Dr. Harrell has more than 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults who present with a variety of psychological challenges. She specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Trichotillomania and has extensive experience working with Panic Disorder, Phobias and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Dr. Harrell works from a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation, focusing on changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that maintain anxiety symptoms. Her approach is both solution-focused and goal-oriented, giving clients measurable means to assess their progress. Treatment tends to be shorter-term than with more traditional psychotherapies but is always determined by the needs of each individual client.
Having earned both her doctoral and master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University, Dr. Harrell is a fully licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan. She completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Wayne State University.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Harrell is a part-time instructor at Oakland University. She is on the Medical Advisory Board of the OCD Foundation of Michigan and a member of the International OCD Foundation. Her articles on OCD and other anxiety disorders have appeared in the Mental Illness Research Association and the OCD Foundation of Michigan newsletters. She has given educational presentations about anxiety disorders to teachers, hospital personnel, and support groups.