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    Dr. Aranda

    Brenda Aranda, Ph.D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Aranda is also currently an Assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) & an adjunct professor at Midwestern University. Dr. Aranda received her postdoctoral training at Harbor University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center and Pre-doctoral training at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical School/ Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has also co-authored and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters.

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    Dr. Smart

    Latoya Smart, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Smart is an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M International University, and Grand Canyon University. Dr. Smart provides services for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-25). She also provides individual as well as group therapy. Additionally, Dr. Smart is trained in psychological assessment.

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    Dr. Varkey

    Betsy Varkey, PhD is a post-doctoral trainee at DBT Arizona. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Dr. Varkey completed her predoctoral internship at Harmonium, Inc in San Diego conducting individual, family and group therapy with clients of all ages and diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting issues.

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    Dr. Alihodzic

    Dino Alihodzic, Psy. D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Alihodzic also currently holds a position at the Phoenix VA Health Care system where he completed his postdoctoral internship. Dr. Alihodzic completed his doctoral education at Midwestern University, Glendale. He completed a predoctoral internship at Southwest Behavioral & Health services providing treatment and assessment at a community mental health clinic.

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    V. Perez

    Vanesa is originally from Southern California. She moved to Arizona to pursue her PhD in clinical psychology at Arizona State University. She attended the University of California Los Angeles for her undergraduate studies. Vanesa is able to provide services for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-25). She is able to provide individual as well as group therapy. Her expertise in parenting skills, coping skills, self-regulation and subsequent emotional/behavioral disorders, and cultural stressors has allowed her to practice in various settings including community mental health agencies, university counseling centers, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she remains actively affiliated.

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    N. Nourani

    Nava Nourani is a doctoral student pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her undergraduate education in child and adolescent psychology at Arizona State University. She is able to provide individual, family and group therapy and has extensive experience in working with refugee minority groups and Native American Populations. She is trained in TF-CBT. Her training includes coping strategies, parenting skills, and culturally-sensitive and sound therapeutic practices. Nava is passionate about instilling hope. She actively participates in local and national youth organizations and has served on the board for Native American Youth at NABI in Houck, Arizona.

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    K. Hollingsworth

    Kathryn Hollingsworth, M.A., received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Clinical Child and Family Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. She is expected to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in 2022.

    Her clinical and research experiences are with a wide range of pediatrics, adolescents, young adults and families has allowed her to gain experience in various settings including the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other community mental health clinics.

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    Kimberly Yu

    Kimberly is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Arizona State University. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Connecticut College. Kim is able to provide services for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-25) through both individual therapy and group therapy. Kim also provides services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the Departments of Cardiology and Psychology.

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    R. Uhlman

    Rana is a doctoral student currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and Taipei, Taiwan before moving to Ohio to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Rana provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-25).

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    M. Olah

    Meryl is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University. Prior to ASU, she attended Mills College and the University of California, Irvine, where she studied Psychology and Fine Art. Meryl provides individual and group services for adolescents and adults. Her expertise is in mindfulness, self-compassion, coping, and emotion regulation. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at national and international scientific conferences.

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