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 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 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
 

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 am experienced in providing Rumination-Focused Exposure and Response Prevention, a practical and achievable pathway to healing from OCD. I offer a specialized treatment program and rate for these services.

— Jonathan Benko, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA
 

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

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
 

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

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 have completed specialized OCD training with the Behavior Therapy Training Institute which is affiliated with the International OCD Foundation. I have experience with treating different subtypes of OCD including unwanted sexual thoughts, harm obsessions, contamination obsessions, health obsessions, and relationship obsessions.

— Anna Cross, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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
 

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 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
 

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

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
 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a persistent and intense type of anxiety, which often leads people to engage in behaviors they wish to change. My approach in treating OCD is to recognize the patterns and histories of symptoms, then find ways to interrupt them. I utilize a combination of acceptance- and exposure-oriented strategies to interrupt the cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.

— Robert Ortega, Psychologist in Washington, DC

I utilize a CBT approach by understanding the client's thoughts behind each compulson. I have them create a list of their compulsions and obsessive thoughts so they can better understand how prominent the OCD is in their life, and what it looks like as a whole. I work with them to identify the trigger, thought, or situation provoking their OCD. I utilize a variety of different worksheets, exercises, and techniques to challenge, cope with, and decrease the OCD prevalence.

— Brittany Bergersen, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY