Joanna Kaye PhD
I specialize in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders in adults. I provide individual therapy based primarily in exposure and response prevention (ERP), an approach with extensive evidence showing its effectiveness in treating OCD. My clinical style is warm, approachable, and compassionate, while also being direct. I view therapy as teamwork, with both of us equally striving to help you move in the direction you want in your life. My ultimate goal is for you to not need me, as I teach my clients skills to empower them to master their anxiety so it no longer holds them back.
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders:
I also commonly treat co-occurring depression. When I work with individuals with co-occurring disorders, we work together to determine whether OCD may be driving other symptoms, which may lead us to prioritize targeting OCD first, though we can often apply similar skills to other co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety disorders. Often, other symptoms such as depressive symptoms improve as your OCD symptoms improve, even if we don’t target them directly.
I received my PhD from Drexel University where I researched anxiety treatments. I completed a year of intensive training and supervision with OCD experts at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, a world-renowned OCD treatment center. I completed my internship and fellowship at UCSD/VA San Diego, where I further specialized in the treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. As such, I am equipped to provide the most powerful treatment available for OCD. I have also led trainings and given talks on exposure therapy.
I welcome individuals from all races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religions. Cultural competence was emphasized throughout my training, and I have worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. I have extensive experience and training working with veterans in particular. I am motivated to work with you to understand how your unique perspective may be different from my own and to learn how I can help you in a way that fits with your experiences.