Evolve Treatment

Alyson Orcena, LMFT

Alyson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, private practice, and community-based mental health. She is trained in multiple evidenced-based practices including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. Alyson has completed intensive training in DBT through Behavioral Tech and has received additional training from Charles Swenson, MD, Kelly Koerner, PhD, and Alan Fruzzetti, PhD. She has worked extensively in residential treatment, both in administrative and direct-care clinical roles, and has come to specialize in the treatment of adolescents with emotion dysregulation and suicidal behaviors.   

Before stepping into the role of Executive Clinical Director at Evolve, Alyson had the privilege of developing and launching Evolve Vanalden, the first residential comprehensive DBT program for teens in the state of California and one of only a handful in the country. Alyson is a respected leader in comprehensive DBT residential programming for adolescents and has provided training to clinicians across the country on how best to integrate DBT into various forms of clinical practice.  

As Executive Clinical Director for Evolve, Alyson’s mission is to strengthen and improve every aspect of Evolve’s clinical standards and practices and ensure that high quality evidence-based treatment is being provided. This includes enhancing the role of DBT skills training in all Evolve programs by ensuring clinical staff have the appropriate training and mentorship to implement skills training most effectively. In addition, Alyson is committed to data-driven treatment and recently drove development and implementation of a robust outcomes assessment program at Evolve.  

Outside of her work at Evolve, Alyson enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking, and taking care of her garden.  

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Alyson Orcena, LMFT

Executive Clinical Director