Skip to content

Alyson Orcena, LMFT


Alyson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, private practice, and community-based mental health. She is trained in multiple evidenced-based practices including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. She has worked extensively in residential treatment, both in administrative and clinical roles, and has come to specialize in the treatment of adolescents with emotion dysregulation and suicidal behaviors. Before stepping into the role of Executive Clinical Director for all Evolve Treatment Centers, Alyson had the privilege of developing and launching Evolve Vanalden, the first residential comprehensive DBT program for teens in the state of California and one of only a handful in the country. As the Clinical Program Director at Vanalden, Alyson managed all clinical and administrative aspects of the program, supervised the associate therapists on staff, and facilitated DBT skills training groups. Alyson is a respected leader in Comprehensive DBT Residential Programming for Adolescents. As Executive Clinical Director for Evolve, Alyson’s mission is to strengthen and improve every aspect of Evolve’s clinical standards and practices. This includes enhancing the role of DBT skills training in all Evolve programs by ensuring clinical staff have the appropriate training, resources, experience, and mentorship to implement skills training in a way that helps clients most effectively. Alyson is committed to data-driven, evidence-based treatment, and works with Evolve’s clinical teams to document and publish treatment outcome data for all Evolve programs.