About The Anxiety Treatment Center
The Anxiety Treatment Center, Inc. is located in Sacramento, California and specializes in treating anxiety and related disorders. We provide individualized treatment plans recognizing that symptoms can vary from person to person, and also in the intensity, and impact on one's life. We believe in an integrative approach looking at the role of biological, medical, psychological and social aspects of these disorders. We provide exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced staff who are compassionate and sensitive to each individual's needs, offering treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
Our Therapeutic Approach
We use Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP) techniques, which are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While this outcome can be enhanced with the implementation of medications, we have found that many people benefit from therapy alone. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has two components. First, it helps to change thinking patterns (cognitions) that have prevented individuals from overcoming their fears. And second, the behavioral component helps individuals to slowly come in contact with their fears. This is done through Exposure and Ritual Prevention Therapy (ERP) and is designed to systematically desensitize one to their fears. This treatment is exceptionally effective and produces remarkable results, allowing individuals to learn that they can successfully face their fears. Repeatedly facing one's fears and learning to manage the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts associated with these fears allows the anxiety to gradually fade away. Situations in which the fears may have caused anxiety that was paralyzing can become manageable. The person learns he can choose to "flee" or "fight", and what was once a "flight" response may become nothing more than an acknowledgement of the fear.
Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW has been specializing in treating anxiety and related disorders for the past 20 years utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. After developing a thriving private practice, she developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, Inc. in 2005, and more recently, The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, and The Compulsive Hoarding Center, both located in Sacramento, CA, which she currently owns and directs. Dr. Zasio continues to maintain her 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 remains on the board as the Continuing Education Chair and Media Representative. Dr. Zasio also 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 their Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Zasio is on the Advisory Board for the Sacramento Chapter of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill 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. Finally, Dr. Zasio is a featured doctor on the Emmy Nominated A &E hit series HOARDERS, currently filming their sixth season, Host of My Extreme Animal Phobia on Animal Planet, and author of THE HOARDER IN YOU: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life.
Dr. Tracy Roulet, Psy.D. Postdoctoral Intern, graduated with a B.A in Psychology from University California Santa Barbara in 2001 and an M.A in psychology from Pepperdine University in 2005. She is currently a doctoral candidate working towards completion of her Psy. D in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in 2011. Tracy 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. Her areas of interest include anxiety spectrum disorders, eating disorders and body image. 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. Tracy is developing her specialty in treating anxiety disorders as well as a specialist in the areas of eating and body image disorders.
Dr. Nazli Seewer, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in 2009 and she holds a Master of Public Heath degree from San Jose State University. Dr. Seewer has worked with individuals struggling from anxiety-related issues in various settings including university counseling center, county outpatient mental health department, and intensive treatment programs. In addition, she has provided CBT and integrative therapy to adults and adolescents suffering from anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Before entering the mental health field, Dr. Seewer worked in healthcare organizations and county public health departments developing and implementing health education programs, including chronic disease self-management and stress management. In her work she has used CBT, systematic desensitization and mindfulness to treat individuals suffering from anxiety disorders.
Corrine McIntosh, MFT. Predoctoral Intern. Corrine has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2006 and is currently a Predoctoral Psychology Intern at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and working under the supervision of Dr. Robin Zasio. She received her graduate training at California State University, Sacramento and has over 10 years of experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of settings including school, outpatient mental health clinics, residential treatment programs, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. She has been trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by UC Davis CAARE Center and specialized in working with child victims of interpersonal trauma, including multiple disrupted attachments and experiences of abuse. Her clinical interests are in providing specialized treatment with individuals suffering from anxiety and related conditions.
Jeff Bell is an author, radio personality, and motivational speaker. His new book, Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Hazelden), recounts his long-secret battles with severe OCD and the elaborate double-life the disorder forced him to lead—as a successful news anchor secretly consumed by endless checking, washing, and other rituals—before getting the CBT help that he needed. Jeff is actively involved with the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation—for which he recently served as a keynote speaker—and Mental Health America’s Real Lives Campaign—for which he serves as national spokesperson. He is a 2007 recipient of MHA’s prestigious forWARDS Award for "moving the cause of mental health forward." Jeff is committed to helping other OCs tackle CBT therapy, and to that end, has developed what he calls a "Greater Good" motivational framework, based on his own recovery experience. Jeff can be heard weekday afternoons on KCBS Radio (740 AM).
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.