Patricia 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).