Anxiety & OCD


LivingRite’s Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic provides
individuals the opportunity to obtain specialized, individualized treatment in the areas of:

Our Clinic Specialists (please see our Specialists' bios below) have extensive training, supervision, and experience in providing Cognitive Behavioral and Exposure-Based interventions to address your specific needs. Interested in setting up an appointment with one of our specialists?

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Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, focuses on changing negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors in order to bring about positive changes in mood. CBT has received extensive research support as an effective treatment intervention, and the CBT therapies we offer are considered evidence-based practice. Individuals who complete CBT treatment tend to experience high levels of symptom relief and reduced relapse rates when compared to medication or other talk-therapy treatments. Your therapist will help you identify thoughts and behaviors that are serving to maintain your anxiety, and he or she will work with you to make helpful changes to allow you to reach your goals.

What are Exposures?

Exposures are the “B” of CBT, and involve repeatedly confronting feared situations, thoughts, images, etc. in a controlled fashion in order to ultimately reduce or eliminate the anxiety response. Exposures are introduced into treatment in a hierarchical fashion, beginning with less difficult items and working toward more difficult items over time. You and your therapist will work together to construct your hierarchy, and you will decide together how to proceed upward through your hierarchy. Making the decision to do things differently by trying the exposures can help you learn what you are capable of, that you can effectively manage intense emotions, and that you can participate in life without anxiety controlling you! Many people ask why they haven’t lost their fear or anxiety on their own. Your therapist will help you identify whether you are engaging in behaviors and/or thoughts that may be interfering with your ability to learn from your experience. In addition, as mentioned, exposures are done in a controlled way, meaning that you are taught how to structure the experience so that you can get the most benefit. 

What Can I Expect?

Treatment begins with your therapist providing educational information in order to help you better understand your anxiety and how treatment can be helpful in reducing your anxiety over the long-run. You will learn about how your current patterns of thoughts and behaviors are maintaining your anxiety, and you and your therapist will work to identify and implement changes to test out how new thoughts and new behaviors can result in you feeling less anxious.

Our Specialists

Katherine Harris

Katherine Harris, Ph.D. Clinical Lead, Dr. Harris completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Northern Illinois University, where she was a member of the Anxiety Disorders Lab. She completed her internship at the Ann Arbor VA, where she was a member of the PTSD clinical team. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor VA consortium, where she received specialized training in advanced diagnosis and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD. She has received extensive supervision and training in the use of CBT exposure-based interventions for Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and trauma, and her knowledge in this field is represented by publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Harris is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the International Society for Traumatic Stress (ISTSS), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the International OCD Foundation.


David Valentiner

David Valentiner, Ph.D. Dr. Valentiner completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas (Austin) and worked with Josh Holahan, a leader in the study of stress and coping, and with Michael Telch, a pioneer in the treatment of Panic Disorder. Dr. Valentiner completed his internship at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA where he worked with Edna Foa, a pioneer in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Valentiner has conducted extensitive research in the area of Anxiety Disorders and is an author and co-author on many journal articles and presentations in this field. Dr. Valentiner is a member of Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the International OCD Foundation. 








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