Dr. Steven Leroy Pence, PHD

Name:Steven Leroy Pence
Specialty:Psychologist—OCD & Anxiety Disorders
Review:1 client review
Location:41000 Woodward Ave.
Suite 350
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Phone: 248-289-7980
Dr. Steven Pence is a fully licensed psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as other anxiety disorders in the greater Detroit, Michigan area (Bloomfield Hills). Dr. Pence treats patients from other states and countries by offering a service of intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Dr. Pence practices evidence-based treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, Trichotillomania, Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and Selective Mutism. Dr. Pence’s comprehensive treatment programs include a 2-hour medical diagnostic assessment, evidence-based treatment of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), habit reversal training (HRT), cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, behavioral activation, and psychoeducation for families.

A two-hour comprehensive research-supported psychological evaluation is provided to all new patients. The purposes of this extensive assessment are to develop an initial rapport with patients, to determine accurate diagnoses, and to provide patients with an evidenced-based treatment plan. As part of the initial evaluation, patients are assessed for all psychological conditions, psychological comorbidity, as well as information about their medical, developmental, biological, social, family history and educational background. The impact of the stressors or traumas on the developmental and/or maintenance of anxiety or other symptoms need to be thoroughly assessed. Dr. Pence assesses all patients based on DSM-5 criteria and utilizes appropriate assessment tools as needed. Lastly, the comprehensive psychological assessment is helpful in tracking patient progress. 

Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) 
Habit Reversal Training (HRT, Tics, Trichotillomania, & Excoriation Disorder)
Cognitive Restructuring 
Behavioral Activation
Supportive Psychotherapy

Dr. Pence has relocated his practice to the Detroit, Michigan area. He had previously opened a private practice in the Tampa Bay area (2009) where he specialized and provided weekly and intensive cognitive-behavioral interventions to patients with OCD and other anxiety disorders from Florida and many other countries. 95% of his patients had OCD and or other related anxiety disorders. Prior to opening his own private practice, Dr. Pence completed a fellowship at the University of Florida in 2007 where he focused on treating severe and refractory cases of OCD in the Department of Psychiatry and later joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida (USF) Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry in 2008 . He was trained by internationally recognized OCD expert, Dr. Eric Storch and was an active member of the USF OCD Program. At these programs, Dr. Pence supervised postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, & graduate students and provided lectures and presentations in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Pence’s education also includes obtaining a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University in 2006, a Master’s Education in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1999, and a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1995. His practicum and advanced practicum focus was Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition to this experience, Dr. Pence has experience working in an Inpatient Unit, Detox Unit, and in the Emergency Department. 

Michigan State UniversityPHDCounseling Psychology2006
Western Michigan UniversityMACounseling Psychology1999
Michigan State UniversityBachelorPsychology1995
Steven Pence Phd, LLCSpecialist OCD & AnxietyNew Port RicheyJuly 2009-Present
Assistant Professor Department of PediatricsUniversity of South FloridaSt Petersburg, FLJuly 2008-July 2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship Department of PsychiatryUniversity of FloridaGainesville, FLJuly 2007-July 2008
Predoctoral Internship with CBT EmphasisMichigan State University Counseling CenterEast Lansing, MIAugust 2005-August 2006
Advanced Practicum with CBT EmphasisMichigan State University Counseling CenterEast Lansing, MIAugust 2003-May 2004
Advanced Practicum with CBT EmphasisMichigan State University Counseling CenterEast Lansing, MIAugust 2002-May 2003
Practicum with CBT EmphasisMichigan State University Counseling CenterEast Lansing, MIAugust 2001-May 2002
Therapist/Inpatient Unit, Detox Unit, & EmergencyHolland Community HospitalHolland, MIFebruary 2000-July 2000
Practicum/Inpatient Unit, Detox Unit, & EmergencyHolland Community HospitalHolland, MIAugust 1999-January 2000
PracticumThe Center for Counseling & Psychological ServicesWestern Michigan University, MIMay 1999-August 1999
NameIssued ByDuration
Licensed Clinical PsychologistState of Florida, PY7921Present
Psychologist License #6301013507State of MichiganPresent
Storch, E. A., Pence, S. L., Jr., & Reid, J. M. (in press) A review 
of clinical features of children and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder and hoarding symptoms. 
Directions in Psychiatry.

Pence, S. L., Jr., Sulkowski, M.L., Aldea, M., & Storch, E.A. (2010).
Cognitive behavioral therapy in adults with obsessive-compulsive
disorder and borderline intellectual functioning: A case series of
three patients. Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities.

Pence, S. L., Jr., Sulkowski, M. L., Jordan, C., & Storch, E. A. (2010).
When exposures go wrong: Trouble-shooting 
guidelines for managing difficult scenarios that arise in 
exposure-based treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 64, 39-53.

Pence, S. L., Jr., Storch, E. A., & Geffken, G. R. (2010). The 
effectiveness of intensive cognitive- behavior therapy: A case   
study in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Annals of the 
American Psychotherapy Association.
Storch, E. A., Lehmkuhl, H., Pence, S., L., Jr. Geffken, G. R.,
Ricketts, E., & Murphy, T. K. (2009). Parental experiences 
of having a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder: 
Associations with clinical characteristics and caregiver 
adjustment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18, 249-258.
Storch, E. A., Milsom, V., Lack, C. W., Pence, S. L., Jr.. Geffken, 
G. R., Jacob, M., Goodman, W. K., & Murphy, T. K. (2008). 
Sleep-Related Problems in Youth with Tourette’s Syndrome 
and Chronic Tic Disorder. Child and Adolescent Mental 
Rice, K. G., & Pence, S. L., Jr. (2006). Perfectionism and 
obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Journal of Psychopathology 
and Behavioral Assessment, 28, 103-111.  

Professional MemberInternational OCD Foundation2007-Present
Professional MemberThe TLC Foundation2009-Present
hours vary, evenings available

Client Review:

1 client review of Steven Leroy Pence scored 5 out of 5.

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by schmidt, Aug. 26, 2012

Dr. Pence is one cool guy who knows his stuff. I'm so happy my primary care doc recommended that I go see him. I can't thank him enough for everything he has seen me through.

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