OCD and Anxiety Psychological Services

Dr. Felicity Sapp - Registered Psychologist
Services

Dr Sapp treats children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing OCD, anxiety, stress or worry.  She provides a comprehensive assessment of the issues involved in order to individualise treatment.  Dr. Sapp has extensive experience (over 15 years) treating individuals with OCD, anxiety and other mental health issues. 

Dr. Sapp offers evidence based treatment for anxiety disorders.  She specialises in

  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) 
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) for OCD and OCD-Related disorders, and other effective treatment strategies for Anxiety Disorders 

Dr. Sapp is available to provide OCD and anxiety information or workshops to  communities, schools or groups. 

 What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is used to treat problems related to anxiety and depression. There is much evidence documenting the effectiveness of CBT to treat anxiety and depression. With CBT, treatment focuses on changing behaviours by understanding how thoughts, behaviours and feelings are interconnected and influence each other. Clients are taught how to identify troublesome thoughts and unhelpful behaviours that may be contributing to the feelings of anxiety and depression and other negative emotions. CBT focuses on teaching clients new adaptive behaviours and thought patterns to help change their way of thinking about and acting in a given situation.  CBT is collaborative and requires the participation of both the client and therapist.


 What is Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy?
 

In treating certain Anxiety Disorders and OCD, Exposure therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment are added to the CBT.  There is strong research that supports the effectiveness of ERP in treating and overcoming one’s fears.  With Exposure therapy and ERP, clients are slowly and gradually brought in contact with their fears, while learning to manage the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts associated with anxiety.  Using this treatment, clients repeatedly face their fears while using effective ways to manage the uncomfortable feelings of anxiety, and they learn that the feelings of anxiety will go away.  Over time clients get used to (or they habituate to) these previously feared situations such that these situations no longer produce anxiety or fear.

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy is a treatment protocol that is scientifically proven to produce changes in the neurochemistry of the brain.  These changes can be observed through Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans whereby differences are demonstrated from the beginning of treatment (pre-exposure) when compared to the completion of treatment (post-exposure). 

In a warm and compassionate atmosphere, Dr. Sapp provides clients with a solid background and understanding of the process of Exposure (and ERP) therapy. She incorporates each client’s individual and unique needs and together with the client takes the time to develop the most effective treatment plan. By using a flexible approach that is respectful of clients, Dr. Sapp eases clients into learning to face their fears in a supportive and gradual way. With Dr. Sapp's encouragment, each client works at their own pace so as not to become overwhelmed as they learn to slowly face their fears and experience the satisfaction and relief that accompanies this treatment.

When treating children and adolescents, Dr Sapp takes on the role of “coach” as she works together with children and parents to provide a supportive and caring environment. Dr. Sapp combines her innate ability to relate to children in a playful atmosphere with a cognitive behavioural approach as she helps children and parents learn the necessary tools to manage their worries, stress and fear.
 

 

 

 

 

Areas of Practice

• Children Adolescents Adults

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

• Specific and Social Phobias

Panic Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Hoarding/Saving

Hypochondriasis

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Stress Management

Behaviour Management

 Trichotillomania

Mood Disorders

 


   
   


Please contact me to see if new clients are currently being accepted


Call or email Dr. Sapp for an appointment

OCD and Anxiety Psychological Services

Suite 102 7370 Sierra Morena Blvd SW
Calgary, Alberta, T3H 4H9
(403) 404 – 6310

fsapp32@gmail.com

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