Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic and long-lasting anxiety disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels driven to do repetitively. People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Common activities include things like hand washing, counting of things, and checking to see if a door is locked over and over. Obsessive thoughts might center around thinks like an excessive concern about germs or forbidden sexual or religious thoughts. As opposed to people with “bad habits” or “negative thoughts”, symptoms of OCD can’t be controlled for more than a short period of time and typically interfere with school, work and personal relationships. People with OCD typically spend at least an hour a day on obsessive thoughts or behaviors. OCD is a serious condition and is associated with an increased risk of suicide. If you are suffering from OCD (or think you might be), reach out to one of TherapyDen’s OCD specialists today. 

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It seems strange to write, "I love OCD." Seriously, though, OCD, body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB), health anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and anxiety manifested in the body as physical symptoms, are related areas I've studied formally and informally over the years and I am so passionate about treating them. If you have OCD or know someone who does, you know that the intensity is overwhelming and most folks who suffer from it are terrified of "being crazy." This is my speciality.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Have post-doctoral training in OCD treatment using the Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Method.

— Mark Parisi, Psychologist in Hinsdale, IL
 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is my specialty. I have been seeking as many ways to learn about and treat OCD and the exhausting ways that it works on your fears and uncertainty of living. I have been trained in the best practices for lessening the tricks that OCD can play on your mind.

— Karmen Tuivai, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Provo, UT

I have advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (E/RP)to help people with OCD. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)and other Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skill building to help people manage OCD thoughts and behaviors and continue to lead a fulfilling rewarding life.

— Jody Dearborn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

RO-DBT uses a combination of cognitive, mindfulness, and exposure and response prevention techniques to treat OCD.

— Tanner Edwards, Psychotherapist in Kansas City, MO

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is my specialty. I have been seeking as many ways to learn about and treat OCD and the exhausting ways that it works on your fears and uncertainty of living. I have been trained in the best practices for lessening the tricks that OCD can play on your mind.

— Karmen Tuivai, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Provo, UT
 

I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention. I have over 34 years of treating OCD the correct way. Many therapists will say they treat OCD but will then use the psychodynamic approach. You will not get better using the psychodynamic approach to treat your OCD. Allow me to show you how to feel better from your OCD.

— Laura Bykofsky, LCSW-R, ACSW, CEAP, SAP, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

You may have already discovered that there are not many therapists who really know how to treat OCD. Working with OCD is my passion. I have had extensive training through the International OCD Foundation as well as individual supervision and coaching. I use evidence based treatments and have had good results. We will work as a team to beat your OCD both in the therapy office and in your outside life.

— Stephen Grimes, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

Common themes in OCD include: contamination, unwanted sexual thoughts (forbidden or perverse sexual thoughts or images, sexual impulses about others, sexual obsessions that involve children or incest, obsessions about aggressive sexual behavior towards others), losing control (fear of acting on an impulse to harm oneself, to harm others, horrific images in one’s mind or blurting out obscenities or insults), religion, harm, and perfectionism.

— Theresa Chiu, Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

OCD is so difficult to deal with, especially because people often think of it as just being neat or tidy. But it's so hard when these anxiety thoughts become something that we feel like we can't get away from, and the only way we've learned we can deal with it is with some kind of compulsive action in the world. It may be hard to find proper care, but it is possible. I've been trained in CBT and ERP, to help you learn that you can sit with these feelings, without your compulsions.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID
 

Most clients I work with have a diagnosis of OCD. I started my career at Rogers Behavioral Health Hospital where they specialize in OCD treatment. I was immersed in their programs and worked at a partial hospitalization level of care with individuals struggling with this diagnosis. I now belong to the International OCD Foundation and participate in several local consultation groups with other specialists to continue building upon my expertise in this area.

— Abigail Lynch, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Chicago, IL