What we treat

We specialize in the treatment of the problems below; keep in mind that when we say “we specialize” we really mean it, it’s not just a written word in our clinical work.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related conditions
Anxiety (all types)
Borderline Personality disorder (emotion regulation problems)
Body image problems

Chronic Interpersonal problems (high conflict relations)
Depression and related mood disorders
Problematic eating behaviors and body image concerns
Trauma and related conditions

Learn more, take a self-assessment, and make an informed decision about therapy

At times it’s difficult to figure out of what you’re struggling with or what’s going on with your kid/teen. If you are an adult and want to learn more about each specific condition we treat, click on the link “what is it?” If you want to check whether you’re struggling or not with that particular problem, click on the link self-assessment.” (keep in mind that these questionnaires are for informational purposes only and do not constitute formal clinical assessments).

For parents here if you want to know what’s going on with your kid/teen?
If you’re a parent of a child or a teen, and would like to figure out what’s going on with your child/teen please click on the link below that will help you to figure out what he/she may be struggling with…

Parents self-assessment questionnaire


For adults: select any of the options below:
Anxiety disorders
Social anxiety:  What is it?  Self-assessment. Chronic worry: What is it? Self-assessment Specific phobia:   What is it?   Self-assessment. Panic attacks: What is it? Self-assessment
Borderline personality disorder, emotion reactivity, and impulse control problems
Body image concerns
Depression problems
Eating problems
OCD & related conditions
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & related conditions What is it?    Self-assessment Below are the most common forms of OCD: Contamination OCD Common obsessions: fear of germs, chemicals, or other “contaminants” Common compulsions: excessive washing, cleaning, reassurance-seeking and avoiding. Hyper-responsibility OCD Common obsessions: fear of making a mistake, causing a tragedy Common compulsions: excessive checking of light switches, stove, appliances. Just Right OCD Common obsessions: fear of not being able to tolerate specific feelings Common compulsions: repeating routine behaviors, arranging/ordering, checking/repeating writing and reading, homework, or work tasks. Hypochondria/Health Anxiety Common obsessions: fear of having or catching illnesses Common compulsions: checking body for symptoms, excessive googling/researching symptoms, excessive reassurance seeking or avoidance of medical professionals/procedures. Harm OCD Common obsessions: fear of committing violence against self or others, fear of “snapping” and causing harm, intrusive violent thoughts Common compulsions: avoidance of triggering media, mental review/checking of violent thoughts, reassurance, avoidance of triggering environments. Sexual Orientation OCD Common obsessions: fear of changing sexual orientation or of being in denial of sexual orientation, intrusive sexual thoughts related to orientation Common compulsions: checking for arousal in triggering situations, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive mental review of sexual themes. Pedophile Obsessions Common obsessions: fear of being sexually attracted to children or fear of being a sexual predator, intrusive thoughts about children Common compulsions: checking for arousal in triggering situation, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive mental review of behavior around children. Relationship OCD Common obsessions: fear of being in the wrong or imperfect relationship, fear of not being in love with partner or choosing the wrong partner Common compulsions: checking for “love feelings”, avoiding triggering situations, excessive mental review of qualities of relationship. Religious and Moral Scrupulosity OCD Common obsessions: fear of religious blasphemy or of exercising faith inadequately, fear of being morally imperfect Common compulsions: compulsive prayer, excessive review of religious concepts, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive attention to issues of honesty or morality, excessive mental review of perceived mistakes. Hyper-awareness OCD Common obsessions: fear of not being able to stop attending to breathing, blinking, swallowing, thinking, or other semi-voluntary behaviors Common compulsions: checking for awareness, excessive distracting, reassurance seeking about symptoms or about what is normal.
Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & related conditions

Why our clients love working with us


"I am very grateful for finding Dr Zurita. She is responsible for teaching my son skills that have changed his life socially and enabled him to leave home and attend an out-of-state university. This was the dream of a lifetime for him and it would not have been possible without her help. Her guidance has also made it possible for him to live a much richer life, full of experiences he would have never considered, prior to his time meeting with Dr. Zurita.

