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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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

I currently provide individual therapy for those suffering from OCD and also offer ERP (exposure response prevention). In addition, I am also trained in CBT by the Beck Institute and hold a certification in level one of TEAM CBT.

— Stephanie Gilbert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
 

Having struggled with OCD myself as a child, I was very excited to have the opportunity to receive training and experience in evidence-based treatment for OCD at UCSF in San Francisco. I therefore made it one of the specialties of my private practice to offer ERP and CBT for OCD. I also incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and am beginning to incorporate inference based therapy approaches which are emerging as another option to treat OCD.

— Ursula Steck, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

OCD is treatable and it is our goal to get OCD into full remission. We provide you with expert, high-quality and personalized treatment. Sessions will be conducted with a PhD-level psychologist, trained in highly-ranked programs with over 15 years of experience. Specializing exclusively in the treatment of OCD in adult women allows us to focus 100% on the latest knowledge and highly-effective techniques that will likely work best for you. We specialize in all subtypes of OCD.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL
 

OCD is treatable and it is our goal to get OCD into full remission. We specialize exclusively in the treatment of OCD in adult women, and treat all subtypes of OCD. We provide you with expert, high-quality and personalized treatment. Sessions will be conducted with a PhD-level psychologist, trained in highly-ranked programs with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Fine will be a speaker at the 2022 International OCD Foundation conference.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL

I am proficient in utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in treating OCD, phobias, and anxiety. I also have experience treating related disorders such as skin picking and hair pulling.

— Cherie Adams-Ndlovu, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

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

— Mark Parisi, Psychologist in Hinsdale, IL

In working with OCD, I do a deep assessment related to the onset of your obsessive rumination and compulsive behaviors or mental rituals to break the cycle of feeling like you are on a constant hamster wheel you can't exit. I utilize a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention collaborating with you to treat your OCD. You will likely be working on constructing a hierarchy of feared events so we can develop exposure activities to help you overcome your anxiety.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT
 

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

I am trained in Exposure Response Prevention to assist clients overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

— Steve Maurno, Licensed Professional Counselor in Suffolk, VA
 

In working with OCD, I do a deep assessment related to the onset of your obsessive rumination and compulsive behaviors or mental rituals to break the cycle of feeling like you are on a constant hamster wheel you can't exit. I utilize a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention, working with you to stop the

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

We treat Perinatal/Postpartum/Maternal OCD, providing moms-to-be and new moms who are suffering with OCD symptoms effective treatment. We treat both maternal themes, such as an intense fear of harming or contaminating your infant, as well as any other subtype of OCD during pregnancy and postpartum. Should any OCD symptoms persist after the perinatal period, we continue to provide care to our clients throughout the entirety of their OCD treatment journey.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL
 

I primarily treat OCD and related issues such as skin picking, hair pulling, and phobias. I completed a year-long internship at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute during my graduate program and have continued to work with clients since then.

— Kasey Meyer, Counselor in Round Rock, TX

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 C., Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

I am trained in Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, which is the gold standard for treating OCD. Additionally I have expertise in prescribing for OCD. Most patients do best with a combination of therapy and medications.

— Kristofer Joondeph-Breidbart, Psychiatrist in Somerville, MA

OCD is treatable and it is our goal to get OCD into full remission. We specialize in all subtypes of OCD. We provide you with expert, high-quality and personalized treatment. Sessions will be conducted with a PhD-level psychologist, trained in highly-ranked programs with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Fine will be a speaker at the 2022 International OCD Foundation conference.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL
 

In working with OCD, I do a deep assessment related to the onset of your obsessive rumination and compulsive behaviors or mental rituals to break the cycle of feeling like you are on a constant hamster wheel you can't exit. I utilize a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention collaborating with you to treat your OCD. You will likely be working on constructing a hierarchy of feared events so we can develop exposure activities to help you overcome your anxiety.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , 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 Estero, FL