Dr. Caitlin Ferriter is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. She received her B.A. in psychology from Harvard University in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. Dr. Ferriter completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA San Diego/UCSD Psychology Internship Training Program and remained at the VA for her postdoctoral training in mood and suicidality. She worked as a staff psychologist at the VA San Diego from 2012-2015 where she served as the team leader of an interdisciplinary outpatient mental health team and one of two full-time psychologists on the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team. Dr. Ferriter was also highly involved in teaching and training and continues to supervise unlicensed psychologists.
Dr. Ferriter has expertise working with individuals who experience difficulties managing emotions. This can occur among individuals with general mental health concerns, such as stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues, as well as those who struggle with impulsive behaviors, such as self-injury, risky sexual behaviors and unhealthy eating behaviors. She helps people learn tools to be more effective at managing their emotions and gain freedom to live the lives they want to be living.
Dr. Ferriter is trained in a number of evidence-based psychotherapies (i.e., therapies that have been shown by research to be effective), including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, and Mindfulness. She takes an individualized approach to treatment, where the goal is to understand the client's unique set of challenges and goals and develop a personalized treatment plan that selects the therapy that is going to be most likely to help a client with his/her unique struggles.