Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been specializing in treating OCD and anxiety disorders for the past 20 years. Utilizing the front line treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention, she developed and co-owned the first anxiety treatment center in Northern California in 1999. In 2005, Dr. Zasio was ready to expand and developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, Inc. With rapid growth, she then developed The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center and The Compulsive Hoarding Center, all located in Sacramento, CA, which she currently owns and directs. Dr. Zasio continues to maintain a private practice providing individual, group and family therapy services, in addition to supervising interns who are learning to treat anxiety disorders. Dr. Zasio was the President of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association from 2003-2005, and currently serves as a Board Member at Large. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and the Speakers Bureau for the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), and is a faculty member for their Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) traveling the Nation providing education to clinicians who are learning to treat anxiety disorders. In 2010, she developed the OCD Sacramento Foundation, an affiliate office of the IOCDF with the goal of providing additional resources to the community who may not have the financial or other resources to access information or treatment. In 2014, she was asked by the IOCDF to host The First Annual 1 Million Steps for OCD Walk in Sacramento, with its mission to promote awareness and reduce stigma surrounding OCD. Dr. Zasio is on the Advisory Board for the Sacramento Chapter of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) where she writes a “Doctor’s Column” for their monthly newsletter. She is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, American Psychological Association, Trichotillomania Learning Center, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Zasio works soley out of the Sacramento office location.
Dr. Zasio is a featured doctor on the Emmy Nominated A&E hit series HOARDERS, Host of My Extreme Animal Phobia on Animal Planet, and author of THE HOARDER IN YOU: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life. She is the host of The Dr. Robin Zasio Show~ AM 1380~ 10:00 am PST~ “Mental Health Matters.” Dr. Zasio has been featured on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper, Fox News New York, Good Day Sacramento, The Katie Couric Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, NPR Radio, Dateline on NBC, HLN, Nake Berkus, SiriusXM and numerous other venues. In 2012, she was a National Spokesperson for Hotmail to promote awareness into those struggling with email hoarding and strategies to unclutter their inboxes. Dr. Zasio is well-known for her extensive volunteer service in the community, in addition to traveling the country providing education to clinicians surrounding proper treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a mental health consultant for FOX 40 News in Sacramento where she speaks on various topics related to anxiety, with the goal of helping the community better understand these conditions and working to reduce stigma surrounding mental health conditions.
Dr. Ashleigh Golden, Psy.D.,
completed her predoctoral internship at the University of California Davis’ Student Health and Counseling Services. Dr. Golden has a passion for applying evidence-based principles to her work with students with academic perfectionism, an epidemic about which there is surprisingly little research or established treatment. She gave a talk on the subject at the International OCD Foundation’s 2015 conference and hopes to expand her work in this area to bring hope and relief to patients and their families in Northern California. Dr. Golden received her doctorate from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology – Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and is a licensed psychologist in California. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) under the supervision of C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., a well-recognized expert in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and OC spectrum disorders. Dr. Golden recently published a book chapter with Dr. Pollard on the treatment of harm obsessions. Dr. Golden served as the IOP Manager at COARD, where she worked one-on-one with patients to implement individually tailored treatment. Dr. Golden is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for adult OCD, child OCD, and Hoarding Disorder; the Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors’ Professional Training Institute (PTI); and is seeking certification in the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) through the Tourette Association of America’s Behavior Therapy Institute (BTI.) She is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Golden is the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) manager at the Sacramento office location, where she also maintains a small private practice.
Dr. Dana Matalon, Psy.D., received her BA in psychology from UC Davis and then graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2005 where she received her Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology with specialized training in treating children and families. After graduating from UC Davis with a BA in psychology, she began working in a residential treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed children where she was able to combine specific behavioral treatment interventions with creativity, consistency, and empathy to allow her clients to work through difficult issues such as severe abuse and neglect that often manifested in significant behavioral problems. During her 8 years of work there, she developed her specialty in working with clients struggling with severe, debilitating anxiety. Many of these children saw the world as unsafe, unpredictable, and dangerous. She had the pleasure of witnessing these children make incredibly positive changes in their lives as they were provided with a safe environment and the therapeutic skills and tools they needed to learn new ways to manage their feelings and behaviors. As a major training component of her doctoral education, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the UC Davis Medical Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine where she received specialized training in Behavioral Medicine. During this internship I became increasingly interested in the mind-body connection and the impact of mindfulness and mindful movement on health and health behavior change. Her therapeutic approach also includes combining creativity, mindfulness, movement, and empathy with evidenced based treatment interventions to assist clients in making the changes to their lives for which they are striving.
Dr. Tracy Roulet, Psy.D.
postdoctoral psychological assistant, graduated in 2011 from Alliant International University with a Psy. D. in clinical psychology. Prior to that she also earned a B.A from UC Santa Barbara, and an M.A from Pepperdine University. Dr. Roulet first began working in the field as a residential counselor at a juvenile placement facility in 2000, followed by working with high risk children, teens, and adults as a therapist, school liaison, and behavioral service worker. In 2006, she also worked in the specialized field of eating disorders as a therapist at Casa Serena in Concord, California. In 2009 she developed a program aimed at improving the body image of adolescent females for her doctoral dissertation and has since administered the program to a group of seventh grade girls at a Sacramento area school. Dr. Roulet has been working at The anxiety Treatment Center since 2009. While at the center she has worked in the intensive outpatient program, developed a thriving private practice, and has also lead a support group for individuals dealing with an anxiety disorder. Her approach in working with clients is integrative, combining the theories of exposure and response prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness and acceptance therapies. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve their therapeutic goals and strives to create an environment for that work to take place.
Beverly Abramowitz, MD
specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents, primarily in the areas of medication management and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She works from a “biopsychosocial” model so that she can fully and thoughtfully consider every aspect of a child’s life–”the whole child”– before deciding on a treatment plan. She believes that medication is just one part of treatment, one that goes hand-in-hand with regular, consistent psychotherapy. “Dr. Bev” received her teaching credential in math, Spanish, biology and elementary school education from the University of Southern California and worked as a teacher at both the elementary school and high school levels for over ten years before she entered UC Davis Medical School. She did her residency in general psychiatry at San Mateo County General Hospital and then returned to UC Davis Medical Center to complete a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry in 2001. Since then she has maintained her own private practice and worked as a consulting psychiatrist at Placer County Mental Health as well as at various other family service agencies in Sacramento County including Terkensha, Turning Point Community Services and Visions Unlimited. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Mitchell Galerkin, MD
specializes in psychiatry, primarily in the area of medication management and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He received his BA in Molecular Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, and his MD at the University of Oklahoma. In 1988 he completed an internship at the University of California at Davis Medical Center, and in 1992 his Residency in Psychiatry also at the University of California at Davis Medical Center. Between 1989 and 1992, he worked as an “on-call” physician at the Sacramento County Jail Psychiatric Services, and also as a Contract Provider for Conservatorship Evaluations at the Sacramento County Conservator’s Office. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and Central California Psychiatric Society.
Fiona Arenson, MS, LMFT,
is a licensed psychotherapist, who earned her MS with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining the ATC team, Fiona gained training and experience in an intensive outpatient program, working with adolescents and adults with anxiety and OCD. Her formal theoretical orientation is in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helping clients increase their psychological flexibility and incorporating mindfulness based practices to help clients move toward goals. She incorporates Exposure and Response Prevention when appropriate. Fiona takes pride in providing a compassionate, nonjudgmental and safe environment in helping individuals lead full and rich lives.
Kathy Ventry, MA, MS, LMFT #86507
, is a licensed psychotherapist who earned her BA in Psychology from Santa Clara University. At Chapman University she earned a MS in Human Resources Management, and a MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Before pursuing her passion for counseling, Kathy served in the military, followed by a career at a Fortune 500 healthcare company. She has a private practice in El Dorado Hills where she sees children through older adults, couples and families. She also works as a Behavioral Specialist at the ATC, helping clients with OCD, Panic, Social Anxiety, and Trichotillomania. Kathy has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), uses Exposure Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and received additional training in Pediatric OCD from the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for treating trauma and other issues. Kathy implements Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method Couple Therapy to help couples reconnect, improve their communication and develop greater intimacy. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and enjoys bringing mindfulness and self-compassion skills to client sessions. Kathy also offers equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) that involves working with horses on the ground. EAP is experiential and promotes personal growth. She is a Board Member at Large for OCD Sacramento, and a member of the International OCD Foundation, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT, and the Sacramento/Roseville Christian Therapist Network. Kathy is the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) manager at the El Dorado Hills office location and works solely out of this location.
Cynthia Hunter, MA, LMFT,
earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology form The University of Oregon in 1988. Following her wish to help individuals in a therapeutic way, Cynthia continued her education, attaining a MA of Counseling with a emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of San Francisco in 2008. Cynthia has over six years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. Cynthia is trained in Truman Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy. Cynthia is a warm, caring and compassionate individual that uses life experience, coupled with education and her sense of humor to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. Cynthia is the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) manager at the Roseville office location and works solely out of this location.
