Meet Dr. Rabinowits
Marcia Hermolin Rabinowits, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist specialized in the treatment of Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as anxiety disorders.
Dr. Rabinowits worked as a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital – OCD Institute and in private practice. She was an assistant psychologist in the Psychology department at McLean Hospital and an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.
From September of 2018 until May of 2020, she was the clinical director of Rogers Behavioral Health Miami.
Dr. Rabinowits recently decided to dedicate her time and knowledge to her private practice, offering specialized treatment to the Miami community.
Consultation for Clinicians
Supervision – Qualified Supervisor
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental illnesses including anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. CBT is well known for the idea that thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence each other. According to this approach, it is important to challenge the maladaptive (non-appropriate) thinking patterns in order to help us manage how we feel and behave in different situations. CBT is a hands-on approach. In order to get full benefit, it’s important to engage in treatment and follow through with the homework/tasks assigned to you by your therapist.
For Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the first line of treatment. ERP treatment involves exposure to what is provoking your anxiety and prevention of ritualistic behaviors. ERP is not an easy treatment but it works! Treatment is individualized and tailored to target the individual's OCD triggers, fears and rituals. You need to be willing to feel uncomfortable, experiencing the anxiety while not giving in to ritualistic behaviors. With time, your body becomes more and more comfortable to the exposure, and internal cognitive changes occur as you repeat the exercises. The goal is to learn how to tolerate the uncertainty and the anxiety from the OCD fears and triggers. (learn more by visiting IOCDF.org)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based approach that can complement CBT and ERP or can be used by itself in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD. This approach uses interventions that teach ways to observe internal responses (thoughts and feelings) without engaging with them and instead, learning how to focus and change your attention to what is meaningful and important to you (value-driven). Uses acceptance and mindfulness skills with commitment to action (behavioral change) with the goal to increase psychological flexibility. (learn more by visiting contextualscience.org)