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Individually tailored treatment for OCD

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OCD is most effectively treated with evidenced based therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention.

What is ERP?

ERP is a component of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and considered the “treatment of choice” for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). ERP is also utilized for treating other mental health conditions, such as phobias, panic disorders, generalized anxiety disorders and social anxiety. This method gradually exposes a patient to feared thoughts, images or impulses which decreases anxiety and distress over time.

How does ERP work?

Someone suffering from OCD experiences obsessions and compulsions. An obsession refers to a feared situation that causes anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors used to reduce the anxiety brought on by the obsession.

 

ERP helps you gradually confront obsessions and compulsions using:

Exposure: gradual and repetitive exposure to a feared situation

Response prevention: avoiding the impulse to use a compulsive behavior

 

The goal of ERP is to be exposed to a feared situation while avoiding the compulsive behavior long enough that the anxiety decreases.

This way of reducing anxiety is called habituation. You learn that if you sit with your anxiety long enough, it will decrease on its own.

 
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The Program

Treatment is individually tailored based on how you are feeling at the time of assessment. If you are not quite ready for ERP, that's OK! This treatment is a journey and evolves session by session. By starting with a full assessment of your symptoms, understanding and learning about OCD and then working to understand your core fear, many people are ready to start ERP. And ERP is different for everyone as well. Some people can dive into hard exposures while others prefer to focus on "moving on" with life rather than getting stuck in the cycle. Although traditional ERP is very effective, each person's goals for treatment differ. It's completely fine to do a few sessions to start the process and return later when you are ready for ERP.

 

The traditional "protocol" is often two sessions per week and could likely last for 12 sessions. Again, everyone is unique and comes to therapy with different goals and outcomes in mind. I focus on what you would like to gain from therapy. 

I offer treatment Virtually through a secure and confidential platform. It is a "paperless practice" that is very easy to use. 

What type of OCD is treated?

Every subtype of OCD is treated with ERP.  Many people describe having “Purely Obsessional” OCD. This just means that you may not be displaying compulsions that are noticeable, or behavioral. There are still compulsions involved, but they are mental compulsions. There are many types of OCD.

 

Harm OCD, POCD, Sexual Orientation OCD, Post-Partum OCD, Magical Thinking OCD, Religious OCD, Real Event OCD, Existential OCD, Just Right/Symmetry OCD, Checking OCD, Contamination OCD, Health OCD, Sensorimotor OCD,

Hit and Run OCD. 

Therapy Session

Therapy Sessions $200.00 

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Looking forward to supporting you on your journey towards recovery.

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You matter. You're not broken. You're stronger than you think.” - Vironika Tugaleva

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