Jennifer Alosso, PsyD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can range in severity from slightly annoying to completely debilitating. Obsessive thoughts and their associated compulsive behaviors create significant anxiety. They tend to be distracting, time-consuming and can interfere with work, school and relationships with loved ones. Behavior therapy in the form of exposure and response prevention (ERP) has proven to be the most effective treatment for OCD. I work closely with my patients to develop an ERP treatment plan to be carried out both within and between sessions. Over time, my role becomes more of an educator / consultant as you become more confident in your ability to manage anxiety, face your fears and take more control in your treatment.
In addition, I also work with individuals suffering from generalized anxiety and other anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder and phobias. When people are anxious, they often have a certain way of thinking about themselves and the world. This thinking pattern may be very distressing, and/or it may get in the way of making healthy decisions, which can interfere with daily functioning. In session, I help patients to recognize their thinking styles, and to challenge the thoughts which may be getting in the way of them living happy and productive lives. I also work with patients to reduce overall levels of anxiety and encourage healthy behaviors in their everyday lives.