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Hello, I am Dr. Erica Felsenthal, owner of Neurodirectives.   My approach is warm, empathic, and unique to an individual's needs. I have a strong background in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and meditation, and incorporate a holistic approach to promote health and wellness.  

I take an active, supportive role in helping people identify, and eliminate barriers to achieving their goals.  I provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, space for clients to address any and all concerns. 

We can work together to increase your sense of well-being and overall quality of life. In addition to psychotherapy, I offer comprehensive assessment of attention, learning and processing issues as well as the UCLA Longevity Center's Brain Bootcamp Program. 
 

         Professional Affiliations

  • UCLA Longevity Center
  • Zero to Three
  • The Den Meditation Center
  • American Psychological Association 
  • Los Angeles County Psychological Association
  • Autism Speaks
  • Scientific Learning Corporation
  • Neuropsychology Partners, Inc.
  • North Los Angeles County Regional Center 
  • Women's Organization for Special Education Professionals 
  • Jewish Vocational Service

      

      Education    

    • 2005-2007 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2004-2005 Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, West Los Angeles Veterans Administrative Medical Center (APA Accredited), Los Angeles, CA
    • 1999-2005 Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, completed August, 2005. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA (APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program). 
    • 1995-1999 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Minor field of Study: Political Science.

               Previous Clinical Positions

    • 2009-2016  Contracted Neuropychologist at Neuropsychology Partners, Los Angeles, California
    • 9/2007-3/2009 Neuropsychologist/Clinical Director, The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Northridge and Los Angeles, CA
    • 9/2005-9/2007 Post-doctoral Fellow in Pediatric Neuropsychology, The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Los Angeles and Northridge, CA
    • 8/2004-8/5/2005 Psychology Intern (Geropsychology), West Los Angeles Veterans Administrative Medical Center (APA Accredited) Los Angeles, CA
    • 8/2002-6/2003 Practicum Placement, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services, San Jose, CA
    • 6/2002-1/2004 Graduate Research Assistant, The Older Adult and Family Center of the Palo Alto VA Systems and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA
    • 4/2002-11/2002 Consultant, Alzheimer's Association, Mountain View, CA.
    • 8/2001-6/2002 Practicum Placement, The Older Adult and Family Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care Systems and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA
    • 9/2001-1/2002 Clinic Consultant, The Kurt & Barbara Gronowski Clinic, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.
    • 2000-2001 Clinic Assistant, The Kurt & Barbara Gronowski Clinic, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.
    • 2000-2001 Practicum Placement, The Kurt & Barbara Gronowski Clinic, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.
    • 1998-1999 Intern, Child and Family Advocacy Program, Niwot Colorado.
    • 1998-1999 Counselor, Alternative Homes for Youth, Longmont, CO 

                 Research Publications/Presentations

    * Dr. Felsenthal's maiden name is Krisztal 
     

    • McMurtray A.M., Licht E., Yeo T., Krisztal E., Saul R.E., Mendez M.F.
      (2008). Relationship of Cortical Hypometabolism to Specific Dementia Diagnoses.  European Neurology, 59(1-2):31-7.
    • Gallagher-Thompson,D., Krisztal, E., Gillespie, Z., Leung, L., Egwaikhide, A., Gray, H., Oportot, M., Cardenas, V., Tang, P., Coon, D. (2003, November). Multicultural Outreach: A Comparison of Successful Strategies. Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA.
    • Krisztal, E.M. & Dupart, T. (2003, November) Evaluating the Effects of a Fine Arts Group on Dementia Patients’ Well-Being. Poster session for the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA. 
    • Gallagher-Thompson, D., Mausbach, B., Gray, H., Wilson-Arias, E., Egwaikhide, A., Long, C., Singer, L., Tse, C., Krisztal, E., & Coon, D. W. (2004, April). Effective recruitment of ethnically diverse family caregivers into psychosocial interventions. Symposium at the Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on the Aging, San Francisco, California.
    • Depp, C., Krisztal, E., Cardenas, V., Oportot, M., Mausbach, B., Ambler, C., Leung, L., Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2003). Treatment options for improving wellbeing in dementia family caregivers: The case for psychoeducational interventions. The Clinical Psychologist 7(1), 21-31.
    • Long, C., Krisztal, E., Rabinowitz, Y., Gillespie, Z., Tse, C., Singer, L., Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2003). Caregiver Stress and physical health: The case for stress management therapy. The Clinical Psychologist.
    • Gallagher-Thompson, D., Solano, N., Krisztal, E., Thompson, L., & Coon, D. (2003). Managing Caregiver Stress. (Available from the Older Adult Center of the Palo Alto VA and Stanford University School of Medicine, 795 Willow Road (182 C/MP), Menlo Park, CA 94025.
    • Gallagher-Thompson, D., Solano, N., McGee. J., Krisztal, E., Kaye, J., Coon, D., & Thompson, L. (2003). L.U.C.H.A.R. Latinas Unidas Cuidando y Hablando Abiertamente. (Available from the Older Adult Center of the Palo Alto VA and Stanford University School of Medicine, 795 Willow Road (182 C/MP), Menlo Park, CA 94025.
    • Krisztal, E., Martines, J., Hinijosa, M. (2003). Padres de Ninos Hiperactivos. Unpublished Manual.
    • Krisztal, E.M., Dupart, T., Morley, T., & Long, C. (2003, June) Emotion in Dementia Patients: Qualitative Effects of a Fine Arts Group. Presented at the Updates on Dementia conference. Stanford, CA.
    • Bateman,A.E., Gartstein, M.A. & Krisztal, E.M. (2003, April). Early Manifestations of Child Depression: Contributions of Infant Temperament and Parental Depressive Symptoms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Tampa, FL.
    • Krisztal,E., Gillespie, Z., & Leung, L. (2003, March). Multicultural outreach with family caregivers of dementia patients. Poster presented at the Sleep and Dementia Conference March, 2003. Presented first at the Multicultural Conference 2002, American Psychological Association, Hollywood, CA. 
    • Krisztal, E.M., Dupart, T., & Morley, T. (2002, November) Behavioral Signs of Emotion in Dementia Patients: Evaluating the Effects of a Fine Arts Group. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, Reno, NV. 
    • Solano, N., McGee, J.S., Krisztal, E., Kaye, J., Gallagher-Thompson, D. Developing a Behavioral Treatment Manual for Latina Family Caregivers. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, Reno, NV. 
    • Krisztal, E. (2002, June). Emotions and Dementia. Presented at the Geropsychiatry Seminar, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Menlo Park California. Available online.
    • Bateman, A.E., Gartstein, M.A. & Krisztal, E.M. (2002, May).The influence of infant temperament and parental depressed mood on toddler depressive symptoms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Research Forum, Palo Alto, CA. 
    • Krisztal, E., Rabinowitz, Y.G., Ambler, C.C. (2002, January). Depression in family caregivers of dementia patients: The role of ethnicity and kinship status. Poster presented at the Multicultural Conference and Summit of the American Psychological Association, Hollywood, CA. 
    • Krisztal, E., Gillespie, Z. & Leung, L. (2002, January). Multicultural outreach with family caregivers of dementia patients. Poster presented at the Multicultural Conference and Summit of the American Psychological Association, Hollywood, CA.   
       
     Erica Felsenthal Ph.D.

    Erica Felsenthal Ph.D.

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