Michelle Massi, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
California (MFC 48857)
Arizona (LMFT-15706)
Georgia (MFT001766)
Florida (http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/)

Current Practice

Private Practice Psychotherapist
Anxiety Therapy L.A.
Individual, Couple and Family Therapy
Treating children, teens, adults and families with OCD and related disorders

Training Institute Faculty
International OCD Foundation
Teaching in the Training Institute programs including BTTI, Online Consultation Groups, and IOCDF Webinars

Previous Practice

Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
UCLA Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program
Associate Clinical Director

Treating adults with OCD and related disorders
Individual and Group therapy

Education & Training

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

Post-Graduate Training

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

Specialty Trainings and Certifications

IOCDF Behavioral Therapy Training Institute Advanced Forum
Cruel Reflections: What you need to know about treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Conceptualizing and Treating OCD in those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)
SPACE training for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Failure to Launch (FTL)
DBT Skills, Behavioral Tech
TLC Foundation for BFRBs Virtual Professional Training Institute

Research

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)

Presenting Expert

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), 2019 (Austin), 2020 (Virtual Con).

Professional Member

International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
IOCDF #RealOCD Task Force Member
IOCDF Online Consultation Group Leader
IOCDF Conference Planning Committee 2014-2020
Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC)
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator

Volunteer

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 Headquarters
Board Member, Young Professionals Committee, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (past)
Board Member, Concern Foundation for Cancer Research

Previous Experience

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.

Presenting Expert

Ms. Massi has been a presenter at the International OCD Foundation Conference for over 10 years.

2009 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Minneapolis, MN
Co-presenter about the Integration of Group-Based Cognitive Therapy with Individual Exposure and Response Prevention.

2011 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – San Diego, CA
Co-presenter on the topic of Realistic Treatment Planning – Residential to outpatient and beyond.

2012 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Chicago, IL
Co-presenter on the topic of  Comprehensive Treatment for Hoarding Disorder.

2013 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Atlanta, GA
Co-presenter on a Hands on experience with exposures
Co-leader the 2nd Annual Social Experiment

2014 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Los Angeles, CA
Co-leader the 3rd Annual Social Experiment
Co-presenter on a Hands on experience with exposures

2015 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Boston, MA
Co-presented a hands-on approach to ERP for teens with Social Anxiety and OCD
Co-presenter on the topic of Dating to Marriage, How to Co-exist with OCD
Co-presenter on a Hands on experience with Imaginal Exposures

2016  International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Chicago, IL
Co-presenter on the topic of Dating to Marriage, How to Co-exist with OCD

2017 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – San Francisco, CA
Co-facilitated a support group for adolescents

2018 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Washington, DC
Co-facilitated the Compassion Collective
Co-presenter on the topic “Let’s Talk about Sex Baby”.

2019 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Austin, TX
Co-facilitated the Compassion Collective
Co-facilitated a support group for teens – Coping with success
Co-presenter on the topic “I have treated my OCD, now what? Coping with Life’s Challenges when OCD isn’t to blame”
Co-presenter for interactive workshop for kids and parents “Cards against OCD”

2020 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Virtual Con
Co-presenter on the topic of Virtual Individual and Group Therapy

2021 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Virtual Con
Co-presenter on the topic of OCD and GAD

Interested in scheduling an appointment?

Anxiety Therapy L.A. is a group practice founded by director Michelle Massi, LMFT. We specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders using cognitive behavioral treatment. Our cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) treatments are individualized for a full range of psychological disorders. Each of our clinicians are licensed to practice in the state of California. Michelle Massi LMFT, Marni Baim LCSW, Gabi Deak LCSW, Nicholas Jewell PsyD, and Nadine Shoukry LMFT are trained and practice with the most current treatments supported by empirical research.