Michelle Massi (Otelsberg), M.A. LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
California (MFC 48857)
Private Practice Psychotherapist
Anxiety Therapy L.A.
Individual, Couple and Family Therapy
Treating children, teens, adults and families with OCD and related disorders
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
UCLA Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program
Treating adults with OCD and related disorders
Individual and Group therapy
B.S. Psychology – University of California, San Diego
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) – University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential – University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
Airport Marina Counseling Services
John Adams Middle School, Santa Monica Unified School District
UCLA’s Anxiety Disorder Clinic
MFT Intern under the supervision of Dr. Michael Cameron
Research Assistant – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Dr. Joan Stiles, UCSD
Research Assistant – Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Joseph Ventura, UCLA (2007-2008)
Trainer – Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Joseph Ventura, UCLA (2007-2008)
Independent Evaluator – UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety, & Tic Disorders Program, UCLA (2009-2013)
Therapist – Semel Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr. Jamie Feusner & Dr. Joseph O’Neil, UCLA (2011-2015)
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Conference
2009 (Minneapolis), 2011 (Chicago, IL), 2012 (San Diego, CA), 2013 (Atlanta, GA), 2014 (Los Angeles, CA), 2015 (Boston, MA), 2016 (Chicago, IL), 2017 (San Francisco), 2018 (Washington, DC).
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC)
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Advisor, Chi Omega Gamma Beta Chapter, UCLA
Board Member, Los Angeles Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter (Past)
Risk Management ASTP Education Trainer, Chi Omega Fraternity, Executive Headquaters
Board Member, Young Professionals Committee, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (past)
Board Member, Concern Foundation for Cancer Research
R.A. & Trainer in symptom assessment – Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Joseph Ventura
Ms. Massi joined Dr. Joseph Ventura’s research team at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Staff Research Associate in 2007. There she worked as a clinical researcher/interviewer on three separate studies of Schizophrenic patients. Working closely with Pfizer and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the studies are looking to find ways in which to increase the cognitive functional outcome and overall quality of life for individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia as well as their families. Ms. Massi also served as a trainer in symptom assessment, diagnostic assessment and functional outcome assessment.
Diagnostic Interviewer & Independent Evaluator – UCLA Child Psychiatry
Ms. Massi also worked at the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety, & Tic Disorders Program, a clinical research program that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents where she provided assessment as well as individualized behavioral treatment to children, adolescents and adults.
Clinical Therapist – Semel Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr. Jamie Feusner & Dr. Joseph O’Neil
Ms. Massi participated in a clinical research study under the direction of Dr. Jamie Feusner and Dr. Dr. Joseph O’Neil. UCLA OCD Research Program is a clinical research program that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in adults. Paper with initial results of the MRS study.
Ms. Massi has been a presenter at the International OCD Foundation Conference for 6 years. In August 2009 Ms. Massi was a presenter in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Along with co-presenter Dr. Jessica Langenhan, Ms. Massi lectured about the Integration of Group-Based Cognitive Therapy with Individual Exposure and Response Prevention. In July 2011 Ms. Massi again presented at the International OCD Foundation Conference in San Diego, California together with Dr. Jamie Feusner, Dr. Sherise Prince and Karron Maidment, RN, MFT. At the 19th Annual IOCDF Conference in Chicago, Ms. Massi presented along with her colleagues Dr. Jamie Feusner, Dr. Sarosh Motivala and Karron Maidment, RN MFT on Comprehensive Treatment for Hoarding Disorder. In 2013, Ms. Massi presented a hands-on ERP workshop with Dr. Jamie Feusner, Dr. Sarosh Motivala, Dr. Shana Doronn and Karron Maidment at the conference in Atlanta, GA and they presented again in 2014 in Los Angeles, CA . In addition, she gave a presentation on the co-morbidity between Social Anxiety and OCD with clinical psychologists Dr. Jason Spielman and Dr. Lindsay Stewart from the Neurobehavioral Institute Weston in both 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Ms. Massi gave 3 presentations at the conference in Boston, MA. She presented a hands-on approach to ERP for teens with Social Anxiety and OCD with Dr. Jason Spielman and Dr. Audrey Baumeister from NBI Weston. She again teamed up with Dr. Spielman and two OCD suffers for a panel “From Dating to Marriage: How to Co-exist with OCD”. Ms. Massi, along with UCLA colleagues Dr. Shana Doronn and Karron Maidment RN LMFT, gave another hands-on presentation focused on imaginal exposures. In 2016 Ms. Massi presented “From Dating to Marriage: How to Co-exist with OCD”, which returned by popular demand. In 2017, Ms. Massi co-facilitated a support group for adolescents with Jessica Serber, MA. In 2018, Ms. Massi co-facilitated the Compassion Collective each morning with Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT. In addition, she teamed up with Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT, Dr. Sonia Greaven and an ocd sufferer to present “Let’s Talk about Sex Baby”.