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Education and Training

I'm Krista Gravatt LMSW, a licensed psychotherapist based in the Ann Arbor Michigan area. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from The University of Michigan in 2007. Following graduation, I completed a two year post-graduate fellowship at Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry where I trained extensively in evidence-based therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention (ERP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Currently, I own a private practice for adults 18 years and up and specialize in treating Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  I am a proud professional member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), as well as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and attend yearly conferences for OCD training to stay up to date on the most helpful approaches for my clients.

My treatment approach to OCD includes evidence-based approaches such as CBT with ERP, Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT), and elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am constantly learning new treatment approaches and receive training and consultation throughout the professional OCD community on a regular basis. About 80% of my caseload consists of OCD and related disorders. Themes I have familiarity with treating include:

 

Relationship OCD

Contamination OCD

Just Right or Perfectionistic OCD

Harm OCD 

Sexual Orientation OCD

Existential OCD

Moral Scrupulosity OCD

Hyperawareness OCD

Postpartum OCD

and more

Therapy Session

My Approach

My clients would describe me as caring, validating, and kind.  My style is professional yet relaxed, and I often incorporate humor when appropriate.  When meeting with clients, I strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance, warmth, and compassion-hence the phrase "counseling with compassion".

I believe that therapy should be a collaborative effort between the therapist and client. The best results come from a willingness on the part of the client to engage with the therapist in working towards mental health goals. Motivation for change is therefore key in working together.