OCD

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

Cory Anton

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am BTTI (Behavior Therapy Training Institute) certified to treat OCD. This includes a combination of using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, which is the gold standard treatment for OCD. ERP helps you to build tolerance to the feelings of anxiety and panic that can occur.

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Jenny Labrousse

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Do you experience unwanted thoughts, urges, or images? OCD can be debilitating. I specialize in helping individuals overcome this stubborn disorder. I utilize evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to help individuals overcome OCD.

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Josh Clark, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Katie Playfair, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (OR and Tx) LMHC (WA)

OCD includes Illness Anxiety Disorder/HealthAnxiety/hypochondriasis, obsessions, compulsions, skin and hair picking, and some other types of more severe anxiety you might not know are in the OCD cluster. This is another area where I've done a lot of specialized training.

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Katie Clark, LPC,

Licensed Professional Counselor

NCC

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.

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Danette Buchanan (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Kate Sturges, MA, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I specialize in treating OCD utilizing CBT along with Exposure and Response Prevention.

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Lynne Coon

Licensed Professional Counselor

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!

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