Kathy Rudlin and Litsa Anthis

Kathryn (Kathy) Rudlin, LCSW

With over 30 years as a licensed therapist in California, I was initially trained as a family therapist and gained valuable experience working with teens in settings to include foster care, wilderness therapy and psychiatric hospitals. My passion for this population included supervising interns, writing a workbook on facilitating adolescent groups, and publishing articles on parenting at-risk teens.

Personal, educational and professional experiences finally unlocked the mystery of my own family’s dysfunction and in doing so I discovered my passion to help others do the same. In meeting Wendy Behary, who successfully uses Schema Therapy to heal narcissists, and those in relationship with them; I discovered an approach that deeply heals this pain, decreases the trauma and allows those who use it to free themselves from the pain of the past and thrive!

International Society Schema Therapy

The WIEBGE acronym stands for Will I Ever Be Good Enough?
and signifies certification in Dr. Karyl McBride¹s five-step
recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents

Kathy authored the book: Ghost Mothers, to increase awareness of the difficulties in growing up un-mothered. She has a private practice in San Diego, CA, talks about Schema Therapy any chance she gets and is thrilled to be facilitating the training program with Litsa.

In addition, Kathy trained intensively with Dr. Karyl McBride, author of the book: Will I Ever Be Good Enough, and is a certified therapist through her program.

“I am delighted to welcome Kathy into the global community of Schema Therapists. She has extraordinary expertise and shares her special healing ‘gifts’ to help those who have been negatively impacted by a narcissist in their lives.”

— Wendy Behary, LCSW: Author of Disarming the Narcissist
(which shows how Schema Therapy helps heal narcissistic relationship, a fascinating book!)

Litsa Anthis Schema Therapy Trainer

Evangelia (Litsa) Anthis, Psy.D

As the child of Greek immigrants, growing up during the Apartheid era in South Africa made a profound impact on the person Litsa is today. Driven by hope for a different future and an end to the everyday human suffering all around her, she chose to become a Social Worker.

Litsa completed her education in the UK with a PhD in Counseling Psychology, later specializing in Psychodermatolgy: supporting individuals with the impact of skin disease. In 2002, she discovered Schema Therapy; an empathic and explanatory approach that deeply resonated with her own life experiences.

After ten years in London, she moved to Greece on a mission to mitigate the stigma surrounding therapy in her native culture. Over the next ten years, she worked in private practice, promoted psychological services in various settings, became President of the Greek Psoriasis Society, and qualified as an Advanced Schema Therapist.

In addition to her clinical work, she has authored numerous scholarly articles. She now lives in Santa Monica, CA, works with clients in private practice and is co-director of the CA training program.

“Litsa is a highly skillful schema therapist, supervisor, and trainer. She is also a warm and caring professional with a deep understanding of the therapeutic model, a creative capacity to generate concepts and strategies beautifully, and vast experience training other professionals nationally and internationally.”

— Wendy Behary, LCSW: Author of Disarming the Narcissist

We’re thrilled to introduce Olivia Thrift as a new member of our team!

Olivia Thrift Ghost Mothers

Olivia Thrift, Psy.D

Newly relocated to Northern California Olivia gained her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2005 from the University of Surrey, is an Advanced Certified schema therapist, supervisor and trainer – and a registered supervisor for the UK based Schema Therapy Associates Training Programme.

Her clinical experience includes working in diverse clinical settings to include The NHS (National Health Service in the UK), prison and forensic services, and in private practice with a specialty in helping clients with complex trauma, and traits/diagnosis of a personality disorder.

Currently Olivia works for the San Francisco DBT Center and provides therapy remotely through The Psychology Company, a UK based therapy practice she founded. In addition to her psychological therapy work Olivia is a qualified mindfulness meditation and yoga teacher with a passion for integrating yoga, mindfulness and compassion related practices into her therapeutic work.

Recently she co-authored a chapter titled: “Developing a Compassionate Mind to Strengthen The Healthy Adult Mode” for the upcoming book Creative Methods in Schema Therapy. Olivia is thrilled to join the California Schema Therapy Training Program as a supervisor and instructor.

“When you are able to shift your perspective to accept that this is how things are, rather than avoiding this reality, you’ll view your mother in a dramatically different way, and this changes everything because it allows you to heal, and to move forward.”