What I Treat

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD is characterized by the presence of obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, or both. Obsessive thoughts are recurrent and persistent unwanted thoughts, urges, or impulses that are experienced as intrusive and cause distress. Read More

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is characterized by excessive worry occurring more days than not for 6 or more months about a number of events or activities of daily living. Generalized anxiety differs from OCD in that it is not focused on obsessive doubts about reality but is excessive worry about a variety of things in reality. Read More

Illness Anxiety Disorder

Illness Anxiety Disorder

Illness Anxiety Disorder, or health anxiety, is characterized by persistent, excessive preoccupation with having or acquiring a serious illness or disease, intense anxiety and being easily alarmed about personal health, excessive health-related safety behaviors such as checking for symptoms, researching, and/or avoidance behaviors, all of which cause functional impairment and distress. Read More.

Specific Phobias

Specific Phobias

Specific Phobias are characterized by excessive fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation. The object or situation almost always provokes immediate fear and/or is avoided or endured with intense anxiety. Read More.

Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding Disorder is characterized by a persistent difficulty with discarding or parting with possessions regardless of their value, a perceived need to save possessions and distress associated with discarding them, accumulation of possessions that congest or clutter the living space and compromises intended use (or living spaces are only un-cluttered because of third parties), distress and functional impairment due to the hoarding behavior, and can include excessive acquisition.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent panic attacks followed by one month or more of persistent worry about having additional panic attacks or about the consequences of having them (fears of losing control, having a heart attack, “going crazy”) and/or maladaptive changes in behavior related to the panic attacks (avoidance, safety behaviors). Read More

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is characterized by persistent, excessive fear about situations including using public transportation, being in open spaces (parking lots, markets, bridges), being in enclosed places (shops, theaters, malls, concert venues, sporting events), standing in line or being in a crowd, and/or being outside of the home alone. Read More

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is characterized by excessive preoccupation with one or more perceived physical defects/flaws that are not observable (or are out of proportion) to others. Read More

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder, or SAD, is characterized by excessive fear about social situations in which an individual may be exposed to scrutiny, fear of acting in a way that will be negatively evaluated by others or lead to embarrassment or rejection, social situations almost always provoke fear, social situations are avoided or endured with intense anxiety, the fear is out of proportion to the actual threat within the sociocultural context, the fear is persistent, and the fear causes distress and impairment in functioning.

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, or BFRBs, include Trichotillomania and Excoriation Disorder. Another common body-focused repetitive behavior is cheek/lip biting. BFRBs differ from self-harm in that the aim of BFRBs are not to harm the self but to correct a perceived imperfection, self-soothe when distressed or bored, and/or BFRBs become an automatic, repetitive habit. Read More

Mood & Personality Disorders

Mood & Personality Disorders

While my main focus is treating OCD and Anxiety Disorders, I also am trained in evidence-based therapy modalities for co-occurring Mood Disorders including Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

American Psychiatric Association. (2022). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed., text rev.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425787