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 and Response Prevention (E/RP) to treat OCD in children, teens, and adults.

— Laura Chackes, Clinical Psychologist in Creve Coeur, MO

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

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 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 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

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 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