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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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

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

My practice is dedicated to helping clients overcome obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, including hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking (excoriation). I am well-trained and experienced in providing both ERP and iCBT for OCD, and I use the Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB) to help my clients manage the urges to pick or pull.

— Lisa Junck MacDonald, Clinical Psychologist

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

I provide compassionate and specialized care to individuals navigating the unique challenges and strengths associated with conditions such as OCD. My therapeutic approach integrates evidence-based treatments such as CBT and ERP. I provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their OCD symptoms, understand the underlying triggers, and develop practical strategies to manage intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

— Courtney Roberts, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mount Pleasant, MI

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 offer evidence-based approaches for OCD & anxiety along with meaning & narrative therapeutic activities. These include CBT, ERP, ACT, & i-CBT.

— Rebecca Lederman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Berlin, MD

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 tortuous mental health disorder that on average, goes untreated for 17 years after symptoms first appear. The obsessions in OCD target things that directly violate the value system of the person with OCD and as a result are extremely shameful. Because of this, people with OCD keep their symptoms secret and don't get the help they need. I have a special place in my heart for working with clients with OCD because I have OCD and know how debilitating OCD is without effective treatment.

— Torie Wiksell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

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 in Pasadena, CA

I help clients understand the particular changes in brain physiology that trigger OCD, and help them develop habits that reduce OCD symptoms over time without feeling like they are in a brute-force struggle with their obsessions and compulsions.

— Paul Boyer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

I have significant experience working with clients to develop gradual exposure and response prevention plans to decrease the interference of OCD in their everyday lives.

— Deanna Aliperti, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

To disrupt the OCD cycle I use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). ERP has more scientific evidence behind it than any other approach for OCD and is therefore considered the “gold standard”.

— Regina Lazarovich, Clinical Psychologist in Scotts Valley, CA

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

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

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

I am trained and have experience in Exposure and Response Prevention, the gold standard for OCD treatment. With my help, we'll stop you from doing compulsions (including mental compulsions which may be present in "pure O" OCD) that reinforce your OCD. I will also help you identify the beliefs behind your obsessions.

— Carly Steinberger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CA

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