Jim Sterner, LMFT, founder of The Gateway Institute, discovered his passion and interest in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) while studying psychology at the University of Maryland and Antioch University. This passion and interest in the field of OCD drove him to further studies at Phillips Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, California where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Psychology and focused his studies on comparing various treatment modalities for OCD. Following his graduation, Mr. Sterner worked in Los Angeles for three years with a leading expert in the field of OCD applying the treatment methods taught by Dr. Edna Foa, an internationally recognized authority in OCD, who pioneered the protocols for Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
After further refining his behavioral based treatment program, Mr. Sterner launched the Gateway Institute in November of 2008, and dedicated the Institute to treating OCD and other anxiety disorders with the most advanced techniques available for treatment. For over 10 years, Mr. Sterner has treated clients from all over the United States and other countries including Malaysia, South America, Europe and Canada, empowering individuals to find happiness once again by experiencing freedom from these anxiety disorders.
Kristina is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in the State of California.
Kristina is passionate about evidence based therapy and helping clients get results. She loves working in a pro-active way with clients to help them learn how to break their OCD and anxiety cycle and enjoy life again. At Gateway we empower you to learn tools and skills that you will use for the rest of your life when facing any anxiety related issues.
Prior to joining Gateway Kristina worked in various capacities from manager to direct care provider with teenagers, adults, and families. Her work has been focused on anxiety spectrum disorders (PTSD, GAD, SAD, OCD) and disruptive behavior disorders with substance use for juvenile offenders.
Kristina received education and specialized training in the following modalities:
• CBT & ERP
• Wraparound Model (a community model based on relational, behavioral and ecological interventions)
• Rapid Response Team (crisis model)
• Multisystemic Therapy (evidence based model) TBS (applied behavioral coaching)
• Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Harm Reduction model for substance use