Balance CBT is the private practice of Trevor Schraufnagel, PhD, who is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27841) and an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. Dr. Schraufnagel's primary focus is providing evidence-based treatment for anxiety. While he places very high value on research-driven treatments, he strongly believes that compassion, validation, and a powerful relationship are cornerstones to effective therapy.

Brief Biography

Dr. Schraufnagel completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington (UW). He completed his predoctoral internship at the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital. Dr. Schraufnagel received specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders as a postdoctoral fellow at the Anxiety Center of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle. Today, the primary focus of his practice is providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related problems to adults and adolescents. Dr. Schraufnagel is a Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic, where he supervises medical residents, and is a member of the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychology at UW, where he continues to supervise doctoral students providing CBT as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Detailed Biography

Dr. Schraufnagel has a longstanding interest in evidence-based or "known to work" treatments for anxiety disorders. He has substantial experience treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, as well as specific phobias. He also treats other anxiety-related problems, including hoarding, hair-pulling, skin-picking, and tics. Dr. Schraufnagel received specialized training in addictions and has experience working with people with anxiety-related problems in the presence of substance-use disorders, depression, and other mental health problems.

Beyond treating anxiety, Dr. Schraufnagel has also been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and completed a rigorous 3-year DBT practicum with the treatment developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan. He has experience providing DBT as both a skills group leader and an individual therapist with a variety of client populations including those who meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), family members of those who meet BPD criteria, Veterans with problems related to regulating their emotions, and clients with anxiety disorders who benefited from enhancing similar skills with DBT-informed CBT. While Dr. Schraufnagel does not currently provide comprehensive DBT, he does provide DBT-informed CBT and individual DBT skills training when appropriate.

Dr. Schraufnagel earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the APA-accredited program at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, which is also where he completed his undergraduate degree in psychology. His research in graduate school was generally focused on alcohol use and interpersonal violence and risk-taking with an emphasis placed on adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the mental health and behavioral correlates of such experiences. Dr. Schraufnagel completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral clinical internship at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle Division and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Anxiety Center at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle. Dr. Schraufnagel is a Clinical Instructor in UCLA's Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences where he supervises medical residents providing CBT in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Moreover, Dr. Schraufnagel remains involved with UW, where he maintains an appointment as Associated Faculty and supervises the clinical work of graduate students at the Psychology Services and Training Center as well as at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT research and training clinic.

Dr. Schraufnagel is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Association for Psychological Science (APS), American Psychological Association (APA), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC), and Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR). He is a licensed psychologist in the states of California (PSY27841) and Washington (PY 60317249).

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