Nicole Connolly PhD
I use strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, emphasizing exposure and response prevention, 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.
I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, where I had the opportunity to learn about OCD treatment from leading researchers. As part of my doctoral training, I interned at Kaiser Permanente, providing CBT treatment for OCD and related disorders to both individuals and groups. Afterward, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Help Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, where I gained specialized experience in treating autistic clients with OCD. I have continued to hone my skills over the years through programs like the IOCDF pediatric BTTI, the TAA BTI for tic disorders, and the TLC VPTI for BFRBs.