Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is a disorder that involves obsessions and compulsions that interfere with one's day-to- day activities and causes distress. Obsessions are unwanted thoughts, impulses or images. Some common obsessions are: germs or contamination, harm to self or others, unwanted sexual thoughts, and obsessions with religious themes. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person uses in an attempt to relieve their anxiety or discomfort. Some common compulsions are: hand washing, checking, seeking reassurance, repeating activities or body movements and mental rituals such as counting. Children and young people with this condition may experience social & academic impairments and family function is often impacted.
INDIVIDUAL OCD TREATMENT- Check out my interview on the OCD Stories here to learn more about how I approach treatment. I utilize a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) called Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) to treat OCD which research has shown to be very beneficial for most patients, and a proven behavioral treatment for OCD. I treat children as young as 6, with participation from their caregivers, adolescents, and adults. For some patients, along with E/RP, I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a supplemental treatment. I have completed specialized training for the treatment of this disorder and am a professional member of the International OCD Foundation. To learn more about OCD and these treatments, please visit the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation's website by clicking HERE