Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in York, ON

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Marlee Rubel
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
York, ON M6C  (Online Only)
I am trained to address concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, significant life changes, marital and couples counselling, substance use and addictions, grief and loss, as well as gender, sexuality, and queer issues.
I work with adults and couples to help them move towards a state of continued growth, compassion, and self-awareness in a way that is collaborative, strengths-based, and empowering. I believe in creating a client-therapist relationship that fosters authenticity, support, and space for both acceptance, and for change. This can begin in our very first session. Together, we can begin to tease apart the adaptive approaches to dealing with and moving through life you've grown accustomed to, and begin to decipher which of these patterns are serving you, and which you may be interested in moving beyond.
I am trained to address concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, significant life changes, marital and couples counselling, substance use and addictions, grief and loss, as well as gender, sexuality, and queer issues.
I work with adults and couples to help them move towards a state of continued growth, compassion, and self-awareness in a way that is collaborative, strengths-based, and empowering. I believe in creating a client-therapist relationship that fosters authenticity, support, and space for both acceptance, and for change. This can begin in our very first session. Together, we can begin to tease apart the adaptive approaches to dealing with and moving through life you've grown accustomed to, and begin to decipher which of these patterns are serving you, and which you may be interested in moving beyond.
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Natalie Gold
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, Gestalt, CCAP, OAMHP, IAAGT
Verified Verified
York, ON M6C
To me, as a Registered Psychotherapist, human being, and author of 'Binge Crazy: A Psychotherapist's Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity & Recovery' (2018), seeking help is a strength. It requires the courage and wisdom to reach your own truths. I'm rooted in Gestalt therapy, a holistic, here and now approach encompassing every aspect of your life. To find what works best for you, I include other modalities, from creative forms of expression to more structured methods. In Gestalt, you are the expert (on you) and I am the guide to help you explore what needs healing.
To me, as a Registered Psychotherapist, human being, and author of 'Binge Crazy: A Psychotherapist's Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity & Recovery' (2018), seeking help is a strength. It requires the courage and wisdom to reach your own truths. I'm rooted in Gestalt therapy, a holistic, here and now approach encompassing every aspect of your life. To find what works best for you, I include other modalities, from creative forms of expression to more structured methods. In Gestalt, you are the expert (on you) and I am the guide to help you explore what needs healing.
(855) 997-7355 View (855) 997-7355
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Renuka Gupta Phd
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CHT, PLRT, HART
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6N  (Online Only)
Outside are just manifestations, all creations are within - Rens . I have done PhD in Clinical Psychology & have always been a believer of something far beyond Science i.e. Spirituality, which is why I feel deeply that, the ones who find me and eventually come to me, were destined. My work is a mix of Science as well as Psycho-spiritual Therapy. Working towards Awareness, finding Purpose, Acceptance, Observing, eventually leading to Healing, has been the path I walk on. Remember : You are not just a part of Creation,the Creator of every part is you. FREE Email Consultations, no calls, Direct Paid Therapy :-) Blessings & Healing !
Outside are just manifestations, all creations are within - Rens . I have done PhD in Clinical Psychology & have always been a believer of something far beyond Science i.e. Spirituality, which is why I feel deeply that, the ones who find me and eventually come to me, were destined. My work is a mix of Science as well as Psycho-spiritual Therapy. Working towards Awareness, finding Purpose, Acceptance, Observing, eventually leading to Healing, has been the path I walk on. Remember : You are not just a part of Creation,the Creator of every part is you. FREE Email Consultations, no calls, Direct Paid Therapy :-) Blessings & Healing !
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Natasha Batshon
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CNP, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
York, ON M6C
I work with adults in individual therapy. I can help bring awareness to the specific obstacles that may be preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. Together, we can make shifts in your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around you that will support your goals. I will provide you with both a nurturing environment and the necessary tools for you to explore what's possible and move beyond what's currently holding you back from continued growth. Together, we’ll work through internal and external barriers so that you can develop strong coping mechanisms and skills that you can rely on.
I work with adults in individual therapy. I can help bring awareness to the specific obstacles that may be preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. Together, we can make shifts in your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around you that will support your goals. I will provide you with both a nurturing environment and the necessary tools for you to explore what's possible and move beyond what's currently holding you back from continued growth. Together, we’ll work through internal and external barriers so that you can develop strong coping mechanisms and skills that you can rely on.
(647) 490-6416 View (647) 490-6416
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Svetlana Levinta
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
York, ON M5P
I am a Registered Psychotherapist serving individuals, couples, and families in Ontario. Since starting my practice here in Ontario, I have been given the privilege of helping clients overcome their relationship struggles and move forward with their lives. I work collaboratively to set goals with clients, helping them resolve personal problems, conflict in the family, and more. Each session offers a safe space for you to let it all out. My services are available in two languages: English and Russian. I can offer a more personalized service for those who need, since I know the culture, social processes, values, and traditions.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist serving individuals, couples, and families in Ontario. Since starting my practice here in Ontario, I have been given the privilege of helping clients overcome their relationship struggles and move forward with their lives. I work collaboratively to set goals with clients, helping them resolve personal problems, conflict in the family, and more. Each session offers a safe space for you to let it all out. My services are available in two languages: English and Russian. I can offer a more personalized service for those who need, since I know the culture, social processes, values, and traditions.
(416) 823-8037 View (416) 823-8037
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Erin Hooks
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
York, ON M6E  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or difficulties managing school or work related stress? My focus is on providing a caring, non-judgmental and safe space for clients to share their stories and work through their challenges. I believe that there is no “one-size-fits-all” method to supporting clients, and trust the client is the expert of their own life. I also understand the importance of developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship and strive to help my clients to recognize their existing strengths, while acknowledging their unique needs, priorities and values.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or difficulties managing school or work related stress? My focus is on providing a caring, non-judgmental and safe space for clients to share their stories and work through their challenges. I believe that there is no “one-size-fits-all” method to supporting clients, and trust the client is the expert of their own life. I also understand the importance of developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship and strive to help my clients to recognize their existing strengths, while acknowledging their unique needs, priorities and values.
(647) 361-0403 View (647) 361-0403
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Julia Dubrovsky
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6B  (Online Only)
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, stress, relationship issues or any one of many other life challenges, I offer a supportive space in which you'll feel safe sharing your greatest challenges, free of any judgment. We’ll work together to find an approach that best addresses your concerns, and fits with your values and lifestyle.
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, stress, relationship issues or any one of many other life challenges, I offer a supportive space in which you'll feel safe sharing your greatest challenges, free of any judgment. We’ll work together to find an approach that best addresses your concerns, and fits with your values and lifestyle.
(343) 633-0490 View (343) 633-0490
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Sibel Ozcan
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6M  (Online Only)
Feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or bored with life? Struggling with unhelpful thoughts, unwanted feelings of stress, anxiety, or self-doubt? Seeking more harmonious relationships with others, yourself, and the world around you, but unsure where to start? Wanting to feel empowered to set boundaries and tackle the "hard" conversations with confidence? Finding it challenging to cope with situations beyond your control? Whether you're navigating a major life crisis or simply seeking the opportunity to explore and grow, therapy offers a safe space for support and understanding. You don't have to face these challenges alone.
Feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or bored with life? Struggling with unhelpful thoughts, unwanted feelings of stress, anxiety, or self-doubt? Seeking more harmonious relationships with others, yourself, and the world around you, but unsure where to start? Wanting to feel empowered to set boundaries and tackle the "hard" conversations with confidence? Finding it challenging to cope with situations beyond your control? Whether you're navigating a major life crisis or simply seeking the opportunity to explore and grow, therapy offers a safe space for support and understanding. You don't have to face these challenges alone.
(519) 900-1193 View (519) 900-1193
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Melissa Emerson
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CTP Dpl
Verified Verified
York, ON M5P
Think about what brought you here. Do you have relationship issues? Do you feel dissatisfied, lonely or lost? Maybe you feel angry or taken advantage of. Do you want someone to listen and understand you? Perhaps I can be that person for you.
Think about what brought you here. Do you have relationship issues? Do you feel dissatisfied, lonely or lost? Maybe you feel angry or taken advantage of. Do you want someone to listen and understand you? Perhaps I can be that person for you.
(647) 952-1821 View (647) 952-1821

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Vanshika Sharma
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8V
Are you having difficulty maintaining a positive work-life balance and navigating your past or current experiences? Struggling with obsessive compulsions or avoiding situations you deep down wish you could enjoy? Being stressed can leave us feeling disconnected, unworthy, and underappreciated. You may feel overwhelmed by daily tasks, social interactions, or experience self-guilt. Many experiences can make these feelings of stress overpower the more positive aspects of life. Together, we can work through your experiences to understand these new or lingering emotions. You can once again be the best version of yourself.
Are you having difficulty maintaining a positive work-life balance and navigating your past or current experiences? Struggling with obsessive compulsions or avoiding situations you deep down wish you could enjoy? Being stressed can leave us feeling disconnected, unworthy, and underappreciated. You may feel overwhelmed by daily tasks, social interactions, or experience self-guilt. Many experiences can make these feelings of stress overpower the more positive aspects of life. Together, we can work through your experiences to understand these new or lingering emotions. You can once again be the best version of yourself.
(289) 216-4493 View (289) 216-4493
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Jonathan Stephansson
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8Z  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and mood disorders, including, OCD, PTSD, specific phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, separation and attachment anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
Therapy is a unique and individual journey that requires trust, honesty, and authenticity at its core from day one. I strive for all these qualities with clients and to foster successful healing and growth that addresses your current mental health challenges and in the pursuit of long-term sustainable mental health and wellness. My clinical practice is grounded in an anti-oppressive, trauma informed, anti-racism, and social justice foundation, and I specialize in individual therapy with adolescents (ages 12-19) and adults of all ages.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and mood disorders, including, OCD, PTSD, specific phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, separation and attachment anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
Therapy is a unique and individual journey that requires trust, honesty, and authenticity at its core from day one. I strive for all these qualities with clients and to foster successful healing and growth that addresses your current mental health challenges and in the pursuit of long-term sustainable mental health and wellness. My clinical practice is grounded in an anti-oppressive, trauma informed, anti-racism, and social justice foundation, and I specialize in individual therapy with adolescents (ages 12-19) and adults of all ages.
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Lance Hawley
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8V  (Online Only)
Thank you for your interest. I am a registered clinical psychologist who provides Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to individuals who experience mood and anxiety issues (i.e. depression, panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder) as well as "OCD spectrum" disorders (e.g., hair pulling, skin picking). I value your time, and so my approach involves using evidence-based psychological treatments that have been found to be effective in the treatment of mood and anxiety. All sessions are online (not in person), for individuals living in Ontario, Canada.
Thank you for your interest. I am a registered clinical psychologist who provides Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to individuals who experience mood and anxiety issues (i.e. depression, panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder) as well as "OCD spectrum" disorders (e.g., hair pulling, skin picking). I value your time, and so my approach involves using evidence-based psychological treatments that have been found to be effective in the treatment of mood and anxiety. All sessions are online (not in person), for individuals living in Ontario, Canada.
(437) 747-7240 View (437) 747-7240
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Jasdeep Kaur Nijjar
Registered Social Worker, RSW, CBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M8V  (Online Only)
Hi there! Have you ever faced mental health challenges like depression, anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, phobias, panic, and OCD), or even PTSD? These struggles can show up as persistent negative thoughts, overpowering emotions, and behaviors that disrupt your daily life, making it harder to achieve your goals.
Hi there! Have you ever faced mental health challenges like depression, anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, phobias, panic, and OCD), or even PTSD? These struggles can show up as persistent negative thoughts, overpowering emotions, and behaviors that disrupt your daily life, making it harder to achieve your goals.
(647) 952-9612 View (647) 952-9612
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Toronto West Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9B
I have been working in mental health for over 20 years, specifically in the areas of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have published research and provided workshops and lectures in these areas. Recently I wrote the book Pivot Self-Talk. Stop Asking All The Wrong Questions as well as designed the Pivot Self-Talk app. In my role as Director and Clinical Psychologist of Toronto West Psychology I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, supervision to clinicians interested in registering with the College of Psychologists, and workshops for the community.
I have been working in mental health for over 20 years, specifically in the areas of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have published research and provided workshops and lectures in these areas. Recently I wrote the book Pivot Self-Talk. Stop Asking All The Wrong Questions as well as designed the Pivot Self-Talk app. In my role as Director and Clinical Psychologist of Toronto West Psychology I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, supervision to clinicians interested in registering with the College of Psychologists, and workshops for the community.
(289) 301-8039 View (289) 301-8039
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Vanessa Villani
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9B  (Online Only)
I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). I assess and provide therapy for anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, PTSD, OCD, interpersonal challenges, emotion regulation difficulties, and parenting. I care deeply about working with my clients to improve mental health and wellbeing.
I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). I assess and provide therapy for anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, PTSD, OCD, interpersonal challenges, emotion regulation difficulties, and parenting. I care deeply about working with my clients to improve mental health and wellbeing.
(365) 601-1387 View (365) 601-1387
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Nina Chiodo
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9A
My specialties include relationship issues, anxiety, depression, OCD, substance use, and trauma.
When faced with distressing emotions and experiences, life can feel overwhelming. In these moments, additional help can make all the difference in processing, coping with, and overcoming these challenges. If you find your emotions difficult to manage and impact your function, I provide a safe and nurturing environment where we work towards cultivating self-awareness, self-compassion, and healing. With a background in human development and extensive experience in physical rehabilitation, I approach therapy through a holistic, non-pathologizing lens aimed at enhancing overall quality of life through improved coping.
My specialties include relationship issues, anxiety, depression, OCD, substance use, and trauma.
When faced with distressing emotions and experiences, life can feel overwhelming. In these moments, additional help can make all the difference in processing, coping with, and overcoming these challenges. If you find your emotions difficult to manage and impact your function, I provide a safe and nurturing environment where we work towards cultivating self-awareness, self-compassion, and healing. With a background in human development and extensive experience in physical rehabilitation, I approach therapy through a holistic, non-pathologizing lens aimed at enhancing overall quality of life through improved coping.
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Psychotherapy & Relationships, Anne Marie Shewfelt
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RMFT
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8X
Area of Focus: Relationships, Couples, Family, Emotionally Focused, Communication and Conflict, Attachment Injuries, Separation and Divorce, Parental Alienation, Self Esteem, Perfectionism, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief, Death, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Bullying, Workplace Stress, Personality Disorders, Chronic Health Issues, etc.
As a Registered Psychotherapist, and Marriage & Family Therapist, I work with individuals, couples and families. I offer an emotionally safe, non-judgmental and relational approach for my clients to share the content of their stories, circumstances, and life experiences. I have worked with a wide range of clients within the realms of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and relational issues, however at the root of nearly all presenting problems is the emotional impact of a relationship. My specialty in relationships enables me to work confidently, and effectively with my clients regardless of their identified issue.
Area of Focus: Relationships, Couples, Family, Emotionally Focused, Communication and Conflict, Attachment Injuries, Separation and Divorce, Parental Alienation, Self Esteem, Perfectionism, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief, Death, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Bullying, Workplace Stress, Personality Disorders, Chronic Health Issues, etc.
As a Registered Psychotherapist, and Marriage & Family Therapist, I work with individuals, couples and families. I offer an emotionally safe, non-judgmental and relational approach for my clients to share the content of their stories, circumstances, and life experiences. I have worked with a wide range of clients within the realms of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and relational issues, however at the root of nearly all presenting problems is the emotional impact of a relationship. My specialty in relationships enables me to work confidently, and effectively with my clients regardless of their identified issue.
(833) 823-5314 View (833) 823-5314
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Gray Matter Health -Brampton Psychotherapists
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8W
Sometimes we just can't do it on our own. Whether you have individual, couple, or family challenges, as a professional or first responder, life is so much more fulfilling when we can reach out for support to get through the rough patch. Our team has several years of experience working through trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, conflict, OCD, BPD, bipolar disorder, anger, ADHD, dementia, burnout, or perinatal challenges in addition to so much more. If you're ready for a life change, we can help! Many of our clients have reached out to us for support and as a result have restored happiness & improved their quality of life.
Sometimes we just can't do it on our own. Whether you have individual, couple, or family challenges, as a professional or first responder, life is so much more fulfilling when we can reach out for support to get through the rough patch. Our team has several years of experience working through trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, conflict, OCD, BPD, bipolar disorder, anger, ADHD, dementia, burnout, or perinatal challenges in addition to so much more. If you're ready for a life change, we can help! Many of our clients have reached out to us for support and as a result have restored happiness & improved their quality of life.
(289) 302-8255 View (289) 302-8255
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Samantha Pockele
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9B  (Online Only)
Specific populations that I love working with (and have undergone additional training to specialize in) include Indigenous Canadians, LGBTQIA2+ persons, trans-identified and gender diverse persons and their families (including chosen families), and clients with a history of trauma and/or substance use. I work with youth and adults (primarily 12-70 years old), couples, and families. In terms of treatment, my areas of specialty include ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, grief, trauma, and navigating gender and sexual identities.
Specific populations that I love working with (and have undergone additional training to specialize in) include Indigenous Canadians, LGBTQIA2+ persons, trans-identified and gender diverse persons and their families (including chosen families), and clients with a history of trauma and/or substance use. I work with youth and adults (primarily 12-70 years old), couples, and families. In terms of treatment, my areas of specialty include ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, grief, trauma, and navigating gender and sexual identities.
(289) 272-6195 View (289) 272-6195
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La'Tarra Tynes
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP, CCC, MHT, MFT
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8Z  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am fully trained to address concerns with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief , mood disorders, OCD, relationship distress/marital discord, self-confidence, career issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, ADD/ADHD, somatic health issues, general life transitions and much more.
With over 13 years of experience - I offer individual, couples/marriage and family therapy. Through understanding, I offer an authentic and warm environment for support and compassion. I believe it is very important to foster a safe space for both acceptance and change, therefore, integrating your worldview is a vital part of the process. I work from a client-centered, strength based perspective by listening attentively to fully understand your issue, so that through collaboration we can identify solutions in a way that is empowering.
I am fully trained to address concerns with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief , mood disorders, OCD, relationship distress/marital discord, self-confidence, career issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, ADD/ADHD, somatic health issues, general life transitions and much more.
With over 13 years of experience - I offer individual, couples/marriage and family therapy. Through understanding, I offer an authentic and warm environment for support and compassion. I believe it is very important to foster a safe space for both acceptance and change, therefore, integrating your worldview is a vital part of the process. I work from a client-centered, strength based perspective by listening attentively to fully understand your issue, so that through collaboration we can identify solutions in a way that is empowering.
(289) 805-6183 View (289) 805-6183

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Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counsellors

How long does OCD treatment take?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often treated on a weekly or twice-weekly schedule, depending on symptom severity and the client’s preferences. Some clients may start to see a noticeable improvement in symptoms in as little as six weeks, but it’s also possible, especially in more severe cases, for treatment to take several months to a year before significant progress is made.

What happens if OCD is not treated?

Some people with OCD, especially those with mild symptoms, may find that they are able to adapt reasonably well to life with the condition, even if their symptoms never resolve completely. However, many people, particularly those whose symptoms are severe at the outset, find that their obsessions and compulsions grow more intrusive with time, making it harder to maintain relationships, hold down a job, or navigate the world successfully.

Are there medications for OCD?

Medication can be used to treat OCD. The class of drugs most often prescribed are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, and sertraline, among others. In cases of treatment-resistant OCD, other classes of medication, such as tricyclic antidepressants or atypical antipsychotics, may be prescribed. Medication is frequently used in conjunction with therapy.

Can OCD come back after treatment?

Yes. Major life transitions, periods of stress, or other factors can cause symptoms to return or, if they were never fully eradicated, to ramp back up in intensity. For some, these relapses are brief and do not require additional treatment; identifying specific triggers and practicing the skills learned in therapy can help speed their course. For others, returning to therapy for a brief period can help address the underlying stress and strengthen coping mechanisms.