Susan Armstrong, MS, LMFT,
earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. She holds a Master of Counseling degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Phoenix. After a 25 year career in Medical Administration, Susan fell in love with the mental health field and found a passion for counseling. Susan has had extensive experience over the past five years working with adults, children, couples and families in Sacramento non-profit agencies focusing on anxiety, depression, relationships, and life stage changes. Susan has had the opportunity to have continued training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion, as well as CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention. Susan is a warm and caring therapist who brings her own life experiences into therapy sessions fully supporting the client and offering compassionate support to his or her journey.
Michelle Baird, BA
earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Sociology from Western Illinois University in 2002. She previously worked in education as an Early Childhood specialist, as well as teaching in both Special Needs and General Education settings for the past ten years. She has an interest in the field of counseling based on her professional teaching and life experiences. She is a Victim Crisis Counselor and has worked previously for Hand’s For Hope Outreach Program serving the greater El Dorado County communities. For the past two years she has been a Trauma Specialist for Stand Up Placer in Placer County. She is a behavioral specialist incorporating both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapeutic modalities to those who struggle with mental health conditions such as Anxiety Disorder. Her passion and desire to help adults, children and families comes from a place of mindfulness and manageable coping strategies.
Philomena “Cookie” Kipp, MFTI, MAED, CAMF,
has recently completed a Master’s in Clinical Psychology with the University of San Francisco, she also holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Phoenix. Cookie has 28 years of teaching experience and over 15 years of counseling in family services and addictions. She has worked intensively with Anxiety clients, specializing in Hoarding and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. She has worked with the LGBTQ community with transgender clients during her traineeship. Cookie’s therapeutic approach focuses mainly on Narrative and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies with an integration of other approaches when a benefit to the client.
Guy Taylor, LPCC, MA, Ph.D. Practicum Student,
is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Walden University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Coast University and Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Walden University. Guy is currently working for the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, where he teaches convicted felons how they can live an autonomous life. He also previously volunteered at the California Counseling and Psychological Center (a nonprofit organization that provides educational support for at-risk youths.) His area of interest is both Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Psychopharmacology.
Kristel Blanchard, MA, MFTI, PCCI,
graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She completed her graduate traineeship at the UC Davis CAARE Center in Sacramento, California where she worked with children and youth, including trauma and anxiety clients, and received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has also worked at Mission Possible, a program which provides social-emotional counseling to at-risk youth within the school setting. Kristel’s therapeutic approach blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Humanistic techniques with Mindfulness to help clients find their own path to better mental health.
is Dr. Zasio’s Administrative Assistant. Originally from Wisconsin, Jill graduated from Homestead High School and studied psychology and social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked in the customer service industry for over ten years, and has a strong background in management. Jill is also a certified dog trainer with an interest in canine behavior and desire to create healthy, meaningful relationships between people and dogs. She has a strong passion for promoting OCD awareness, and reducing stigma which prompted her move to California to work at The Anxiety Treatment Center.
I have over 700 hours of Yoga teacher training under my yogi belt and am still in constant study of the philosophy and practice of yoga. I am indebted to my teacher Stephanie Snyder who showed me true grace and devotion to the practice. I am a certified Experienced Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with the Yoga Alliance and have been teacher for 6 years cumulating in well over 1500 hours of teaching. Yoga to me is freedom or Samadhi. Freedom from the need to fit in, or be seen, freedom from insecurity and self-doubt, it freed me from my false myself. Yoga helped me journey back into my own heart and learn how to live in my highest alignment. It taught me how to take care of myself and it really helped me learn that I am and always will be enough. I look forward to sharing this practice that I love so much with you. You can learn more about me and my practice on my website: heatherroussos.com
belongs to Dr. Zasio and is the therapy dog for The Anxiety Treatment Center. Rescued from a shelter in Fresno, CA as a puppy only 3lbs, she knows hardship. After one month of coming home she decided to be brave and jump off the bed, causing a fracture and subsequent surgery on her right leg. After 3 months in a cast, she broke her left leg after having her cast off for only 5 days. A deer Chihuahua and prone to such injuries due to her long thin legs, she has made a full recovery and is stronger than ever. She now spends her weekdays offering comfort and support to patients at The ATC, helping those struggling with anxiety to be brave themselves. She has an open-door policy and is always ready to lend a helping paw.