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 is one of my favorites to treat as it was debilitating for me and now I have a quiet mind. I have helped 100s overcome this disorder and if you have panic attakcs lets get rid of them. Both are very treatable using exposure and response therapy, CBT, EMDR, Clinical hypnosis and others as well. We will use whatever helps you as every pt is different.

— Adam Pearson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in MARION, IL

I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to support you in finding strength in recovery from negative anxiety.

— Matt Kirby, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC
 

I am a part of the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) and have be trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

— Andrew McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor in Safford, AZ

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
 

OCD is a very niche issue to treat and I specialize in this area. Finding a therapist or even other people who understand what living with OCD is like can be difficult. I use a variety of approaches when treating OCD and OC-Spectrum that are very effective! Life can get so much better and you’re not alone!

— Sarah Weber, Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA

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 treatable and it is our goal to get OCD into full remission. 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. Specializing exclusively in the treatment of OCD in adult women allows us to focus 100% on the latest knowledge and highly-effective techniques that will likely work best for you. We specialize in all subtypes of OCD.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL

The cycle of obsessing, fixating and compulsion can bring about so much shame and guilt. I'm here to tell you these things don't have to control you anymore. With time and gentle confrontation, we'll reach a place where you feel free from OCD.

— Estrella Askren-Gonzalez, Clinical Trainee in Skokie, IL
 

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 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 have received additional training in exposure response prevention during practicums and internships. This is the treatment modality to treat OCD. I have treated several individuals struggling with various types of OCD such as harm OCD etc.

— Victor Carrasco, Licensed Professional Counselor in El Paso, TX

As always, when constructing self-compassion coping statements, try to think about the most honest description of what’s happening. It isn’t necessarily the happiest, but it also should be void of criticism. Acknowledge that you are having the thoughts and feelings that you’re having. Recognize that others do (or at least would) find these thoughts and feelings difficult to contend with. Then invite yourself to recognize your strengths and your ability to exert those strengths against the OCD.

— Tatum Santacasa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
 

Using techniques such as exposure and response prevention, I will help you face your fears and conquer OCD once and for all. Don't let it creep in further into your day-to-day life. I am trained in evidence-based protocols to help you escape the prison that is OCD. While many in society see "being OCD" as a joke or a personality trait, it is actually a crippling and debilitating issue that likely developed to protect you. Let's get it under control together.

— Cornelia Seiffert, Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

OCD is one of the most complex and, at times, debilitating disorders. In the community, it is often called "complex" anxiety and normally involves intrusive thoughts that are overwhelming accompanied by safety checking. There are many subtypes of OCD recognized by the community such as Harm OCD, Religious OCD, Contamination OCD, among others. Research has shown that the most effective approach to OCD is Exposure-Response Prevention, aimed at reconsolidating memories around fears.

— Dakota Fidram, Associate Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA
 

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

Living with OCD is tough enough—my aim is to maintain space for kindness and warmth in your recovery. People with OCD can suffer for an average of 17 years before they connect with a skilled OCD therapist. I want you to have access to effective, up-to-date, science-backed treatments. My practice is neurodiversity and queer affirming. So often our unique ways can be pathologized by other and I am committed to making OCD treatment neurodiversity and LGBTQIA+ affirming. Welcome!

— OCD Treatment - Theresa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

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

Folks with OCD experience intrusive, unwanted, or distressing thoughts, images, or urges around a certain theme (e.g., cleanliness, morality, fear of harm, sexuality). They may often engage in rituals or behaviors to try reduce these thoughts/images/urges or distress. I use Exposure and Response Prevention to help manage symptoms of OCD. Together, we will learn more about how OCD symptoms show up for you and practice different ways of responding to OCD when it occurs.

— Marilyn Piccirillo, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY