Ivy S. Patt, PhD

My Field Trip to High School

My Field Trip to High School

Armed with 50 munchkins, I walked into my daughter’s second period high school psychology class. I was there to talk about the career of a psychologist and introduce them to the world of psychotherapy. After a brief description of my career path and discussion of...

It’s That Time of Year

The holidays are now upon us. For some, this is a time of joy and relaxation; for others, it can stir-up strong emotions, some of which are not so pleasant. This season can be overwhelming and anxiety-provoking for those attempting to find the right gift or host...

The Staying Power of Telehealth

Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a convenient option on snowy Connecticut days where meeting clients through an online platform was the safer choice. It also served as a helpful tool for continuity of treatment as college students and business travelers sought...

What is EMDR and how can it help me?

What is EMDR and how can it help me?

During my time as the director of a trauma treatment program, I was constantly seeking the most beneficial trauma informed clinical intervention for my team of providers. I quickly stumbled upon EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. EMDR was...

Reintegration

Reintegration

The pandemic has caused some unique challenges to our connection to the outside world. Who would have thought that our homes would become not just the place we sleep and have family time but our places of work (via zoom), of socializing with friends (on FaceTime), of...

OCD in the Age of Hand Sanitizer

OCD in the Age of Hand Sanitizer

I work with many individuals over the years who have OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. Many of them struggle with ‘contamination OCD’, a fear of contracting an illness or spreading germs which leads to compulsive behavior like handwashing and avoiding crowded...

Why did I start MellaHealth?

Why did I start MellaHealth?

Welcome to MellaHealth! I had the idea to start MellaHealth in the fall of 2020 when we were in the throes of the pandemic. As a cognitive behavioral psychologist with a local Hartford-based practice, I received numerous calls from people reaching out for mental...