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About Dr. Dorian

Dr. Edrick Dorian is a licensed psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). He is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Clinical Psychology and Police & Public Safety Psychology, and certified in Cognitive Therapy by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Dorian is also the co-creator of the leading CBT-based mobile health apps MoodKit® and Moodnotes®, and co-editor of the book Police Psychology and its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement.

Education & Training
Dr. Dorian received his doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and both bachelor’s (B.A.) and master’s (M.A.) degrees in psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He completed his predoctoral clinical training at The Child and Family Guidance Center (treatment services for sexually abused children), Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center (a 28-day crisis residential treatment center), Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (conducting psychological testing and family therapy), and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (serving military veterans with cognitive rehabilitation, chemical dependency, weight management, and psychological/neuropsychological testing services).

Professional Background
Dr. Dorian completed his official American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited internship at the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center, where he served military veterans dating back to World War II (health psychology, chemical dependency, psychotherapy, and combat PTSD services). He subsequently completed an APA-accredited UCLA postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he conducted rotations at the L.A. Sheriff’s Twin Towers Correctional Facility (serving inmates) and Harbor-UCLA’s AMI/ABLE Integrated Psychiatric Services Program (wrap-around services for those with serious mental illnesses).

In 2004, he was hired as the Program Director of AMI/ABLE program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the UCLA School of Medicine. At Harbor-UCLA, he led a multidisciplinary team of health care providers and conducted trainings and supervision in CBT for psychology post-doctoral fellows and psychiatry residents.

Since 2006, Dr. Dorian has served as a Police Psychologist for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), where he provides training and clinical services to law enforcement personnel and their families, responds to critical incidents, serves as consultant on the SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team, and provides managerial consultation to LAPD command staff. He is also co-editor of the book Police Psychology and its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement.

In 2010, Dr. Dorian co-founded Thriveport with Pepperdine University Professor Dr. Drew Erhardt. The company produced one of the first comprehensive CBT-based toolkit applications (apps) for mobile devices: MoodKit®. On the heels of its success, they followed-up with Moodnotes®, made in collaboration with the award-winning London-based design studio ustwo™.

Dr. Dorian’s passion for teaching began when he was selected for the Teacher Intern Program of the CSUN Department of Psychology. After receiving formal training and supervision in course instruction while completing his master’s, he went on to serve on the adjunct psychology faculties of Moorpark College, California State University Northridge, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, and on the clinical faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has also presented on a variety of psychology-related topics at local, state, national, and international conferences in psychology and law enforcement, and given talks for a wide variety of agencies such as the FBI, L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, school districts, medical organizations, and mental health communities in the wake of major disasters (e.g., hurricanes Katrina and Rita).

Specialized Practice
In private practice, Dr. Dorian provides cognitive behavior therapy for individuals and couples, professional trainings/talks, and consultation services. Dr. Dorian’s approach is evidence-based, and the treatment is individualized and typically short-term. His work focuses on helping his patients resolve present day concerns, by modifying unhealthy thinking and behavioral patterns, and by empowering them with well-established strategies and principles of psychology so that they can serve as their own therapists for life.

Dr. Dorian takes pride in continuing his learning and considers himself a lifelong student of psychology and related fields. He is a firm believer that everyone can benefit from the valuable “wisdom” of psychology. To this end, he passionately aims to transfer the relevant principles and techniques that may be useful to his clients. Dr. Dorian is also dedicated to reducing the stigma of seeking mental health services. He treats his clients just as he would want to be treated--in a manner that is respectful and empowering, focused on providing the highest quality service, and appreciative of the trusting relationship.

Dr. Dorian has been quoted in numerous major publications including Discover Magazine, The Guardian, Wired, Wired UK, Business Insider, Fast Co., TechCrunch, Mashable, and others.
Credential Summary:
What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a focused, problem-solving psychotherapy that has been shown in hundreds of outcome studies to be highly effective for the treatment of many mental health problems.

In CBT, the therapist and client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. During the course ot treatment, people learn how to identify and change maladaptive thought and behavioral patterns that have a negative influence on mood and overall well-being.

Characteristics of CBT

- Goal-oriented
- Short-term & practical
- Educational
- Skills/strategies focused
- Collaborative
- Empowering
- Structured & directive
- Empirical (scientific)
- Tailored homework

Frequently Asked Questions

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