Margaret Hunt, PhD
Dr. Hunt is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-based treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship distress. Her approach to therapy is grounded in psychological science and emphasizes a genuine and trusting client-therapist relationship. She is intensively trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and offers the gold standard trauma treatments Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
Dr. Hunt earned her bachelor’s in Human Biology from Stanford University, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Her APA-accredited internship with the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center focused on the treatment of trauma and the integration of medical and mental health care. Following her doctorate, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Long Beach VA, where she trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) for chronic depression. Funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, Dr. Hunt has published her research on the role of genetics, inflammation and stress in depression, and on the placebo response in antidepressant treatment. Dr. Hunt is the recipient of the Chancellor's Prize at UCLA, and has taught psychology and supervised students in their clinical training at UCLA and in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.