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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Therapists

The symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can be difficult to treat. That is why getting treatment by Borderline Personality Disorder therapists who are intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based therapies is so important.

At Clearview Women’s Center, our team of expert BPD therapists and our executive director have been extensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, and/or another DBT training organization.

They also have experience and training with other evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness, allowing them to effectively treat both your BPD symptoms and any co-occurring disorders.

The Borderline Personality Disorder therapists at Clearview Women’s Center receive ongoing training to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest advances in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other evidence-based treatments and are providing you the best treatment possible. Additionally, members of our team of DBT therapists receive weekly consultation by noted national BPD expert and DBT trainer Dr. Charles Swenson.

Meet our expert BPD therapy team below:

Founder and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director, Michael Roy, MSW, LCSW

DBT Therapists
Clinical Director, Director of Training and Development, Alina Gorgorian, Ph.D.
Clinical Director and DBT Therapist, Steven Rudoy , Ph.D.
Program Psychologist and Family Program Coordinator, Nicole Riddle, Psy.D.
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Kate Roahrig, MA, LMFT
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Molly Ackerly, MSW, ASW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Charlotte Wickham, MSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator, Lucy Swank, LCSW

Medical Consultants
Psychiatrist, Arsalan Malik, MD
Psychiatrist, Kotra Ajir, MD

DBT Consultants
DBT Trainer and Program Consultant, Charlie Swenson, MD
DBT Consultant, Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michael Roy, LCSW
Founder and Executive Director
Michael Roy, LCSW, received his Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California (USC) and has more than 20 years of administrative, clinical, and management experience in mental health, dual diagnosis, and addiction treatment. Michael is a nationally recognized expert on dual diagnosis treatment and has special expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment for women.

Michael has completed numerous evidence-based trainings, including the 10-day intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training through Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, and the advanced course Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence through Treatment Implementation Collaborative.

He has also completed two three-day intensive trainings in Mentalization-based Therapy (MBT), an evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, through Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman, the originators of MBT. Michael is also trained as a Family Connections group leader by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD).

Michael founded Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders in 2008, the first residential treatment center for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on the West Coast. Clearview offers one of the most comprehensive BPD continuums of care available, including residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient treatment, and transitional living programs.

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DBT THERAPISTS

ALINA GORGORIAN, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Director of Training and Development

Dr. Alina Gorgorian received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University and received a two-year training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where she served as assistant director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Clinic. There, she trained in evidence-based therapies, including DBT, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP).

Dr. Gorgorian was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s training institute, in 2010 and has taught numerous courses in DBT. She has given talks and provided trainings in DBT for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), AIDS Project LA, and Cal State University Long Beach Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Gorgorian was director of adolescent DBT at CBT California and is currently a staff research associate at UCLA. She was previously adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Alliant International University’s School of Forensic Psychology. She is involved in a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded study on Community Partners in Care (CPIC), providing training in CBT for depression in community mental health.

As the past secretary of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California, Dr. Gorgorian is heavily involved in the research, training, and practice of evidence-based practices. She presents nationally and internationally on topics such as outcomes for DBT patients within community mental health settings, variables associated with transfer of CBT practices in a community mental health setting, evidence-based supervision effects on trainees, and the effectiveness of DBT delivered in Spanish in a community hospital setting.

As clinical director at Clearview Women’s Center, Alina oversees the clinical program, facilitates DBT skills groups, and provides training and education on DBT to program staff.

As director of training and development, Alina works with and provides supervision to clinical staff throughout Clearview’s programs and ensures they receive training in the most current evidence-based practices. Alina also provides DBT training to new staff and teaches DBT to the community counselors. Additionally, Alina is involved in program development.

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STEVEN RUDOY, Ph.D.
Clinical Director and DBT Therapist

Dr. Steven Rudoy received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, focusing on the treatment of severe mental illness and implementation of evidence based practices.

