About

About

Rindee G.P. Ashcraft, Ph.D. – Dr. Ashcraft has work with OCD and anxiety for the last 10 years, and with adolescents and teens for 20 years. She is  is an expert in navigating the intricacies of ERP, and tailors her therapy to each individual. She also has expertise in treating OCD Spectrum disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Trichotillomania.  She founded Polaris Family Behavioral Health in an effort to create a place where people are able to find effective, compassionate treatment for anxiety and OCD. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults with various types of anxiety, especially those who have trouble with obsessions and compulsions (OCD), those with general anxiety and high levels of stress, those who have experienced trauma (PTSD),  and those with specific fears (phobias). Her approach to therapy is to focus on the individual, and ideally use some form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Laura G. Smestad, LMHC – Laura is a Licensed Mental Health therapist with 5 years of experience working with middle school aged youth from a variety of backgrounds. Laura earned her masters degree in Counseling from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. She designed the school counseling program for St. Pius X school in Louisiana and was nominated for School Counselor of the Year in Louisiana. She specializes in effective treatment of OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and other associated disorders, with a focus on using evidence based treatments such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She works with clients of all ages, specializing in working with children and teens.