Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Prerna Martin
Registered Psychological Associate, PhD, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I specialize in evidence-based treatments for children, teens, and young adults with anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and behavior problems. I have extensive experience working with clients from diverse, multicultural backgrounds. I strive to provide therapy that is grounded in science, while honoring the unique needs of each individual. My approach is deeply relational, and I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to understand your struggles and learn new tools. I am passionate about empowering clients to face their fears, change unhelpful patterns, heal from trauma, and develop more self-compassion.
I specialize in evidence-based treatments for children, teens, and young adults with anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and behavior problems. I have extensive experience working with clients from diverse, multicultural backgrounds. I strive to provide therapy that is grounded in science, while honoring the unique needs of each individual. My approach is deeply relational, and I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to understand your struggles and learn new tools. I am passionate about empowering clients to face their fears, change unhelpful patterns, heal from trauma, and develop more self-compassion.
(424) 203-0676 View (424) 203-0676
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Savannah Hemmig
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I specialize in treating OCD and OCD-related disorders with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) who earned my degrees from the University of Southern California. I consider myself a Contextual Behavioral Therapist who uses a variety of interventions to best suit each client. I draw from my diverse background in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), mindfulness, radical acceptance, regulation skills, Seeking Safety, harm reduction, and always trauma oriented.
I specialize in treating OCD and OCD-related disorders with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) who earned my degrees from the University of Southern California. I consider myself a Contextual Behavioral Therapist who uses a variety of interventions to best suit each client. I draw from my diverse background in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), mindfulness, radical acceptance, regulation skills, Seeking Safety, harm reduction, and always trauma oriented.
(323) 927-1241 View (323) 927-1241
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Stasia McGlade
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
I approach therapy with warmth, compassion, nonjudgment, and cultural sensitivity. While I work with a broad range of mental health conditions, my areas of particular specialty are in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, addiction, OCD, trauma, and borderline personality disorder. I strive to provide an environment that encourages authenticity, recognizing that therapy can be a vulnerable and challenging process that also offers an invaluable path towards healing and recovery.
I approach therapy with warmth, compassion, nonjudgment, and cultural sensitivity. While I work with a broad range of mental health conditions, my areas of particular specialty are in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, addiction, OCD, trauma, and borderline personality disorder. I strive to provide an environment that encourages authenticity, recognizing that therapy can be a vulnerable and challenging process that also offers an invaluable path towards healing and recovery.
(310) 876-2619 View (310) 876-2619
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Melanie English
Psychological Associate, MA
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD using evidenced-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, along with mindfulness approaches.
Do you find it hard to stop overthinking? Do you struggle with perfectionism? Do feel overly self-conscious in social situations? Or, maybe you can't seem to move on from trauma. I promise you, there is relief. Therapy can help you have freedom from your thoughts. Therapy can improve how you respond to distress so you can live your best life.
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD using evidenced-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, along with mindfulness approaches.
Do you find it hard to stop overthinking? Do you struggle with perfectionism? Do feel overly self-conscious in social situations? Or, maybe you can't seem to move on from trauma. I promise you, there is relief. Therapy can help you have freedom from your thoughts. Therapy can improve how you respond to distress so you can live your best life.
(323) 615-3537 View (323) 615-3537
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Jenny C Yip
Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
If you or your child suffer from OCD or other anxiety disorders, you're not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, yet most sufferers don't receive proper, evidence-based treatment. OCD/anxiety can cause problems socially, academically, professionally, and create chaos with family members. The good news is that there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating OCD and anxiety. CBT creates new neuro-pathways by changing the way you think and behave. It's basically exercise for the brain. The more you flex those brain muscles, the stronger you become.
If you or your child suffer from OCD or other anxiety disorders, you're not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, yet most sufferers don't receive proper, evidence-based treatment. OCD/anxiety can cause problems socially, academically, professionally, and create chaos with family members. The good news is that there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating OCD and anxiety. CBT creates new neuro-pathways by changing the way you think and behave. It's basically exercise for the brain. The more you flex those brain muscles, the stronger you become.
(310) 268-1888 View (310) 268-1888
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Ariela Rabizadeh
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am trained in evidence-based treatments for Selective Mutism & OCD (two disorders often lacking expert care), as well as tics, & anxiety disorders (including specific phobia, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, etc).
Hello & welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist, providing assessment & treatment for early childhood through adolescence, & young adults. My expertise is in teaching parents how to respond to their child’s behavior (i.e., “parent coaching”), OCD, Anxiety Disorders (including Selective-Mutism), Tic Disorders, and other behavioral disorders utilizing high-quality treatments supported by scientific evidence. My treatment modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Exposure and Response Prevention), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
I am trained in evidence-based treatments for Selective Mutism & OCD (two disorders often lacking expert care), as well as tics, & anxiety disorders (including specific phobia, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, etc).
