduce suffering and increase psychological flexibility using cognitive behavioral therapies and other evidence-based interventions. Saryna has completed several advanced intensive trainings in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) led by experts in the field, and utilizes ACT to help her clients change their relationship to anxiety and psychological discomfort while living life to the fullest. Saryna has provided psychotherapy and counseling services at the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s clinic and school-based programs, Santa Clara County Mental Health, Support Network’s Domestic Violence Program and Contact Cares Crisis Counseling Program at the Bill Wilson Center. Saryna has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science from San Jose State University. Read more about Saryna by clicking here.
Kimberly Thorner, MS, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern MFTI-79433, Saratoga Office (Supervised by Caitlyn Oscarson, LMFT-51585)
Kimberly believes therapy is most helpful when the client feels empowered. She is compassionate and finds great joy in watching her clients grow and gain relief from unnecessary pain and struggles. Kimberly has worked with a variety of clients in a variety of setting including middle school students at Cupertino Union School District and adults, students and families through the Community Health Awareness Council. Kimberly has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, an MA in Educational Policy from George Washington University and a BA in History and Middle School Education from Gordon College. Read more about Kimberly by clicking here.
Assistant to the Center Director, Saratoga & Roseville Offices
Michelle Davis is our Center Assistant and she’s the friendly voice who greets you when you call the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center to schedule an appointment. Prior to joining us, Michelle worked at Hope Counseling Center in Roseville and Sacramento for 8 years. Hope is a busy counseling center where she supported a staff of over 30 therapists and management. Michelle has a degree from Sierra College. Michelle is a high energy person and a mom of six ranging from one year old to young adults.