Dr. Craig April
Founder of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management, a well-known anxiety treatment center in Los Angeles, Dr. Craig April has been treating anxiety for 15 years and is an expert in cognitive-behavioral techniques.
"I am committed to helping people break free from anxiety symptoms so that they may live the life they are meant to live - one filled with calm, confidence, and freedom," says Dr. April.
Fascinated by the nature of his own fears and realization that we grow by strategically facing discomfort, Dr. April nurtured this interest as he entered graduate school in 1991. By the time he obtained his Masters in 1994, his Ph.D. in 1996, followed by his licensure as a psychologist in 1998, Dr. April had extensively treated anxiety disorders in clinic, hospital, and university settings.
Based on his continued focus in private practice working with those struggling with OCD, Panic, Phobias, and Generalized Anxiety, Dr. April established The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management to provide specialized and proven treatment. The April Center offers individual and group therapy with treatment plans uniquely designed to make progress as quickly as possible. Dr. April helps anxiety sufferers daily and says, "It's incredibly inspiring. Everyone can learn how to face what scares them".
Dr. April is a professional member of The Anxiety Disorders Association of America and The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, has been quoted nationally, served on filmed panels and speaks regularly in the community.
To learn more about Dr. Craig April, Ph.D., visit: http://www.KickFear.com
Shana Doronn, MSW, LCSW, PSY, D.
Dr. Shana currently treats patients with anxiety disorders, primarily Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder as well as individuals diagnosed with chronic illness, in Barrington, Illinois. Prior to moving to IL she worked at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where for the last 12 years has treated people with chronic and terminal illnesses and with the last five years focused on delivering innovative care to those diagnosed with severe and disabling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders including Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), eating disorders and hoarding. Her treatment modality is Cognitive Behavior Therapy with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
In addition, she trained at the UCLA Intensive OCD Treatment Program under world renowned treatment providers and researchers including Dr. Gerald Tarlow, Dr. Jamie Feusner and Karron Maidment, MFT.
Dr. Shana has been the mental health profession since 1989 starting off in working within the ER/hospital environment working with patients and families who experienced trauma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, severe mental illness and substance abuse problems. She sat on the Board of Directors at Woman at Risk (WAR) an organization that directly supports woman that have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
She has served as a faculty member at the UCLA School of Medicine from 1992-1998, where she taught psychosocial aspects of health and disease to first, second and third year medical students.
To learn more about Dr. Shana Doronn, visit: http://www.drshana.com
Jenifer A. Garrido
Jenifer A. (Killackey) Garrido, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Orlando, Florida. For over 16 years, Jenifer has assisted children, adolescents and adults in coping with a variety of issues, although her main area of interest and specialization is treating anxiety disorders. Focusing on common to complex, she offers treatment for panic disorder, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and social anxiety. Jenifer's goal is to tailor treatment to each client's specific needs and emphasize the concepts of self determination and empowerment, which is why she favors a Cognitive-Behavioral approach to therapy."CBT addresses both maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, which is why I find that it is so effective with anxiety disorders. People come to therapy wanting answers immediately. I believe that therapy should be solution-focused, aimed at assisting my clients with developing tools, strategies that they clearly understand and can utilize to overcome obstacles. However, success doesn't occur immediately; it is completely in relation to the effort they put forth. Hard work equals success."
Jenifer completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and has been involved with a variety of research endeavors, in the fields of social work, psycholinguistics and psychopharmacology. In addition to her own private practice, Jenifer has worked in school based and mental health settings and supervised interns seeking licensure. She is an accomplished writer, having authored numerous articles and co-developed a pamphlet distributed nationally by the Children's Health Fund.
To learn more about Jenifer A. Garrido, visit: http://www.jenifergarrido.com/
Dr. Jennifer O'Connor is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating and anxiety disorders. She helped to create and served as the founding clinical director of the Remuda Ranch Anxiety Disorders Treatment Program, an intensive inpatient program for women and girls with severe and debilitating anxiety disorders.
For the past six years, Dr. O'Connor has exclusively treated individuals with obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders including OCD, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Trichotillomania, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Anorexia Nervosa. She is passionate in her commitment to providing evidenced-based treatment to individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach and an emphasis on Exposure with Response Prevention Therapy.
Dr. O'Connor focuses on helping her patients achieve long-term changes in their responses to anxiety symptoms. "My goal is to help clients to face their fears head on, and in doing so, discover a whole new world of freedom."
Dr. O'Connor is a professional member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. She speaks regularly at national and international conferences, and provides trainings and workshops on the treatment of eating and anxiety disorders.
To learn more about Dr. Jennifer O'Connor, visit: http://drjenoc.com
Sandy Seeger is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychodramatist from the Tampa Bay area who has been in private practice for over 10 years helping adults and children work through their most challenging fears. She specializes in anxiety disorders, OCD, phobias and depression with a special emphasis on children and action methods.
Sandy started out in the field 22 years ago and since then has worked with children in crisis, incarcerated juvenile male offenders, at-risk pregnant teens and families in crisis. She has trained extensively in the field of group dynamics and Psychodrama and currently teaches as an adjunct at the University of South Florida in the Counselor Education Department. She is an international educator and often speaks on topics related to parenting, anxiety disorders, action methods, creative arts therapy, and trauma/ abuse.
An interest of Sandy's is the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodrama to increase the efficacy of treatment. Her belief is that the combination of these treatments helps to heal the "whole" person. Sandy's personal struggle with anxiety and phobias has helped to facilitate treatment that is both personal and professional.
To learn more about Sandy Seeger, visit: http://www.sandraseeger.com/
John Tsilimparis, MFT
John Tsilimparis, MFT is an experienced Cognitive Behavioral therapist who specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders. He is a former therapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He also works in the field of addiction as a drug and alcohol counselor and interventionist and owns a private practice in Brentwood, CA.
"My work as a CBT therapist is very rewarding because I passionately believe in its effectiveness. Particularly for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, CBT combined with Exposure Therapy works extremely well in significantly reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms, and in helping improve the quality of people's lives."
"One of the many reasons I personally enjoy working in a CBT model is that CBT is a collaborative effort between therapist and patient. This collaborative alliance ultimately provides patients with a vital and enduring sense of personal empowerment over their negative thoughts and compulsive behaviors."
John Tsilimparis appeared on CNN's, Larry King Live in 2009 speaking about obsessive compulsive disorder and on the day-time talk show, The View. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Antioch University and has also presented workshops at UCLA Extension and other clinical organizations.
He was inspired to work in the field of anxiety treatment because he is a recovering anxiety disorder sufferer himself.
"I spent years keeping my anxiety disorder a secret because I was ashamed of it. And, because I didn't know what was happening to me, I thought I was going crazy. But, my life changed for the better when I got into therapy in 1985."
John also published a book in 2003 called, Living with Panic Disorder.