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. 

Meet the specialists

I have been treating Anxiety, OCD and related disorders for more than 14 years. In addition to working in my private practice I work in the UCLA OCD intensive treatment program for adults and have trained in the UCLA Anxiety, OCD and Tic Disorders clinic. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders using exposure and response prevention therapy.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

OCD is a jerk. It lies and tries to control your every thought and movement. It tries to convince you of things that you know are illogical, irrational, or impossible are just around the corner. It tells you that if you want these scary, sad or yucky thoughts to go away, you must do what it says. Avoid the things you love, say no to new opportunities, second guess your every movement and thought. Together, we can help you stand up to your OCD and get your life back.

— Cory Anton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I use Exposure with Response Prevention also known as ERP to treat for OCD. The basic principles surrounding ERP for OCD is to face your fear without engaging in a ritual (exposure + ritual prevention). I will help you face your triggers or fears in a safe and gradual manner, helping lower anxiety and stopping the OCD cycle.

— Barbara Baselice, Counselor in Allen, TX

I have the experience to assist those who suffer with OCD, and encourage a clearer functioning level.

— Tisha Lane, MS,RMHCI, Counselor in Naples, FL

I have completed specialized training for adults and children through the BTTI, Behavioral Therapy Training Institute through the International OCD Foundation. I attend the yearly IOCDF conferences to stay up to date on the most evidenced based treatments for OCD and related disorders.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

I have been trained by the top OCD specialists in Los Angeles and Orange County. I like to use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach along with mindfulness and Exposure Response Prevention. I love working with OCD because I can help others see direct results.

— Samira Soroory, Counselor in Irvine, CA

OCD requires specialized training for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. I specialize in a subset of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). ERP is the gold standard for OCD treatment. Hundreds of research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ERP in greatly reducing—if not eliminating—symptoms of OCD.

— Joshua Kaplan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I completed a 9-month internship at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where I worked in their Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders. In this role I completed training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention, which is a powerful-evidence-based therapy for OCD, anxiety, and more.

— Noelle Chandler, Mental Health Counselor in Creve Coeur, MO

I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Exposure and Response Prevention for treatment in OCD.

— Miranda Bayard-Clark, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

OCD Counseling is intended to help you tolerate your anxiety and to reduce your need to repeat certain patterns in your life. The goal in therapy is to give you better and healthier tools to manage your OCD and get back in charge. Together, you and I will learn about different facets of OCD and work toward redefining the path you are on. I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which are both evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders.

— Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psychologist in Woodland Hills, CA

I use Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) to treat OCD in children, teens, and adults.

— Laura Chackes, Clinical Psychologist in Creve Coeur, MO

I provide a specialized form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy used to treat OCD: Exposure with Response Prevention. This is the most effective form of treatment for OCD.

— Michael Greenberg, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

The obsessions of OCD are repetitive thoughts, images or impulses that feel out of a person's control. The compulsions are repetitive thoughts or behaviors that are meant to get rid of the obsessions. For people with OCD, these obsessions & compulsions occupy a significant amount of time and get in the way of living life. Many people with OCD never talk with their therapists about OCD. I have specialized training in Exposure Response Prevention to help people find relief from their symptoms.

— Arryn Hawthorne, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Along with medication, some of my OCD clients choose to do ERP which a type of CBT that helps with not only OCD but other anxiety disorders as well.

— Satu Woodland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boise, ID

OCD does not have to take over your life, and you are not alone. Some of the ways that OCD shows up in your life can be startling or terrifying, and it usually hones in on things that are really important to you. OCD is not an adjective, it is a serious condition that is treatable. I have specialized training in Exposure Response Prevention which is the most effective treatment for OCD.

— Arryn Hawthorne, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I have spent the last 13 years studying and treating OCD as either a trainee or as a practicing professional. I completed specialized training on the assessment and treatment of OCD while on multiple internships in IOP/PHP program and hospital settings and while on postdoc. I am a member of the International OCD Foundation and completed their Behavioral Therapy Training Institute on OCD. I use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the gold-standard treatment for OCD.

— Katherine Harris, Clinical Psychologist in North Aurora, IL

During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Depression. Her training also heavily emphasized the practice of Mindfulness for the management of anxiety, depression and stress. After licensure, went on to become the Clinical Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles. Kimberley provided weekly outpatient, intensive outpatient and group services in addition to 2-day Mindfulness Workshops for those with OCD and OCD Spectrum Disorders.

— Kimberley Quinlan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Calabasas, CA

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a neurobiological condition. OCD is much more than a disorder of cleanliness or organization. It is characterized by marked impairment in daily function due to persistent intrusive thoughts or obsessions and the need to engage in compulsions or behaviors to try to neutralize these thoughts. Exposure and Response Prevention therapy aims to help you lean into otherwise avoided situations and gain confidence in your ability to navigate these challenges.

— Lissette Cortes, Psychologist in COCONUT CREEK, FL

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, Counselor in Portland, OR