Ellis McCauley, LMFT

550 Water St
Suite E2
Santa Cruz, California 95060

Narrative of Services:

I specialize in work with OCD and OC-spectrum disorders. I have focused training and experience in work with Hair-Pulling and Skin-Picking and other body-focused repetitive disorders. I use a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, and mindfulness to address these issues. I offer a supportive, directive, and experiential approach. At any given time about half of my (relatively large) client load is people with OCD/spectrum disorders. It is a priority, passion and honor for me to offer my services to this community that is gravely under-served.

Training Description:

My primary approach with OCD and BFRB’s is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in conjunction with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). My approach is client-centered, collaborative, strengths-based, and I can be directive and challenging when needed. I work experientially and somatically (body-centered), with a present moment mindfulness orientation that supports increased tolerance of distressing urges. My office is close to downtown and the bus line. I offer a discounted first session (make sure to ask for this) and a sliding scale if needed.

Diversity Statement:

I have extensive training in multicultural/diversity competency and always try to be sensitive and open to the experiences of people of cultures different from my own. I am aware of what it can be like to be treated as “other” and/or to have a different contextual position and belief system than the dominant culture. I always strive to be understanding and to expand my knowledge when needed.