Abby Norouzinia, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Senior Instructor with the OCD Treatment Team and Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine. She completed her Clinical Internship at the Denver VA Medical Center and subsequently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Denver VA Medical Center where she received specialized training in PTSD/Trauma assessment and treatment. Dr. Norouzinia has worked in a variety of residential treatment programs and outpatient clinics, including the PTSD Clinical Team with the Eastern Colorado VA, prior to transitioning to her current position within the University of Colorado. Additionally, she received focused training in the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment (KCCAT).
In the OCD Program, Dr. Norouzinia primarily provides Exposure with Response Prevention therapy to address OCD. However, she also provides evidence-based treatment for comorbid PTSD/Trauma-stressor related disorders; these treatments may include Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Written Exposure Therapy, among others.
Dr. Norouzinia’s clinical approach is grounded in the belief that all people can heal, and she utilizes a collaborative style with compassion, humor, and an abundance of metaphors to help her clients address OCD, anxiety disorders, and PTSD/trauma-related disorders with the use of evidence-based treatments. Her goal is for clients to better understand the function behind their presenting concerns, learn how to effectively address their concerns, and build compassion for themselves along the way. To build engagement, motivation, and sustain treatment gains, she emphasizes understanding of how disorders develop and the ways that treatment targets the patterns that perpetuate each disorder. Her intention is for patients to fully understand how treatment works so they feel empowered in their journey toward healing. Her hope is that clients not only learn to alleviate their suffering, but also make changes needed to transform their relationships with themselves, others, and their environment to pursue a life in which they will thrive.