Praxis Blog

Patricia Zurita Ona, PsyD

Dr. Zurita Ona, Dr. Z, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. Her clinical work started first as a school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with OCD, trauma, anxiety, and emotional regulation problems. Dr. Z’s clinical work was initially focused on emotion regulation in response to the different clinical settings she was delivering services; because of her passion on acceptance-based processes, she contributed to the literature on emotion regulation by publishing two self-help books for parents and adults respectively, and an academic workbook for clinicians (publication date 2020).

Over the last 17 years, Dr. Z has been learning, practicing, and teaching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is passionate about its application to specific struggles such as perfectionism, procrastination, OCD, anxiety and related conditions. As Dr. Z’s career evolved she created a clinical setting to fully pursue her passion: fear-based struggles. Dr. Z is the founder of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center, a boutique therapy practice, where she runs an intensive outpatient program integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to support clients getting stuck from obsessions, fears, anxieties and worries; figure out what they care about, and do the stuff that matters to them.

Dr. Z attends local, national, and international conferences on a regular basis in order to keep up with current clinical research and deliver up-to-date therapy services to her clients. In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Z has nominated as a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science; she’s a graduate of the International OCD foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for the treatment of pediatric OCD and adult OCD.

Dr. Z ‘s recent publications include The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full and Living beyond OCD using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Workbook for Adults (March, 2020).