Dr. Amy Jenks, Licensed Psychologist
Specialist in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Dr. Jenks provides effective, evidence-based treatment for OCD, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (hair-pulling, skin-picking, BDD), and anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive training and experience in CBT and ACT therapy and aims to provide the highest quality treatment that is individualized, collaborative, effective, and based on the latest scientific research. Dr. Jenks is known for her warmth, creativity and dedication to her client’s and their family’s. Given that so few individuals with OCD receive effective treatment, Dr. Jenks is dedicated to teaching and inspiring others to learn how to effectively treat OCD. Her others areas of specialization include CBT for post-traumatic stress disorder and CBT for insomnia.
In addition to private practice she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. At UCSF Dr. Jenks teaches psychiatry residents CBT and ACT for OCD.
Background and Training
Dr. Jenks received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon in 2010. Dr. Jenks completed her internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the San Diego VA Medical Center and the Veterans Medical Research Foundation.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD
Dr. Jenks is a graduate of International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for children and adults. She attended the first ever Pediatric BTTI held at Roger’s Hospital in September of 2013 with Eric Storch, Ph.d., Martin Franklin, Ph.D., Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., Alec Pollard, Ph.D., Bradley Rieman, Ph.d and other experts in the field. Dr. Jenks has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of obsessions and compulsions. She has worked with individuals with obsessions related to contamination (e.g. germs, disease, contaminants, chemicals), fears of losing control (e.g. acting on impulse, violent images), fears related to harm (e.g. being responsible), perfectionism (e.g. evenness, exactness, losing things), and unwanted sexual thoughts (e.g. sexual molestation, homosexual, perverse thoughts). Dr. Jenks treats a large number of individuals who suffer with homosexual obsessions and other intrusive sexual thoughts. Treatment for these types of obsessions is highly effective and often greatly reduces feelings of shame and fear. Dr. Jenks uses Exposure and Response Prevention therapy which is recognized as first-line treatment for OCD. Given her client’s needs she often incorporates strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into treatment which emphasize mindfulness, acceptance, and values.
While at the San Diego VA Dr. Jenks worked at the Laboratory for Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience where she received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for nightmares. When working with individuals with insomnia Dr. Jenks uses approaches that have been shown to effectively improve sleep quality and quantity. In addition to CBT Dr. Jenks often incorporates mindfulness and acceptance strategies into treatment.
During her fellowship she participated in an intensive training program in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD with Dr. Edna Foa at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. As a result she is certified by Dr. Edna Foa in Prolonged Exposure treatment for PTSD. When treating PTSD Dr. Jenks uses evidence-based treatment practices which include exposure and cognitive processing.
Dr. Amy Jenks