Joanne Chan, PsyD
Narrative of Services:
About 40% of my caseload consists of people struggling with OCD and related disorders, while the rest of my clients present with anxiety disorders (phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social phobia, post-partum anxiety), trauma, and stress/anxiety due to a life event.
I primarily provide individual therapy, with a large proportion of my clients requiring exposure therapy that I conduct in the office or in the community.
I have developed a specialized practice in the treatment of OCD, hoarding disorder, anxiety disorders (e.g. phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety), and trauma/stress related disorders. My treatment approach is rooted in the latest scientific research while my delivery of the interventions is tailored to your specific circumstances. I draw from different modalities, such as CBT, Mindfulness, ACT, DBT, and Compassion-Focused Therapy, which is a newer approach I have been weaving into my work with people who experience significant self-criticism, perfectionism, guilt, and shame. Exposure therapy is a core component in my work with anxiety, OCD, and trauma.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels: Yes
Specialized Experience in OCD treatment from 2002-present: Private practice specializing in OCD (2009-2018), OCD Institute at McLean Hospital (residence counselor 2002-2003) Palo Alto VA HealthCare System Anxiety Disorders Clinic (2004-2005); Stanford Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic (2003-2004); Portland Psychotherapy Clinic (2019-present).
I have also been involved in a large collaborative research project with UCSF and Mental Health Association of San Francisco that compared two different approaches to group treatment for the hoarding population between 2014-2017.
I am open to all cultural backgrounds and work particularly well with individuals who identify with feeling “stuck between cultures”. I am LGBTQI affirmative and have extensive experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations.
Although I primarily specialize in OCD and anxiety disorders, I also have a niche in the treatment of Asian-American clients working on cultural identity development and/or whose cultural background interacts with the primary problem they are coming into treatment for (anxiety, OCD, depression, etc.). I utilize the Sue & Sue Racial Cultural Identity Development model to guide my work with clients who wish to work with me on cultural issues.