Kelly Graling, Director of Consultation Services, is a full-time licensed clinical psychologist at CBC where she coordinates, trains and consults to numerous schools and agencies on a local and national level applying CBT and DBT. She is also an individual, family and group therapist who treats adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Graling leads DBT skills training groups and conducts individual CBT and DBT therapies. She has received intensive training in both CBT and DBT. She specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma and anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, as well as personality disorders, suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors.
Prior to joining the staff at CBC, Dr. Graling was the Training Director at CBT California (in the Los Angeles area). Dr. Graling implemented the Adolescent DBT program at the Beverly Hills office of CBT California. She also provided CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP, a treatment for chronic depression) to individuals. Dr. Graling trained and supervised clinical psychology graduate students at UCLA’s Psychology Clinic and mental health professionals internationally in CBT and DBT. Dr. Graling completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she wrote her dissertation on the role of emotion dysregulation in self-harm behaviors and interpersonal problems. She also completed an APA accredited internship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, gaining further expertise in CBT, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. During internship, Dr. Graling received further training in adolescent DBT with Dr. Alec Miller. Dr. Graling also completed a psychology externship training at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where she received in-depth training in CBT for psychosis and DBT. Dr. Graling’s research interests include: emotion regulation and interpersonal functioning in borderline personality disorder, adolescent development, and gender and sexuality. She has published several peer-reviewed papers and given presentations on emotion dysregulation, sexuality, and borderline personality disorder. She is currently serving on the program committee for the International Society for the Improvement and Training of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She will be serving as co-chair of for the International Society for the Improvement and Training of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the next two years, and will facilitate conferences in New York City and San Diego.