Elizabeth Penela, PhD
Narrative of Services:
In my private practice, I focus exclusively on treating children and adults struggling with OCD and/or anxiety. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I am currently providing therapy services exclusively online.
During treatment, I offer an evidence-based approach using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) within a warm and compassionate environment. I also incorporate elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness practices depending on the needs of the patient. Throughout the course of therapy, my 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 OCD and various anxiety disorders. 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 then joined Pediatric Psychology Associates, a private practice group in South Florida focused on providing evidence-based services to the community. In 2020, Dr. Penela launched her solo private practiced focused on providing specialized treatment for children and adults struggling with anxiety and OCD.