Lindner Center of HOPE, Social Worker
Ms. Wells is one of the core members of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Anxiety treatment team at Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides outpatient therapy for children, teenagers and adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders utilizing the evidence based techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention. Ms. Wells also consults with patients struggling with anxiety and/or OCD on Sibcy House. Ms. Wells consults with patients struggling with complex anxiety and/or OCD on the Williams House diagnostic unit. Additionally, she has a lead role in the development and implementation of the specialized OCD track within the Williams House program.
Prior to joining Lindner Center of HOPE, Ms. Wells worked in the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). In her 13 years there, she held roles on the Consult/ Liaison Service, performed psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency Department, and worked as an Outpatient Therapist. Ms. Wells has been involved in two major research studies in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was a Co-Investigator of the Cincinnati site of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). She also held the role of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Supervisor in this study which compared the effectiveness of CBT, medication, the combination of medication and CBT, against a placebo control. More recently, she was a Co-Investigator in the Family Focused Therapy (FFT) study, an NIMH study which is evaluating the effectiveness of adding intensive family therapy to standard medication management for adolescents with Bipolar Disorder.
While Ms. Wells has extensive training and experience working with many Psychiatric disorders including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Eating Disorders, her main area of expertise and interest lies in the area of Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ms. Wells has completed advanced training and supervision in the area of OCD through the Behavioral Therapy Institute, at the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation in addition to specialized training on PANS/ PANDAS. She has also presented experiential workshops at their annual conferences. Ms. Wells has treated thousands of patients with OCD in her work as a therapist. In 2012, she received an award in Excellence for Exemplary Therapist from NAMI Hamilton County.
Areas of Specialty and Interest:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Adolescent issues
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy