About Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders

The Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc. was founded in response to the lack of expertise and successful treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In 1994, upon completing her training with Dr. Edna Foa, an internationally renowned authority on the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety, Dr. Gorbis was granted the use of Dr. Foa's intensive method involving prolonged and repeated exposures and response prevention (ERP) for treating OCD. Dr. Gorbis had much success treating patients at the UCLA OCD Outpatient Program with the intensive ERP method, and many patients suffering from OCD came from around the world to seek this treatment for their debilitating condition. In 1996, Dr. Gorbis began working with Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, and continued treating OCD patients using mindful awareness training and the 4-step method. Dr. Gorbis later integrated part of the 4-step method and mindful awareness training with the intensive ERP method in her attempt to improve treatment outcome.
Due to the success and overwhelming response of her intensive integrated method, Dr. Gorbis established the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc. in 1997 to better serve the community. Since then, Dr. Gorbis has successfully treated numerous patients from many parts of the world suffering from severe OCD, and has trained many clinicians from the United States and across the world on her intensive integrated method. The mission of Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc. is to properly train clinicians to be effective in treating OCD, to improve OCD treatment through rigorous research, to eliminate the stigma attached to OCD through media appearances, and to disseminate knowledge of OCD through public education. Please visit our website for more information on OCD, and read our reviews on Yelp!

About Dr. Gorbis

Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT, is a world-renowned authority on the treatment and research of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine. As clinical director, she personally works with each patient that enters the Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD treatment. With over 20 years of experience and specialization in treating refractory cases of OCD and complex comorbid conditions, the Institute has successfully treated many individuals from all over the United States and the world. Her treatment methods, including finding an innovative technique to use "crooked mirrors" to treat individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder have earned her continuous attention from national and international media. She is a dedicated lecturer for the West Los Angeles VA PTSD clinic, and previously, she served two terms on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National OC Foundation. She is an author and co-author of numerous scientifically important articles on OCD, and has been featured in the media numerous times for her expertise on such programs and documentaries as MTV's "True Life." ABC News "20/20," NBC "Today Show," and most recently, on Discovery Health.
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  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • License No. and State: MFC32501 California


  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • IOP may qualify for single case agreement
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Additional Credentials

  • Membership: International OCD Foundation
  • Membership: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc.'s Groups


  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders


  • Behavioral Issues
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Coping Skills
  • Gambling
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Spirituality
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Programs and Services

Out / Inpatient

  • Intensive Outpatient Program

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dr. Jeffery Schwartz's the Four Steps Method
  • Exposure with Response Prevention
  • Externalization via mindfulness writing techniques
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation


  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016

Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc.

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