Kimberly Glazier Leonte PhD
My OCD specialization started in 2007 when I was a counselor at McLean Hospital’s residential OCD-Institute. Since then I also worked at Rogers Memorial Hospital’s residential OCD center, partial hospitalization OCD program, and intensive outpatient OCD program.
In addition, my research has focused on increasing awareness regarding common types of OCD symptoms (e.g., sexual obsessions, violent obsessions, etc.) which are often misdiagnosed by professionals. My passion for OCD education has led me to conduct full-day continuing education workshops, for mental health professionals, on identifying and treating OCD.
The vast majority of clients I work with are engaged in therapy due to OCD. Other common treatment areas include perfectionism, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, and panic attacks. I also have OCD and Social Anxiety Support Groups.
Exposure and ritual prevention is an integral aspect of my therapy approach. The goal of exposures is to help clients change their relationship with the OCD/anxiety from fear and avoidance to action and empowerment. The following approaches are also important parts of the process, and complement the exposure work: defusion (seeing thoughts as thoughts), mindfulness, connecting with one’s values/goals, and self-compassion.