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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We treat Perinatal/Postpartum/Maternal OCD, providing moms-to-be and new moms who are suffering with OCD symptoms effective treatment. We treat both maternal themes, such as an intense fear of harming or contaminating your infant, as well as any other subtype of OCD during pregnancy and postpartum. Should any OCD symptoms persist after the perinatal period, we continue to provide care to our clients throughout the entirety of their OCD treatment journey.

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

I am trained in Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, which is the gold standard for treating OCD. Additionally I have expertise in prescribing for OCD. Most patients do best with a combination of therapy and medications.

— Kristofer Joondeph-Breidbart, Psychiatrist in Somerville, MA
 

I utilize a CBT approach by understanding the client's thoughts behind each compulson. I have them create a list of their compulsions and obsessive thoughts so they can better understand how prominent the OCD is in their life, and what it looks like as a whole. I work with them to identify the trigger, thought, or situation provoking their OCD. I utilize a variety of different worksheets, exercises, and techniques to challenge, cope with, and decrease the OCD prevalence.

— Brittany Bergersen, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I primarily treat OCD and related issues such as skin picking, hair pulling, and phobias. I completed a year-long internship at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute during my graduate program and have continued to work with clients since then.

— Kasey Meyer, Counselor in Round Rock, TX
 

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, working with you to stop the

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

At its core, OCD is about intrusive thoughts and the anxiety that comes with them. Let's work together to tell those thoughts to kick rocks.

— Léah Ferreira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crescent City, CA
 

Common themes in OCD include: contamination, unwanted sexual thoughts (forbidden or perverse sexual thoughts or images, sexual impulses about others, sexual obsessions that involve children or incest, obsessions about aggressive sexual behavior towards others), losing control (fear of acting on an impulse to harm oneself, to harm others, horrific images in one’s mind or blurting out obscenities or insults), religion, harm, and perfectionism.

— Theresa C., Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, 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
 

Have post-doctoral training in OCD treatment using the Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Method.

— Mark Parisi, Psychologist in Hinsdale, IL

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
 

I am proficient in utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in treating OCD, phobias, and anxiety. I also have experience treating related disorders such as skin picking and hair pulling.

— Cherie Adams-Ndlovu, Licensed Professional Counselor

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
 

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

As someone who has diagnosed OCD, I am understanding and empathetic to the experience of obsessions and compulsions. I am competent in treating folks with a variety of obsessions and compulsions through compassionate care. I support folks interested in psychedelic integration which has been proven to be very effective for OCD.

— katy haney, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

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 Estero, FL

OCD is treatable and it is our goal to get OCD into full remission. We specialize exclusively in the treatment of OCD in adult women, and treat 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
 

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

I have completed specialized OCD training with the Behavior Therapy Training Institute which is affiliated with the International OCD Foundation. I have experience with treating different subtypes of OCD including unwanted sexual thoughts, harm obsessions, contamination obsessions, health obsessions, and relationship obsessions.

— Anna Cross, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a persistent and intense type of anxiety, which often leads people to engage in behaviors they wish to change. My approach in treating OCD is to recognize the patterns and histories of symptoms, then find ways to interrupt them. I utilize a combination of acceptance- and exposure-oriented strategies to interrupt the cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.

— Robert Ortega, Psychologist in Washington, DC

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