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

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 Portland, OR

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 , FL

OCD is a debilitating mental illness, and yet there is so much hope and healing through treatment. Client that are able to use ERP (exposure response prevention), to tackle the obsessional thinking that leads to compulsive acts. Over coming OCD is possible, and freedom is possible.

— Bethany Juran, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington heights, IL

Individuals may face unrelenting and intrusive thoughts in the form of questions and worries about various things such as one's morality and contamination. Thoughts may center around fears of horrible things occurring due to one's actions or inactions. Often individuals feel compelled to decrease these worries by completing compulsions such as hand washing, prayer, or counting. Obsessive Compulsive symptoms frequently worsen over time without treatment

— Amanda Partin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Las Vegas, NV

OCD can feel like a beast! I specialize in treating OCD, utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention, the gold standard treatment. Feel free to reach out and chat with me more about this!

— Jenny Labrousse, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Tigard, OR

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

OCD is a debilitating condition- obsessions or compulsions (or both) frequently control your life. My goal is to help you regain that control using exposure and response prevention (ERP), the gold standard of treatment for OCD. ERP, a type of CBT, helps individuals confront their biggest fears and anxieties and learn to cope with intrusive thoughts and uncertainties.

— Danielle Natman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY



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

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

My clinical training and research experience prior to and during graduate school predominantly focused on OCD and Hoarding Disorder. After earning my doctorate in clinical psychology, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow and psychologist at an OCD specialty clinic. I have received additional training through the International OCD Foundation's Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and online consultation groups. I am a founding member and president of OCD Louisiana.

— Kristin Fitch, Clinical Psychologist in Metairie, LA

If you are living with OCD, you are experiencing many unique challenges as OCD likes to attach to the things we treasure most and attack our character. Obsessive thoughts that are often times disturbing and reoccurring. These unwanted thoughts increase anxiety and, for many, compulsions seemingly help to minimize or reduce anxiety. What we know, however, is that compulsions only work to reduce the anxiety temporarily. I work help break the cycle of avoidance through CBT and ERP.

— Niamh Kennaugh, Therapist in Naples, FL

I have had the honor of working with individuals diagnosed with OCD since 2004. I was trained at the UCLA OCD intensive treatment center and have extensive expertise in using Exposure Response Prevention as well as interpersonal therapy to break the cycle of compulsions/intrusive thoughts

— Malin McKinley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Agoura Hills, CA