Kelly Caver PhD
I provide ACT-informed ERP for OCD and Habit Reversal Training and ComB for body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) such as hair-pulling and skin-picking.
Approximately 50% of my practice is focused on OCD and BFRBs, with an additional 15-20% focused on exposure therapy for anxiety disorders.
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders:
In addition to OCD and BFRBs, I treat anxiety disorders (i.e. generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, health anxiety), trauma/PTSD, insomnia, and depression. Often OCD symptoms are the most debilitating, so we’d focus on OCD first through ERP. Many of my clients with OCD also have comorbid anxiety disorders that can be effectively treated through exposure therapy alongside OCD treatment. Sometimes other treatment concerns are more pressing and we may choose to focus on those first. The style of therapy I provide is collaborative, goal-oriented, and active. I work together with clients to design a treatment plan based on their symptoms, circumstances, values, and strengths.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy for OCD 4-Day Intensive Training through the Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI); ongoing clinical case consultation with senior ERP therapists, including psychologists who trained in ERP at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty member of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI); Virtual Training in the Treatment of BFRBs through the TLC Foundation for BFRBs; and additional OCD and BFRB workshops through IOCDF, CBI, and NOCD.
I have extensive experience treating BIPOC clients, LGBTQ+ individuals, Veterans, individuals with chronic health conditions, and adults across the lifespan, including university students and older adults. I am LGBTQ+ affirming and routinely provide letters of support for gender-affirming medical treatment to my current clients. Currently, 17% of my clients are transgender or genderqueer/nonbinary, 28% of my clients are Asian or Asian-American, and 28% of my clients are first-generation immigrants or refugees from Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
My PhD program, pre-doctoral internship, and post-doctoral fellowship all emphasized cultural competency and working with diverse populations. I practice cultural humility – a lifelong commitment to understanding my own and my clients’ cultural identities, privileges, and experiences of oppression. I regularly educate myself on the experiences of those who hold different identities than I do, including ongoing continuing education training and workshops on cultural competency.