In addition to clinical experience as a therapist, I have a lifetime of experience as a human being. My passion for OCD treatment, education, and advocacy comes from my own personal experience with the disorder. I understand firsthand the relentlessness of OCD and how painfully it holds one’s life captive. I also understand that relief and recovery are real with a large dose of evidence-based treatment and an equally large dose of willingness.
Alegra Kastens is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT #124277) and received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She is the Founder of the Center for OCD, Anxiety and Eating Disorders. She specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, eating disorders, body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
Her clinical work focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness skills training for adults, adolescents, and children.
Prior to her work in a private practice, she worked as a psychotherapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles specializing in the treatment of OCD, BRFB’s and anxiety disorders. She also trained extensively in CBT, with an emphasis on ERP, at the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, where she assisted in providing hands-on ERP with clients experiencing moderate to severe OCD.
Additional clinical experience includes her work as a counselor at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, California where she provided individual therapy and couples therapy for clients struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, grief, and complex trauma.
Alegra Kastens holds a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.
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