OCD is a jerk. It lies and tries to control your every thought and movement. It tries to convince you of things that you know are illogical, irrational, or impossible are just around the corner. It tells you that if you want these scary, sad or yucky thoughts to go away, you must do what it says. Avoid the things you love, say no to new opportunities, second guess your every movement and thought. Together, we can help you stand up to your OCD and get your life back.
We all feel stress and anxiety, some times more than others. However, when the worry doesn't dissipate after the big test, interview, or event, it can be indicative of an anxiety disorder. If you are feeling physical symptoms of anxiety regularly (nausea, headache, sweating, shortness of breath, etc) and coping skills only seem to work for a short while, it might be time for a different approach. Together, we can address the sources of your anxiety and help you thrive.
I have over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults and understand the unique challenges they face. School, friends, the future and, let's face it, parents, can all be major sources of stress for adolescents. They often feel like they can't talk to their parents about what is going on (even if you have a great relationship) and having a trusted and safe place to vent, process and learn skills can be invaluable.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be very effective at helping you manage overwhelming feelings, irritability, depression and anxiety. If you are struggling with chronic suicidal ideation or self-harm behavior, I can help you learn the DBT skills to weather these emotional storms safely.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you identify the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help you better challenge negative thought patterns and create healthier thoughts and actions to combat anxiety and depression.
I am BTTI trained by the International OCD Foundation in Exposure Response Prevention. This is considered the best way to treat OCD and anxiety disorders. Exposure therapy focuses on helping you learn to tolerate the uncomfortable feelings of anxiety in order to retrain your brain to stop sending the distress signal in the first place.