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) for adults and adolescents (including family component)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Mind and Emotions

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

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 two-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