Hello & welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist, providing assessment & treatment for early childhood through adolescence, & young adults. My expertise is in teaching parents how to respond to their child’s behavior (i.e., “parent coaching”), OCD, Anxiety Disorders (including Selective-Mutism), Tic Disorders, and other behavioral disorders utilizing high-quality treatments supported by scientific evidence. My treatment modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Exposure and Response Prevention), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
(310) 861-7903 View (310) 861-7903
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Lindsay Staples
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
At the foundation of my practice lies a belief in universal human resilience. Struggles with anxiety, depression, managing relationships and emotions, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or trauma create a sense of disconnect from your own ability to learn, adapt, and grow. Evidence based therapy can offer relief.
At the foundation of my practice lies a belief in universal human resilience. Struggles with anxiety, depression, managing relationships and emotions, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or trauma create a sense of disconnect from your own ability to learn, adapt, and grow. Evidence based therapy can offer relief.
(323) 673-8961 View (323) 673-8961
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Grow and Glow Child Therapy LA
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Is your child or teen struggling with low self esteem, social anxiety, OCD? If so, you have come to the right therapist; I specialize in the issues listed above. I am a compassionate, enthusiastic, and skilled therapist who has both passion and years of experience working with children and teens. (ages 5-18). I believe that children need to learn the skills and tools to love, accept and trust themselves. This will provide them with a strong sense of self, and the mindset that they can achieve and be anything. Grow and Glow is the mantra I strive to emphasize for my clients.
Is your child or teen struggling with low self esteem, social anxiety, OCD? If so, you have come to the right therapist; I specialize in the issues listed above. I am a compassionate, enthusiastic, and skilled therapist who has both passion and years of experience working with children and teens. (ages 5-18). I believe that children need to learn the skills and tools to love, accept and trust themselves. This will provide them with a strong sense of self, and the mindset that they can achieve and be anything. Grow and Glow is the mantra I strive to emphasize for my clients.
(310) 455-8246 View (310) 455-8246
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Flavio Marenco
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
I gained four years of training and experience in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and anxiety disorders at UCLA.
I strive to create a supportive therapeutic relationship with you and to provide a safe relational space, which I believe are especially important if you feel vulnerable or are in emotional pain. I take an active role in session to help you heal and reclaim your inner voice and truth. I ask probing questions designed to uncover conscious and unconscious barriers to achieving your best life.
I gained four years of training and experience in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and anxiety disorders at UCLA.
I strive to create a supportive therapeutic relationship with you and to provide a safe relational space, which I believe are especially important if you feel vulnerable or are in emotional pain. I take an active role in session to help you heal and reclaim your inner voice and truth. I ask probing questions designed to uncover conscious and unconscious barriers to achieving your best life.
(323) 648-3085 View (323) 648-3085
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Claudia Miles
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035  (Online Only)
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I work with clients on issues ranging from depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction to relationship, career and identity issues and I work with couples. I’ve had a specialty in hair pulling and skin picking since 2001: See my website.  I use many theories in my work—psychodynamic, Jungian dreamwork and mindfulness practice to name a few—but my style is existential humanistic, working in the present. I see the ultimate goal as supporting you in living from an authentic, empowered place, feeling a sense of inner security, hearing and trusting your true inner voice—not the inner critic—and having a strong sense of self to guide you in life.
If you're interested in working on hair pulling and/or skin picking, please also check my website and blog HelpForHairPullers.
I work with clients on issues ranging from depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction to relationship, career and identity issues and I work with couples. I’ve had a specialty in hair pulling and skin picking since 2001: See my website.  I use many theories in my work—psychodynamic, Jungian dreamwork and mindfulness practice to name a few—but my style is existential humanistic, working in the present. I see the ultimate goal as supporting you in living from an authentic, empowered place, feeling a sense of inner security, hearing and trusting your true inner voice—not the inner critic—and having a strong sense of self to guide you in life.
(628) 500-8235 View (628) 500-8235
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Michelle Glantz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049
In addition to working with everyday concerns and life transitions, I have extensive experience helping individuals struggling with issues of PTSD and complex trauma, anxiety disorders, OCD, emotional dysegulation, and mood disorders.
It is my belief that anyone can benefit from psychotherapy as we all have unique concerns influencing our daily lives. Working in a safe and comfortable environment, I can work to help you know yourself better and to live your life the way you want. We will work collaboratively to explore and understand the psychological roots of emotional suffering by focusing on self-reflection and the examination and resolution of inner conflicts. I can help you to explore and modify your patterns of thinking in order to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and to improve coping with daily struggles.
