A Message From the Director

Kellie Madison


The Experts


Jeff Bell is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and radio news anchor. His two books, REWIND, REPLAY, REPEAT (Hazelden/2007) and WHEN IN DOUBT, MAKE BELIEF (New World Library/2009), have established Bell as a leading authority on uncertainty and motivation. Since RRR's publication, Bell has traveled extensively across the United States, becoming a sought-after motivational speaker, while lending his support to numerous nonprofit organizations, including Mental Health America and the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a national spokesperson.

Bell's inspiring personal story has attracted the attention of The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CBS, PBS, NPR, Psychology Today, DETAILS Magazine, and The New York Times, for which he was commissioned to write a feature that ran internationally in 2008. He has appeared on more than 50 television and radio programs in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Boston.

As a speaker, Bell has keynoted national conferences, presented countless workshops and seminars, and moderated audience discussions with such notable figures as CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, The Oprah Show's Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Nobel Prize winner Andrew Fire.

Bell is a 20-year veteran of radio and television news and currently co-anchors the afternoon news at KCBS Radio, the CBS Network's San Francisco flagship and one of the nation's most respected and successful radio news operations. He is also a regular online writer for Psychology Today.

With a master's degree in business administration, a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and a wealth of hard-earned experience battling with, and recovering from, the so-called "doubting disease," Bell offers his audiences a unique, engaging, and insightful perspective on the many challenges that uncertainty presents and the "greater good" decision-making techniques that can motivate anyone to thrive amidst these challenges.




Dr. Michael A. Jenike, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is the founder and medical director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital. He is also the founder of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has been the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the board of directors of the International OCD Foundation for the past fifteen years.

In Aug. 2009, Dr. Jenike was awarded the Patricia Perkins Lifetime achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation for his decades of contributions to the OCD community. Dr. Jenike currently lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts. His three adult children, Lisa, Eric, and Sara, live nearby.



Dr. Shana Doronn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and California. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Southern California in 1989 and earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 2002. She has practiced in the field of mental health since 1989.

Prior to establishing a successful private practice, Dr. Shana worked as a psychologist at the UCLA Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment program for over 5 years. She trained under world renowned treatment providers; Gerald Tarlow, PhD, Karron Maidment, LMFT, and Jamie Feusner, MD.

She worked for 10 years at UCLA in the trauma center and notably the Center for AIDS Research and Education. Services provided included crisis intervention and short term counseling for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Shana currently specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders such as Social Anxiety and Panic, with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). While work is done in the office, Dr. Shana also does home visits.




James Callner started his teaching and professional filmmaking career in his early twenties. He has earned over 35 National and Inter-National awards including The American Psychiatric Association Media Award. He has been critical acclaim for writing directing film about physically and emotionally challenged individuals with OCD.

In 1982 Mr. Callner himself was afflicted with the devastating anxiety disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In over two and half decades of Cognitive, Behavioral, Spiritual, Medical and Alternative therapies and treatments James Callner has emerged as an educator and national public speaker on OCD recovery.

He has presented for The National Alliance for Mentally Ill, The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, The Anxiety Association of America, The Trichotillomainia Learning Center, The Learning Disabilities Association of America, Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Program, Codependents Anonymous Conferences, Children's Hospital, Seattle, Kaiser Hospital, California Nurses Association Madison Institute of Medicine, Stanford University and many more.




John Tsilimparis, MFT is a Cognitive Behavioural therapist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. He is a former staff therapist at Cedars-Sinai Hospital's mental health centre in Los Angeles as well as at Kaiser Permanente. He also works in the field of addiction as a drug and alcohol counsellor and interventionist. He is also in private practice in Brentwood, CA.

John is featured regularly as a therapist on the TV Documentary series OBSESSED which airs on the A&E network. On the TV show he treats patients suffering from severe anxiety disorders such as OCD, Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder. He has also appeared on several television talk-shows speaking about anxiety such as Larry King Live and The View.

One of the many reasons I personally enjoy working in a CBT model is that the process is a collaborative effort between therapist and patient. This collaborative alliance ultimately provides patients with a vital and enduring sense of personal empowerment over their negative thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

John is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Antioch University. He has presented workshops at UCLA Extension and other clinical organizations. John also published a book in 2003 called, Living with Panic Disorder.

As a former anxiety disorder sufferer since the age of 8, I have dedicated my work as a therapist to offering safe, compassionate treatment for people struggling with anxiety. And as a clinician it is very fulfilling to watch patients improve and subsequently, elevate the quality of their lives.




 



 
 

OCD Experts

 Jeff Bell

 Dr. Michael A. Jenike, M.D.

 Dr. Shana Doronn

 James Callner

 John Tsilimparis, MFT