Bex Sinner, LCSW-C
“Dulcius Ex Asperis (Sweeter after difficulties)” – Scottish saying
University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2017/Clinical Social Work, Behavioral Health
Accepting new clients.
What’s therapy with me like? I am passionate about supporting people who have anxiety, OCD, and phobias. These conditions can be confusing to differentiate, and recommended treatment plans can be quite different between these conditions. This happens so often that it takes an average of 14-17 years for someone with OCD to get a correct diagnosis, and therefore, the correct treatment. I hope to be part of the change in seeing that statistic decrease. I have a strong passion for working with mothers, fathers, and parents to support them through all stages of pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting through all the ages.
In therapy sessions that focus on OCD and Anxiety-Related Difficulties, I work with clients to help teach the skills needed to manage, squash, or move on from anxious or intrusive thoughts now and long after we end our time together. You will learn how to become “your own therapist” by learning how to spot anxious or intrusive thoughts and learning EXACTLY what to do, proactively and in-the-moment, to stop them from taking over and keeping you from enjoying life. I use a variety of treatment interventions, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), cognitive restructuring, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT), worry exposures, relaxation training, mindfulness, social skills training, assertiveness training, reducing worry behaviors, and problem-solving skills.
For my clients who are struggling with postpartum/perinatal OCD or “Pure O” OCD (predominantly mental compulsions), I find that using a combination of I-CBT and ritual prevention has been the most effective. What I love about I-CBT is that it takes into account the reasons and the story we tell ourselves behind the obsessive doubts that make it so compelling in the first place. The reasoning process that is behind the obsessions is often sound logic standing alone. However, when it is applied to the current moment, it is flawed. These reasoning processes confuse imagination with reality, resulting in mistaking an imagined possibility for a real probability. By addressing how the obsessional doubt was even created to begin with, we can keep ourselves from getting sucked into/absorbed into the obsessional doubt to begin with. As a result, the anxiety and compulsions do not even occur. I enjoy working with kids, teens, young adults, adults, and families with these concerns.
For Parent Coaching and Support, I have created my own curriculum to help parents with parenting children who have ADHD and/or OCD, and interest in learning Intentional/Respectful parenting practices. I have created a series of short modules to help parents gain a better understanding of how to help their children who struggle with all things self-regulation, anxiety, and emotional regulation. Think of my curriculum as your ‘Spark Note’ best friend. I have read and heard all of the evidence-based research, books, podcasts, etc., so you don’t have to. I take strategies from some of the top ADHD, OCD, and parenting psychologists/therapists and help use them as a guide to provide you practical and realistic examples of how to actually implement them in a way that works for you. I know most families have busy, sometimes even a flavor of “chaotic,” lives. Instead of the usual “rose-colored glasses” approach taken where strategies “seem great on paper” but have us wondering, “how is that going to be possible for my family?”, I meet you where you are. Through years of experience working directly with families with a variety of different life stressors and barriers, there aren’t many barriers I haven’t seen or been able to work with. My curriculum will be helpful for any caregiver who would like guidance on how to support their child through coping with big emotions or daily struggles related to ADHD, OCD, or just being a kid.
How I’ve kept learning… I am an avid reader, podcast listener, training attendee, you name it. Some of my favorite clinicians to learn from are Karen Kleiman (PMAD), Eli Leibowitz (OCD), Natasha Daniels (OCD), Dr. Neff (Neurodivergency), Adrienne Marcellus (Autism/ADHD/OCD), Kristina Orlova (OCD), Christina Ennabe (OCD & Anxiety), Dr. Laura Johnson (OCD), Dr. Becky Kennedy (Parenting), Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson (Parenting), and Russell Barkley (ADHD). I am working towards getting my certification in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International (PSI). I’m listed as an IOCDF Provider and recently received my CCATP (Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional) Certification.
Who do I work with? I work with clients of all ages who have OCD, phobias, and anxiety. In my work with children who have OCD, I require family/parental involvement and offer parent support/coaching for managing and coping with their child’s OCD. I work with parents at various stages of their perinatal/postpartum journey, and have a strong passion for supporting new parents who are experiencing perinatal/postpartum OCD or anxiety. I work with parents for parent coaching/management to help them support their child through coping with big emotions or daily struggles related to ADHD.
My impacting identities are… I am a cisgender, heterosexual, white woman who continues to explore and celebrate her identity in her Chinese culture as the third generation born in the United States. I have personal experience with BFRB’s (hair pulling), OCD, Postpartum OCD, and ADHD. I am passionate about building awareness and understanding of the neurodivergent community and the neurodivergent triad (ADHD, OCD, Autism) so that more people will get a correct diagnosis earlier than the average 14 years it currently takes. I am a member of the endometriosis community and am passionate about women’s health and reproductive health and rights.
I feel allied/aware/informed/knowledgeable about… LGBTQIA+ (allied, knowledgeable), Neurodivergent Community (allied, knowledgeable, part of), Chronic Illness (aware, knowledgeable, part of).
I am the best fit for a client who… is ready to practice skills in and out of session to manage, squash, or move on from anxiety, OCD, and phobias. I am also a best fit for parents who are open to implementing new parenting strategies to help teach their child emotional regulation skills, decrease power struggles through effective discipline, or help change their child’s environment to accommodate their child’s difficulties with executive functioning and ADHD.
I am not a good fit for a client who… is not ready to complete “homework” or assignments outside of sessions or not open to changing their approach to managing or coping with what brings them to therapy.
What makes me unique? I like to think of myself as a “realistic” therapist. I take a collaborative approach where I have training and knowledge in best practices for parenting/OCD/ADHD/phobias/PMAD, and you are the expert on you and how we can realistically apply my recommended strategies to your everyday life.
The Practical Stuff
What insurances do I accept? I am currently in network with Carefirst BCBS, and in the process of getting paneled with Evernorth (previously known as Cigna).
What are my out-of-network rates? As an advanced clinician, my rates are $200 for an initial intake and $170 for subsequent 53+-minute sessions. Find more details about my out-of-network rates here.
Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? I currently offer telehealth sessions on Fridays and weekends, and I have in-person availability on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know… I love chicklit!
Any pets? I have two dogs, Hava and Sasha.
What I’ve Learned Lately
- Therapy and the Postpartum Woman; Karen Kleiman; January 2024
- Anxiety Certification Course: Integrate CBT and Exposure & Response PTSD and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Stephanie Sacks, PhD; January 2024
- The Department of Veterans Affairs Prevention for Treatment of GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, & Phobias; Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, MSW, LCSW-C via PESI; February 2024
What I’ve Learned
- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Clinical Features and Presentation; Dr. Kumar; February 2022
- Transformation Education Institute Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children and Adolescents; Kaleigh Bantum, PhD, NCSP; January 2023
- Cognitive Behavior Institute CBT for Depression and Suicidality; Dr. Thea Gallagher; February 2023
- Cognitive Behavior Institute Exposure Based CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder; Dr. Thea Gallagher; February 2023
- Cognitive Behavior Institute Habit Reversal Training for Skin-Picking & Hair Pulling; Dr. Thea Gallagher; February 2023
- Cognitive Behavior Institute Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 12-Part Series; Dr. Yosef Posy; April 2023-July 2023
- The I-CBT Modules Presentations; various presenters through ICBT Online