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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I have a great interest in learning more about OCD and treating clients who suffer from it. It is a dear cause to my heart as I have a family member who has been diagnosed with OCD since the age of 10. I know the struggles and how OCD can impact your life. However, we can work together to help reduce the obsessions and compulsions.

— Lina Roe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As always, when constructing self-compassion coping statements, try to think about the most honest description of what’s happening. It isn’t necessarily the happiest, but it also should be void of criticism. Acknowledge that you are having the thoughts and feelings that you’re having. Recognize that others do (or at least would) find these thoughts and feelings difficult to contend with. Then invite yourself to recognize your strengths and your ability to exert those strengths against the OCD.

— Tatum Santacasa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aurora, CO

Please see our website www.CornerstoneCounselorsMHC.com for information on OCD treatment.

— David Schulman, M.S., LMHC, Psychotherapist in Huntington Station, NY

I specialize in treating OCD using CBT with a focus on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). ERP helps individuals confront their fears and reduce compulsive behaviors. Through therapy, we'll work together to identify your OCD triggers and develop exposure exercises to confront these fears in a supportive environment. With ERP, you'll learn effective strategies to manage your symptoms, regain control over your thoughts and behaviors, and experience a significant improvement in your life.

— Alexandra Snead, Psychologist in Arlington, VA

I have extensive training in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) from the Yale Child Study Center. With my training in exposure with response prevention (ERP), I have well rounded background for treating OCD symptoms with the client as well as providing parents with tools to help them feel more confident in how to respond to their child's OCD/anxiety tendencies.

— Brooke Rawls, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I take a biodyne view of OCD to help you uncover the often unconscious motivations fueling OCD personality dynamics.

— Jeremy Henderson-Teelucksingh, Licensed Professional Counselor

With extensive work in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), I help my clients develop appropriate, trauma-informed exposures to help them navigate through the obsessions and corresponding compulsive behaviors that coincide.

— Lauren Cook, Clinical Psychologist

Im trained in ExRP (formerly known as ERP). I'd love to guide you through the process of exposures so you can live a life free from intrusive, unwanted thoughts, and compulsive behavior.

— Lauren Ball, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Las Vegas, NV

I know first hand how debilitating OCD can be. If you feel plagued by obsessive thoughts, stuck in repetitive behaviors, or tortured by intrusive thoughts and images, I get it, and I can help you break free. As powerful as OCD can be, it's actually highly treatable, and I can help you walk away from the clutches of OCD. It's not easy, but neither is living with OCD, you're already stronger and more ready than you think and I can guide you through this process.

— Aubrie Hendryx, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have training and experience with both systematic behavioral desensitization training and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy. I also have training on how to incorporate somatic based therapies into modalities such as exposure and response prevention to help address the often times uncomfortable somatic experiences of exposures. I also have been through Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy myself for OCD, and understand the mechanisms of change behind it very well.

— Dan Gilner, Associate Professional Counselor

I have intensive training from the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) which is the gold standard in support with OCD and some anxiety experiences as well as training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy exposure based work for anxiety and OCD.

— Madeline Vaughn, Therapist in Houston, TX

OCD is a mental puzzle with obsessions (intrusive thoughts) and compulsions (rituals) creating a constant loop. Whether it's germ fears or a need for symmetry, OCD's like a persistent playlist on blast. Compulsions, like excessive hand washing or rearranging, offer temporary relief but don't fix the core issue. Understanding OCD is acknowledging unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and the quirky habits (compulsions). Therapy helps unravel this puzzle, providing tools to respond in healthier ways.

— Stacey Conroy, Clinical Social Worker

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

Therapists in our practice utilize evidenced based techniques for OCD, such as, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and I-CBT. Clients will learn how to manage distress around thoughts without compulsive behaviors, recognize intrusive thoughts, habituate (lower anxiety) around thoughts. Therapists at Mosaic Minds have experience around OCD themes of contamination, sexual obsessions, harm obsessions, symmetry/just right themes, scrupulosity, and more.

— Mosaic Minds Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor

Using techniques such as exposure and response prevention, I will help you face your fears and conquer OCD once and for all. Don't let it creep in further into your day-to-day life. I am trained in evidence-based protocols to help you escape the prison that is OCD. While many in society see "being OCD" as a joke or a personality trait, it is actually a crippling and debilitating issue that likely developed to protect you. Let's get it under control together.

— Cornelia Seiffert, Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

If you're someone struggling with, suspecting of, or supporting someone you love living with OCD, I encourage you to reach out! My experience working with individuals afflicted with this condition draws from a multi-theoretical approach grounded in cognitive-behavioral theory, psychodynamic, and dialectical-therapy skills-based approaches in an effort to better understand and cope with individually-determined symptoms as a reflection of your life experience.

— Daniel Lee, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to support you in finding strength in recovery from negative anxiety.

— Matt Kirby, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC