I deliver a treatment approach that is genuine, direct, and effective.

As a clinical psychologist, I deliver a treatment approach that is genuine, direct, and effective. My treatment approach is tailored to each client and typically involves a blend of evidenced based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Together we’ll work to uncover and better understand life’s challenges and day-to-day stressors that detract from your life and focus, and begin identifying and practicing things that will improve your overall quality of life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, created by Aaron Beck,MD, is an empirically based, short-term therapy which focuses on the collaborative relationship between the therapist and client. Treatment is designed to help the client understand the relationship between thoughts and behaviors. Clients learn how to reframe maladaptive thoughts and implement effective solutions to address life’s problems. Through the use of skill building and cognitive restructuring, CBT promotes long-term results that can improve your overall quality of life.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, developed by Marsha M. Linehan, ABPP, PhD, is evidenced based, cognitive behavioral treatment which focuses on accepting clients as they are while also acknowledging they need to change in order to reach their goals. A key component of dialectical behavior therapy is skills training, which includes the teaching and application of skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Though DBT was initially designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, research demonstrates efficacy in the treatment of many disorders including depression and anxiety.

Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT)
Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, researched by Barry Krakow, MD is a cognitive behavioral treatment for reducing the number and intensity of nightmares among people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This treatment has been modified by Raymond Fidaleo, MD to specifically treat nightmares and flashbacks experienced by victims of assault (physical or sexual) or witnesses to traumatic events. Modified IRT is short-term and does not required clients to relive the traumatic event via prolonged exposure therapy.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy is a time-limited, attachment-focused therapy that focuses on resolving current difficulties and improving interpersonal relationships. Some of these difficulties may include the death of a loved one or unresolved grief, the beginning or ending of a relationship or marriage, the diagnosis of a disease, struggles in relationships related to role disputes, and/or the absence of a major life event.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. The basic foundation of MBSR is to focus one’s awareness in the present moment without judgment. Research currently supports the effectiveness of mindfulness-based practices to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and contributes to stress reduction, relaxation, and improvement of overall quality of life.


Newport Beach Psychologist, Dimitra Takos, PsyD.