It is International OCD Awareness Week. Bethany Crouch speaks with Dr. Robin Zasio and one of her clients who has struggled with OCD. They demonstrate how she has been able to deal with OCD.
Dealing With Social Anxiety
Paul Robins sits down with Dr. Robin Zasio to discuss how parents can deal with social anxiety that is rising among kids and teens.
Acclaimed Sacramento Therapist Specializes In OCD, Anxiety Disorders
Dr. Robin Zasio is an accomplished therapist, and has been specializing in treating OCD, anxiety disorders and related conditions for over 20 years. Based in Sacramento, she owns and operates The Anxiety Treatment Center, The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center and The Compulsive Hoarding Center.
Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau for the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and is a faculty member for its Behavior Therapy Training Institute. She is also and author, with a book entitled “The Hoarder In You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life.” If the name sounds familiar, she is the featured doctor in the Emmy nominated A&E hit series, “Hoarders” and host of, “My Extreme Animal Phobia,” on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.
Dr. Zasio obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Oregon University, master’s degree in social work from California State University-Sacramento, doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed social worker.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she realized she needed more training to work in the field. “While working on my master’s, I got a job working for the state (of California) in forensics. I worked with people who had committed crimes who were mentally ill.” Her plan while obtaining her doctorate was to continue in forensic reporting.
“After I received my degree, I was on track with my goals but I needed hours to obtain my license. I founded an OCD clinic in Sacramento that was just forming.” In two weeks, her career path was changed and she decided to specialize in anxiety disorders.
According to Dr. Zasio, there is a need especially in anxiety disorders. “I would recommend that people looking to obtain an advanced education find something they are passionate about and specialize. We need really good people with specialty areas. Anxiety disorders represent the largest segment needing help in the United States but it is under represented in terms of people who have that specialization.”
She believes that people who specialize in one area will be sought out for their education, training and skills. Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.