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Dr. Katie Fracalanza specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and other empirically-supported treatments for adults with mood and anxiety disorders. She is actively involved in research and teaching psychotherapy to graduate students and psychiatry residents.
Dr. Fracalanza is interested in factors underlying the development and maintenance of mood and anxiety disorders. She has conducted research on cognitive factors thought to maintain anxiety, such as intolerance of uncertainty and perfectionism. She is interested in the patient perspective, and conducting research from a qualitative lens to better understand this.
Imaginal Exposure for Hoarding Disorder
The present study will test a potential new treatment strategy, imaginal exposure, for
hoarding disorder. Although cognitive behavioral therapy often reduces hoarding, some people
do not want to start, or cannot handle, that option. To help such individuals, the present
study will provide imaginal exposure therapy to people with hoarding disorder, wherein they
imagine discarding possessions as a way of becoming acclimated to the idea. We predict that
imaginal exposure will improve hoarding symptoms as well as two psychological experiences
linked to the condition: intolerance of uncertainty and emotional avoidance.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
For more information, please contact Tatevik Avanesyan, MD, 650-497-2577.
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