Keren Shemesh, PhD
Narrative of Services:
OCD rarely comes by itself; it tends to bring a friend or two. It is common for individuals facing OCD to also struggle with symptoms of depression. While they may not feel down and in the dump, they may experience a decreased interest in social interaction, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, and excessive self-criticism. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is another common comorbidity in both children and adults struggling with OCD. It is vital to distinguish the ADHD attempt to stay on task from the compulsion ritual experienced in OCD.
I have been practicing psychotherapy since 2007. I specialize in treating anxiety and depression in children and adults. OCD and OCD related disorders (Hoarding, Tics, Trichotillomania, etc.) are of great interest to me. I am trained and certified in TEAM-CBT and use Exposure/Response Prevention as a primary treatment approach. I incorporate a systemic approach and invite family members into the treatment as they play a crucial role in their efforts to support their loved ones.
I am a native Israeli residing in the US for the past 20 years. I have experience working with a highly diverse population and have worked with many immigrants from Israel, India, East Asia, Europ (France, Denmark, Germany, Romania) and Canada (Yes, Canada! although considered Caucasians, their culture and mannerism differ significantly.)
As an immigrant, I understand the hardship entailed in starting your life on a different continent. The Bay-Area, in which we live, is rich in diversity. I have, therefore, worked with individuals from various parts of the world, including East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Canada (Although Australians and Canadians are considered Caucasians, their culture and mannerism differ significantly.)