Elizabeth Penela, PhD
Dr. Penela maintains a private practice, Wellness in Broward, focused on providing evidenced-based care for children and adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, and related concerns. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, therapy services are currently provided exclusively online.
During treatment, Dr. Penela’s approach entails using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) within a warm and compassionate environment. She also incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness practices depending on the needs of the patient. Throughout the course of therapy, Dr. Penela’s goal is to empower individuals and families to overcome current obstacles and to develop confidence in their ability to navigate future challenges.
Dr. Penela has extensive training and experience in providing evidence-based treatment to children and adults with anxiety, OCD, and related concerns. While at the University of Miami, she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology, as well as her post-doctoral fellowship at the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) Program, a specialty treatment center for OCD and anxiety. Dr. Penela worked for five years at Pediatric Psychology Associates, a private practice group in South Florida focused on providing evidence-based services to the community, and then in 2020 launched her specialized private practice, Wellness in Broward. Dr. Penela has completed the Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), an intensive in-depth training course overseen by Dr. Eric Storch, a leading pediatric OCD expert.