About Us

Robin Zasio, Psy.D., LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been specializing in treating anxiety and related disorders for the past 14 years utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. After developing a thriving private practice, she developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, Inc. in 2005, and more recently, The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, both located in Sacramento, CA, which she currently owns and directs. Dr. Zasio continues to maintain her private practice providing individual, group and family therapy services, in addition to supervising interns who are learning to treat anxiety conditions, and the Author of THE HOARDER IN YOU: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life

Dr. Zasio was the President of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association from 2003-2005 and currently remains on the board as the Continuing Education Chair and Media Representative. Dr. Zasio also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and the Speakers Bureau for the International OCD Foundation, and is on the Advisory Board for the Sacramento Chapter of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill where she writes a Doctor’s Column for their monthly newsletter. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation, American Psychological Association, Trichotillomania Learning Center, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Zasio is also a featured doctor on the hit series Hoarders, airing on A & E.

Brian McPeak is currently the Director of an IT Mergers Acquisitions and Construction for a Fortune 100 company. Brian began his most recent career in 1994. His background includes managing various global programs throughout IT including Enterprise Software Licensing strategies and Global Hardware Sourcing Councils. Brian McPeak received a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento with a special concentration in Strategic Management.

Brian was diagnosed with OCD in 2007 and began treatment in that same year at The Anxiety Treatment Center. Brian’s story is that of success and he is now a spokesperson and advocate of successful OCD treatment. To quote Brian, “My story is a story of hope for others! Effective OCD treatment is available. I’m living proof. If I can help even one person find their way to managing OCD, I will have been successful.” Brian has touched the lives of others through the sharing of his journey. He has been featured on Lifestyle Magazine TV and now serves as Vice President of OCD Sacramento, Inc.

Kathy Ventry, MA, MS LMFT, #86507, is a practitioner at The Anxiety Treatment Center. Kathy served 10 years in the military, followed by a career in the healthcare industry. She is now doing what she enjoys most, counseling individuals with anxiety disorders, to include OCD, depression and trauma, as well as providing couples counseling. Kathy is experienced in treating preteens through older adults and has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a Board Member at Large for OCD Sacramento. You can learn more about Kathy and her services by visiting www.peaceandwisdomwithin.com.

Jeff Bell is a nationally-known author, news anchor, and motivational speaker. Since the publication of his OCD memoir, “Rewind, Replay, Repeat,” in 2007, he has traveled extensively, lending his support to numerous mental health organizations, including Mental Health America, which has honored him with its prestigious forWARDS Award, for “moving the cause of mental health forward.” Jeff serves as a national spokesperson and board member for the International OCD Foundation and is donating a portion of the proceeds from his new book, “When in Doubt, Make Belief” to the organization. His Psychology Today blog offers readers an intimate look at life with OCD and includes the contributions of many IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board members. Since 2007, Jeff has served as a recurring motivational speaker for The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento. A 20-year veteran of radio and television news, Jeff currently co-anchors afternoons at KCBS Radio, the CBS Network’s San Francisco flagship.

Philomena “Cookie” Kipp, MA, is a Marriage and Family Therapy Student through University of San Francisco. She recently worked for two years at The Anxiety Treatment Center in Sacramento. Cookie has more than 30 years working in the field of education with a specialization in early childhood development, administration, curriculum design, and instruction. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA and an MA in Education from the University of Phoenix. Cookie is a founding director of a local non-profit family services organization where she facilitates anger management, parenting, co-parenting, stress management, and life skills classes. She also holds a Montessori primary teaching certification. Cookie is currently working as the Training Coordinator for the CalHEERS Project.

Jill Kruse, originally from Wisconsin, graduated from Homestead High School and studied psychology and social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked in the customer service industry for over ten years, and has a strong background in management. Jill is also a certified dog trainer with an interest in canine behavior and desire to create healthy, meaningful relationships between people and dogs. She has an immense passion for promoting OCD awareness, and helping to reduce stigma surrounding mental health conditions.