He completed two training rotations through the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His first was in the Aftercare Research Program, a treatment laboratory focusing on the treatment of young adults with first-episode psychosis, employing cognitive remediation training, skills building, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Next, Dr. Rudoy completed a year-long training rotation through the Youth Stress and Mood Clinic, specializing in the treatment of severe mood and emotion dysregulation in children and teens. Through this opportunity, Dr. Rudoy was introduced to DBT as part of a comprehensive team, studying the efficacy of comprehensive DBT for the treatment of severe emotion dysregulation in adolescents with features of Borderline Personality Disorder. Through this study, a collaboration between UCLA and the University of Washington, Dr. Rudoy received extensive training in the assessment of BPD and was involved in regular consultation regarding treatment implementation and clinical management.

Dr. Rudoy completed an APA-accredited internship at Pacific Clinics, Southern California’s largest community mental health agency. Through this experience and during postdoctoral training at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Dr. Rudoy honed his specialization in the treatment of chronic and severe mental illnesses, personality disorders, substance use disorders, as well as program development and supervision.

Dr. Rudoy served as Program Coordinator at Gateways Forensic Residential Services, overseeing two residential facilities for individuals with both mental illness, substance use disorders, and frequent interaction with the legal system. In this role, Dr. Rudoy served as the primary training supervisor and oversaw the day-to-day operations of an acute residential setting serving high risk clients.

Dr. Rudoy has continued to develop his skill in the application of DBT and CBT through continued trainings through Behavioral Tech, LLC and an outpatient DBT program. Dr. Rudoy has treated clients with varying presentations using evidence-based practices, and has experience both in the implementation of treatment protocols, as well as in training clinicians to carry out effective treatments with specific client populations.

As clinical director at Clearview’s DBT Center, Dr. Rudoy oversees the clinical program for mental and substance abusing clients, facilitates DBT skills groups, and provides training and education on DBT and other evidenced based treatments to program staff.

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NICOLE RIDDLE, Psy.D.
Program Psychologist and Family Program Coordinator

Dr. Nicole Riddle received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, California. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

During her fellowship, she provided individual therapy, inpatient and outpatient medical consultation, brief neuropsychological assessment in the inpatient medical setting, supervised doctoral candidate students, and co-facilitated a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) course for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinicians.

Dr. Riddle trained in evidence-based therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as applied to working with patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, post-partum depression, chronic pelvic pain, and eating disorders in both outpatient and inpatient medical settings.

Dr. Riddle received additional training in CBT, as well as individual and group DBT therapy, at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration. She participated as a clinician on the Marin County Mental Health DBT clinical team, provided DBT-informed treatment as a pre-doctoral intern at Boston Medical Center’s forensic inpatient psychiatric hospital, and participated as a clinician in the DBT for Binge Eating Disorder study at Stanford University Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Riddle is trained as a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader.

Dr. Riddle is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a current member of the American Psychological Association.

At Clearview, Dr. Riddle facilitates DBT skills groups, provides individual therapy using DBT, and works with patients suffering from eating disorders. Dr. Riddle also runs an ongoing DBT skills course for families of clients at Clearview Women’s Center.

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KATE ROAHRIG, MA, LMFT
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator

Kate Roahrig received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 from Pepperdine University. Kate is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Her deep interest in psychology sparked during her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, where she majored in psychology and worked in substance abuse treatment at Tara Treatment Center. While there, she co-facilitated the men and women’s process groups and worked closely with clients through their recovery using the 12-step model.

During her master’s program, Kate trained as an in-home outreach counselor with Valley Trauma Counseling Center. She conducted therapy with families and individuals of all backgrounds who were involved with the Department of Children and Family Services and suffering from emotional, mood, psychotic, and personality disorders.

Kate also worked with John Briere, Ph.D., and Randye Semple, Ph.D., studying the genetics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in patients admitted to the trauma units at LAC+USC Medical Center. She conducted clinical interviews with trauma patients and administered assessments, over a structured time period, to track the potential for and development of PTSD. Through these experiences, Kate developed a thoughtful understanding of the human experience and the clinical needs of individuals.

Kate has been a member of the Clearview Women’s Center team since 2012, starting her work as a community counselor and moving into the position of house manager. As house manager, Kate worked closely with the treatment team to ensure each client’s experience upheld Clearview’s mission and values.

Kate has been a DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator at Clearview for several years. She facilitates DBT skills groups and CBT groups, and provides individual therapy and skills coaching utilizing DBT. Kate is trained as a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader and co-leads the family program offered at Clearview.

