Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona, aka 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 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, figure out what they care about, and do stuff that matters to them.

Some topics we explore in this episode include:

Our interviews with Steven Hayes

  • How Dr. Z found her way to ACT
  • How ACT and Exposure have been useful for Dr. Z personally
  • Dr. Z’s early life in Bolivia and how it’s shaped her worldview
  • And how ACT can be used to treat OCD


Dr. Z’s website: https://www.thisisdoctorz.com/

OCD Workbool: https://www.thisisdoctorz.com/act-workbook-for-adults-with-ocd/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drz_behaviorist


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