Dr. Katie Rickel graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida. She completed an APA-accredited clinical internship in Health Psychology at Duke University Medical Center, with advanced training in behavioral and bariatric obesity treatment as well as the psychological management of chronic pain and illness. Dr. Rickel also has specialized expertise in treating anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias. Her research has been presented at various professional conferences and published in scientific journals. Dr. Rickel has also appeared on the Dr. Oz show and has been quoted in several popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Health magazine, Yahoo! Health, Women’s Health magazine, Weight Watchers magazine, and abcnews.com.
She now treats ages 18 and up in Durham, NC, and specializes in anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, weight management, bariatric surgery evaluations, and OCD.
Why did you choose mental health care as a career path?
I have a strong conviction that people are generally doing the best that they can with the resources that they have at any point in time. As a psychologist, I see it as a great privilege to sit in the same room with someone who has gathered the courage to look honestly at his/her life and desire some kind of change, even if only one baby step at a time. I feel fortunate to work in a field in which my clients teach me something new everyday and constantly challenge me to consider different perspectives.