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

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

Treat all OCD Spectrum Disorders, including Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) such as Trichotillomania (hair pulling), Dermatillomania (skin-picking), Nail-biting, Cuticle-pulling; Tics; Tourettes Syndrome; Hoarding; Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); Anxiety Disorders; and Depression. Patients range in age from 3 to 93 years old. Our goal at the OCD Spectrum Clinic is to make us obsolete. OCD is a chronic illness. It cannot be cured, but is extremely controllable. Patients learn what to do if symptoms return. We use a collaborative approach, with a focus on relapse prevention. My goal is to have you and your family members become experts in the treatment of OCD. 1st and only Arizona Treatment Provider to attend all three advanced training programs offered by the IOCDF, including Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for OCD, Advanced Professional Institute (API) for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), and CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) for Tics/Tourettes Syndrome.

— Dr. Michael Zatkowsky, Clinical Psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ

I have expertise in exposure and response prevention (ERP), which is known to be most effective behavioral treatment for OCD.

— Kimmy Ramotar, Clinical Psychologist in Great Neck, NY

I currently provide individual therapy for those suffering from OCD and also offer ERP (exposure response prevention). In addition, I am also trained in CBT by the Beck Institute and hold a certification in level one of TEAM CBT.

— Stephanie Gilbert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

OCD can be very debilitating. Through cognitive therapy and exposure and response prevention techniques, I can help individuals manage this successfully.

— Chris Roche, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Williamsville, NY

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

What everyone with OCD has in common is an uncomfortable feeling inside combined with a sense that something is not OK, or not done well enough, or long enough, or that they are always in some sort of peril. Classified under Anxiety Disorders, OCD is a syndrome consisting of repetitive, often annoying, behaviors (compulsions) such as hand washing, counting, checking, cleaning, or mental rituals. These behaviors are most often in response to unwanted distressing thoughts (obsessions) that create an uncomfortable internal feeling of tension or pressure. The behaviors are learned actions designed to reduce or prevent this pressure. OCD is related to other anxiety disorders because this pressure or uneasiness feels similar to anxiety.

— Katherine Kilgore, Clinical Psychologist in Folsom, CA

I treat individuals suffering from mild to extreme OCD: Contamination, Harm, Symmetry/Order, and Purely Obsessional. I utilize evidence based treatments such as exposure and response prevention and cognitive behavioral therapy. These techniques I have found to be most helpful in the immediate and long term of a client's treatment. My approach is evidence-based, compassionate, relatable, and nonjudgemental.

— Rennie Volpe, Licensed Professional Counselor in Conshohocken, PA

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

I am a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) and have received training specifically focused on the treatment of OCD using CBT, ERP, and Mindfulness.

— Tara Joiner, Counselor in San Angelo, TX

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

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

The most effective treatment for OCD is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). We will help navigate you through exposure therapy so you can face your worries and resist performing compulsions. We will always work with you at your own pace, and you will never be forced to participate in an exposure. Through treatment we will help you understand your OCD and integrate new healthy coping strategies.

— Shannon Renzulli, Psychotherapist in Stamford, CT

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

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

extensive experience supporting clients with OCD

— Megan Noonan, Social Worker in Rochester, NH

Childhood OCD can be hard to spot, especially at first. Kids with OCD often feel frustrated and even embarrassed by their worries, which can quickly lead to hopelessness about things ever getting better. Exposure Response Prevention is considered a "gold standard" for OCD treatment, and I modify this approach to make it kid-friendly by adding in art and play therapy. In my office, kids with OCD learn how to talk back to their worries, learn skills to relax, and gradually face their fears.

— Katie Lear, Licensed Professional Counselor in Davidson, NC

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 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 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

We are mainly known for providing the gold standard of treatment approaches for people struggling with OCD, which is known as Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP).

— Martin Hsia, in Glendale, CA

I specialize in working with a wide spectrum of anxiety and anxiety-related disorders including mild worry to Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and OCD. Therapy can help teach you a process of facing your fears, revaluating the thoughts that impact your anxiety, and then changing your behaviors. The goal is to help you become your own therapist, so that when life throws it challenges at you down the road you are prepared!

— Nicole Biondoletti, Clinical Psychologist in Tampa, FL

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