I Specialize in the Treatment of Anxiety and OCD
I work with kids, teens, and adults who suffer with anxiety and OCD. I am a member of the board of directors for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and the founding director of QuietMindSolutions.com. I have authored and produced The Anxiety Solution Series, a 12 hour self-help audio program, Break Free from Anxiety, a coloring self-help book, and Stress Free, a compilation of six relaxation exercises. I conduct workshops at universities and organizations including USC, UCLA, the annual conference for the ADAA and the International OCD Foundation. I earned my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from UCLA and treat children, teens, and adults in my practice in Los Angeles. As a member of ADAA’s Public Education committee I have written several articles and have been featured in webinars and videos on the ADAA website.
Individual and Group Therapy
In my 20 plus years working with patients, I have been a part of some of the most amazing transformations and I am honored that people trust me to share their personal stories. I conduct individual and group therapy at my office as well as therapy sessions outside the office for people who have specific fears; elevators, heights, driving, crossing the street, etc. We take the tools I teach in the office and together confront what is most feared outside the office.
I conduct two types of groups: A Social Anxiety Group for people who are shy or uncomfortable in social situations and an Anxiety Solutions Group for all types of anxiety. The most effective treatment for people who avoid or feel uncomfortable in social situations is a social anxiety group. For both groups, all participates feel extremely anxious when they start but comfortable by the end. Group treatment is very economical and effective. Participants not only learn tools from me but receive support and validation from other group members.
What is My Approach
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been empirically validated as the most affective treatment for anxiety. The focus is on identifying and changing thinking patterns as well learning how to face fears. Patients also learn skills to calm their mind and relax their body.
In addition to cognitive-behavioral therapy I use other treatment modalities:
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Solution-based treatment
Treatment is active and goal-oriented, focusing on identifying the root of problems, teaching coping skills, eliminating symptoms, changing behavior, resolving issues and improving one's life and relationships. My approach is grounded in both an understanding of the past and taking command of the present.
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What is My Background?
I earned my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from UCLA and was trained in clinical hypnosis from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), a certified hypnotherapist, and founder of www.QuietMind Solutions.com
, and on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
. I have lectured at universities, hospitals, mental health agencies, schools and community organizations on a variety of topics including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and parenting. I have also presented at the annual conference of The Anxiety and Depression Association of America and The International OCD Foundation. I have worked with patients of all ages in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, residential treatment facilities and psychiatric hospitals.
Problems I have Successfully Treated
There are hundreds of fears and the list of obsessions is in the thousands. People who suffer with anxiety tend to be creative so I am never surprised when a patient shares something new. These fears and obsessions are often kept secret for years because of shame and embarrassment and I’m always touched when patients feel safe enough to open up. It’s the first step to conquering anxiety. When people suffer with anxiety they also tend to be depressed and have problems in their relationships or at work. These issues are also addressed in treatment.
Here is a partial list of the types of anxieties I have successfully treated:
- Panic attacks and a fear of panic attacks
- Excessive worry about anything and everything
- Compulsive behaviors and rituals like counting, touching, cleaning, etc.
- Past trauma: incest, rape, abuse, car accidents, crime victim, childhood bullying
- Social anxiety: Feeling uncomfortable in social situations
- Fear of choking
- Fear of closed spaces: elevators, underground parking, etc.
- Fear of crossing the street
- Fear of leaving the house and going places
- Fear of birds, dogs and spiders
- Fear of using public restrooms
- Fear of dying
- Fear of loved ones dying
- Fear of driving, as well as on freeways and out of their area
- Fear of heights
- Fear of getting lost
- Fear of going to sleep
- Fear of not being able to fall asleep
- Fear of killing a loved one
- Fear of being gay
- Fear of having major medical problems
- Fear of vomiting
- Fear of blushing
- Fear of sweating
- Fear of losing control of one’s bowels and having an accident
- Performance anxiety: sports, public speaking, sexual
- Fear of leaving your house or your comfort zone
- All types of obsessions or compulsions
People who have suffered with anxiety for their entire life or have tried treatment previously, seldom believe they can get better. But they can. This is one of the reasons why I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Please feel free to watch the success story videos
and read the comments and letters on this site about group
and individual therapy.
This may give you some hope.
How Long Will Therapy Take?
There is no set answer to this question. The duration of treatment not only depends upon the severity of the symptoms, problems and stressors but also the motivation and effort made by the patient. The goal is to help people overcome their issues as quickly as possible.