Meet Your Therapists 

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Sheva Rajaee, MFT #97616

Is a psychotherapist licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California, and living in Orange County. She received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC).

Before founding the Center for Anxiety and OCD, 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. She also worked at the UCLA Social Stigma and Social Interaction laboratory, where she studied the effects of social stigma on performance.

Next, 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 OCD and related anxiety disorders.

Most recently, Sheva worked as a psychotherapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, where she specialized in the treatment of all types of anxiety disorders, and body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB’s), placing a special emphasis on relationship based anxiety (ROCD) and pure obsessional OCD (Pure-O). A native Angeleno, Sheva is fluent in English and Farsi. She has a passion for helping her clients achieve a new level of understanding in their lives, and guiding them on their path towards finding real relief from anxiety disorders. See her discuss her experience with her own anxiety on the TED stage below. 


Education

UCLA: BA in English Literature 

USC: Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy


Training:

Trainee: The Southern California Counseling Center  

Behavior Therapist: The UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 

Psychotherapist: The OCD Center of Los Angeles 


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Rebeca Ramirez, MFT #105331

Is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California, who was born and raised in Orange County. She received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family from the University of Southern California (USC) and her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Before working at CAOCD, Rebeca was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and worked with children with Autism before moving on to advance her training with individuals, couples and families at the Richstone Family Center. There, Rebeca became the lead group facilitator for Parent Support Groups, Mindfulness Groups, and Anger Management Groups and discovered a passion for working with anxiety disorders.

Skilled in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness strategies and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Rebeca has worked closely with Sheva to become specialized in the treatment of a variety of anxiety disorders including Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD.) She prides herself on developing a deep connection to her clients and creating the warm therapeutic relationship needed to achieve results.

Rebeca is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).


Education: 

UC Santa Barbara: BA in Psychology; Minor in Applied Psychology

USC: Master of Marriage and Family Therapy


Training:

Behavioral Therapist: Behavior Frontiers

Trainee: Richstone Family Center

Psychotherapist: Richstone Family Center


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Ken Cunningham, LCPC, APCC #6886

Is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois, and is actively pursuing his license in the state of California. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Law from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, he went on to receive his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Vanderbilt University.

Most recently, Ken worked at the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago where he specialized in the treatment of all types of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and facilitated an Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) group for adults. Ken has experience working in a variety of settings and levels of care including outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs. His work emphasizes building a therapeutic relationship with clients to maximize collaboration and achieve optimal results.

Ken customizes treatment plans to each individual, utilizing evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Ken is fluent in English and Japanese and values multicultural competency in his work with clients. At CAOCD, it is Ken’s mission to help his clients improve the quality of their lives through evidence based approaches and a strong therapeutic connection.

Ken is an active member of the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)


Education:

Waseda University: BA in Law 

Vanderbilt University: M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Training:

Behavior Therapist: Rogers Behavioral Health, Chicago

Psychotherapist: The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago (DASC)


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Lauren Best, AMFT #87890

Is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology at Chapman University, Lauren went on to achieve her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University.

Prior to working at CAOCD, Lauren trained in community-based mental health where she specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and trauma-related disorders. There she became a lead group facilitator for Parenting groups, Anger Management, Therapeutic Art, and Mindfulness groups, providing services to clients with diverse backgrounds. Additionally, Lauren has extensive experience building and supervising teams of Parent Educators as a Home Visiting Program Manager. Perhaps most importantly, as a parent herself, Lauren has a unique passion for working with anxiety disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with children and their families.

Lauren believes in a strength-based, integrative approach to treatment that incorporates the client’s own strengths while working with them to build the skills needed to achieve success in treatment and in life. She is skillful in developing a safe therapeutic environment and works collaboratively to foster growth and healing. Lauren brings warmth, energy and a deep understanding of family systems to her work as a clinician at CAOCD.

Lauren is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)


Education:


Chapman University: BA in Psychology; Minor in Sociology


Pepperdine University: MA in Clinical Psychology


Training:


Trainee & Associate: Richstone Family Center


Meet Your Client Coordinator

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Sophia Turner, BA

Is currently studying to become a Marriage and Family Therapist at The University of Southern California (USC) and hopes to work with anxiety and OCD in the near future. Sophia brings a nonjudgmental, person-centered approach to her work and prioritizes client comfort from the very first call. As the first point of contact at the Center for Anxiety and OCD, Sophia introduces clients to the therapeutic program and helps clients and their families navigate the often confusing process of choosing the program and therapist that is right for them.