Paige Pradko, LPC, NCC
Narrative of Services:
Approximately 80% of my practice is made up of clients with OCD and Anxiety Disorders. I am treating 14 clients at the present time with OCD. I have treated over 200 clients with OCD in the past 15 years. Most of my referrals come from former clients, other therapists and the University of Michigan. I treat clients in my office and through telehealth services. There are very few therapists trained in treating OCD in Michigan, and my goal is to become as skilled as possible and to create relationships within the IOCDF to further benefit and educate clients and therapists.
I live in a community that has a large population of immigrants, particularly from India and the Middle East. I have gained experience working with clients from these populations that is unique to traditional treatment. It is normal in these cultures for a multi-generational family to wish to enter my office to understand treatment. Family education and understanding is important to my clients and helps their progress if shame is removed from the diagnosis of OCD. Family education is also helpful in the acceptance and understanding of Exposure Response Prevention and eliminating reassurance behaviors.
I have been treating clients with OCD for 15 years. I have coordinated with University of Michigan and am often referred OCD patients from University of Michigan, Center for Anxiety Disorders. I actively follow research from leaders in the field of anxiety, OCD and exposure therapy. I have taken courses from Dr. Reid Wilson and will be enrolled in BTTI courses this year.
I have taken Cultural training courses that were required as part of my Master’s Degree in Counseling, as well as my post Master’s Specialization in Mental Health. My practice has always had a mix of race, gender and ethnic backgrounds. I believe that counselors must be sensitive to the cultures and backgrounds of their clients.