I encourage parents to start this process much sooner, if they sense their child is having difficulty at a social level. Had I understood what he has been going through all of these years, I would have started the process much earlier, so that his prior social experiences and especially those in school, would have been much fuller ....

"Working with Patricia Zurita Ona has changed and saved my life. I have struggled off and on for years with sever anxiety disorder and OCD . I have been to therapy throughout the years and have found some helpful but nothing really got to the core of the problem. I often felt crazy and that my incredible fear and my phobias would remain with me thorough my life, I would not drive on the freeway, eat certain things and had constant catastrophic thinking, thus creating a lot of depression.

I needed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which I saw advertised on many therapists’ websites. When I would call most of them they said they offered it and specialized with Anxiety Disorder/ OCD which was not the case. I had felt alone, hopeless and frustrated for the past 9 years. Never feeling like I was getting the help I needed. It was not until I started meeting with Patricia that I actually started to feel better and feel as if I had control over my life and started to live again ...

“Patricia and her team have completely changed my life! I cannot express my gratitude enough.

She helped me craft values and goals I wanted to have in my relationships, and walked me through each step of how to get there. Her methods are simple, manageable, and make sense when you are upset. I’ve been to therapists who have told me to take deep breaths, visualize calming colors, rip paper, go for a walk or scream in to a pillow when im angry. But in the moment, when im soooo angry, none of these world work. I would forget to do them, or I would already be so angry, that they were ineffective to help me calm down. Patricia’s methods are not only EXTREMELY effective, but they are easy to do, they make sense in the moment, and they bring about radical change when you apply them ...


“I do not know how it reflects on my credibility should I happen to brag about being a seasoned vet when it comes to therapists and mental wellness pursuits. Regardless, I am. And on top of that, I also happen to be a health care practitioner myself. This means, for the purposes of a review, that when I walk into a new Doctor’s office, there is an additional dimension of critiquing for me to process. I would never willingly put myself under the guidance and care of a Doctor who did not 1) Impress me as a capable and honest caregiver and 2) Impress me as a professional colleague.

– Empathy
– Knowledge
– Professionalism
– Respect

I think that these are the basic bulletpoints that strike me when I consider why I think so highly of Patricia. Dr. Zurita takes NOTHING more seriously than the pursuit of her profession. Except possibly you, the patient.

Some therapists really care.

Other therapists are extremely knowledgeable.

Very few therapists are both. Patricia Zurita Ona is one of those very few.”

"I have referred several of my most challenging patients to Dr. Patricia Zurita-Ona, and been extremely impressed both with her clinical skills and humanity. I recommend her most highly. John Melbourne McGraw, M.D."

“Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona truly cares about her clients. Behavior therapy with her has benefited myself and my husband regarding my obsessive compulsive behavior. She has a gentle and kind approach and I would recommend her to others.”

“I was referred to Patricia Zurita Ona from my son’s psychiatrist for cognitive behavioral therapy treatment of his obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) and anxiety which rose to a level which was out of control. Dr. Zurita Ona is very skilled at working with teens who suffer from anxiety, especially related to academic success and test anxiety. She helped my son learn coping mechanisms and stress reducing strategies to control his level of anxiety. Dr. Zurita Ona introduced my son to a great stress relieving app which involves deep breathing and meditation. She has an amazing ability to connect with teens and get them to open up about their struggles, create realistic plans of attack and create goals so they can lead joyful lives and not be so burdened with their stress. We saw her weekly for about 1-2 years and my son’s sessions with her were very beneficial to not only him, but our entire family as his stress was causing tension for us all. Dr. Zurita Ona explained to me why my son had certain behaviors and ways to help him learn new strategies to cope with his anxiety. If you have a teen who needs help to learn how to manage and control stress and anxiety, schedule a session with Dr. Zurita Ona! I highly recommend her services!”

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