Megan Plakos Szabo, LMFT (MFT #98658) joined Compass Behavioral Health as a Program Clinician in June of 2015. With her she brought 10 years of clinical experience, a passion for working with adolescents and a desire to learn DBT "on all levels". Now with over 15 years of clinical experience, she is recognized as a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™.
Megan began her clinical career providing individual therapy to Middle School students during her undergraduate internship through San Francisco State's highly-acclaimed School of Social Work. She earned Bachelor of the Arts degrees from SFSU with highest honors in Psychology as well as Social Work. As an undergraduate student, she was a teaching assistant for statistics, research methods and cognitive psychology courses and participated in Dr. Ben Zeev's research lab, studying Stereotype Threat and Perceived Fraudulence (The Imposter Syndrome).
Megan went on to earn a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from John F. Kennedy University where she completed her MFT traineeship as a group and individual therapist in a San Francisco-based Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse program. Since graduating, Megan has provided group and individual therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings. School-based, residential, intensive outpatient and clinic experience all contribute to Megan's style and approach to therapy.
Comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Compass Behavioral Health, Megan's responsibilities at Compass include providing individual and family therapy, 1:1 skills coaching and facilitating a Multi-Family DBT Skills Training Group. A team of coding and therapy adherent professionals review her therapy treatment plans and clinical videos and she receives expert consultation from Dr. Clive Robbins, DBT Training Director at Duke University. Dr. Melanie Harned has intensively trained Megan in Prolonged Exposure Therapy in the context of DBT (DBT-PE). Megan has completed intensive training in DBT for Children (DBT-C) with the treatment developer, Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova.
Megan is dedicated to treating patients who present with depression, anxiety, addiction and self-defeating behaviors. She has cultivated a specialty in treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) traits. Megan is passionate about family therapy and hopes to contribute to the DBT body of research by collecting data-driven evidence on the efficacy of treating family systems. She has also recently begun her experience a clinical supervisor to pre-licensed clinicians (Associate Marriage and Family Therapists and Associate Clinical Social Workers). Outside of Compass Behavioral Health, Megan oversees Children’s Residential Intensive Services for teens and adolescents in the Child Welfare systems of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Megan's degrees and training includes:
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from San Francisco State University
- Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from John F. Kennedy University
- Lifetime member of the Psi Chi Honor Society for Psychology
- Lifetime member of the Mu Beta Honor for Social Work
- Assistant-teacher in Statistics, Research Methods and Complex Cognitive Psychology courses for Dr. Avi Ben-Zeev at San Francisco State University
- Research assistant in Dr. Avi Ben-Zeev’s lab at San Francisco State University (Perceived Fraudulence and Stereotype Threat)
- Registered member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
- Comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Intensively Trained in DBT-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) by the treatment developer, Dr. Melanie Harned
- Intensively Trained in DBT for Children (DBT-C) by the treatment developer, Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova.
- DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™