ANA RIBAS, PH.D.
Dr Ana Ribas is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California who maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
Dr Ribas is currently affiliated with UCLA as a psychologist and clinical supervisor at the OCD Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, where she provides individual and group therapy, training and supervision in the delivery of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Dr Ribas served as a staff psychologist at the UCLA Counseling and Psychological services for eight years as a clinical supervisor, therapist, outreach coordinator, and as leader of the International Students Wellness Committee. She was distinguished with a staff achievement award.
Dr Ribas completed her predoctoral APA Accredited internship at Didi Hirsh Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at the USC department of Psychology as a clinical research coordinator, while also serving as a clinical supervisor at the USC Psychology Services Center. She was invited by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) to be a question-writer for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
Dr Ribas has extensive clinical experience and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion (MBSC), as well as in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). She is currently pursuing certification in Emotion Focused Therapy with Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. and Robert Elliott, PhD, the founders of this evidence-based approach.
Dr Ribas holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and a professional degree in Psychology from the University of Porto, Portugal. She is also a licensed psychologist in Portugal, where she had extensive training and experience in clinical supervision, rehabilitation, psychodrama and career counseling. She practiced for several years providing supervision to psychology trainees at the University of Porto, as a therapist in private practice, and as a therapist and coordinator in rehabilitation settings, including participating in international rehabilitation projects. In 2001 she was invited to be a Mental Health group leader for the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR).
In 2001, Dr Ribas was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Science Foundation to complete her PhD in the US in Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr Ribas has been an invited professor in graduate programs in Portugal focused on assessment and treatment of chronic pain and other rehabilitation issues.
Dr Ribas is a member of the International OCD Foundation, the California Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy.
Dr Ribas is an experienced and integrative psychologist committed to providing empathic, high quality, culturally competent therapy services to a diverse adult population. She believes her strengths as a therapist are her ability to to be attuned with her clients with warmth and authenticity, her flexibility to draw from various clinical interventions when appropriate, and her clinical judgment. Her therapy approach is informed by evidence-based treatments and draws on research findings and best practices in her profession.
I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each patient because each has a unique story.