Dr. Nick Flower is a clinical psychologist and the president of OCD Spectrum. He created OCD Spectrum to be the pre-eminent OCD and anxiety treatment center for Pittsburgh and the region. Dr. Flower graduated from Xavier University with his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007 and has been licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania since 2010. He is a graduate of the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute put on by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) where he received specialized training in exposure and response prevention therapy or ERP. He is also the president of OCDPA, the Pennsylvania affiliate of the IOCDF. He is also a member of the Diversity Committee for the IOCDF where he works on ways to disseminate effective OCD treatment to underserved populations. For the past few years he has been a speaker at the annual IOCDF conference and has organized support groups for patients with harm OCD among other topics.
Dr. Flower has a warm and personal style with a sense of humor that allows for a good rapport with his patients. The type of therapy that he does is likely not what one might consider "typical" where the patient sits on a couch to discuss problems. It is an active and goal-directed approach so the patient can face fears directly while gaining a sense of mastery. His theoretical approach is largely based on something called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s an approach that focuses both on a person’s thinking patterns and behavior changes. In sessions, he will often help a patient examine thinking patterns and connect them with feelings so that they can change their behaviors. CBT has been widely supported in various research studies as an effective treatment approach for depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. He looks forward to working with you to help you conquer your OCD and anxiety.
Dr. Megan Barone graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, Northern Virginia campus. Before earning her doctorate, she also earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from George Mason University. Dr. Barone is currently a postdoctoral fellow seeking licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Barone has been receiving supervised, clinical training since 2009. She has extensive experience providing both individual and group therapy with adolescents and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, personality disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring emotional disorders, trauma and dissociative disorders, and psychosis. Dr. Barone also has experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments with children, adolescents and adults. Her experience spans across a variety of settings, including community mental health, inpatient psychiatric, college counseling, and private practice. Dr. Barone completed her predoctoral internship at Carnegie Mellon University Counseling and Psychological Services in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Barone has particular interest in the development, function, and treatment of anxiety disorders, and has dedicated much of her time and research learning various approaches to help patients cope with their symptoms of anxiety. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Barone is pursing her passion and long-standing goal of specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly social anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, phobias, and PTSD.
Emma Smith is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who specializes in providing behavioral health services to adults with mood and anxiety disorders. She earned her graduate degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from American University. Emma has a special interest and expertise in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has extensive training and experience exposure and response prevention therapy or ERP. She works full time as the lead clinician for the OCD Adult Intensive Outpatient Program at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. She is also a board member of OCD Pennsylvania, the local affilaite of the IOCDF. She is genuine and warm in style which allows her to quickly build rapport and get to work on her patient's issues. Emma is eager to work with clients at OCD Spectrum and help them to reclaim their lives back from OCD.