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 one of the most complex and, at times, debilitating disorders. In the community, it is often called "complex" anxiety and normally involves intrusive thoughts that are overwhelming accompanied by safety checking. There are many subtypes of OCD recognized by the community such as Harm OCD, Religious OCD, Contamination OCD, among others. Research has shown that the most effective approach to OCD is Exposure-Response Prevention, aimed at reconsolidating memories around fears.

— Dakota Fidram, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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

Obsessional thoughts and uncontrollable compulsions can be incredibly stressful, unsettling, and make a person feel like they have little say over their life. I have been trained in the gold standard treatment for OCD called Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP for short), which helps people to overcome their fears without relying on compulsions to get through the day.

— Ethan Sapienza, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Beverly Hills, CA

I have expertise in treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and utilize Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). This therapy intervention is considered the goal standard of care for OCD and many clients typically have minimal remaining symptoms once they have completed treatment. While ERP is not easy to do, it provides long term tools and stability so you can

— Angelica Onofrio, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

OCD is simultaneously one of the most common and most misunderstood mental health disorders. As someone who has personally suffered from the disorder, I am passionate about my clients receiving research-backed treatment, including Exposure-Response Prevention, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, and Inference-Based CBT. Please know that OCD is recoverable! You deserve to live a full life, and you can.

— Lauren Spencer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Gig Harbor, WA

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

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 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

I have received additional training in exposure response prevention during practicums and internships. This is the treatment modality to treat OCD. I have treated several individuals struggling with various types of OCD such as harm OCD etc.

— Victor Carrasco, Licensed Professional Counselor in El Paso, TX

I have a passion for supporting people diagnosed with OCD. What can be a debilitating and hopeless situation can be met with a strong tool in Exposure Response Prevention (ERP.) This is an evidence based, exposure therapy, that has been found to be extremely efficacious in extinguishing rituals but reducing anxiety as well. If you are interested in taking control of your OCD, I am interested in meeting you!

— Morgan Flagg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in South Burlington, VT

The majority of my clients come to me to work on OCD concerns. I utilize exposure and response prevention (ERP), as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and strategies to increase self-compassion. Many of my clients struggle with harm, sexual, religious, or relationship obsessions. However, I work with clients with any OCD symptoms.

— Keri Brown, Clinical Psychologist in Black Earth, WI

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

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

Have you worked with other providers who are not familiar with OCD? Would you like to talk with someone who has received specialized training and consultation in this area? If so, please e-mail me to learn more about my specialty treatment groups.

— Alison Schweichler, Counselor in Orchard Park, NY

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

In the practice, we use mindfulness based CBT with ERP therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which allows you to learn ways to resource anxiety and fears between sessions and use the learned skills as coping tools while engaging in your exposure plans. The work you do in therapy is vital to your life outside of our sessions.

— Lori Johnson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO