Patricia E. Zurita Ona’s clinical work started first as a school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and emotion regulation problems; particular areas of expertise are Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and emotion regulation problems.
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 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, the recognized front-line treatment for OCD, anxiety and related condition disorders. Dr. Z completed a 10-day intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Dr. Z is the co-author of Mind and Emotions: a Universal Protocol for Emotional Disorders, that has received a “Self-help seal of merit” from the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT). Dr Z, most recent book, Parenting a Troubled Teen, is written for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.” She’s currently working on a book for adults struggling with having an emotional switch that goes on and off, anytime, anywhere (to be released in 2018).
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. There is no reason for people to suffer when we know there are intervention that can be effective, impactful, and life changing. 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, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)