Dr. Steven Pence is a licensed psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders in Oakland County, Michigan. This office is centrally located in Bloomfield Hills near Birmingham, West Bloomfield  Hills, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Farmington Hills, Pontiac, Clarkston, and Troy.

Dr. Pence practices evidence-based treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive 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. He has relocated his practice to Oakland County, Michigan and previously opened a private practice in the Tampa Bay area where he specialized and provided weekly and intensive cognitive-behavioral interventions to patients from Florida and many other countries. 95% of his patients have 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. 

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Dr. Pence's Research

Dr. Pence has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on OCD and related topics. His primary research focus is on the treatment of adult and childhood OCD, with a  special emphasis on severe and treatment refractory OCD. In addition, he is interested in exploring the role that alternative delivery models (e.g., intensive cognitive-behavior therapy) can play in facilitating patient access to empirically supported treatments.


Sulkowski, M. L., Pence, S. L., Carlson, J. S., & Storch, E. A. (2014). Treating severe selective mutism with exposure therapy. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health. 

 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., Pence, S. L., Jr., & Reid, J. M. (2009) A review  of clinical features of children and adolescents with obsessive 
compulsive disorder and hoarding symptoms.  Directions in Psychiatry, 29, 87-97.

 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 Health.

 Rice, K. G., & Pence, S. L., Jr. (2006). Perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 28, 103-111.  








About Dr. Steven Pence

Dr. Steven Pence, PLC

Providing psychology services for OCD and anxiety disorders near Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, & Troy in Oakland County, Michigan


Dr. Pence is a psychologist specializing in ​obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, trichotillomania, excoriation (skin-picking) disorder, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, and selective mutism

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