Dr. Carla Elia
Consulting and Adult, Adolescent and Couples Psychotherapy
Approach to Therapy
Dr. Elia’s approach to therapy varies depending on the unique needs of each client. She believes in working collaboratively with you to identify areas of concerns and goals for therapy. She primarily applies cognitive-behavioral therapy which is scientific-based and focuses on the present and the development of coping skills. In addition, she also integrates mindfulness techniques and looking at the impact of early childhood attachments and family experiences on your functioning. While she emphasizes active listening, her approach is highly interactive where you are often provided with feedback and recommendations.
Education & License
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University (APA Accredited)
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University (APA Accredited)
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Licensed Psychologist in California since 2003 (PSY 19268)
Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Rice, E., Comulada, w. S., Best, K., Elia, C., Peters, K., Li, L., Green, S., Valladares, E. (2012). Intervention Outcomes Among HIV-Affected Families Over 18 Months. Aids and Behavior. Volume 16 (1265-1275).
Sharpe, T.T. , Rammohan, V., & Elia, C. (2009). HIV and STD Risk among Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth and UCLA’s Suite of Effective Behavioral Interventions. The Journal of Equity in Health, Volume 2 (1).
Lester, P., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Elia, C., Elkavich, A., & Rice, E. (2007). TALK: Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate. Book chapter. Handbook of Evidence-Based Treatment Manuals for Children and Adolescents.
Rice, E., Elia, C., Galvan, F., Kanouse, D., & Bing, E. Social Ties and HIV Testing Behaviors: A Call for Social Network Research. In preparation.
Elia, C. (2002) The Relationship between Depression, Family Conflict, Perceived Social Support, and Acculturation among Ethnic Minority Youth. Unpublished doctoral dissertation.
Managing Resistance. AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Empowering Children Impacted by Maternal Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and HIV. Teleconference series. National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, University of California, Berkley, CA.
Surviving Dating in LA. Private practice workshop.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders. California Graduate Institute.
Treatment of Maternal Depression: The Impact on Children. American Psychological Association Conference.
Dating Etiquette 101. Private practice workshop.
Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating. Private practice workshop.
A Pilot Intervention Model for Depression among Mothers on Welfare. American Psychological Association Conference.
The Impact of Family Conflict and Divorce on Children. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Mental Health Services.
Families Working Together: An Attachment-based Model of Child Treatment. American Psychological Association Conference.
Children and Depression. County of Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services Foster Parent Training.
Psychosocial Implications of Living with HIV/AIDS. Pepperdine University.
Clinical Supervision. Aids Project Los Angeles.
Children and ADHD. County of Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services Foster Parent Training.
Families Working Together: Involving the Family in Child Mental Health Treatment. American Public Health Association Conference.
Living with HIV/AIDS: Implications for Mental Health Treatment. Health Psychology Special Interest Group at LA County Psychological Association.
Using Short-Term Evidence-Based Counseling Intervention Tools for people Living with or at High Risk for HIV. American Psychological Association.
Clinical Supervision. AIDS Project Los Angeles.
HIV-Infected Mothers and Children: The Need for Family-Centered Interventions. National American Psychological Association Conference.
Evaluation of a School-Based Mental Health Program. American Psychological Association Conference.
From Welfare to Work: Maintaining Long-term Self-sufficiency. American Psychological Association Conference.
Developing Educational Groups for Children and Parents Living with HIV/AIDS. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Pediatrics.
The Relationship Between Depression, Family Conflict, Perceived Family Support, and Acculturation among Adolescents. Annual Research Conference at Alliant International University.
UCLA Center For Community Health
Clinical Supervisor, Training and Adaptation Coordinator, and Intervention Coordinator
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Consultant for evidenced-based interventions
South Florida Behavioral Health Network Trainer for an evidence-based intervention
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Trainer for an evidence-based intervention
University of Texas Southwestern - Capacity Building Assistance Program Consultant for evidence-based interventions
American Psychological Association (APA)
The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Consultant for evidence-based interventions
California Graduate Institute
UCLA Substance Abuse Integrated Programs Intervention Facilitator
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles - USC Keck School of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Internship (APA Accredited)
Glen Roberts Child Study Center
Tarzana Treatment Center
UCLA Office of Students with Disabilities
Psycho-education Assessment Clerkship