Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that, as the name implies, includes the presence of both obsessions and compulsions. People with OCD experience unwanted and repeated thoughts that they cannot control and that persist despite efforts to ignore them. These obsessive thoughts make those suffering from OCD feel driven to perform compulsive tasks or rituals in an attempt to prevent the thoughts or make them go away. When left untreated, OCD is often a disabling illness that deeply affects a person’s ability to live a normal life. No one knows what causes OCD, but it sometimes runs in families and often starts in childhood. Seeing a mental health professional is an important part of treatment for individuals who have OCD.
Local Experts in OCD
If you are experiencing persistent thoughts or impulses to behave in specific ways, I can help. I have worked with many individuals with mild to severe OCD symptoms. Together we were able to relieve their symptoms and better understand why these patterns developed.
I do both home-based and office-based treatment for OCD.
We have all had extensive training in treating OCD and have all worked with many client who suffer with this disorder. We have an OCD group that has been meeting weekly for the past 8 years. Our primary approach to treating OCD is Exposure with Response Prevention.
I help clients process how their obsessions and compulsions have worked for them and how they have been a hindrance. Obsessive thoughts are usually about meeting a need, so I help the client investigate the deeper need beneath their obsessive patterns and find more healthy ways to cope with life.
I sought additional training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the standard for treating OCD, traditional talk therapy doesn\'t work. Someone with OCD can understand their thoughts logically don\'t make sense but that doesn\'t stop the obsessions. ERP along CBT works!
You may feel trapped by nagging and intrusive thoughts that you feel have no “off-button.” Or, you may feel compelled to engage in certain behaviors to a point where they impede on your quality of life. Have hope. Obsessive thinking and behaviors are very treatable. I help my clients understand their symptoms and unlock the door to an easier, more comfortable way of existing.
Methods of treatment used are evidence-based, supported by research, and by the American Psychological Association (APA). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention are the most scientifically supported methods of treating OCD, so are the main methods I use in working with clients.