Ayla Bridges, MFT, Staff Therapist

Ayla Bridges, MFT, Staff Therapist

707-545-4600 ext. 8

I graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in the spring of 2016 and completed licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in December 2019. Before joining the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, I worked for a variety of agencies, including elementary schools, college clinics, and outdoor behavioral treatment programs. It was my experience in these positions that led me to seek out a career as a CBT clinician. I was drawn to CBT because of its goal-oriented and systematic approach that still allowed me to foster a warm and collaborative relationship with clients based upon their individual needs. I found that CBT’s evidence-based approach provided clients with concrete tools that allowed them to reduce and manage symptoms with long lasting results in a short period of time. I lived in the Sonoma area for over 6 years before leaving for Illinois to pursue my graduate studies. I am deeply committed to serving the community I love so much and am excited that the Center provides me with the perfect vehicle for this pursuit.

I started my work at The Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 2016 as an MFT Associate in the Center’s intensive training program.  During my 3 years in the program, I received extensive training and experience in the treatment of all anxiety disorders, including Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Insomnia, and Habit Disorders, including skin picking and Trichotillomania.  After successfully completing the training program I was excited to have the opportunity to stay on as a licensed staff therapist.  I continue to consult regularly with experts in the field and attend trainings in the application and use of CBT as often as possible, to continue my education, and ability to provide the best service possible to my clients.

I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and The Northern California Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Network, and am committed to continuing my professional development through attendance at trainings.