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 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 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

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

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

I have been trained, supervised and certified by Edna Foa Ph.D and her team at CTSA Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD. I have done supervision in ERP to meet competency. I participate in a weekly consultation group for ERP. 50% of my clients have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ages 12 and up.

— Rachel Rippel, Psychologist in Minnetonka, MN

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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

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

RO-DBT uses a combination of cognitive, mindfulness, and exposure and response prevention techniques to treat OCD.

— Tanner Edwards, Psychotherapist in Kansas City, MO

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

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 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

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