In addition to working with everyday concerns and life transitions, I have extensive experience helping individuals struggling with issues of PTSD and complex trauma, anxiety disorders, OCD, emotional dysegulation, and mood disorders.
It is my belief that anyone can benefit from psychotherapy as we all have unique concerns influencing our daily lives. Working in a safe and comfortable environment, I can work to help you know yourself better and to live your life the way you want. We will work collaboratively to explore and understand the psychological roots of emotional suffering by focusing on self-reflection and the examination and resolution of inner conflicts. I can help you to explore and modify your patterns of thinking in order to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and to improve coping with daily struggles.
(323) 498-2956 View (323) 498-2956
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Dr. Hilary Adams
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Additionally, I have expertise in helping young children to adults with symptoms of anxiety, OCD, sleep issues/insomnia, behavior problems, tics/Tourette's Syndrome, etc.
Are you or your children or teens ready to make a change? Through short-term, problem-focused therapy, I can help your family with challenging behaviors (e.g., temper tantrums) or social and emotional issues (e.g, anxiety) within only a few months. With a warm and collaborative approach, I will address your problems and teach you and your child skills to practice in your daily life. I offer weekly individual sessions, parent training, social skills groups, and more. Feel empowered knowing you learned the skills to help your family!
Additionally, I have expertise in helping young children to adults with symptoms of anxiety, OCD, sleep issues/insomnia, behavior problems, tics/Tourette's Syndrome, etc.
Are you or your children or teens ready to make a change? Through short-term, problem-focused therapy, I can help your family with challenging behaviors (e.g., temper tantrums) or social and emotional issues (e.g, anxiety) within only a few months. With a warm and collaborative approach, I will address your problems and teach you and your child skills to practice in your daily life. I offer weekly individual sessions, parent training, social skills groups, and more. Feel empowered knowing you learned the skills to help your family!
(323) 302-4832 View (323) 302-4832
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Matthew S Goodman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hi there! I'm Dr. Matthew Goodman, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety. I utilize traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches, including ERP for OCD (the "gold standard"), in conjunction with mindfulness-based interventions. Many of my clients are struggling to change behaviors that are contributing to, or exacerbating, their mental health — poor sleep, substance use, relationship difficulties, or work/life balance. I draw on years of experience utilizing and teaching behavior change techniques to help you take practical, meaningful steps towards your goals.
Hi there! I'm Dr. Matthew Goodman, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety. I utilize traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches, including ERP for OCD (the "gold standard"), in conjunction with mindfulness-based interventions. Many of my clients are struggling to change behaviors that are contributing to, or exacerbating, their mental health — poor sleep, substance use, relationship difficulties, or work/life balance. I draw on years of experience utilizing and teaching behavior change techniques to help you take practical, meaningful steps towards your goals.
(424) 276-0144 View (424) 276-0144
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Sarah Mireles
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, MA
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you find yourself struggling with OCD, panic, anxiety, depression or experience difficulty regulating emotions, know that you can feel better with the right support. Emotions and anxiety can be debilitating and get in the way of enjoying life and being present in the moment. I am registered in California as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (CA APCC 10970). I am currently employed by Aweh Support, LLC and I am supervised by Anim Aweh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (86366). I have experience in both residential and PHP/IOP settings, including Rogers Behavioral Health. I use an ERP and DBT approach to therapy.
If you find yourself struggling with OCD, panic, anxiety, depression or experience difficulty regulating emotions, know that you can feel better with the right support. Emotions and anxiety can be debilitating and get in the way of enjoying life and being present in the moment. I am registered in California as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (CA APCC 10970). I am currently employed by Aweh Support, LLC and I am supervised by Anim Aweh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (86366). I have experience in both residential and PHP/IOP settings, including Rogers Behavioral Health. I use an ERP and DBT approach to therapy.
(424) 349-4578 View (424) 349-4578
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Kristen McDonald
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
My practice, which is located in West Los Angeles, offers customized, personalized psychological services to adults of all ages who are experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, insomnia, relationship concerns, or other struggles that are interfering in their ability to feel fully alive and satisfied. My focus is on providing weekly individual therapy, in person.
My practice, which is located in West Los Angeles, offers customized, personalized psychological services to adults of all ages who are experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, insomnia, relationship concerns, or other struggles that are interfering in their ability to feel fully alive and satisfied. My focus is on providing weekly individual therapy, in person.
