Lois Sharp, PhD
Narrative of Services:
In my practice I see people from adolescent to older adult for a variety of disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety (including OCD), depression, addictions, and trauma. I see people mainly for individual work. I strive to provide as much therapy as needed without keeping people in treatment indefinitely. I enjoy taking people who are depressed, anxious, or have some other burden weighing them down, working with them for a relatively short period of time, and watching them become energized and passionate about their lives.
I find that working in California requires understanding of multiculturalism. It seems that no one here is from here. Beyond my cross-cultural training during my schooling, I have learned to listen to the person in my office and learn about background and experiences that make them the unique person they are. I am constantly learning and becoming more aware and doing what I can to educate my self.
I saw people with OCD early in my training, starting at a practicum at Alum Rock Counseling Center. I received more formal training during my internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. There, I gained experience in treating OCD both through group and individual therapy, focusing on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) along with Cognitive Therapy. Since then, I have continued to learn about this and even taught doctoral students at Palo Alto University. I have received my certification in Cognitive Therapy through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I continually about treating OCD optimally.
During my training, I received specific training in multiculturalism. That was certainly not sufficient but was a good start. Beyond that, having moved here from another country, doing my internship in Toronto, and then moving back, I have had a taste of different experiences and have a better understanding of the context for people’s experiences.