Clinical Psychologist

United States, California, Los Angeles, Flavio Marenco, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
I am a licensed psychologist with extensive training and experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, specifically OCD and related disorders.

I apply complementary therapy approaches and techniques to modify longstanding patterns of behavior and thought that may be causing you emotional distress and holding you back from enjoying a richer and more fulfilling life.

I can help you identify and overcome emotional blocks and challenging obstacles that may be getting in the way of your hopes and dreams.

I use an individualized approach to therapy that is tailored to each person's unique life circumstances and personality traits.

I can teach you effective coping strategies and explore with you the psychological, biological and environmental origins of the issues that are prompting you to seek help.
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is characterized by a pattern of intrusive, unwanted and anxiety-provoking thoughts that trigger intense urges to engage in compulsive, repetitive and time-consuming ritualized behaviors. The compulsive rituals are designed to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts, but they provide only short-term relief in what becomes an obsessive-compulsive cycle.

OCD typically becomes a chronic, lifelong disorder unless it is treated. Studies have shown that a psychotherapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the most effective type of treatment for OCD. ERP has been shown to decrease OCD symptoms by up to 85 percent in up to 90 percent of individuals suffering from the disorder. Psychotropic medication in conjunction with ERP confers additional benefits and increases the effectiveness of ERP.

If you suffer from OCD you are certainly not alone. It is estimated that about one in forty Americans suffers from the disorder. In fact, OCD is the most common psychiatric condition after phobias, depression and substance abuse. OCD has a genetic component and tends to run in families. Neurobiological studies have found structural and functional abnormalities in the brains of individuals with OCD that may predispose them to develop the disorder.

Hoarding Disorder occurs in approximately one third of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Hoarding behavior does not necessarily indicate the presence of a psychiatric disorder, unless it generates an overwhelming amount of clutter in a person's home and causes difficulties in their ability to carry out daily activities and to use their living space for its intended purpose.

Hoarding is often an underground behavior because of the shame felt by those whose homes become so cluttered and messy that there is often hardly any room to move around. Floors, furnishings and fixtures get buried in clutter that often impedes passage through doorways and exits, leading to health and fire hazards.

Treatment for compulsive hoarding requires a combination of office and home therapy sessions that address a hoarding person's typically distorted beliefs about possessions and associated emotional attachments to them. Treatment is additionally designed to improve a hoarding individual's sorting and organizational skills and to reduce the amount of clutter in their living space.
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After I earned Master's and PhD degrees in clinical psychology, I completed post-doctoral clinical training at UCLA, which included three years in the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. There I was trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a treatment for OCD and other anxiety disorders.

While at UCLA I also received training in mindfulness practice as an adjunctive form of treatment for anxiety disorders, and learned to use Eastern philosophical principles to bolster traditional Western approaches to psychiatric conditions. Mindfulness practice taps into the wisdom of the human body and redirects our attention to the present moment by teaching us to listen to our bodies and observe our physiological responses to the environment. It also teaches us to track our thoughts and feelings nonjudgmentally. It is based on the assumption that many forms of psychological distress stem from our tendency to ruminate about the past or obsess about the future, which robs us of the opportunity to enjoy and fully experience the present. Regular mindfulness practice has been shown to alleviate the bodily symptoms of anxiety as well as the worried and anxious thoughts that typically accompany them.

After becoming licensed as a psychologist I completed a yearlong training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) and I received five additional years of psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP). There I learned to blend and integrate different theoretical perspectives and clinical approaches to mental health conditions and human suffering.

Psychoanalytic treatment focuses on the emotional effects of our earliest relationships on the development of our personality, our capacity to form and sustain healthy relationships, and our general orientation to life. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims to identify and repair traumatic relational ruptures that may have derailed or arrested normal childhood development. These disruptive early experiences often generate the repetition of painful emotional and behavioral patterns of relating throughout life and undermine our efforts to achieve our goals.

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