Teens, & Adults
Teens, & Adults
From my personal and professional experience, I know that people start to heal the moment they feel heard. I’m here to listen to you, and to help you find relief from your struggles with OCD. As a therapist, I like to create an environment that feels laid-back and direct, not sterile or clinical. It’s my goal just to show up as myself. I’m also a very direct therapist, and I don’t sugarcoat things. I do deep work to ensure you’re working toward your goals, but you’re the one who is driving the treatment. Fun facts about me: I have a hamster named Moody, I play the ukulele, and I really love to do karaoke.
Areas of Focus:
Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP); ERP is the gold standard of treatment for OCD & related Anxiety Disorders. With me as your therapist, we will create a very specific plan to confront the anxieties and triggers to your obsessional fears and resist the urge to perform compulsive behaviors or mental acts. You will learn to accept the uncertainty, tolerate discomfort, and ultimately change your relationship to your thoughts.
Licenced Marriage & Family Therapist
What is OCD? (An assessment session will better determine if you have OCD… however, here is some preliminary info)
Individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) experience recurrent and intrusive thoughts, images, doubts, and urges that are very distressing and interfere with their life. In response to these thoughts repetitive behaviors or mental acts are performed to help “manage” the distress. This only provides temporary relief and the thoughts come back again and again, requiring more and more attempts to manage the distress (these are the compulsions). Introducing the vicious cycle of OCD.
In order to break the vicious cycle of OCD, confronting the obsessional fear with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the most effective way to get long-term relief.
So what exactly is exposure and response prevention (ERP)?
ERP is the gold standard of treatment for OCD & related Anxiety Disorders. With me as your therapist, we will create a very specific plan to confront the anxieties and triggers to your obsessional fears and resist the urge to perform compulsive behaviors or mental acts. You will learn to accept the uncertainty, tolerate discomfort, and ultimately change your relationship to your thoughts.
How long is treatment?
ERP is typically a short-term or brief treatment. You can expect to be in therapy around 10 weeks, or until you feel confident in being your own ERP therapist. Yep, I’m trying to work myself out of a job!
Does it work?
I always say: you get out what you put in. ERP is most effective for those consistently practicing exposures outside of the therapy session. Don’t worry, we will practice in and out of session so you feel more confident.
I hold a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology obtained from CSU Bakersfield and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.