Hi! I'm Anthony. I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in providing psychotherapy for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. I've had OCD since I was eight years old. It began with taking-off and putting-on my clothes until they felt "just right." Since then, I have experienced just about the entire gamut of OCD sub-types; pedophilia, harm, moral scrupulosity, checking, contamination, health fears, social anxieties, hit-and-run concerns, and many other variants that words can't fully describe. I've experienced a great deal of pain and suffering as a result of untreated OCD. I did not receive proper treatment (CBT with ERP) until I was in my early twenties. I now consider myself free from the debilitating affliction that is known as OCD and I'd be honored to help guide you along your journey of recovery.
Specializing in anxiety, OCD, and related disorders
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an affliction involving unwanted thoughts, urges, or sensations that bring about distress in the sufferer. The sufferer will then engage in compulsive behaviors to try to alleviate the distress. These behaviors are not only physical but can be mental as well.
Sudden feelings of impending doom often accompany a panic attack. People who experience panic often have a rapid heartbeat, sweating, chills, dizziness, tingling, and a fear of another panic attack.
Phobias tend to be focused on one particular fear. There are a countless number of phobias. Some include fear of: needles, blood, flying, heights, spiders, snakes, enclosed spaces, and dogs.
Generalized Anxiety (GAD)
Generalized anxiety, or GAD, is similar to OCD, however, the concerns involved tend to be focused on fears that most people would consider rational or reasonable, such as losing a job or getting in a car accident. The sufferer may also experience a feeling of uneasiness with no identifiable cause.
Health Anxiety/Illness Anxiety
Otherwise known as hypochondria, produces significant worry about a possible, or actual, health condition. Sufferers may go to extreme lengths to get some degree of comfort, such as: searching the internet for symptoms, visiting multiple doctors, or even avoiding doctors all together.
Hair Pulling & Skin Picking
Trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and dermatillomania (skin picking) are two types of body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Nail-biting and cheek-biting can be included in this category as well.
Social Anxiety/Social Phobia
Social anxiety is not simply shyness. Social anxiety occurs when a person's psychological and/or physiological responses to social situations or themes become extremely uncomfortable. While experiencing social anxiety, it is common to have racing thoughts, worry, and uncomfortable physical sensations such as a rapid heartbeat.
Surgery & Medical Procedure Anxiety
Doctors and hospitals are often associated with illness and fear. Many of us experience anxiety before going in for surgery or having a medical exam. Psychotherapeutic techniques can be helpful in coping with an upcoming medical procedure.