Background and Professional Training


Tony Madril, LCSW, BCD is licensed by the State of California as an independent psychotherapist and board-certified by the American Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners as an advanced clinical social work practitioner. He has over 21 years of post-graduate mental health experience and specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, and Self-Compassion. Tony is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, the EMDR International Association, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. tony_madril_1 Tony’s private practice office is located in Los Angeles where he specializes in treating symptoms of anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and depression. Tony is also an adjunct professor for the University of Denver’s online MSW program and an instructor for UC Davis’s Center for Human Services where he teaches human service professionals mindfulness-based tools to prevent compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Tony is completing his Doctorate of Clinical Social Work (DSW) at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) where he is focusing on developing innovative mindfulness-based approaches to treating psychological trauma.

Brief History

2002 – 2007, Tony provided intensive outpatient individual, group, and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their families as a clinician for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Many of his clients were functionally impaired by severe and persistent mental illness; were handicapped students identified by local educational institutions as special education pupils, and came from multi-racial/multi-ethnic backgrounds, economically disadvantaged households, including youth who were wards or dependents of the juvenile court in need of mental health services.

In 2007, Tony left Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to accept a clinical supervisor position at Augustus F. Hawkins Mental Health Center in Watts. As a clinical supervisor, he provided clinical oversight and psychiatric consultation to clinic-based mental health providers, medical caseworkers, and trainees in social work and psychology. He also designed and implemented the clinic’s first Dialectical Therapy Program (DBT) for suicidal adolescents.

In 2009, Tony transferred from the Department of Mental Health to the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) to help train children’s social workers to identify and address the underlying mental health needs of children and families. He also coached mid-level managers on best social work practices, and developed an educational curriculum to teach frontline child welfare workers the skills of mindfulness to reduce work-related stress and prevent the onset of secondary trauma.

In 2011, Tony began his specialized training in mindfulness- and self-compassion-based approaches to treating anxiety and other emotional disorders by taking courses for mental health professionals at the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA and UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, by attending Vipassana-style residential retreats, and various mindfulness-focused continuing education seminars. In addition, Tony has led several mindfulness workshops himself; teaching others the skills of reducing stress and successfully managing anxiety-related symptoms.

In 2014, Tony was trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) by Dr. Zindel V. Segal , author of The Mindful Way Through Depression and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. MBCT is a research-based treatment for the prevention of depressive relapse.

In 2015, Tony was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy by the EMDR Institute, Inc. and his currently in the process of becoming EMDR-certified.

In 2016, Tony became a clinician at the Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Southern California (USC). Here, he applied various evidence-based psychotherapies to clinical work with veterans and active military personnel with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Today, Tony maintains a private practice office in Los Angeles where he specializes in applying techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) to treat the symptoms of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and depression in adolescents and adults. He facilitates workshops on mindfulness-based strategies for preventing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma to human service professionals within California. Finally, Tony is completing his Doctorate of Clinical Social Work (DSW) at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).