Nicole Connolly, PhD
Narrative of Services:
I use strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, emphasizing exposure and response prevention protocols, to help my clients face their fears and find freedom from their intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. I also incorporate ideas from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help my clients meet their goals and reclaim their lives. I work with all ages, from young children first starting to show symptoms to adults who have suffered for years. At any time, around 50% of my practice is focused on OCD and related issues, including tic disorders, trichotillomania, and skin-picking behaviors.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels: Yes
I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, where I had the opportunity to learn about OCD spectrum disorders and their treatment from leading researchers in the field. As part of my doctoral training, I interned at Kaiser Permanente, providing CBT treatment for OCD and related disorders to both individuals and groups. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in autism spectrum disorders, where I gained specialized experience in working with OCD spectrum disorders in individuals with ASD and other developmental concerns. I have continued to hone my skills over the years through the IOCDF’s pediatric BTTI and other training opportunities.