Dr. Stewart completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communication Studies at UCLA and earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University, where she specialized in cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. She has extensive training in evidence-based practices and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including CBT for depression, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression. She also has training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and experience helping couples reconnect and repair their relationships.
Dr. Stewart also has a background in Sports Psychology and performance enhancement and has worked with athletes, musicians, and artists to improve performance, decrease anxiety, and enhance well-being. She also has extensive experience working with college students and law enforcement. Dr. Stewart completed an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship at the White River Junction, Vermont Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is associated with the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Executive Division, and Dartmouth College.
She received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD as well as interpersonal based psychotherapy for the treatment of depression and relational issues. Dr. Stewart also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Long Beach in the Women’s Mental Health Center, specializing in women’s issues and sexual trauma.
Additionally, Dr. Stewart has extensive experience conducting group therapy and providing education on a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sleep problems, anger management, emotion regulation, behavior management, and social skills. She also incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based approaches into her work and uses a variety of relaxation and imagery techniques. Dr. Stewart has a long history of yoga participation, received her yoga teaching certification in 2009, and has developed and implemented yoga programs as a complementary and alternative treatment for anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She continues to receive advanced training in CBT and remains involved in research and clinical work at the Veterans Affairs in Long Beach.
At the CBT Center, Dr. Stewart works with individuals struggling with anxiety and mood disorders as well as relational and interpersonal issues.
Dr. Stewart is located at the Torrance office.