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MOLLY ACKERLY, MSW, ASW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator

Molly Ackerly received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University in New York and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Molly is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Molly focused her clinical training on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments. While at Columbia University, Molly completed the DBT Training Program and Lab under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff, president of Behavioral Tech.

Molly completed her intensive DBT training in 2016 with Randy Wolbert and Gwen Abney-Cunningham at Columbia University. Additionally, Molly received clinical training in exposure therapy, functional analysis, suicide risk assessment and protocol, chemical dependency, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), Motivational Interviewing, and cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods.

As a DBT intern at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., Molly provided individual psychotherapy to adults with substance use disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. She also sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team, co-led DBT skills groups, and led dual-diagnosis groups. While at Silver Hill, Molly also worked as a residential counselor in the Transitional Living Program to provide milieu skills coaching to adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders.

Molly also previously worked at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, N.Y., as a milieu manager and mental health worker. At Four Winds, Molly provided DBT milieu skills coaching and crisis de-escalation to adolescents with severe mental illness in an acute care setting.

At Clearview, Molly facilitates DBT skills training groups, CBT groups, and relapse-prevention groups, and provides individual DBT therapy.

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CHARLOTTE WICKHAM, MSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator

Charlotte Wickham received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of California San Diego.

Her clinical interests are the study and practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her clinical training has focused on evidenced-based practices in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. Additionally, she has attended several classes at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center that helped enhance her clinical work.

Charlotte previously worked at Harbor UCLA’s Adult Outpatient Program, intensively training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as several other evidence-based therapies, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy.

While at Harbor, she participated in a DBT consultation team, led a DBT skills training group, and practiced individual DBT therapy. She also received intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and facilitated a CBT group for anxiety and depression, as well as training in psychodiagnostic assessment with adults and conducted assessments for outpatient adult psychiatry populations.

Prior to Harbor UCLA, Charlotte worked at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment & Research, where she gained experience working with women and men with a variety of eating disorders, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder. There, she gained experience with inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs while utilizing a variety of modalities, including DBT and CBT.

At Clearview, Charlotte provides individual therapy and facilities ACT, behavioral activities, and mind/body wellness groups.

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LUCY SWANK, ACSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Group Facilitator

Lucy Swank received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University in New York and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Lucy is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Lucy focused her clinical training on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments. While at Columbia University, Lucy completed the DBT Training Program and Lab under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff, president of Behavioral Tech.

Lucy completed her intensive DBT training in 2017 with Randy Wolbert and Gwen Abney-Cunningham at Columbia University. Additionally, Lucy received clinical training in exposure therapy, functional analysis, suicide risk assessment and protocol, chemical dependency, motivational Interviewing, and cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods.

As a DBT intern at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, Lucy provided individual psychotherapy to adults with substance use disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. She also sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team, co-led DBT skills groups, and led dual-diagnosis groups.

Lucy also previously worked at St. Christopher’s Inc., a therapeutic boarding school, in Dobbs Ferry, NY as an intake coordinator.

At Clearview’s DBT Center, Lucy facilitates DBT skills training groups, Recovery Skills groups, and Relationship Skills groups. Lucy also facilitates WRAP and Skills Rehearsal groups for PHP clients. Lucy provides individual DBT therapy. Lastly, Lucy is responsible for coordinating family weekends three to four times a year.

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MEDICAL CONSULTANTS

ARSALAN MALIK, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Arsalan Malik completed his psychiatry residency at the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. During that time, he served as the clinical chief resident of the Menninger Clinic, where he specialized in addressing the complex medical, psychiatric, and substance use difficulties of high-achieving individuals no longer functioning successfully in the workplace and/or at home.

Dr. Malik provided psychiatric care to treatment-resistant depressed, anxious, bipolar, and personality disordered patients on the Professionals in Crisis and Young Adult units. He developed his interest and expertise in the treatment of mood and co-occurring personality disorders at this time using a comprehensive and integrated, multidisciplinary treatment approach. This comprised psychoanalytically informed hospital psychiatry, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic individual, group, couples, and family therapy.

Dr. Malik holds a Clinical Fellowship in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is currently a clinical associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and volunteer clinical faculty at UCLA.

He is also an editor for the journal Gender and Violence that launched in early 2014. He is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Malik is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

At Clearview, Dr. Malik functions as the medical director of the Women’s Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders. He conducts comprehensive medical and psychiatric intakes, and provides ongoing neuropsychopharmacological management and consultation, as wells as supportive psychotherapy.

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KOTRA AJIR, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Kotra Ajir received her MD from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York in 1992. Her four-year residency training in psychiatry took place at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. During that time, she developed an interest in pharmacogenetics, how different ethnic groups metabolize medications, and published a paper on the pharmacogenetics and pharmacodynamics of Adinazolam.

In 1996, Dr. Ajir completed a one-year fellowship in substance abuse at UCLA and the West L.A. Veterans Administration Medical Center. She was the principal investigator on several studies sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She was also the study physician for several studies run by LAARC and served as the physician at MATRIX Institute, an outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol dependence.

In 1997, Dr. Ajir started a private practice in psychiatry, while she continued research, and was an attending psychiatrist on the Substance Abuse Unit at the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute. She specializes in dual diagnosis and treats mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

At Clearview, Dr. Ajir functions as the psychiatrist at Clearview Center for Addictions and Mental Health Disorders and is an integral part of the treatment team. She conducts comprehensive psychiatric assessments, and provides ongoing psychopharmacological management and consultation.

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DBT PROGRAM CONSULTANTS

CHARLIE SWENSON, MD
DBT Trainer and Program Consultant

Dr. Charlie Swenson graduated from Harvard College and Yale Medical School. He joined the faculty of Cornell University Medical College in 1982, where for five years he directed a long-term psychoanalytically oriented inpatient program for patients with personality disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Beginning in 1987, Dr. Swenson developed and directed inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs for patients with BPD based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In 1990 and 1993, he was voted Teacher of the Year by the psychiatric residents. While at Cornell, he served as a DBT trainer and consultant throughout the United States and Europe, coordinating statewide implementation of DBT in the public sectors of Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Dr. Swenson has published widely on the treatment of borderline patients, including the following articles: “A comparison of Kernberg’s psychoanalytic approach to that of DBT” (1989), “The inpatient application of DBT” (2001), “Identifying the factors leading to DBT’s popularity” (2001), and “The barriers and strategies for implementing DBT in community mental health centers” (2002).

From 1997 to the present, he has been associate professor of clinical psychiatry for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as area medical director for the western Massachusetts area of the Department of Mental Health.

Since September 2010, Dr. Swenson has had a part-time private practice and worked with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. He serves as the senior psychiatrist for the western Massachusetts and central Massachusetts areas of the Department of Mental Health, doing community-based clinical consultations and working to strengthen implementations of evidence-based practices in the community mental health system. Additionally, Dr. Swenson serves as a senior trainer and senior consultant for Behavioral Tech, LLC, Marsha Linehan’s training institute.

Dr. Swenson, along with another trainer, provided intensive training to members of Clearview’s DBT team through Behavioral Tech in Northampton, Mass. Currently, Dr. Swenson works with members of Clearview’s extensive DBT team to provide consultation in the areas of program development, staff training, and the provision of clinical services.

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ALAN E. FRUZZETTI, Ph.D.
DBT Consultant

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Research Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has worked since 1994. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, and was chosen as the Psychologist of the Year in Nevada in 2010.

Dr. Fruzzetti is research director and on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD), on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Investigation and Teaching of DBT, and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Linehan Institute. He is the author or co-author of nearly 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and two books.

His research focuses on the interplay between severe psychopathology/emotion dysregulation and interpersonal processes (including family interactions, family violence, and therapist-client interactions) and the development and evaluation of effective individual and family treatments for these problems. He is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems.

Dr. Fruzzetti has created multiple successful DBT applications for individuals, couples, parents, and families, and has provided extensive teaching and therapist training in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is married and has four children.

Dr. Fruzzetti worked with members of Clearview’s extensive DBT team to develop and implement a five-week DBT family education curriculum for family members of Clearview Women’s Center. He is currently working with the Clearview team to develop a DBT family program and support services for Clearview’s Outpatient Treatment Center. Dr. Fruzzetti also provides ongoing clinical consultation to members of Clearview’s DBT team.

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