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- 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 the ONLY proven behavioral treatment for OCD. I treat children as young as 4, with participation from their caregivers, adolescents, and adults. 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
Exposure and Response prevention is the only form of treatment for OCD that works and has been proven by research.