Rina V Pesce, Ph.D.
My practice is focused on treatment and support of people with OCD and related anxiety disorders. I do both short term and long term treatment and have worked with about 100 people over the years. About 95% of my clientele has OCD or a related anxiety disorder.
I have worked for 12 years in an OCD specialty clinic, exclusively treating people with OCD, hair pulling, skin picking, and a variety of other anxiety disorders. I was trained by psychologists on the Advisory Board for ICODF and regularly consult with colleagues on the Mid-Atlantic regional affiliate of IOCDF.
I am South Asian, and immigrated as a child from India to the United States. Aside from the personal experience of growing up bicultural, I am well-versed in treatment of multicultural populations due to my training at an APA Center of Excellence for Minority Fellowship. Over the years, I have enjoyed working with people of a variety of ethnic backgrounds and identity.
I was trained at a treatment-oriented Ph.D. program – they were invested first and foremost in training providers and making treatment accessible for all populations. I have presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education and completed a doctoral dissertation on the White experience of growing diversity. I continue to keep the intersection of identity, culture, and treatment at the forefront of my continuing education.