(424) 484-0587 View (424) 484-0587
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Kara Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
I'm a DBT-Linehan Board Certified Clinician as well as having extensive training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP) to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I believe that everyone is doing the best they can with the skills they have at the time. If you feel like the ways you are coping aren't working well enough anymore or that difficult emotions are getting in the way, let's talk. As a therapist, I want to meet you where you are and at the same time empower you to make changes that will reduce suffering and increase fulfillment. It is important to me to understand your world and help you create a life worth living. I use a balance of compassionate, nonjudgmental support and straightforward feedback, helping you gain more tools to cope with life on life's terms.
I'm a DBT-Linehan Board Certified Clinician as well as having extensive training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP) to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I believe that everyone is doing the best they can with the skills they have at the time. If you feel like the ways you are coping aren't working well enough anymore or that difficult emotions are getting in the way, let's talk. As a therapist, I want to meet you where you are and at the same time empower you to make changes that will reduce suffering and increase fulfillment. It is important to me to understand your world and help you create a life worth living. I use a balance of compassionate, nonjudgmental support and straightforward feedback, helping you gain more tools to cope with life on life's terms.
(310) 340-2099 View (310) 340-2099
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Michelle Massi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I have been treating OCD and anxiety disorders for 15+ years in private practice. In addition to treating clients in private practice I have worked at the UCLA ocd Adult Intensive Treatment Program where I was the Associate Clinical Director. I also worked at the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program as clinician and an independent evaluator. I am an iocdf BTTI faculty member and I presented at the IOCDF Conference in 2009, 2011-2023. In addition, I have attended the IOCDF Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute for BDD. I also offer training and consultation to clinicians, clergy members and family members.
I have been treating OCD and anxiety disorders for 15+ years in private practice. In addition to treating clients in private practice I have worked at the UCLA ocd Adult Intensive Treatment Program where I was the Associate Clinical Director. I also worked at the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program as clinician and an independent evaluator. I am an iocdf BTTI faculty member and I presented at the IOCDF Conference in 2009, 2011-2023. In addition, I have attended the IOCDF Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute for BDD. I also offer training and consultation to clinicians, clergy members and family members.
(424) 789-7757 View (424) 789-7757
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Ana Ribas
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am currently the Assistant Clinical Director at the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Treatment Program, and treat adults with OCD and anxiety disorders (panic, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.
I find it a privilege to be a part of people's lives and assist them with their difficulties, and truly enjoy the relational aspect of therapy. My 20 years as a therapist have allowed me to develop expertise in working with a wide range of people, cultures and clinical issues. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders and OCD, women's issues (such as postpartum depression or OCD, pregnancy loss and relationship difficulties), and in working with multicultural individuals and couples. I was a psychologist at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services for 8 years and also specialize in working with students and their families.
I am currently the Assistant Clinical Director at the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Treatment Program, and treat adults with OCD and anxiety disorders (panic, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.
I find it a privilege to be a part of people's lives and assist them with their difficulties, and truly enjoy the relational aspect of therapy. My 20 years as a therapist have allowed me to develop expertise in working with a wide range of people, cultures and clinical issues. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders and OCD, women's issues (such as postpartum depression or OCD, pregnancy loss and relationship difficulties), and in working with multicultural individuals and couples. I was a psychologist at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services for 8 years and also specialize in working with students and their families.
(424) 363-8578 View (424) 363-8578
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Dr. Tabasom Vahidi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
My training and experience has focused on a variety of areas including OCD, depression, anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, and relationship struggles.
I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental therapy environment where my patients can openly share their fears, deepest thoughts and feelings. I believe strongly that revealing our authentic selves is integral to utilizing therapy to achieve growth and to overcome our most challenging obstacles.
My training and experience has focused on a variety of areas including OCD, depression, anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, and relationship struggles.
I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental therapy environment where my patients can openly share their fears, deepest thoughts and feelings. I believe strongly that revealing our authentic selves is integral to utilizing therapy to achieve growth and to overcome our most challenging obstacles.
(323) 747-1835 View (323) 747-1835
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Christopher Nuñez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90024  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with over 20 years of experience in assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and older adults) diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. I also work with clients who have neurocognitive and/or other medical conditions, emphasizing cognitive rehabilitation and behavioral medicine strategies to promote and improve overall health and quality of life (e.g. treatment for insomnia, stress management, behavioral changes to improve health, and adjustment to medical diagnosis).
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with over 20 years of experience in assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and older adults) diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. I also work with clients who have neurocognitive and/or other medical conditions, emphasizing cognitive rehabilitation and behavioral medicine strategies to promote and improve overall health and quality of life (e.g. treatment for insomnia, stress management, behavioral changes to improve health, and adjustment to medical diagnosis).
(424) 523-8984 View (424) 523-8984

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Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists

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 (under the brand name Luvox), fluoxetine (Prozac), and sertraline (Zoloft), 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.