Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP, 
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Doorways LLC.

 1825 E. Northern Ave. 

Suite 200

Phoenix, AZ 85020


(602) 997-2880  


A Note from Jan
Founder of Doorways 

We hear a lot about OCD these days.  It's become a term that people use in everyday language.  "She's so OCD about cleaning her bedroom," is the kind of statement that you might hear someone say.


Everyone obsesses about things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure you have locked the door after you left your house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life.


OCD was once thought to be a rare mental disease but it is now known to be a more common. About 1 out of every 100 people between ages 18- 54 suffers from OCD, which outranks mental disorders such as: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or panic disorder. The median age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood. In addition, over 50% of the people who suffer from OCD have a "severe" case.


At Doorways, we have seen first-hand the great need for OCD treatment for adolescents and young adults in Arizona. To fill this need:

  • We created the OCD IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) for Young Adults age 18-25.
  • We also have an OCD IOP for Adolescents ages 13-17.  
  • Both of the OCD IOPs are the only ones in the State of Arizona for this disorder!
  • Doorways has several OCD experts on staff including Dr. David Wall, Ph.D., Megan Schwallie, MSW, LCSW, and Dr. David Yee, Psy. D, all of whom are certified by the International OCD Foundation as OCD specialists. 
  • Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Psy. D. has extensive training in OCD treatment and leads our Young Adult OCD IOP program.
  • We also have providers who are able to speak to your group about OCD.  

If there's anything we can do to help you, please let us know.



Jan Hamilton, PMHNP-BC
Founder, Doorways, LLC



PS. We are growing! We are looking to hire part time or full time Arizona Licensed Counselors! Click link below to help us spread the word!


Adolescent OCD/Anxiety Disorder IOP

The OCD/Anxiety Disorder Program is for males and females, ages 13 to 18. It is open enrollment, which means you may join at any time.


This program is designed specifically for adolescents who are struggling with:

  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Extreme social phobia and difficulty interacting with others
  • Extreme fears

Led by:  Dr. David Wall,  Megan Schwallie, LCSW, and Dr. David Yee, Psy.D.


The OCD/Anxiety Disorder IOP meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:30 pm.


Young Adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder IOP

The OCD Program is for males and females, ages 18-25. This track is open enrollment (you may join at any time). It is a small group format for young adults who are struggling with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).


When: Tuesdays  4:30-7:30 PM, Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 PM, and Friday, 3:00-6:00 PM


The Young Adult  OCD IOP, exclusively for ages 18-25, is the only one of its kind in the state of Arizona!


Click here for more information. 

Here's an article that we thought was worth sharing:


Beyond Belief: "My Parents Don't Believe I have OCD." By Fred Penzel, PhD


Dear Dr. Penzel,


I don't know if you can help me, but I have a really serious problem and I don't know how to handle it. I think I have OCD. I was in health class in school and we were doing a lesson on mental health. When the teacher started describing the signs of OCD, I realized that it sounded just like me. When I got home, I went online and looked it up, and again it sounded just like me. I have two different kinds of thoughts that just won't go away. One kind tells me that I want to harm people, like stabbing them with a pencil in class, or pushing them down the stairs. I don't just get them in school - I also get them at home and they can be about my family or my dog. I also get thoughts that I could be gay. Both of these thoughts really scared me and I feel like I'm not sure about myself any more. Some of the things I read online told me that these thoughts really aren't things I want to do, and that you can get help. When I read these articles, it can help for a little while, but it doesn't last. 


....I feel really hopeless and don't know what to do. I want to beat this thing but I won't be able to get help on my own. What should I do? 



The real work of dealing with many disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) comes after the diagnosis. If your teen has OCD, here are some ways you can help support them.

Since it is normal for teenagers to experience anxiety, parents often wonder how to differentiate between normal anxiety and worry and OCD. Do you know the warning signs to know if your teen has OCD?

 In some people, normal everyday worries can become excessive and everyday things can cause severe anxiety.  This type of anxiety is called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).  Learn more here.