Staff List

Eda Gorbis, Ph. D., LMFT

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Gorbis joined Dr. Edna B. Foa, an internationally recognized authority who pioneered the protocols for ERP, in 1994 and received extensive training in the field of OCD treatment. In 1996, she began working with Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz at UCLA, where she integrated Dr. Foa's ERP methods. Over the past seven years, she has treated more than 150 in- and out-patients with OCD while working closely with their families. Her method synthesizes the successful treatment modalities for OCD and PTSD and has yielded a high rate of success. Dr. Gorbis' work has received large amount of attention from the national media. Her intensive method has been the topic on National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, BBC, 20/20, and numerous local news channels. CA license (MFC32501)
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Tabasom Vahidi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tabasom Vahidi has received extensive training and education in the field of Clinical Psychology. She received a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the California Graduate Institute and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California and is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, International OCD Foundation, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

She is a trained Cognitive-Behavioral therapist. She has had extensive training in Exposure with Response Prevention and Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. She works collaboratively with each of her patients to tailor therapy to best meet the patient's goals and preferences using evidenced-based treatment. She has also worked extensively with Dr. Eda Gorbis in treating refractory cases of OCD, with comorbid diagnoses, using a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Dr. Vahidi is also a research assistant at USC, helping assess and evaluate subjects for a genetic study on OCD and related disorders, including Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding, Trichotillomania, and Dermatillomania. Research had confirmed that genes can play a role in the development of these disorders, and the goal of this study is to help identity these genes so that new and improved treatment may be developed.

Dr. Vahidi interest in the treatment of OCD began during her pre-doctoral training at the CGI Counseling Center and her post-doctoral training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center, where she received specialized supervision in working with patients suffering from anxiety, depression, phobias, panic disorder, and OCD.

Carolyn Kim, LMFT

Licensed no. 90023

Carolyn received her Master in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a BA in Literature from UC San Diego. Her passion for psychology and wellness began in her early 20s when she studied meditation and mindfulness in Northern California.

Her knowledge and experience of mental health grew to include the research-backed and empirically studied treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention. She gained this experience as a research assistant at UCLA for Dr. Bruce Chorpita's study on the effectiveness of current mental health technologies for children and adolescents. In addition, she obtained her graduate and post-graduate clinical training at the renowned treatment center for eating disorders, Monte Nido Eating Disorders Treatment Centers, as well as the outpatient treatment facility for eating disorders in Santa Monica, A New Journey (now Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders).

Carolyn's experience also extends to working with grade school children at Para Los Ninos, and at the long standing non-profit organization, The Southern California Counseling Center which dedicates itself to bringing mental health care for at-risk populations suffering from a broad and diverse set of mental illness and interpersonal and relational challenges.

Altogether, Carolyn has direct experience working with people suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, ADHD, self-injurious behaviors, Bipolar and related disorders and insomnia. She can also help clients find balance and fulfillment in the wake of complex life transitions.

Joseph O'Neill, Ph.D.

Research Director

Dr. O'Neill is Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI). He has 10 years research and clinical experience with MRI and MRS in neurologic and psychiatric disorders. He collaborates day-to-day with the co-investigators on OCD research at the NPI and Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc.

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Yali Zhao, MD, Ph.D

Neuroscientist, Research Director, Medical Consultant, Head of Business Development in China

Yali Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. is a medical research neuroscientist, interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of central control of reproduction, sleep, hemostasis, and learning and memory.

Dr. Zhao received her M.D from the Fourth Military Medical School in China. After completing her residency training in internal medicine, Dr. Zhao continued her postgraduate training and clinical research in medical imaging, focusing on ultrasound diagnostics. After one year of clinical fellowship in the department of radiology at Montreal General Hospital in Canada, Dr. Zhao further received postdoctoral training in neuroscience at IRCM (Clinical Research Institute of Montreal). Since then, Dr. Zhao has been focusing her research on neuronal circuitry, synaptic plasticity and regulations in UCLA Brian Research Institute.

During these years, Dr. Zhao has made significant contribution in both basic and clinical medical research. Her discoveries were published in many highly recognized peer-review journals including Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Current Biology, etc. Since 2008, Dr. Zhao has extended her interests to the field of mental health and neuropsychiatric disorders such as OCD, PTSD, sleep disorder, etc. In collaboration with Dr. Eda Gorbis, Dr. Zhao would like to combine her research and clinical expertise to help the patients afflicted with these disorders to improve their quality of life.

Andrew Matzke, M.A.

Spiritual Advisor

Andy Matzke holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Theology and Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is an ordained Minister who has spent over 20 years of his career training and advising thousands of families and youth on how to pursue truth and deepen their faith in God. Andy is a professional speaker, teacher, writer and pastor who is also trained in Exposure and Response Therapy (ERT) as it relates to Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD).

His expertise is in the area of Scrupulosity, focusing on obsessions and compulsions directly connected to matters of religion and morality.

He uses the methodologies described in Dr. Edna Foa's book, Stop Obsessing and Jeffery Schwartz's book, Brain Lock. Additionally, Andy has personally worked with Dr. Eda Gorbis, Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders. Together, they have successfully treated patients who suffer from OCD as it specifically interrelates with Scrupulosity.

Jason Charchan

Personal Trainer

Jason Charchan is currently one of the most popular and sought after trainers in Los Angeles with a current and past client list that includes Professional athletes, actors, and models as well as successful executives and professionals including one of the world's most popular athletes, David Beckham, USA Soccer's All-time Leading Goal scorer Landon Donovan, and Future Baseball Hall of Famer Nomar Garciaparra to name a few. The 90210 trainer and has since successfully worked with clients in the greater Los Angeles area, Miami, FL and Rome, Italy.

His approach to fitness and health is both unique and compelling. He enthusiastically approaches whole body fitness by first tapping into your mind and your motivating factors and then teaches you how to push past your perceived "comfort zones" and believe that your goals are possible. This approach has been extremely useful and effective to help people lose weight, gain muscle mass, increase flexibility, decrease stress, preventing injuries and increasing self-esteem and enhance even performance in other areas of life. Jason maintains his own fitness website ( which includes periodic newsletters with fitness and nutrition tips as well as a healthy recipes. He believes that lifestyle change and learning to enjoy the process is the key.

Julia Huffman

Public Speaking Coach

I want to inspire every actor to become a great actor, with the emphasis on great! After moving to Los Angeles in 1994 Julia has played a gamut of characters in front of the camera in film, television and commercials as well as behind the camera producing, casting and directing.

In the studio:
Actors: Julia coaches actors on audition preparation and techniques to book the job! Sessions also include breath work, monologues and use of movement.

Professional speakers: Julia helps professionals to connect on a deeper level to their material which, in turn, creates a much stronger connection and results in a much greater impact.

What we teach:
In film, less is more. Whether a beginner or a pro, film actors must learn not to add to their natural talent. That is, to learn to do nothing extra. Learn to have a healthy relationship with your talent. Talent is the unique and passionate expression of the self in a specific medium.

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Dr. Gorbis' interview on Body Dysmorphic Disorder available to watch at!

Dr. Gorbis talks about Body Dysmorphic order, its successful treatment methods, and resources for therapists. Go there now.

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