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Leryn Messori 

Wise Mind Institute  Staff Psychologist
Berkeley, CA

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Berkeley, CA
Wise Mind Institute
Staff Psychologist

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PsyD from Antioch University Santa Barbara
MA from Antioch University Santa Barbara
BA in Psychology with minor in Sociology from University of New Mexico
BFA in Theater from Chapman University, Orange, CA
BA in English from Chapman University, Orange, CA


September 2019 - Present
Staff Psychologist
The Wise Mind Institute
Lead DBT-A multi-family skills class. See adolescents and adults for comprehensive DBT for a variety of issues including self-harm, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, general quality of life issues, and emotional dysregulation. See clients individually using CBT, DBT, and family therapy methods.

April 2018 - September 2019
Psychological Assistant (PSB 94023981) under the supervision of Dr. Alison Alderdice
Duties: Providing individual therapy with a focus on DBT and DBT skills building groups.

Sep. 2017 – Present
Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Psychology Department, John F. Kennedy University.
Duties: Teaching History of Psychology and Social Psychology

Sep. 2017 – April 2018
Clinical Administrative Assistant
Pathways Counseling Center/Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Supervisor: Vicci Tibbetts, LMFT, Clinical Director
Duties: Provided administrative assistance to the organization and development of the training program, conducted CAPIC and BAPIC interviews, developed subjective criterion measured ranking scale.

August 2015 – July 2016
Clinical Pre-Doctoral Psychological Intern
Pathways Counseling Center/Girls, INC. of Alameda County
Supervisor: Dr. Alex Mendez, Ph.D.
Duties: Provided individual and family therapy within the San Leandro school district in both elementary and high schools.

August 2014 – June 2015
Graduate Student Assistant
Department of Rehabilitation
Supervisor: Dr. Angie Maez, Ph.D.
Duties: Assist in administering psychological and neurological assessments including to determine educational and vocational needs.

Sept. 2013 – Feb. 2015
Treatment Counselor/ Doctoral Trainee
Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Center
Supervisors: Diana Lambeth, LMFT and Michelle Kerwood, LMFT
Duties: Facilitated a gender specific girls group once a week using the SAMSHA Seeking Safety manual.Facilitated group counseling three days a week for adolescents that are on probation focusing on drug and alcohol use and abuse.

April 2012 – June 2013
Pre-Doctoral Trainee
Sanctuary Psychiatric Center of Santa Barbara
Supervisor: Lisa Moschini, LMFT
Duties: Co-facilitated groups and held one-on-one sessions with clients in the vocational, therapeutic, and co-occurring disorders division, as well as with clients referred through federal probation. Created an SAMSHA workbook based anger management group with guidance from the prior co-occurring disorder program director. Administered the WAIS-IV, MCMI, and MMPI-2 with supervision from clinical psychologist Dr. Denise Mock.

Oct. 2011 – Dec. 2013
Part-Time Residential Counselor
Sanctuary Psychiatric Center of Santa Barbara
Residential Program Manager: Cecilia Pinhel LMFT
Duties: Assisted severely mentally ill clients with day-to-day needs at a residential psychiatric facility.
Antioch University Santa Barbara


Dr. Leryn Messori is registered as a Psychological Assistant (PSB94023981) at the Wise Mind Institute under the supervision of Dr. Wes Pederson (PSY 26040). She earned her masters and doctorate (Psy.D.) degrees from Antioch University Santa Barbara, a bachelor degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico, and two bachelor degrees in English and Theater from Chapman University. Leryn moved to the bay area in 2015 to complete her pre-doctoral internship with Girls Inc. of Alameda County.


During her training, Leryn sought out diverse environments and populations to work with and has provided therapy in to individuals aged six to sixty, from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in school, residential, government, outpatient, and community settings. Leryn has been published in the National Judicial College Newsletter, is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC-V), and has given professional presentations throughout Santa Barbara, California and at the University of Washington, Tacoma.


Leryn’s therapeutic style is client-centered, focusing on fostering a relationship based on empathy, collaboration, and acceptance. She is passionate about navigating and negotiating the road to greater self-actualization with her clients since therapy is not always fluid. Leryn specializes in working with adolescents, families, and individuals in early adulthood, using interventions informed by cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and existential-humanistic therapies.

Alameda County Psychological Association
4200 Park Blvd., #200
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 433-9580