Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD
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Dr. Zurita Ona, or “Dr. Z,” is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. Her clinical work started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. For over fourteen years she has developed significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with all types of anxiety and emotion regulation problems; particular areas of expertise are Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety related conditions, and emotion regulation problems.
Dr. Z serves on the Board of Directors for OCD SF Bay Area, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and is in charge of the Clinical Symposium for the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Dr. Z attends local, national, and international conferences on a regular basis in order to present her clinical work and keep up with current clinical research to deliver up-to-date therapy services to her clients. In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Z is a graduate of the International OCD foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for the treatment of pediatric OCD and adult OCD; her clinical work is primarily based on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the recognized front-line treatment for OCD, anxiety and related condition disorders. Over the last 14 years, she has been learning, practicing, and teaching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) applied to specific presenting problems. In 2019, Dr. Z was nominated as a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
Dr. Z. is the author of the following self-help books:
“The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full” is dedicated to all the teens she worked with and were struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
“Parenting a teen: using acceptance and commitment therapy,” written for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.”
“Escaping the emotional roller coaster: ACT for the emotionally sensitive” is a self-help book super-feelers, adults struggling with having an emotional switch that goes on and off, anytime, anywhere,
Dr. Z is the co-author of:
“Mind and emotions: a universal protocol for emotional disorders,” a book that has received a “Self-help seal of merit” from the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT).”
In addition to private practice, Dr. Z is a clinical faculty for The Wright Institute where she supervises and teaches doctoral students. Every year, Dr. Z selects 1-3 students to collaborate in their doctoral dissertations and/or continue training them as psychological assistants. Dr. Z is very interested in advancing clinical science that could fundamentally improve client’s struggles in their life.
Dr. Z is a member of the following organizations: Anxiety and Depression American Association (ADAA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), Northern California CBT Network (NCCBT), and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).