Cheryl Winning Ghinassi PhD
My practice specializes in the treatment of OCD Spectrum Disorders. I trained at SUNY Albany which is a major research institute in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have since been trained in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which both incorporate mindfulness and radical acceptance techniques which are very helpful with OCD. I see children, teens, and adults and always do a component of family treatment as well. I have treated several hundred people with OCD spectrum disorders over the years. Any where from 40-60% of my practice is OC focused.
Co-occurring disorders (in addition to the OC spectrum disorder/s) would include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, and personality disorders. My treatment plan would depend on a number of factors: patient preference for initial focus, level of interference of the co-occurring disorder (for example, if depression or substance abuse is so debilitating those disorders would require initial focus), the relationship of the OCD to the co-occurring disorder. This is an individual issue that requires education and collaborative treatment planning.
My internship was completed at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Unit where we treated people with OCD and Eating Disorders. I then did a fellowship, again at McLean/Harvard in the collaborative (with Massachusetts General Hospital) Child OCD and Tourette’s Program. During my tenure as Program Director of the McLean/May Child inpatient/partial/IOP programs at Somerville Hospital and then Franciscan Children’s Hospital, I worked with staff to design OCD treatment for children who presented for care in those settings. My private practice has involved the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with OCD for the past 17 years.
We all understand things from our own cultural/gender/time-in-history/familial/life experience perspective and it is imperative to understand the context and frame-of-reference of each individual with whom we work.