Kathryn (Kathy) Angell, PhD
Narrative of Services:
Over 50% of my practice includes working with individuals with OCD, or other OC-related problems such as perfectionism, body dysmorphia, and extreme concern about illness with little evidence and other co-occurring problems. I offer flexibility in location (I help people in my office, in the community, and in their home environments), length and frequency of visits, and mode of therapy. I have worked successfully with people whose perfectionism gets in the way of them getting projects done and people whose symptoms have interfered with them going to work or leaving home. I enjoy helping people break free of OC-related problems.
I offer evidence-based treatments (treatments research has shown to be effective) for depression, hypochondriasis/illness-anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, phobias, body, weight and shape issues including eating disorders, and ADHD. I am also a Certified Gottman Therapist who offers a semi-structured treatment and coaching on many communication, conflict-resolution, and intimacy-building skills to couples in distress that evolved from Dr. Gottman’s decades of research on happiness and longevity for couple relationships.
I successfully completed training in Exposure Response Prevention, the only OCD treatment the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association identifies as currently having Strong Research Support (as of 2/21/19). I trained at the Center for Treatment of Anxiety (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania, a world leader in OCD training and research.
I trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy (founded by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, the “father of Cognitive Therapy”) and the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford and am a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, trained by the Gottman Institute.
I have chosen to work with multicultural populations throughout my professional career. Working with culturally diverse people makes my work more interesting, and working to decrease health disparities between white people and people of color and between middle class people and people with low incomes makes my work more meaningful.