About Me

Rachael Hatton, MFT

I am a cognitive behavioral therapist with an emphasis in treating Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (see related disorders for additional information about each of these related disorders). As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe place where people can explore their fears and begin fighting back. To do this, I use a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies both in my office and on site.

As a therapist, I provide a safe and supportive environment in which individuals, couples and families all can grow and develop the necessary skills to have a more fulfilling and satisfying life. I have helped individuals, couples, families, and therapeutic groups with a wide range of issues. These include issues that are more serious in nature, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and psychotic disorders, as well as issues that we find people struggling with in everyday life, such as communication or child-parent interactions.

When providing therapy to an individual, I believe it is important to  take a “systems approach,” which means taking into consideration both the individual(s) sitting in my office with me as well as the context (relationships, school, work) that they present with outside my office.

In addition to my training and experience with individuals and families struggling with OCD, I also have some experience working with: 

  • children with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and inattention and/or hyperactivity 
  • couples who are looking to enhance their relationship
  • couples who experience “high conflict” in their relationship (especially around raising mutual children while separated)
  • adults who struggle with “co-occuring disorders,” which means they have an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs in addition to a mental health disorder (i.e. depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality)

I have found that my experiences mentioned above have only aided in my ability to treat those with OCD, as many individuals who struggle with OCD often have other issues they are dealing with in addition to the OCD.

I received my masters in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut. I also have a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California San Diego. It was then that I developed my love for San Diego, and my passion for helping those who struggle with OCD and other related disorders.