Dr. Amy Jenks, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Amy Jenks, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Amy Jenks, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Jenks provides Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (hair-pulling, skin-picking), and anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and aims to provide the highest quality treatment. Treatment at the center is individualized, collaborative, and based on the latest scientific research on OCD and anxiety disorders

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 and anxiety receive effective treatment, Dr. Jenks is committed to teaching and inspiring others how to effectively treat OCD.

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 for OCD and anxiety disorders.

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.   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, toxins), 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 also works with clients who fear vomiting (Emetophobia). Dr. Jenks uses Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy which is recognized as first-line treatment for OCD. She also incorporates strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into treatment which emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance, and values.

Anxiety Disorders

Dr. Jenks has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, GAD, and Specific Phobia in children, teens and adults. Dr. Jenks uses Exposure Therapy (a component of CBT) to help clients face their fears. Frequently Dr. Jenks works with clients at the location where their fear takes place. For example, Dr. Jenks may accompany a child to school to work on school phobia or she may travel on BART with a client who fears tunnels.

 


Dr. Amy Jenks

License PSY24451