Dr. Jenne believes that the therapeutic relationship is central in the process of healing and her dissertation was based on this premise.She believes that it is crucial for the patient to be truly “heard” and that this is a part of healing.
Further, depending on the clinical issues, Dr. Jenne utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) to help patients with making desired changes in their thoughts,mood, and behavior.
CBT is based on the principles that one’s thoughts (perceptions) influence their feelings (mood) which then influences behavior. Treatment can involve readings and “homework” exercises for the patient to complete outside of therapy. ERP is often used as well to target anxiety and facilitate desensitization to feared thoughts or objects and prevent rituals. ACT assists patients with concepts including mindfulness, gaining distance between one's thoughts and him/herself, and living life according to pursuing what is important to him/her rather than avoiding circumstances out of fear. HRT assists with awareness, competing response training, and social support. There is substantial research to support CBT, ERP, ACT, and HRT.
Dr. Jenne specializes in Clinical Psychology with particular emphasis on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders (including Trichitillomania, Excoriation Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder) as well as Anxiety Disorders. She sees children (ages 5 and up), adolescents, and adults. She has specific expertise with pediatric and adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Dr. Jenne conducts individual therapy, and will, at times see family members as collaterals for a patient's treatment. She completes an assessment in the first two visits and then provides feedback and input to the patient. She also highly encourages the patient to be evaluating how comfortable he/she feels during this assessment phase to determine if he/she would like to move forward to the treatment phase. Dr. Jenne is interested in the patient only working with a psychologist that he/she feels most comfortable with as this relates directly to patient improvement.