Erin B. Kardel, Psy.D., M.A.

Erin B. Kardel, Psy.D., M.A.

 

Training and Background

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and am committed to using evidence-based practices in my work.  My expertise is in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Adjustment Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Trichotillomania, and Insomnia.

I received my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University (GWU), where I completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of California-Riverside Counseling and Psychological Services Center.  Prior to attending GWU, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Psychology from American University, where my academic research and work focused on neuropsychology.  I have completed specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment for OCD through The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, a world-renowned treatment research center. 

Prior to joining NeuroScience, Inc. (NSI), my clinical experiences occurred in a variety of settings such as the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Georgetown University, where I acquired extensive experience in treating young adults with a variety of mental health needs.  I also provided psychotherapy and comprehensive neuropsychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults at a community mental health clinic within GWU and The Washington Home in DC.

In addition to seeing patients in private practice, I have performed for the past 10 years as a primary efficacy rater and sub-investigator in NSI’s qualitative and medication research studies for adolescents and adults, which have included conditions such as ADHD, GAD, Depression, Social Anxiety, and Binge-Eating. 

I am an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the International OCD Foundation, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 

 

Treatment Approaches

Treatment approaches include CBT, ERP, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).    I use evidence-based techniques to change unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  The work is highly collaborative and personalized for each individual.  During treatment, we identify challenges that prevent you from implementing behavioral interventions.   Progress is made through active participation both within the session and between sessions through consistent practice of solution-focused strategies. 

I incorporate mindfulness-based interventions, meditation, and recommendations for exercise and lifestyle changes to help you find overall balance and well-being.  Additionally, I use biofeedback, which gives information about subtle psychophysiological processes within the body, as an adjunct tool so that you become more aware and active in your own stress management and health maintenance. 

I frequently collaborate with families, schools, and other health providers, including physicians, to ensure that all needs are being addressed and appropriate interventions are implemented.

 

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