Evidence-Based Treatment for OCD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, GAD, & Depression in Oakland County, Michigan  


Dr. Steven Pence is a fully licensed psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Diorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, Trichotillomania, Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Depression, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Selective Mutism in Oakland County, Michigan. This office is centrally located near Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, West Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Farmington Hills, Novi, Clarkston, Troy, & Livonia. Dr. Pence’s comprehensive treatment programs include a 2-hour medical diagnostic assessment, evidence-based treatment of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), habit reversal training (HRT), cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, behavioral activation, and psychoeducation for families. Dr. Pence treats children, adolescents, and adults for these disorders and has 17 years of experience treating anxiety disorders.

A two-hour comprehensive research-supported psychological evaluation is provided to all new patients. The purposes of this extensive assessment are to develop an initial rapport with patients, to determine accurate diagnoses, and to provide patients with an evidenced-based treatment plan. As part of the initial evaluation, patients are assessed for all psychological conditions, psychological comorbidity, as well as information about their medical, developmental, biological, social, family history and educational background. The impact of the stressors or traumas on the developmental and/or maintenance of anxiety or other symptoms need to be thoroughly assessed. Dr. Pence assesses all patients based on DSM-5 criteria and utilizes appropriate assessment tools as needed. Lastly, the comprehensive

psychological assessment is helpful in tracking patient progress. 

Dr. Pence has relocated his practice from Florida. He had previously opened a private practice in the Tampa Bay area where he specialized and provided weekly and intensive cognitive-behavioral interventions to patients with OCD and other anxiety disorders from Florida and many other countries. 95% of his patients had OCD and or other related anxiety disorders. Prior to opening his own private practice, Dr. Pence completed a fellowship at the University of Florida in 2007 where he focused on treating severe and refractory cases of OCD in the Department of Psychiatry and later joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida (USF) Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry in 2008. He was trained by internationally recognized OCD expert, Dr. Eric Storch and was an active member of the USF OCD Program. At these programs, Dr. Pence supervised postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, & graduate students and provided lectures and presentations in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Pence’s education also includes obtaining a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University in 2006, a Master’s Education in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1999, and a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1995. His practicum, 2 advanced, and APA-Accredited internship all emphasized evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral interventions with a particular focus on OCD and anxiety disorders. In addition to this experience, Dr. Pence has experience working in an Inpatient Unit, Detox Unit, and in the Emergency Department. In addition, he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on OCD and other related anxiety topics. His primary research focus is on the treatment of child and adult OCD with a special emphasis on severe and treatment refractory OCD.

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Dr. Steven Pence, PLC

41000 Woodward Ave. Suite 350

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Phone: 248-289-7980