Josephine Chu Psy.D.
Dr. Chu Psychology offers individual therapy, family therapy, and parent consultations, addressing issues related to OCD, anxiety, specific phobias, perfectionism, self-criticalness, and other co-occurring concerns. Approximately 50% of my practice has served individuals specifically with OCD and phobias.
I have expertise in treating specific phobias, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, ADHD, depressive disorders, and trauma, alongside OCD symptoms. Aside from ERP/CBT to treat OCD and related anxiety disorders, I’m also well versed in DBT, ACT, IFS, and interpersonal interventions informed by attachment theory. My approach is LGBTQ+ affirming and culturally sensitive.
I first learned about fear hierarchies and exposures in a doctorate level CBT course, taught by a practicing psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD using ERP/CBT. I then completed post-doctoral training at UF Health Division of Psychology Springhill Clinic in Gainesville, which offers an IOP program for OCD. At this OCD clinic, I worked alongside a current member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. I’ve since provided training to other providers about assessment and treatment of OCD, and have been treating OCD and related disorders for 7 years.
I am passionate about supporting individuals with minoritized identities and/or marginalized backgrounds. Clients who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, religious minorities, and coming from immigrant/international backgrounds, have found my approach that attends to their cultural lens, contexts, and values particularly helpful.
I was a Diversity Scholar and a part of the Diversity Affairs Committee in my doctoral program. I provided psychological consultation at the UF Health Youth Gender Clinic during my post-doctoral training, supporting the medical care of gender diverse youth. I conducted the Diversity Seminar in the Psychology Internship Program at USF Counseling Center in Tampa. I continue to center the values and beliefs of my clients in my clinical work using the Relational Cultural and Multicultural Orientation frameworks.