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 often looks like anxiety. Me and my team are used to seeing a lot of anxiety that is actually OCD. Working via telehealth allows me to work directly with my clients in the very place that their compulsion occur on a daily basis. Together we dismantle OCD and create a plan to integrate exposure and response prevention into your life. We do this alongside your values and the barriers you face. I don't want you to feel alone in this. Exposures are scary AND we have some laughs along the way!

— Jennifer Head, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO

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
 

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

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a very debilitating set of symptoms and is something for which I use a therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP or ERP). This therapy is widely considered to be the most effective treatment for OCD available. I will teach you how to approach situations that create obsessive thinking and emotional distress and how to simultaneously resist acting on urges to engage in your compulsive behavior. Clients are often amazed at the results.

— Joe Groninga, Psychologist in St. Paul, MN
 

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

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
 

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 will help you explore the internal and external factors that drive obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors to help you break free of these and live a more grounded life.

— Nicole Iwule, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL
 

Through Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) we can begin to approach your fears and compulsive behaviors. With OCD, it can be a way that is meant to help navigate the world and attempt to ensure safety. By addressing the behaviors we can hope to improve how you manage obsessions and compulsions and therefore how you face the concept of safety.

— Anastasia Mitchell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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 trained in exposure response prevention (ERP) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for OCD and have extensive experience combining principles from both to support clients in overcoming many subtypes of OCD and related conditions.

— Brooke Van Oosbree, Clinical Psychologist in Walnut Creek, CA

Recurrent thoughts and mental images can cause significant anxiety, leading you to engage in an endless cycle of behaviors that reduce your distress temporarily. I can support you in breaking free from this cycle and gaining back control in your life. I utilize exposure and response prevention (ERP), in which you will gradually confront fears in a supportive and encouraging setting.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in , PA
 

I have extensive training in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. To be transparent, circumstances in my personal life have shaped my interest in and empathy for those who experience this debilitating condition. OCD is a widely misunderstood experience, and I am here to help you understand the specifics of your OCD and how to break the problematic cycles that keep you feeling stuck.

— Kristen Suleman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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 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

OCD is simultaneously one of the most common and most misunderstood mental health disorders. Yet there is so much hope despite the distress it causes. There are extremely effective treatment options. 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
 

OCD is exhausting and depletes individuals of the energy they need for the important areas of their life. Exposure and response prevention is the gold standard for OCD

— Matthew Syzdek, Psychologist in Lakeville, MN

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 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

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