The Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic

The Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic

The Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic provides brief and long-term, solution-focused, low-fee therapy for children, adolescents, adults and couples. All clinicians are doctoral students of clinical psychology who are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists.

The Clinic is dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving the quality of life in the community by providing affordable, empirically supported therapy services.

Clinicians work with clients on issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Specific phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Body image and eating problems
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anger problems
  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic interpersonal problems
  • Body-repetitive focused behaviors
  • Hoarding

Group Therapy Offerings

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group

DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that has shown to be effective in treating a wide range of disorders such as substance use, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. It consists of four modules of behavioral skills: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The 24-week program is run like a class where the group leaders teach and assign homework to help you practice using the skills in your everyday life.

Mind and Emotions Group

In this group, you will learn skills such as mindfulness, self-soothing, and communication skills. These skills use various CBT skills shown to have positive effects in coping with difficult thoughts, overwhelming feelings, and long-term struggles like depression and anxiety.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Group / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Do you need help communicating effectively with others or asserting yourself? Do you find yourself getting in relationships too quickly, or staying in relationships too long? Do you fear abandonment or experience yourself as worthless? The interpersonal skills group teaches interpersonal skills from an ACT perspective while addressing beliefs you hold about yourself that contribute to difficult relationship patterns.

What are Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based Therapies?

Cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies are a diverse group of therapies shown in controlled research trials to be effective in helping people overcome or cope with many common and challenging problems of living.

While the therapy relationship is a crucial part of these therapies, the cognitive and behavioral therapies are problem-focused. Some of the best-known evidence-based treatments offered at the CBT Clinic include Cognitive Therapy; Behavioral Activation; Relaxation Training; Interoceptive and In Vivo exposure; Communication Training; Prolonged Exposure; Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD; Schema Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies have been developed on the basis of research and their efficacy tested in controlled experiments. Therapy outcomes tend to be significant resulting in valuable quality of life improvements.


Initial Intake: $30 for a three-hour session

Group Therapy: $12 per session for all groups; DBT family component is $20 per family

Individual Therapy: Sliding scale of $15-$50 for 50-minute sessions based on income; students pay a reduced fee of $15.

Clinic Staff

Clinical Directors
Matthew McKay, Ph.D.

Stephanie Catella, Psy.D.

Clinic Assistants
Liza Preminger

Max Sutton-Smolin

Clark Rector


(510) 923-2241

Offered by appointment only, services are available in English or Spanish.