Anita Saavedra, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist


  • California
  • In-person, Telehealth
  • Treats young adults, teens, children

Dr. Saavedra is a practicing licensed psychologist who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults using evidence-based treatments tailored to fit each individual’s unique needs. She treats anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, trauma, difficulties coping with stress, and sleep challenges. In addition, she is passionate about serving chronically ill youth and their families by providing support with new diagnoses, adjustment to treatment, and managing health behaviors.

Dr. Saavedra is a bilingual Spanish-speaking psychologist who utilizes a culturally sensitive, collaborative, and empathetic treatment approach with individuals to support their goals and healing journey. In addition to providing services through Therapy Lab Kids, Dr. Saavedra is also a pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Dr. Saavedra is originally from the Central Coast of California; however, she’s lived in Southern California for a little over a decade now. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, trying new delicious cuisines, going on nature walks, and exploring new genres of music.

Licensure Information

PSY CA #33781

Dr. Saavedra


•Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

•Autism Spectrum Disorder (high-functioning)

•Challenging Behaviors

•Chronic Illness/Pain

•Conflict Resolution


•Emotion Regulation


•Executive Functioning


•Habit Reversal


•LGBTQ+ Affirmative

•Life Transitions

•Mood Disorders

•Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)-mild to mod

•Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

•Panic Disorder


•Problem Solving

•Racial Stress

•Repetitive Body-Focused Behaviors

•Selective Mutism


•Skin-picking, trichotillomania

•Social Skills

•Stress Management

•Tic Disorder / Tourette Syndrome


Treatment Approach

•Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

•Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

•Affirmative Therapy

•Attachment Theory

•Behavioral Activation

•Behavioral Therapy

•Behavioral Parent Training

•Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

•Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

•Culturally Sensitive

•Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

•Exposure Therapy with Response Prevention

•Family Therapy



•Motivational Interviewing

•Multicultural Therapy

•Palliative Care

•Person Centered

•Play Therapy

•Positive Psychology

•Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

•Trauma-Focused CBT

•Unified Protocol


Psy.D., Pepperdine University, Clinical Psychology  

M.A., Pepperdine University, Clinical Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy)

B.A., University of California, San Diego, Psychology


CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Licensed Pediatric Psychologist (specialization in school consultation and program development)

CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Pediatric Psychology Fellow

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Doctoral Psychology Intern

Individual Therapy Rate

Dr. Saavedra’s fee per session is $300. For more information about our pricing, check out our FAQs.

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Elizabeth Collison, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Elizabeth is a licensed psychologist who aims to provide a caring, person-centered approach while delivering effective and high quality evidence-based psychotherapy.

Elizabeth has expertise in providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and often incorporates concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical and Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to major life changes, and/or general stress. She has specialization in the area of behavioral medicine and is passionate about addressing physical health problems that are closely associated with emotion and behavior (e.g., sleep problems/insomnia, weight management, and smoking). She believes in partnering with her clients for decision-making and incorporates use of motivational interviewing to facilitate behavior change that is client-centered.

Elizabeth has prior experience working in medical settings where she focused on supporting individuals living with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, etc.) or life limiting conditions (e.g., cancer, ALS, Parkinson's) that may impact quality or quantity of life. Elizabeth has additionally worked with individuals at end-of-life and their families and loved ones through the grief journey. Her overarching direction is to help people pursue health and meaning throughout the course of their lives.

She received her doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in behavioral medicine. Her predoctoral internship was completed at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center with an emphasis in behavioral medicine and she additionally completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in palliative care psychology. She has worked with adults of all ages and various backgrounds. With regard to multicultural awareness, she appreciates the ADDRESSING framework as one method for considering the multifaceted aspects of identity and privilege for herself and her clients. She celebrates diversity and welcomes feedback so that she can better adapt her treatment approach to your individual needs.

Though she can’t help herself from bringing up psychology-related topics everywhere she goes, Elizabeth’s life would not be complete without her passions for music and spending time in nature. She most enjoys watching live performances, playing piano and flute, going on hikes with her family, reading/watching sci-fi, doing crossword puzzles, and snuggling with her dog. Elizabeth provides all care virtually via telehealth.

She is available to provide any and all treatment plans offered at Therapy Lab, and she especially loves these:

She additionally can offer Healing from Prolonged Grief