Areas of Expertise

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)  and Anxiety

I have specialized training in the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders more generally. I utilize exposure and response prevention, the gold standard in the treatment of OCD. It has been humbling to be a part of my clients' journeys as they break out of crippling patterns and open up possibilities in their lives that before seemed impossible. 

Virtual Realty Exposure Therapy for Phobias 

I utilize virtual reality technology to increase the effectiveness of treatment for phobias and other anxiety disorders. Research shows that virtual reality significantly reduces length of treatment and is highly effective for phobias such as fear of flying or fear of public speaking, among many others.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS)

1 in 5 women experience postpartum depression, making it the most common complication of pregnancy. From trying to conceive to welcoming a baby or experiencing a loss, I recognize the complexities of these life stages and offer a compassionate space in which to navigate them.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

I am anchored in a CBT approach and flexible about integrating other approaches when helpful. Treatment with me is active, present-focused and individually tailored to meet your unique needs. 

Resources

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)​

Memoir: 

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

by David Adam

 

Self-Help:

Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome your Obsessions and Compulsions

by Edna Foa and Reid Wilson

Additional resources:

International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF)

iocdf.org

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS)

Memoir:

Down Came the Rain

by Brooke Shields (PPD)

 

Nobody Told me: My Battle with Postpartum Depression and OCD

by Wendy Isnardi

Self-Help:

This ISN'T What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

by Karen Kleiman and Valeri Davis Raskin

Additional Resources:

Pospartum Support International (PSI)

postpartum.net

 

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