My goal as a therapist is to work with you collaboratively to come up with strategies to help you overcome difficulties and to live a fuller, more meaningful life. I emphasize evidence-based practice, which means I specialize in treatments that have been researched and have been shown to be effective.
Treatments I Use
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
The most common approach I use, ACT emphasizes learning acceptance and mindfulness practices to use in response to difficult emotional experiences, and behavioral strategies to help you move toward making meaning in your life. Research shows that this technique is effective for a wide range of problems, including anxiety, depression, obsessive and compulsive related disorders, substance use, and posttraumatic stress disorders.
Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD / Exposure for Fear Disorders
Exposure based approaches come from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and are important to use in conjunction with ACT for anxiety disorders. Confronting fears and obsessions, while approaching them in new ways that increase confidence, has been shown to be highly effective for a range of anxiety disorders, including fears of specific situations (including flying, needles, driving), OCD, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety.
Prolonged Exposure (PE) / Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD
My training at the VA provided me with specialized experience treating PTSD using trauma-focused treatments, including PE and CPT. PE uses exposure therapy (as described above) with a specific focus on traumatic memories. CPT, on the other hand, helps you develop new ways of responding to distressing thoughts and beliefs that may have developed as a result of the traumatic experience.
I am a generalist, which means that I have learned to work with people with a wide variety of issues.
At the same time, I have received specialized training with certain difficulties.
Specifically, I have received specialized training for treating PTSD and anxiety and obsessive compulsive and related disorders.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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Ida Moadab, Ph.D.